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Old 03-19-2014, 05:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Does a more expensive helmet really make that much difference when you wipeout?
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Not necessarily. As long as a helmet meets safety standards it will help protect your noggin as well as most others. The most important thing (after safety materials) is proper fit and wearing it correctly.

Certain features will drive up a helmet's price (venting, incremental tightening, integrated visors, paint schemes, etc...) while having no bearing on actual protection. But other features which may drive up the price *do* aid in protection (collision materials and tech).
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Does a more expensive helmet really make that much difference when you wipeout?
Yes, your stickers are more likely to stay on, after wiping out, on a more expensive helmet...


Truthfully, I love my Giro Combyn softshell helmet... You have to wipe out pretty hard to feel it through that helmet.
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Not necessarily. As long as a helmet meets safety standards it will help protect your noggin as well as most others. The most important thing (after safety materials) is proper fit and wearing it correctly.

Certain features will drive up a helmet's price (venting, incremental tightening, integrated visors, paint schemes, etc...) while having no bearing on actual protection. But other features which may drive up the price *do* aid in protection (collision materials and tech).
Most of the cost come from the above oww and some have in built headphones :-) and removable and adjustable padding to get the fit right.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:03 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I've been looking to upgrade from a normal helmet to one with a MIPS system, varying makers like Smith, Red & POC use it, some with audio system. It attempts to mimic the way your skull works with a layer of cushioning between the outer and inner layers. Or at least that's the way I understand it. They also seem to design their helmets for oblique falls, side, back, front rather than straight onto the top. Again, thats the way I understand it. After figuring out how much i spent on boarding this year, 10k for me and the wife, a little extra on more protection doesn't seem like a bad investment. Like I said i don't own one as of now. I believe i remember reading that normal helmets were considered effective up to 12 MPH, that wasn't particularly reassuring**
** might have been in the Denver Post article re: ski area deaths

http://www.denverpost.com/ci_2282013...-after-hitting
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:06 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Not too sure really, i have thought about it a lot in the past, i use a Carbon Helmet with MIPS, it is less likely to split on impact that is for sure, and the MIPS allows for the helmet to rotate while your head doesn't rotate as fast.

It does come at a cost though...

I would definitely say that cost does impact up to a point, but over a certain point it is about looks and style...

A cheap poly $50 helmet is never going to protect the same way a $300 carbon one does as an example...

I will never use a helmet without MIPS now, and i will never use a helmet that does not have Loccigrip (base of skull on the rear) either, they are both extremely important in my mind...
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I think I may invest in a helmet that is suggested to be better protection at the higher speeds. I'm like the roadrunner out of control on the hills.
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Kevin, what is loccigrip?
I tried an internet search on it and got nothing.
Curious to know what it is.

Btw, I wear a POC Fornix with MIPS and am very happy with it.
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sorry, i mean OCCIGRIP hehe

have a look on any sweet protection helmets...

http://www.sweetprotection.com/ski-a...r-mips&pid=572

That will show you on the features...
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Get it with lots of vents
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