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Old 01-10-2012, 09:19 PM   #41 (permalink)
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i used to snowboard about 9 years ago..16-18yrs and i never wore a helmet. i thought they were bulky, uncomfortable and most of all looked "nerdy"..

i am 27 now and as I changed my life i decided to start riding again, the first thing i did was to buy a helmet and i didn't let my gf go out without wearing one. Life is so much more precious to me now and there is ABSOLUTELY no reason to not wear a helmet.

Uncomfortable? Maybe if you spent 30$ on your helmet. Go to stores and try them on. They have to fit snug but not uncomfortably, helmets are like shoes you have to try them on and play with them until you find the one that feels snug and comfortable..it shouldnt move around on your head. if you find a helmet like that, within a few minutes of riding you will forget you even have it on. believe me.

I wear a POC Skull Light helmet, it cost me 130$...it keeps me warm, i don't feel its there and most of all it protects my head. everyone is a hero until they take a hit straight to the noggin.
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:46 PM   #42 (permalink)
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I will always maintain a position of helmet use being a personal choice. However some things to be considered about the reasons some have for not wearing them.

Uncomfortable: If the OP's helmet is 12 years old, the rate that tech moves these days that is ancient. Helmets are like boots, people can recommend models till they are blue in the face, YOU HAVE TO TRY THEM ON! And I don't mean just 1 or 2 that some random dude on the internet recommended. I tried on 15 before I bought mine (Giro G9) with the amount of manufacturers and models available you will find something that fits right.

I don't ride park: In my experience, outside the park, most concussions happen on easy groomers. These areas are congested with inexperienced riders/skiers, sure you can control what YOU do but shit does indeed happen. I also seem to edge catch more on green runs, when I'm riding more advanced runs I'm 110% focused on what I am doing and the terrain directly in front of me. On green groomers I'm picking my line based on the people in front of me and not so much on what I am sliding over.

Not warm: *I have no idea about the beanie/fit thing* I usually have to open vents to keep from sweating like a pig in mine, maybe cheap helmets don't have as good of insulation The only time I can remember not venting mine was a heavy snow at Keystone a few years ago, was probably in the teens, and dumping. Still warm enough, I can't imagine riding in weather that was much worse.

Doesn't look cool: If you are going to the mountain just to make a fashion statement, then why bother riding at all, just gear up in a grand worth of Burton crap and hang out in the lodge. If you are THAT worried about what other people think, it's an issue with your self esteem....besides mine looks bad assed

All in all, as I have said in these threads before, better to have it and not need it, then need it and not have it...your squash your choice.
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Old 01-11-2012, 12:15 AM   #43 (permalink)
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I'm with you on the warmth thing Jeffrey. My head has never been cold in 12+ years of wearing a helmet (by itself), and I usually run on the cooler side.

I also have a Giro (Seam). They make really nice helmets. Lightweight, well ventilated, goggle compatability, comfortable (for me)...a little spendy, but you get what you pay for.

I liked the look of the Smith helmets quite a bit more, but they just didn't fit me right.
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Old 01-11-2012, 09:37 AM   #44 (permalink)
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Agreed. And I am serious, if you have some info please post it and I will utilize it in our safety committee's, ect. we wear helmets with hoods, without, with hoods and mask, ect, ect...
With all due respect, I just don't see it. And the basis for so has several reasons. Mostly revolving around the helmet companies liability, because unfortunately, that's what makes our world turn...I have never seen a warning not to wear anything under a helmet, and the companies would certainly use that as an easy "out", especially since it's a common practice.
If the fit were THAT specific, there would be a more specific fit. It wouldnt be S,M,L,XL...what about those that fall in between. Also my Berns helmet I just got has a winter insert and a sweat band instead of an insert for summer use. The winter one is thicker than my beanie, and because of that the helmet fits a little looser without the insert, but the difference is greater than using my beanie and not using it.
yea I have to agree....beanies dont make helmets less safe, a helmet that is too loose does
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Old 01-11-2012, 06:10 PM   #45 (permalink)
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Personally i hardly ever wear a helmet. I just don't find them comfortable nor do i like how they look, nor do i like how they fit with my neck warmer, or how bulky they are, or how they get itchy. The only times i will wear a helmet are if i want to do some filming with the helmet cam, or if im having a park day. Other than that its a beanie or some type of a hat.

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I don't ride park: In my experience, outside the park, most concussions happen on easy groomers. These areas are congested with inexperienced riders/skiers, sure you can control what YOU do but shit does indeed happen. I also seem to edge catch more on green runs, when I'm riding more advanced runs I'm 110% focused on what I am doing and the terrain directly in front of me. On green groomers I'm picking my line based on the people in front of me and not so much on what I am sliding over.


Doesn't look cool: If you are going to the mountain just to make a fashion statement, then why bother riding at all, just gear up in a grand worth of Burton crap and hang out in the lodge. If you are THAT worried about what other people think, it's an issue with your self esteem....besides mine looks bad assed
well i dont ever ride green groomers so it looks like i am safe there. I am hardly ever in areas with inexperienced beginners so for the most part i dont need to worry about other people. And while i dont go up to the mountain to make a fashion statement i do care a bit about what i look like, and i dont like the look of helmets, simple as that, just my personal opinion.
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Old 01-12-2012, 11:15 AM   #46 (permalink)
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My helmet looks stupid but I still wear it, I'd rather look stupid than be stupid. I have a size 8 hat/67 helmet so there aren't many cool options.... Wearing one has saved me a few times though, my niece and son would both likely be dead without one. Both have been knocked out and cracked helmets. My niece woke up in providence hood river hospital not knowing how she got there, that's a long ride off mt hood.....
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Old 01-12-2012, 09:28 PM   #47 (permalink)
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Was dicking around coming down a cattrack after a long epic powder day on tuesday and caught my nose - did a flip and landed straight on the back of my head. I was dizzy for about 10 minutes and the impact still hurt with the helmet, but boy was I glad I was wearing it. Shit happens when you least expect it and it's nice to have that security.
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Old 01-18-2012, 10:08 PM   #48 (permalink)
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After getting two concussions, I've taken to wearing my helmet every time I go out. First concussion was when I was just starting out, one of the first black diamond runs I ever hit, and it was icy as shiiit. Ended up falling pretty bad and slamming my head on some ice.
After that I got a helmet, but as I got better I decided to only wear it when I was planning on charging icy or going big in the park. I was with a few beginner friends and decided to forego the helmet because I was just going to be taking it easy with them. But by the end of the day I got restless and ended up taking some laps through the park where I blasted my head when i botched the landing on a fairly large jump. That one really sucked because I had to drive home since my car wasn't automatic and none of my friends could drive a stick. Whole way back, my friends had to keep reminding me where we were going and how to get back to my house. Driving back was probably even dumber than not wearing a helmet.
Interestingly, since I started wearing a helmet, I've injured pretty much everything else on falls, but haven't once taken a big blow to the head. That's not going to stop me from putting one on though. The one time I leave the helmet in the car, I'll probably end up cracking my skull on a kink rail.

As far as the whole, "don't wear helmet over beanie" thing, I've never heard that before. I've always worn my helmet over a beanie and goggles under the helmet. I like the look better, plus I find it more comfortable with the beanie on than the ear pads.
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Old 01-19-2012, 04:22 AM   #49 (permalink)
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Last year my cousin was riding side by side with his buddy. His buddy fell and hit his head not even that hard and immediately started having a seizure right there. I was on the fence about wearing a helmet then, but after that I wear it every time now.

I have a Smith Maze. It is the lightest helmet there is. It feels like I have nothing on my head, it stays the perfect temp all day, keeps my ears warm, plays music, and gives me a tad more courage. I may look a little dumb but...I'll never go back to a too hot/too cold/too itchy beanie again.
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caught a heel edge two days ago doing a frontside bs on a og rail while I was wearing my helmet and it probably saved my life

...the back of my head bounced off the rail and I still might have gotten a mild concussion but no doubt I wouldn't be sitting here if I wasn't wearing it

everyone please wear a helmet when you're out there....there really is absolutely no justifiable reason not to
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