Just interested in freestyle riders thoughts on using helmets. I'm a pure freerider who hasn't had much experience with jumping/jibbing other than backcountry kickers into deeeeep pow, so I never wore a helmet, even though my mom bought me one about 12 years ago, lol. Do you guys bring your helmets along just for riding 'park' or no helmet use? I did not like the feel of a helmet on my head when I tried it way back in the day. Plus, the helmet was noticeably colder! Feel like I need to yell FREEEEEEEEEEEEDOM from the top of my lungs like William Wallace when I was wearing one. However, I do know that park riding is more deadly to your lightbulb...
I should note that despite getting into more freestyle oriented riding this winter, if it snows, I'll be riding pow, not in the park :P
Wanna protect my head while in the park, but don't exactly wanna lug a helmet around with me on my pack, already enough crap in there!
My question is, what are your thoughts on helmet use in respect to freestyle riding.
My personal opinion is always wear a helmet. When learning new tricks it is really easy to catch your heel edge and slam the back of the head on the ground. Helmets are not fool-proof you can still get a concussion wearing one... but it can also mean the difference between being a little shaken up for a few minutes... and it ending the rest of your day/trip.
Even if you are just "taking it easy" you can still get hurt. You could crash on a simple box and get a concussion
due to bad luck. someone else could crash into your from behind... like Boarderholic
or my girlfriend two seasons ago.
Actually when I was waiting in the season pass pickup line at Kirkwood a couple of year ago... a huge icicle broke off the roof and clobbered two guys standing in line by the season pass office. One guy had a helmet and was ok although shaken up. The other guy did not and was stretchered away. Anecdotal evidence... but still.
I agree it feels nicer and more "free" without a helmet... but a proper fitting helmet should be pretty comfortable and warm.