help produce better safety equipment, especially helmets, to
reduce injury to players.
Some helmets (Smith) use a high-tech, protective liner
called Koroyd. This honeycomb material originated in
Germany as aerospace technology and helps to diffuse
impacts beyond what the EPS foam can do.
IF YOU CRASH
If you crash hard or otherwise damage your helmet, it
needs to be replaced. Even if it looks fine, sometimes the
structural integrity has been compromised and it may fail in
a future crash. Ask up front about manufacturer and retailer
policies on this. Some companies offer discounts on replace-
Another reason to replace a helmet is age. After several
years of riding and exposure to sunlight and the elements,
materials start to deteriorate. Don’t leave your helmet in your
car on hot days, either. If it’s been five years or so, replace
it. You’ll get newer, better technology for safety, comfort and
Once you have found your perfect helmet and fitted it
properly, there’s only one thing left to do—get out and ride! ■
Full face helmets are made for extreme riding.
You’ll only need these if you’re a serious downhiller or racer.