Hi all, I bought myself a new Sparx full face helmet at Bangkok motorbike festival since i wanted something a little more solid than the Thai helmets i've used previously. For the price you know its not going to be top end quality, but they are DOT and ECE certified, get all good reviews, are comfortable, light weight and, at least to me, appears to be of about same quality as as some brand-name helmets lower line collections at half the cost. They also have a very impressive 5 year warranty plus a unique crash-replacement programme. That's where my little little line of "surprises" began. When i got back to my hotel and read the warranty card and saw that they recommend replacing the helmet every 5 years because of the ageing factor of the materials. After looking at sticker (under the liner) stating the manufacturing date i realized that i had little over 18 month of use left until "best before date". Later, (after contacting Sparx support cause the glue holding the trim at the bottom of the helmet melted in the heat the first time i used it) i also found out that their warranty is valid in the US only, and that it's up to the retailer to grant you any warranty or not. Now, I'm not trying to put the manufacture or their product down in any way, i should have read the the warranty before i bought the helmet (well, maybe heat resistant glue would've been a good idea though..), but if you're thinking about getting one of these helmets, make sure to check the manufacturing date so you get a "fresh" one. Cheers..