Background Info: Adrian has been wearing a soft foam non-certified skate helmet since the 70′s. He recently switched to wearing the S1 Lifer Helmet because he wanted to protect his noggin better. (Adrian Demain was a pro for Powell Peralta back in the 80′s and still rips today. Natural talent.) I thought I would share this email thread because I bet there are other skaters wondering the same thing.
Adrian Demain: I’ve been skating at Bucky’s a bit so I thought it wise to make the switch to the S1 Lifer Helmet. Speaking of which, I have a question about the Lifer helmet. From what I understand, the foam is designed to withstand one really good impact and that once that happens you’re supposed to replace your helmet because the foam will no longer fully absorb an impact. Now I’d imagine that it would really take a major blow to the head for the foam to be compromised. Just curious, whatever the case I feel safer in the Lifer.
Chris from S1: Good question. In a nutshell the Lifer Helmet has EPS Fusion Foam. It can take 3 hits at 10 mph to the same spot and protect you. And it can take 1 hit of 14 mph and protect you. And it can take 4 hits at 14 mph to different spots on the helmet and protect you. Interesting to note that a soft foam helmet will not protect you adaquately from a 10 mph impact. And a 14 mph impact in a soft foam helmet can been fatal or cause TBI. So your way better off in the Lifer. Even a Lifer that has seen a few hits is waaay safer than a brand new soft foam. So stoked you are wearing the Lifer. This chart sort of sums it up.(see below)
Adrian Demain: WOW!!! I’ve always been an advocate for safety gear, but had no real grasp of how much less the soft foam protected you. Now I’ve got even better info to share with the kids….AND the old dudes!
This chart explains the difference between the soft foam non-certfiied helmets and the S1 Lifer Helmet.