Has anyone else had issues with losing the wingnuts on the Speed Flex Helmets? I understand that they need to be tightened regularly, and we do that, but I've lost 3 wingnuts in 8 weeks. I ordered a replacement pack that included 4 of them and some other parts (for $20).
I didn't know what the problem was at first, thought maybe he dinged a nagging injury he's been dealing with. Once I was told what it was we "borrowed" a 3rd string guys helmet until we could get the chin strap replaced.
We ain't big time like you silky, not enough money to have spare speed flex helmets sitting around just in case!
Just kidding, it's probably a good lesson to fit these guys with another helmet and have it ready to go in these situations, thank you for mentioning that.
I was not impressed with those helmets this year. Must have had 5 wing nuts come off during games and 2 broken chinstraps. Also had a few of the quick release bolts come out during practice or games. Never had these problems in the past.
When you get the helmets in - new or from reconditioning, tigheten those round black wingnuts on the inside that hold the chinstrap in place. There is one on each side. Everyone we got this year was loose when we got them new or back from reconditioning.
Also, get Riddell to send you that tool for free. It makes tightening them easy. You could do the whole teams helmets in 5-15 minutes and be done with it.
After I did this, we had ZERO issues with the helmets. They are awesome.
Last Edit: Nov 28, 2016 22:52:33 GMT -6 by silkyice
this is through 2 years in our program year 1: a handful of guys, our top guys who got the most contact had them year 2: pretty much the whole varsity team
1. by far the best helmet we have ever used in terms of head injuries and kids liking the feel, only helmet our RB can wear that doesnt pop off (Dreads) 2. By far the biggest Pain in the @ss when it comes to breaking and fixing it -chin straps snap all the time -little pieces break often -it is SO different from other helmets -requires special equipment and parts and generally is more difficult to deal with
so it sucks, but its performance is still the best we have used
goal for next year is to train one of our coaches to be the official speed flex handyman and give him his own little fanny pack/toolbelt of everything he needs and extra parts his only job will be fixing flexes