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Old 03-19-2014, 01:15 PM   #11 (permalink)
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OCCIGRIP is very similar to the system the POC uses for keeping the helmet fitted... They make a huge difference on the base of the skull as to how the helmet stays on your head and how comfortable that are as well...
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:21 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Generally speaking there is no difference between more expensive or less expensive snowboard/ski helmets. All of them must confine and pass certification to be allowed on the market. There are two most common standards of protection: EN 1077:2007 Class A and Class B

The difference between A and B is in coverage and impact resistance. Here the layout.

Class B - has to protect the top and rear of the head but doesn't have to cover the ears (the odd Class B helmet does though)
Class A - has to protect the top and rear of the head and also the ears/side of the head

Impact Protection:
Class B - must be able to withstand an impact from a drop height equivalent to 375mm (37.5cm)
Class A - must be able to withstand an impact from a drop height equivalent to 750mm (75cm)

So obviously class A gives you more protection, in addition it provides more protection against penetration. Unfortunately on most retailers web sites they omit this information from the description of the helmet, but it can be always found on the sticker inside the helmet.

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Generally speaking there is no difference between more expensive or less expensive snowboard/ski helmets. All of them must confine and pass certification to be allowed on the market. There are two most common standards of protection: EN 1077:2007 Class A and Class B

The difference between A and B is in coverage and impact resistance. Here the layout.

Class B - has to protect the top and rear of the head but doesn't have to cover the ears (the odd Class B helmet does though)
Class A - has to protect the top and rear of the head and also the ears/side of the head

Impact Protection:
Class B - must be able to withstand an impact from a drop height equivalent to 375mm (37.5cm)
Class A - must be able to withstand an impact from a drop height equivalent to 750mm (75cm)

So obviously class A gives you more protection. Unfortunately on most retailers web sites they omit this information from the description of the helmet, but it can be always found on the sticker inside the helmet.
While they all have to meet the minimum, some go above it. Technologies such as MIPS do make a difference. And higher end helmets often have better retention systems and more sizes, which means a better fit (which means they will stay where they are supposed to be when you crash)

That being said, the main driver for price is features such as vents and audio. Which do not make a helmet safer, but could make it more comfortable and then you are more likely to wear it.
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While they all have to meet the minimum, some go above it. Technologies such as MIPS do make a difference. And higher end helmets often have better retention systems and more sizes, which means a better fit (which means they will stay where they are supposed to be when you crash)

That being said, the main driver for price is features such as vents and audio. Which do not make a helmet safer, but could make it more comfortable and then you are more likely to wear it.
Totally agree. Wearability is a very important factor, also helmet must have a perfect fit and sit snugly on the head. Something that most people don't take seriously but it makes a huge difference when it comes to impact protection.
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buying an exorbitantly helmet can be counter-productive, as most are only good for one impact (mips claim to be good for multiple). people may be reluctant to chuck an expensive helmet after a medium impact. my Montane was a decent helmet in the $100+ range. split it like a melon, but it kept me alive
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according to this article mips is great and all other helmets are the same.

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according to this article mips is great and all other helmets are the same.

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that sentence barely cracks the surface of what that article said. those tests were pretty much all bicycle tests, those falls are not the same as snowboarding falls. shit, snowboarding falls are significantly different incident to incident.
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he does talk about snowboard helmets as well and how there has not been a change in materials in about 30 years. Also, i have never had a straight vertical fall on my head while snowboarding which is how all helmets are tested?

idk, i don't wear a helmet but have been researching it to see what evidence there is to wear one. I might consider the mips system if i was to start wearing one but im not sure yet.
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idk, i don't wear a helmet but have been researching it to see what evidence there is to wear one. I might consider the mips system if i was to start wearing one but im not sure yet.
You know that you can conduct your own research into this.

Stand in front of a wall, with your back toward it.
Lean your head forward and then snap it backward so your head strikes the wall forcefully. Record the results.
Repeat this procedure with a helmet. Record the results.

Actually, it might be better to do this experiment with the helmet on first. It might be easier to record the results.
But then, I'm no scientist.
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