Yeah the only tech inspection guys that have ever checked the date on my helmet out of all places I've been to so far have been for CCS events. No track organization ever checked my date. The ones that even checked gear only looked to make sure it's a full face, 1-piece (not modular), and is Snell or ECE approved.
So what exactly did you ask Snell, and why Snell? They're just the test accreditation company, not a manufacturer. They just have the test procedures and if a helmet passes all their tests, the manufacturers can put the Snell sticker on their helmets. The warranty periods are set by the manufacturers. I would be interested to see what companies like Arai or Shoei say because they warranty their helmets for 5 years. But is that from manufacturing date or date of sale?
Of course that's only useful for warranty claims. Racing or track day orgs that have the 5-year rule don't give a rats ass about what the warranty on a helmet is. They just look at the manufacturing date and go by that. But yeah if you want to get your money's worth, buy new. That's what I wanted to, but then as I thought more about it I changed my thought process a bit. I thought "You know, I can spend $500-600 on a brand new helmet that I can use for up to 5 years, IF I don't crash it and damage it during that time...which is a fairly big IF. Orrrrr....I could buy something at a huge discount that might be a couple years old. So I ended up buying 2 helmets for $350 that I can only use for 2017, 2018, and most of 2019 seasons. If I crash one, I'll have a spare so no need to buy another. If I don't damage any of them, then I can just retire both of them at the end of 2019 and look for another closeout deal." So in the long run, I felt like this was more likely to be the better bang for the buck and now I have a helmet that I'll use on cold and/or wet days and the other will be used for most regular sunny summer days
I asked Snell because they are a testing organization which makes me think there recommendations are used by manufactures for there dates.
Since I'm looking at a couple of companies and since Track or Race organizations state 5 years old, knowing which date is being used makes a difference.
Because my first track day most likely will be April A helmet made from January to April hurt the 5 year period.
I retired my Shoei at 7 years, never down. This Bell star is approaching 5 years and also is perfect.
What I'm interested in apart from the track day mandate is how the age really impacts the safety of the helmet.
Which is a reason I was looking hard at the Bell Race star.
I wore a back and chest protector for my protection before it was mandated.
Would I prefer to save the bucks and pay for another track day instead of putting it in a helmet OH YA.
If a $700 helmet is being sold for $350 and I only get 2 years VS paying $700 for 5 years. Seems it's cheaper to get new. IF indeed it is new.
Still looking at your helmet, sounds great.
Didn't mean to side track your thread.. Sorry.