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Old 03-11-2013, 01:05 PM   #191 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by MarshallV82 View Post
You've called out someone on each page of this thread.. Helmet nazis just get old! I too have been skiing/skateboarding and riding over twenty years. I just started wearing a helmet a few years ago when they got popular. I still ride without them from time to time when it's a nice spring day and just casually ride groomers with the girlfriend. I won't be surprised when insurance companies start making resorts make helmets mandatory or give them a discount if they do.

Worst thing I've had happen was a broken femur while skiing and and broken ribs/dislocated elbow while riding. Skateboarding was the worst for head injuries. Nobody wore a helmet back when I was into that. Making beginners/tourists stay the fuck off terrian they cant handle and making them learn and follow the skiers code would help curb injuries more than PPE. Kids in the future are going to have to suit up like Ironman to be allowed to have fun.
im not a helmet nazi.. I dont give a flying fuck if you become a drooling vegetable..ill bet if you did (or anyone else did ) your family would be wishing you wore a fucking helmet so that they wouldnt be wiping spittle off of your chin, pushing you around in a wheelchair or feeding you baby food. Again, let me make it clear..i dont care if you wear a helmet, thats your decision but the moronic fucking comments in this thread about why people don't wear them makes me wonder if they haven't already hit their heads too many times.

"im know my limits"
"im just cruising"
"shouldnt have been on that terrain"

guess what? youre not a professional rider, and you're certainly not about rather than make idiotic reasons, you just say "i dont want to wear a helmet despite the fact that I know the risks inherent with high speed head injuries"?

EVERYONE makes mistakes ... Caleb Moore, Shaun White, Sarah Burke... theyre all much better at their sport than you. I'll bet Shaun White doesn't get into a halfpipe without a helmet on..and Ill also bet he knows his limitations. its a stupid fucking argument and youre just asking for karma to teach you a lesson.

so, in conclusion, suck my helmet nazi nuts

and in case any of you missed it..this was Liam Neeson's wife Natasha Richardson

"On 16 March 2009, Richardson sustained a head injury when she fell while taking a beginner skiing lesson at the Mont Tremblant Resort in Quebec, Canada about 80 miles (130 km) from Montreal. The injury was followed by a lucid interval, when Richardson seemed to be fine and was able to talk and act normally. Paramedics and an ambulance which initially responded to the accident were told they were not needed and left.[19] Refusing medical attention twice, she returned to her hotel room and about three hours later was taken to a local hospital in Sainte-Agathe-des-Monts after complaining of a headache.[20][21] She was transferred from there by ambulance to Hôpital du Sacré-Cœur, Montreal, in critical condition and was admitted about seven hours after the fall.[22][23] The following day she was flown to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City, where she died on 18 March at the age of 45.[1][24] An autopsy conducted by the New York City Medical Examiners Office on 19 March revealed the cause of death was an "epidural hematoma due to blunt impact to the head", and her death was ruled an accident.[20]"

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Old 03-11-2013, 01:08 PM   #192 (permalink)
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I felt the same as you Peaceryder (FREEEEDOM!!!)

Then I caught a toe edge avoiding a bowling pin of a skier, and bounced my forehead of the hard pack. Once my eyesight settled, I saw the indent in the snow from my head, about two inches from a nice big boulder. I bought a helmet ASAP.
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Old 03-11-2013, 01:16 PM   #193 (permalink)
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Last week at Northstar:

A dad skier was bending down to zip up his toddler daughter's jacket in the base area near a fence. A pair of skis were leaning up against the fence two feet away from dad. Some doofus backed up into the skis, causing them to slide and fall down the fence crashing directly into dad's head. Luckily, he had his helmet on. If he didn't, he'd most certainly have had to go to the hospital for something.

You wear a helmet because doofuses have a knack for being unforeseeable.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:33 PM   #194 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by tokyo_dom View Post
Bern Brighton Hard Hat - Women's | evo

That one seems to fit the 'cute' citeria, but doesnt seem to conform to safety standards (and it costs more than the ones that do )
Check out these ones on If it says "Women's" and "EPS", it should be fine. You can check each helmet's safety certifications in the column on the right side of its page.

These are also cheaper than the ones on, and Dogfunk has a much better lifetime return policy. If she does get one and it doesn't fit, you can exchange it for free. If you need a refund, play it nice and they'll always give you the return label for free.

They also have a load of other brands to choose from.
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Old 03-11-2013, 03:41 PM   #195 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by East§ide View Post
im not a helmet nazi.. I dont give a flying fuck if you become a drooling vegetable..
I'm going to second this. I fully believe in personal freedoms and I will support your freedom to be a christian fundamentalist just as strongly as I'll support your freedom to be a trasnvestite lesbian transexual alternative lifestylist. But that doesn't mean I have to agree with your personal choice. And if you voice your opinion, I have a right to voice mine. Which may or may not include telling you I thnk you're a moron.

There's a huge difference, both morally and otherwise, between trying to persuade someone to a point of view and trying to shove it down their throat. It can be hard to tell which it is sometimes when you have a personal stake in the question though.

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Old 03-11-2013, 03:53 PM   #196 (permalink)
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As for accident stories...
My sister's fiancé (<hey that's cool- the accent was automatic!) told me about his friend who went skiing several years ago wearing only a beanie. He fell on a beginner hill, and during the moment he was on the ground a skier sliced over his head and cut it pretty deep.

After a fair amount of stitching later he turned out to be ok, but man that was just nasty!

This was back when I was learning and him and my sister were visiting us for crizmas break. My dad, being the money-saving man he was, got me one of these stupid things to wear:

I was about to go snowboarding one day without it and he told me this story of his friend, so I wore it.

It looked like a bowling ball. It cramped my ears. It was terrible. But it saved my ass later on! (I've still been needing to sell it since I've had my REAL snowboarding helmet, which is the most awesome thing I've ever worn on my head!)

It's in new condition still if anyone's interested... if anyone is I'll take some pictures.
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Old 03-11-2013, 04:45 PM   #197 (permalink)
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I never wore one for 8 years of riding. Hit a 20 footer at bachelor earlier this year and caught my heel edge landing and slammed my head. Rattled me pretty good. Went and bought a helmet, forgot it was on after ten minutes. So now I'm wondering why I haven't had one since the day I started...
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I was riding really mellow woods saturday, following my son ( I let him go ahead so I can see what he's doing and where he goes) he's 13 and learning.
I ducked a branch but didn't see the other one behind it, a broken stump that smacked my helmet protected forehead. It was a good hit. Without helmet I would have had stitches for sure. I was not going fast.
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Old 03-12-2013, 07:15 AM   #199 (permalink)
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Haha Donutz, that's what they don't get.. I have no vested stake in their life, but the stupid reasonings just make me want to face palm all day. No one is perfect, conditions are rarely perfect, and aside from the occasional assclown chiming in about how they never fall or they haven't work one in X amount of years and have been fine, there's 20+ pages of new to experienced riders telling stories about how their helmet saved their day,season or life.

I didn't think helmets were cool at first.. I didn't want to wear one so badly. Then, one day I was calmly cruising down a mellow blue trail with some friends and looked back to see where they were and lost my edge.. I fly backwards about 10 feet downhill and smack my head pretty good.. Seeing stars, I got up, rode to the lodge and bought a helmet.. And then looked around and realized I was in the majority with the helmet on

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Old 03-12-2013, 08:18 AM   #200 (permalink)
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I am 45 and never wore a helmet since I started skiing in the late 80s, through transition to snowboarding last year.... until a couple of things happened this season.

- Ultra icy conditions early this season and I kept catching edges like crazy. Several slams backwards into the ground while my kids were around and I was 3 hours from home really started me thinking.

- Doing much more aggressive runs and seeing the effects of higher speed and greater angles got me thinking some more...

- Then my son and I decided to try park. That was it - I bought a helmet first and never looked back. I have a Red Trace, its comfortable both in feel and temperature regulation.

Now I can do whatever and not have to think about it. I just put it on and keep it on and I made peace with that. Partly at my age there are bigger things to be worried about... I know people fighting cancer, raising disabled kids, unable to find work, etc, can I get worked up about a helmet?

My kids need me around for a long time so that is a big factor for me....but otherwise I think its pretty cool to be riding at my age, especially in the park with the teens and 20'somethings, and I would hate to lose that.
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