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Helmet Mythbusters

Safety Matter. Busting Equestrian Helmet Myths
  1. It’s Safe to Sticker and Paint My Helmet We strongly advice against painting, stickering, applying crystals, cameras, or any other objects to your helmet as these modifications void the warranty and can damage the helmet and /or reduce its protective capabilities. Troxel accessories have been thoroughly tested and do not interfere with the ASTM standard, nor void the Troxel helmet warranty.
  2. I Don’t Have to Replace My Helmet After a Fall When I Can’t See Any Damage Any Troxel helmet involved in an accident should be replaced immediately. Your helmet is only designed for one impact event.
  3. Expensive Helmets Offer More Protection As long as your helmet is ASTM/SEI-certified, you’re buying a certified protective helmet. Spending more might get you more comfort features, fancier styling and more expensive materials, but it does not translate into better protection.
  4. Bike Helmets Offer the Same Protection as an Equestrian Helmet Bicycle helmets are certified to a different standard and are not tested to the same impact speed, height, or type of impact surface as an equestrian helmet. They do not offer adequate protection when horseback riding. For equestrian helmets, SEI has selected the ASTM standard F1163-15 to evaluate helmet performance. All Troxel helmets are ASTM/SEI-certified to the current equestrian helmet safety standard.
  5. I’ve Had My Helmet for 5 Years Without Having an Accident, I Don’t Need to Replace It Due to evolving helmet standards, technologies, and the potential for unseen material deterioration, it is recommended that you replace your helmet at least every five years from the date of purchase. Those who ride often should replace their helmet more often. Any Troxel helmet involved in an accident should be replaced immediately. Your helmet is only designed for a single impact.
  6. My Helmet Broke or Cracked During an Accident So It Didn’t Do Its Job ASTM/SEI-certified equestrian helmets are designed to prevent serious head injuries and death. When you take a fall, a certified helmet absorbs energy by crushing and extending your head’s stopping time to reduce the peak impact on the brain significantly. Helmets are built to compress and fracture on serious impact. A broken helmet is not a sign of a faulty one – in fact, it may crush or crack as it absorbs the energy that could otherwise cause you serious injury.
  7. My Child Can Grow into a Larger Helmet, So I Can Buy a Bigger One The importance of a proper-fitting helmet cannot be over emphasized. To be effective, the helmet must fit firmly but comfortably. A helmet that is too loose may slip, possibly reducing its protective capabilities, and one that is too tight may cause discomfort. The helmet should not easily roll forward or backward and it should not be removable without unbuckling the retention system. The retention system that holds your helmet in place is extremely strong and essential to the protective function of your helmet.

Established in 1898, Troxel is recognized for its innovative design and physician-developed helmet research leadership. With over four million helmets in the market and a safety record that is second to none, Troxel is the world’s leading provider of ASTM/SEI certified equestrian helmets.

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