Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Wisconsin, Land of the Cheeseheads
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Yeah, the outer cover isn't any protection, so it doesn't matter what that looks like. The styrofoam inside will be at least partly compressed, which means it will not absorb the impact of your next hit in that spot, and might have cracks which could cause it to shatter uselessly on a second impact anywhere.
I feel your pain at having to trash an expensive new helmet, though. Still, better than your head.