I have had my UVEX XP-100 helmet for about five years now. I bought it off EBay in 2007. It was a cheaper display model. But the seller told me that it was barely used and the only reason he sold it for cheaper was because it did not come in the original packaging. As I have posted before, I have retrofitted the XP-100 to meet my needs.
For the colder months, I do have the Nutcase helmet, which is great for skating, but it does not have enough vents in it, for regular use during the pretty warm days of North Texas, which is a lot of days in a year.
From time to time, I do see some article about replacing one's helmet every so often. I don't think I ever committed that statistic to my memory. I have also heard some say that one should replace a helmet, if they crashed in it. I have crashed once with this helmet on. I did not crash on my head, but I did hit my head on the asphalt a bit.
So, I have been thinking about getting a new helmet. I do not want to buy any other brand other than UVEX. And, in particular, I would like to get a UVEX XP CC (pictured below).
UVEX helmets fit very well and they are not heavy (at least before I retrofit them). In particular, the XP CC has some great features. I just have to find it at the optimal price point :)
So, my dear reader, tell me: How often do you replace your helmet?
I think helmets last a long, long time. It would be safe to go with manufacturer's recommendations. I checked Livestrong, Lance Armstrong's site and found that they recommend replacing about every 5 years. Personally, I go with the appearance and condition in general to decide whether to replace the helmet. Over time, the plastic wears out, the straps fray and most often the cushions inside get completely worn out. You can get the cushions replaced at most bike shops. They usually have a box full of new cushions. But, at some point, it's just nice to get a new, comfy helmet, just like a pair of jeans. Or, not! The main thing is that you want that helmet to absorb an impact and not crack, letting the impact hurt your head.