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TyBardy 02-11-2014 10:13 PM

Helmet questions - Many of them actually
As some who have been following may know, i took some time off boarding (about six years)... Came back this season and its like I didn't miss a thing....

Except everyone is wearing a helmet now, regardless of riding type. Used to only be the park idiots (Kidding). Of course, it made me think... maybe this isnt a bad idea. How do you chose a helmet? How do I know which one to buy? Heard there was one with headphones built in and I liked the idea of that.

Can you cats help me figure out what I am looking at when chosing a helmet? Not really pick one for me, but I guess help me understand what to look for?

ryannorthcott 02-11-2014 10:18 PM

whichever one fits. only one brand of helmet fits my melon so that's the one i buy.

sclogger 02-11-2014 10:40 PM

Top things on my helmet list are fit, adjustable vents (I run hot), and some type of fit adjustment harness. The lighter the better. I could care less about audio, cause I think it's far more important to be aware of your surroundings but most manufacturers have some type of audio add on.

That being said, I have grown very found of my Smith Vantage but there's no way I'd pay full price. Pick up last years, or wait for sales and you can find it for 100ish or less.

john doe 02-12-2014 02:33 AM

Fit is the most important thing. Not just the right circumference but the right shape. Past that it is all personal preference as far as features go.

neni 02-12-2014 03:32 AM

Besides the mentioned adjustable vents and fit adjustment harness, a removable inside liner (to wash it from time to time!) is a point I look for (maybe nowadays all helments have this :dunno:).

Considering fit: try the helmet in a shop and don't buy online. Not all brands/models fit to every head even if they have fit adjustment harness. If between the sizes and both fit, I'd rather go for the bigger one. The smaller could feel good some minutes trying it in the shop but could cause headache wearing it for half a day.

Be prepared that you maybe have to replace your goggles... Some older goggles don't have long enough straps to fit over (the nowadays rather big) helments :)

vajohn 02-12-2014 07:03 AM

I just upgraded to a new one and got it online. I found a prior year smith transport for $70. In my experience, you will generally pay $60-100 for a basic helmet (little to no adjustments and usually just fabric flaps to cover the vents). It will be $130 and up for a helmet with adjustable venting and a micro-adjust harness.

Most of the helmets have some type of audio system compatibility. I use a cheap set of earbuds.

behi 02-12-2014 09:03 AM

If you are in-between sizes, it can be quite tough to find a helmet that isn't too tight or too wobbly. In that case, I would look at the Salomon Air stuff (they have inflatable air bladders that distribute pressure very well - works much better than the standard adjustable harness stuff).

Lamps 02-12-2014 09:30 AM

If you like lots of feature, adjustability etc, look at the Smith Variant. Can be had with a brim.

Good that you're considering one.

One of the most compelling arguments is that no matter how good you are, or conservative a rider, you can get hit from behind by somebody else. I had a near miss recently where I got a glancing hit from behind and there was incidental helmet to helmet contact, f anything had been even slightly different and I didn't have a helmet or the other guy didn't it would have been really ugly.

Argo 02-12-2014 09:34 AM

Only smith has one big enough to fit my head comfortably. I love having a helmet on in the trees, keeps me warm, keeps me not retarded.....

Banana12 02-12-2014 09:40 AM

Check that the helmet is certified as ASTM 2040. I think CE-EN1077 is the equivalent European standard, which would also work.

There are a few helmets that are certified as hardhats, so just make sure you check it has the proper impact certification.

There is also the choice between single-impact helmets (which is the norm) and multi-impact helmets. Research the differences to decide what sounds right for you.

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