Originally Posted by BigmountainVMD
I think that it's all about finding a helmet that is comfortable, light weight, and low profile. I use a Smith Vantage, and I had two sent to my house. When I picked up the box, with TWO helmets inside, it felt practically empty. I feel like a lot of the helmets designed for the "park look" (like the skate helmet look) are heavier and lack ventilation.
I also know tons of people who wear thin beanies under their helmets for warmth. That's where the inner adjustable helmets are nice.
Unless you are jibbing or riding icy park conditions, I think riding in the trees is more dangerous for your dome piece.
Have you ever actually hit your head hard while riding? I know more than a few kids who never wore helmets for the same reasons you are saying, only to slam their face on something and get carted down the hill. Needless to say they ALL made peace with some dome protection.
Nope, have never hit my head against a tree or other object other than snow. I tend to steer my board away from such obstacles with my edges. If your edges fail you can always bail on your board by falling against the mountainside packed with snow. Always a way to avoid a tree! Lol, some will say that's crazae, but doesn't mean it ain't true.
I have once or twice driven my noggen in the snow after totally messing up a backcountry kicker :P
The thread contributors can feel glad that they've convinced me to bring my helm for park use and they may also be sad because I'll never wear a helmet going down a fall line.