Poll

The Replacements

What would most likely influence you to replace your helmet?

New style/color
4%
55
New features
7%
85
On sale
6%
70
Accident
57%
722
Age of helmet
26%
329

Total votes cast: 1261

Comments & Write-in Answers

cooler in summer

3/23/2009 9:40:15 PM

Age of helmet or an accident, whichever came first.

3/23/2009 8:45:47 PM

Anything that may compromise its effectiveness, better fit (oddly shaped head)

3/23/2009 6:11:19 PM

Helments are expensive.

3/23/2009 4:23:36 PM

If I can find a helmet that is approved and actually fits! that would be nice :)

3/23/2009 3:40:03 PM

Accident, followed by age.

3/23/2009 10:25:21 AM

where is the rest of the story about foaling?

3/23/2009 10:23:51 AM

lower profile with same protection - current helmets that are affordable are pretty bulky

3/22/2009 5:03:12 PM

cracked helment wont help ur brain will it ?

3/22/2009 12:37:57 PM

If an accident damaged the helmet. I'm way past caring about looks!

3/22/2009 9:01:41 AM

Any contact of the helmet to the ground/rocks/fence could affect the future safety of my head.

3/21/2009 7:34:11 PM

a better fit

3/21/2009 4:58:48 PM

nothing

3/21/2009 4:10:59 PM

A damaged helmet will NOT protect your head

3/21/2009 2:18:21 PM

After accident would be new features, age, sale - so enough about helmets for now!

3/21/2009 1:50:35 PM

Sorry, don't wear a helmet

3/21/2009 12:04:08 PM

I've owned 3 helmets in my 27yrs of riding, so replacement is about every 10yrs.

3/21/2009 10:31:15 AM

Should by age but, after fall with concussion accident

3/20/2009 9:26:52 PM

If my he;met's damaged by a fall I want to replace it so I can continue to be safe.

3/20/2009 8:43:38 PM

Or if the helment fits wrong, or is cracked.

3/20/2009 6:50:07 PM

love my Toscana with the dial fit !!!!

3/20/2009 5:13:13 PM

Once a year mine is replaced due to wear and tear.

3/20/2009 4:44:19 PM

please make a smaller western hat helmet. the new one by troxel is HUGE - way too large!

3/20/2009 2:09:47 PM

I regularly buy a new helmet every few years. Technology changes make them better.

3/20/2009 1:10:05 PM

I have had a couple accidents and have had to replace my helmet.

3/20/2009 1:04:02 PM

dont wear one. this is America, land of the free

3/20/2009 11:33:18 AM

I'll replace my helemt after several minor impacts, a major hit, or 5 years.

3/20/2009 11:29:49 AM

Beause my helmat is

3/20/2009 11:01:25 AM

Had an accident and helmet was split open. Just slight concussion. Replaced helmet!

3/20/2009 10:40:17 AM

There are many reasons to change a helmet, but after an accident involving head injury? Absolutely.

3/20/2009 10:21:56 AM

if it hits the ground or is 5 or more years old it needs replacing

3/20/2009 9:09:32 AM

Might buy a new one if it was on sale, but my old ones work fine

3/20/2009 9:03:43 AM

The older the helmet the more likely that something gets broken. That's when I replace it.

3/20/2009 12:17:47 AM

If it's cracked, replace it or it might not hold up to your next fall.

3/19/2009 11:39:28 PM

I am looking at the new Charles Owen skull cap with venting.

3/19/2009 10:25:17 PM

An accident or 5 years old; then replace regardless of visible appearance

3/19/2009 10:01:51 PM

Safety First

3/19/2009 9:25:11 PM

accident but also how long I had the helmet (they wear out...

3/19/2009 8:54:53 PM

I examine my helmet inside and out for cracks and weakness.

3/19/2009 8:38:06 PM

Age or accident, either one calls for replacement

3/19/2009 8:37:14 PM

Helmets MUST be made to release under excessive tension to prevent helmet caused injuries and deaths

3/19/2009 8:11:36 PM

Plastic probably degrades with time & impact would necessitate replacement

3/19/2009 7:43:18 PM

When my helmet has had an impact, I like Troxel's trade-in system and usually upgrade.

3/19/2009 5:18:00 PM

I've replaced when I've had an accident or when it's 5 years old

3/19/2009 4:33:30 PM

Not only age of helmet, but condition as well.

3/19/2009 3:03:40 PM

More air vents and a sun visor that is large enough to really work.

3/19/2009 2:36:45 PM

Couldn't trust it after a bad fall to be safe

3/19/2009 2:23:40 PM

accident or age of helmet. accident first.

3/19/2009 1:51:52 PM

Not much to tell. My helmets are just getting old. Time to consider replacements.

3/19/2009 11:20:08 AM

Finally, trexel has introduced a helmet enclosed in a cowboy hat. Yeehaw!

3/19/2009 9:02:05 AM

all of the above

3/19/2009 7:38:14 AM

Also, the possibility of something being wrong w/helmet. Or age.

3/19/2009 6:02:23 AM

just one fall that cracks it and not your head is all it takes.

3/19/2009 12:58:15 AM

If I fall I tend to land on my butt, so would replace after an accident but more likely due to age

3/19/2009 12:26:35 AM

Heavy compared to current models

3/18/2009 11:32:54 PM

My helmet has held up quite well but because it is at least 4 years old I plan on getting a new one

3/18/2009 11:22:11 PM

Accident or no I replace helmet about every 5 years just for safety

3/18/2009 11:05:16 PM

Well accident is the most immediate but if a helmet is 5 years old, they deteriorate.

3/18/2009 11:05:10 PM

i think helmets are way to expensive

3/18/2009 10:22:10 PM

or old helmut. I will replace this summer. I love Troxel.

3/18/2009 10:18:36 PM

also having a major head crunching accident

3/18/2009 8:39:51 PM

On a horse? But, replace a motorcycle helmet after a good crash, there may be unseen damage.

3/18/2009 7:48:25 PM

Replace when I bust it.. which is usually once every 1-2 years LOL

3/18/2009 7:21:08 PM

after a certain age, helmets do not offer the same protection

3/18/2009 6:14:34 PM

My helmet is 15 years good but had a fall on my head last year and now will get a new one.

3/18/2009 5:33:00 PM

I was told ASTM/SEI update rules every 4 years

3/18/2009 5:14:12 PM

Damage to the helmet.

3/18/2009 5:10:19 PM

All of above. I am professional and were helmet every time on horse

3/18/2009 4:49:16 PM

If your helmet is dropped or you fall off & hit your head it should be replaced, also when it is old

3/18/2009 4:09:11 PM

If it got damaged saving my brain

3/18/2009 3:27:47 PM

I know materials deteriote and need to replaced, but I tend not to unless I have an accident.

3/18/2009 3:26:01 PM

Love my Sierra, husband needs bigger size, both would love western helmet with BIG shady brim.

3/18/2009 3:21:24 PM

SMELLY

3/18/2009 3:02:19 PM

I would replace it if I no longer felt it was safe

3/18/2009 2:55:37 PM

Actually it would be either accident or age of helmet....which ever one came first!

3/18/2009 2:46:51 PM

I'm prone to follow what's in style

3/18/2009 2:25:31 PM

I split a helmet in half twice now. If there is any cark I replace it.

3/18/2009 2:11:54 PM

my 1st helmet was second hand IRH and 4YO. it is now 9YO, but got a new troxel during the summer

3/18/2009 2:11:38 PM

only when damaged,

3/18/2009 1:54:30 PM

I hate big round helmets and would love to find one more streamlined

3/18/2009 1:43:14 PM

Most important would be age or damage, but new features/comfort has been my primary reason recently.

3/18/2009 1:21:26 PM

If I had a wreck, the helmet may be compromised. Age of helmet too...

3/18/2009 12:53:55 PM

anytime hits ground with a thud, also if more than three years old.

3/18/2009 12:51:46 PM

Always replace after an accident but age would also be a factor style and color not important

3/18/2009 12:48:59 PM

Age of helmet would be a factor if no accident.

3/18/2009 12:36:20 PM

A big crack or dent.

3/18/2009 12:28:35 PM

If it is cracked, I replace it.

3/18/2009 12:05:10 PM

accident or age of the helmet. Too old = too smelly!

3/18/2009 11:51:58 AM

I replace after any accident. I can be tempted by a new style, but fit/safety is my primary concern.

3/18/2009 11:19:02 AM

I accually don't have a halmet, but if I could find one on sale I would buy one!

3/18/2009 10:55:24 AM

It is my understanding that the foam can disentigrate as the helmet gets older.

3/18/2009 10:54:13 AM

I have bought for all those reasons.

3/18/2009 10:34:39 AM

Replace when there's a chance helment's integrity is compromised, even if you can't see any damage.

3/18/2009 10:30:17 AM

Only replace due to routine wear and tear or damage

3/18/2009 10:18:08 AM

Once it cracks, then it goes

3/18/2009 10:03:30 AM

I think the prices are way to pricey.

3/18/2009 9:59:56 AM

an accident is the most obvious reason but as the helmet ages so does the quality of materials.

3/18/2009 9:54:57 AM

As in cycling helmets, a new, redesign that is safety upgraded ,light, cool, and fits properly

3/18/2009 9:42:31 AM

When I fell and hit head first, the helmet foam cracked. I got a concussion.

3/18/2009 9:30:08 AM

Definitely after an accident. Age of helmet second.

3/18/2009 8:59:58 AM

I generally replace my helmet after a fall inwhich I've hit my head. New styles then decide for me.

3/18/2009 8:42:38 AM

had concussion

3/18/2009 8:26:41 AM

safety with classical look

3/18/2009 8:15:55 AM

Any sign of damage would make me replace mine. I wear it every ride.

3/18/2009 7:50:44 AM

A damaged helmet would require replacement, however, new syles also prompt me to purchase a new one.

3/18/2009 7:02:11 AM

primarily if an accident; but also age-10+ years

3/18/2009 7:01:05 AM

I love the 2 I have, but would like a lightweight one for the summer

3/18/2009 5:47:28 AM

If you fall on your head you can't trust your helmet anymore. So replace it, better safe than sorry.

3/18/2009 4:20:36 AM

don't use one!

3/18/2009 2:00:16 AM

when my helmet is to worn to stay on my head

3/18/2009 1:38:14 AM

Even if I dropped it from a good distance... replace. So age / crash... whichever comes first.

3/18/2009 1:06:14 AM

I have had a horse accident - so now all about safety! Helmet always on

3/18/2009 1:01:21 AM

I'm not much for new styles - if the helmet needs to be replaced I'll do it

3/18/2009 12:38:08 AM

If the helmet's not safe, I think my skull is worth the price of a new helmet.

3/18/2009 12:18:35 AM

I'd replace my helmet if I fell and hit my head.

3/17/2009 11:50:29 PM

if I wore one

3/17/2009 11:44:43 PM

A little more attractive helmet would be tempting. More Western.

3/17/2009 11:20:38 PM

I'm a eventer! Two good smacks to the helmet throw it away! You Only get one noggin.

3/17/2009 11:00:34 PM

When it doesn't fit anymore, when it had a chock. Should be required every 5 years

3/17/2009 10:52:22 PM

I've had 3 helmets protect me from traumatic head injury. I replaced each with a better model.

3/17/2009 10:39:57 PM

replace yearly or after an accident

3/17/2009 10:23:38 PM

An accident where I hit my head/helmet and the age (every 5 years).

3/17/2009 10:12:08 PM

a bigger visor!

3/17/2009 10:05:49 PM

or lighter weight and/or cooler and more comfy to wear.

3/17/2009 9:54:59 PM

A blow to the helmet would weaken it

3/17/2009 9:53:33 PM

Life flighted and TBI after riding horse with no brakes-WEAR A HELMET

3/17/2009 9:50:42 PM

all helmets should be replaced after an accident incase of hairline fracture that cant be seen.

3/17/2009 9:48:12 PM

unless a new one protects sun/rain like a cowboy hat

3/17/2009 9:41:25 PM

if it was getting old and had alot of cracks or i found a good on sale helmet

3/17/2009 9:30:24 PM

The biggest with out a doubt reason!

3/17/2009 9:25:27 PM

After any fall or when helmet is 4 yrs old.

3/17/2009 9:15:56 PM

accident and if the helmet gets too old where it begins to show signs of wear and tear

3/17/2009 9:07:34 PM

I purchased my GPA on e by and got a great deal but I am told to replace after a fall/age of helmet

3/17/2009 8:37:23 PM

has to be able to do it's job....

3/17/2009 8:32:39 PM

I replace my helmet every 3-5 yrs, sooner if I take a fall with head impact

3/17/2009 8:29:29 PM

Accident involving helmet impact

3/17/2009 8:18:20 PM

First, if it has had an accident. 2nd, the helmets age, if it is to old it can become unreliable.

3/17/2009 8:12:33 PM

Always replace your helmet if you fall and hit your head. You never know if it's still safe to use.

3/17/2009 8:11:45 PM

Safety, safety, safety

3/17/2009 8:09:53 PM

New features that encompass comfort and safety would encourage me to buy a new helmet

3/17/2009 8:06:44 PM

Primary reason would be accident; second would be age.

3/17/2009 7:51:34 PM

An accident for sure, but aging deteriorates them too.

3/17/2009 7:46:13 PM

If there wasn't an accident prior that required replacement

3/17/2009 7:41:10 PM

Most of the above, but age, wear or accident are the most important reasons.

3/17/2009 7:38:15 PM

A safety release feature that is lower than the tensile strength of the human neck is ESSENTIAL.

3/17/2009 7:31:51 PM

If I hit my head in a fall, even if there was no visible crack, I would replace it.

3/17/2009 7:27:55 PM

After a fall

3/17/2009 7:16:25 PM

First an accident, second, age of helmet. I advocate for all riders use good helmets every ride!

3/17/2009 7:13:04 PM

And age. After either 5 years or an accident, it's lost the ability to absorb shock.

3/17/2009 7:10:45 PM

Any helmet that sustains a concussion, or is over 5 years of age, should be replaced!

3/17/2009 7:02:36 PM

Like any other crash equipment, it is intended to be replaced after one shock (its paid for itself!)

3/17/2009 7:00:47 PM

Helmets do expire, also any damage like cracks/fading/rips or just a bad drop or fall

3/17/2009 6:48:20 PM

Although accident would be a sure replacement--I try to replace every 5 years.

3/17/2009 6:42:21 PM

and better new safety

3/17/2009 6:37:29 PM

any significant or unsure fall or hit to helmet. Also age limit on helmet or signs of wear

3/17/2009 6:36:25 PM

helmet should be replaced after every fall involving helmet/ground contact!

3/17/2009 6:31:54 PM

if cooler, lighter weight

3/17/2009 6:29:15 PM

Additional safety features would induce me to buy a new helmet, otherwise I'm set.

3/17/2009 6:20:04 PM

want a small light colored western hat helmet which is safe

3/17/2009 6:19:37 PM

safety and fit #1 reason to replace /upgrade

3/17/2009 6:14:07 PM

Even a hard knock that DOESN'T crack your helmet can comprimise its structural integrity, I'm told..

3/17/2009 6:07:52 PM

Besides an accident, I would also replace it every 3 years or so, due to material age

3/17/2009 6:01:32 PM

i replace my helmet every two to three years, regardless of wear.

3/17/2009 6:00:05 PM

I was nagged by my daughter about the age of my helmet and the diffrence between that and the newer

3/17/2009 5:45:42 PM

replace when needed.

3/17/2009 5:43:40 PM

anything with more ventilation! age, too, as it relates to safety.

3/17/2009 5:42:14 PM

I would replace after any crash!

3/17/2009 5:39:48 PM

Improved safety is tops on the list

3/17/2009 5:34:44 PM

or age of helmet if I am lucky enough to not come off for a couple years

3/17/2009 5:31:15 PM

I replace my helmet after a really good head slam off the horse, or if it is more than 4 years old

3/17/2009 5:17:47 PM

either accident or the liner showing wear

3/17/2009 4:45:04 PM

It takes a while to get a helmet really comfortable so I only replace if I have to

3/17/2009 4:43:52 PM

Fit of helmet due to wear or functional integrity more than the age of the helmet

3/17/2009 4:32:01 PM

I want a cowbot hat helmet

3/17/2009 4:30:33 PM

OR if mine was too hot or not a great fit

3/17/2009 4:29:30 PM

would love a titanium, can't afford it

3/17/2009 4:14:37 PM

I replace my helmet every 5 years, but if it gets put to the test in an accident I replace it then.

3/17/2009 4:11:06 PM

All of these factors would influence me to be a new helmut, the accident is the most critical.

3/17/2009 4:09:02 PM

if its been in a fall and could have possibly hit the ground, I would replace it

3/17/2009 4:06:46 PM

Accident and or age also

3/17/2009 4:02:23 PM

If the helmet has been damaged-replace it

3/17/2009 4:00:39 PM

I'd get a new on if I cracked it or if my show one get really beat up.

3/17/2009 3:58:52 PM

Would absolutely replace after an accident, maybe for new features/style/color

3/17/2009 3:52:44 PM

I've fallen with the same Troxel helmet a couple of times. Should I replace it?

3/17/2009 3:48:03 PM

I buy a replacement when I fall and whack it on the ground

3/17/2009 3:44:47 PM

Would love to see a sleek, low profile western style helmet

3/17/2009 3:38:52 PM

If my helmet bangs the ground, it needs to be replaced

3/17/2009 3:36:44 PM

Love my Tipperary Sportage!

3/17/2009 3:34:12 PM

Usually damaged or destroyed by accident but now needing one because of age of helmet

3/17/2009 3:33:14 PM

Just replaced four year old helmet. Got a better fit in new helmet

3/17/2009 3:32:31 PM

Accident and age both important, but ALWAYS replace after a fall when you hit your head

3/17/2009 3:31:24 PM

Replace after any accident or after ~5 years

3/17/2009 3:27:56 PM

No more bubble head pressure point helmets!!!!!!!

3/17/2009 3:27:02 PM

more comfortable fit, cooling features, western cowboy hat style preferable

3/17/2009 3:25:47 PM

only replace if it becomes unsafe/unusable

3/17/2009 3:22:55 PM

Impact or age would be what influence me to buy new helmwt followed by innovative technology advance

3/17/2009 3:21:06 PM

If you fall and say I'm glad I had on a helmet", then you need a new one.

3/17/2009 3:19:07 PM

a concussion with a helmet means the helmet was damaged too

3/17/2009 3:16:28 PM

Trainers advice ... regarding how often a helmet should be replaced

3/17/2009 3:16:09 PM

I understand once a helmet has been in an accident, it should be replaced

3/17/2009 3:15:48 PM

When it expires

3/17/2009 3:12:57 PM

Only if needed, if its integrity has been compromised in some way to effect safety

3/17/2009 3:10:52 PM

None of the above. I have one comfortable helmet and I don't see replacing it unless damaged.

3/17/2009 3:07:58 PM

safety and function would determine when I would replace my helmet.

3/17/2009 3:05:01 PM

If it "hits the ground", I replace it! Probably with another Troxel Spirit, since it's comfortable.

3/17/2009 3:04:40 PM

1 head=1 helmet But I will upgrade when it's time for new.

3/17/2009 3:00:52 PM

One fall is enough reason to replace my helmet.

3/17/2009 2:58:07 PM

accident that results in damage or it shows signs of needing to be replaced

3/17/2009 2:56:32 PM

I replace them if I've had a hard fall in them, that dents them, etc.

3/17/2009 2:53:45 PM

Also replace due to age.

3/17/2009 2:49:06 PM

my kids growing head requires replaceing the helmet , we pass them down , they are like new

3/17/2009 2:47:50 PM

When they take a blow... out they go.

3/17/2009 2:47:27 PM

every fall where helmet suffers hit

3/17/2009 2:47:14 PM

I have not had an accident that I needed to replace it but age would be the second choice

3/17/2009 2:46:55 PM

Any protective headgear is less effective after an impact; won't work as well in 2nd impact.

3/17/2009 2:45:30 PM

Any time a helmet is involved in an accident, it should be replaced or if it doesn't fit tight anymo

3/17/2009 2:40:41 PM

Number 1 is accident. number 2/3 is age and sale. None of the others.

3/17/2009 2:40:35 PM

You're supposed to replace after every fall

3/17/2009 2:39:29 PM

Accident definitely, age of helmet possibly.

3/17/2009 2:36:07 PM

10 yr. helmet lining was disinigrating so I bought a new & better type.

3/17/2009 2:34:47 PM

damage to helmet can be invisible but render it useless in a future accident

3/17/2009 2:34:24 PM

As the mom of a motor cross rider, the rule is a hard hit/impact replace the helmet.

3/17/2009 2:34:10 PM

I practically choke myself on the straps each time I fasten my helmet.

3/17/2009 2:32:01 PM

I would definitely replace for accident or age but would find one onsale

3/17/2009 2:29:01 PM

As suggested I replace my helmet every five years.

3/17/2009 2:25:28 PM

Manf. State that a HARD fall crushes the insides, not you

3/17/2009 2:24:46 PM

I believe a helmet should be replace after 5 years

3/17/2009 2:16:04 PM

keep up with show trends, replace after any fall

3/17/2009 10:14:43 AM