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If the padding in a helmet losses effectiveness with age, does armour in jackets and pants become less effective with age as well? I would assume so. I also would assume it doesn't get the press a helmet does since most value their head more than their knee or elbow.
 

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I sure it does degrade over time, but its a different matterial than in helmets and a lot less critical.
 

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Plus, lid packing tends to degrade as a result of being constantly compressed in use- foam armour doesn't get anything like that pressure. Still, people do tend to overlook teh possibility of damage to foam armour- mine was very obviously squashed after one off, and definately in need of replacement.
 
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