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Anyone ever break a helmet?

I have an old Bieffe Helmet that Iím not using anymore. So I decided to try and break it. I went outside and slammed it into the concrete as hard as I could about 10 times. The shield broke off, as did a few pieces of plastic down around the jaw. And eventually the interior foam shell cracked. Iím not sure when it broke, but it cracked from about the forehead to the top of the skull (assuming it was a head). I even tried to break it from all angles. Eventually I got tired and gave up. I know one thing after the experiment, I feel that my head would be extremely safe during any kind of daily crash.

It was kind of funny. I would take the helmet in both hands, raise it up, and slam it down as hard as possible. The helmet would just bounce straight up about 4-5 feet into the air.

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I've seen a helmet after a head-on collision with a truck.

Held up better than you'd expect, but it really didn't matter.

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You can still die from a brain injury even when the helmet survives. the worst impact isn't from your head hitting the ground, but from your brain hitting the inside wall of your skull, it can swell and suffocate it's self. but anyway that hard outside shell helps keep you from having a disfigured head after 30 feet of abrasion.

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ah this reminds me of a write up in a magazine of some helmets being to hard.
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I rolled one around with a 12 gauge and some pistols, it didnt hold up very well
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Re: Anyone ever break a helmet?

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I have an old Bieffe Helmet that Iím not using anymore. So I decided to try and break it. I went outside and slammed it into the concrete as hard as I could about 10 times. ....


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I have three helmets on a shelf in a storage room, along with another seven out in the garage on a shelf as well. Said 11 are way out of date to even a few being open face helmets used in dirt comp.

If I go to replace one of my main two helmets, then the one to be replaced sort of pushes the list. One has to be garbaged so I hack off the straps & take a 5 lb sledge hammer to mess up the one to go in the garbage for I do not want some-one to see said helmet & think it will be fine for his brother or his g/f or such. So far none have broken under the sledge-hammer.
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a few years ago when i had a pretty bad accident on a bike i was wearing a bieffe helmet and when i hit the pavement with enough force to blow the shield off the helmet and was able to survive with no head injuryes, acually the only real injury was my hand was severly crushed, got to love gear. I was inpressed with how well that helmet held up in the crash, it did save my life. so i would say bieffe passed the crash test.

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I don't suppose when the helmet bounced it caught you off guard the first time

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