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+1 for the helmet.

This is my first year wearing a helmet. Last year I got knocked out with a grade III concussion, no helmet. I didn't even remember how I got to work the next day. I ended up getting taken to the hospital for a CAT scan.

At first I hated it and found it distracting. Now I don't even notice it. When I ride without it I feel like something's missing. And it def has the added benefit of keeping my head warm on windy and sub freezing days.

Now I look at few kids without helmets riding the park and think what an idiot, kind of the way I look at hockey goalies from the 70's.
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I generally always wear a helmet now. I was introduced to a guy a few years back who could only communicate through pen and paper. He had lost all ability to speak in an accident, and yup, the accident occurred on a boarding trip in Japan... wasn't wearing a helmet.
His advice- obvious innit, wear a helmet.
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Always, Always, Always.


Got a concussion last year from falling off a rail even with my helmet. I compressed the foam in the back.

When you catch an edge (happens to all of us at some point) you will be thankful you had it. It keeps you warm and today they are very light and stylish.

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Re: To wear or not to wear a Helm?

After cracking my helmet this year doing a regular run (caught an edge on ice) I can only recommend that a helmet always be worn unless you consider yourself a professional.

It will save your life when you least expect it, even if that's 1/10 time you make impact with your head. I value my noodle, don't see why others wouldn't.
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When I first took up skiing no one wore a helmet. If you had a helmet on people would likely laugh at you.

Fast Forward to today and I would say at least half the people on the hill (probably more) wear a helmet. It's not cool nor nerdy to wear a helmet. It's like gloves vs mitts. No one cares if you wear mitts vs gloves. No one cares if you wear a helmet vs not wearing a helmet.

If you have concerns about your safety and choose to wear a helmet, then go for it.

If you don't feel like wearing one for some other reason other than not being cool, then don't wear one.

I wear one because I have hit my head on the slopes before and I had a brief blackout and a huge headache for the rest of the day. Likely got a concussion. Would a helmet have helped me? I don't know ..... I will let you know next time I smack my head hard and if my helmet helps
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I will always wear a helmet, and have since I started. I have people I go with sometimes blaming me for making them wear helmets, because of my gnarly crash my first year out. One in particular could have been bitching about his head last night rather than his back when he fell on a patch of ice. When I see people not wearing helmets, especially in the park, I just think, "Bro/brah, you are gonna end up on an mf'n stretcher."
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I ALWAYS ride with helmet, never felt uncomfortable with it and never cold (we can have -20°C). 10 years ago, it was only a bunch of snowboarders waring helmets here, now its 99% of skiers and I havn't seen one on a board without in this year.

After an out of control skier hit me in the back with a ski edge, I even began to wear a back protector if I'm riding without backpack (with integrated protector).

I'm quite happy to have a working brain and back. Somehow it happens to be that I only like sports where you risk them but I at least can try to protect them.
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On Saturday I attempted an arched rail, but slipped sideways and fell. The back of my head smacked the rail and I was on the ground. Weird thing is that I never saw myself fall. It was just slip, slam, somehow on the ground looking up in a second. My vision went yellow for a moment and I could feel my brain swelling a little inside my skull. I guy came over and asked if he should call ski patrol but I said I thought I was ok and luckily I was, except for the headache for the rest of the day.

All this happened with my helmet on. I can't imagine what it would have been like had I not been wearing it.
The helmet itself looks fine but I don't think I can afford another at the moment if it does turn out to be cracked.

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On Saturday I attempted an arched rail, but slipped sideways and fell. The back of my head smacked the rail and I was on the ground. Weird thing is that I never saw myself fall. It was just slip, slam, somehow on the ground looking up in a second. My vision went yellow for a moment and I could feel my brain swelling a little inside my skull. I guy came over and asked if he should call ski patrol but I said I thought I was ok and luckily I was, except for the headache for the rest of the day.

All this happened with my helmet on. I can't imagine what it would have been like had I not been wearing it.
The helmet itself looks fine but I don't think I can afford another at the moment if it does turn out to be cracked.
classic example of a helmet probably saving you from being a vegetable.

theres literally NO reason not to wear a helmet. i wear one every single time I ride now.


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I wear a helmet most the time, but not always. I agree it's a great idea to always wear one but on a nice spring day when I want to hit the park in a T-shirt I'll forgo the helmet. It should be up to each person IMO, I very, very rarely hit my head anyway. The times I have I was glad to be wearing a helm though!

Sue me. =)
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