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What the consensus most protective helmet?

I have knocked myself unconscious a few times, and I just moved to Denver so i will be snowboarding much more now, so I am ready to invest in whatever helmet will keep my head intact. What is the consensus most protective helmet, regardless of weight or cost? Thanks in advance for any replies.
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Most protective regardless of weight and cost? Probably a motorcycle helmet.
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Best way to avoid hitting your head more is to learn better riding skills.

I'd guess consumer reports has done a comparison or is more likely to have done it than a bunch of snowboarders. Even so I would rather use a source like CR.
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I tried to research helmet specifications and found one that is no longer used, I just cannot remember the name, I called them and he said their stuff was too stringent or expensive for them to meet so none of them used their certification, so I then asked him what people there used and he said POC Backcountry receptor MIPS was the most popular. That was where I was leaning but figured I'd check with you guys.
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That's top of the line for sure but not a single helmet will actually protect you from blows over 15mph or so. Poc mips is probably as close as you get to it.
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Sadly, snowboard helmet tech is way behind motorcycle helmets. I knocked myself out a few years ago when I screwed up a medium sized jump. After that I got a RED helmet with MIPS and that really does seem to help limit the blow to the head.

I have a collection of wrecked road racing helmets (15 or so)...I have crashed from 15 mph up to 120 mph and never suffered the kind of head blow that I had snowboarding.

Argo, I respect your opinion but I disagree. I believe that sometimes we progress by throwing caution to the wind and going for it...the price of that is bad crashes. We get up, brush ourselves off and learn from it. How do we get better unless we push the comfort zone envelop?

I think snowboard helmets should be better...the tech is out there and I personally would be willing to shell out $400 for a helmet that protects my head like an Arai that I wear when racing my motorcycle.
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Sadly, snowboard helmet tech is way behind motorcycle helmets. I knocked myself out a few years ago when I screwed up a medium sized jump. After that I got a RED helmet with MIPS and that really does seem to help limit the blow to the head.

I have a collection of wrecked road racing helmets (15 or so)...I have crashed from 15 mph up to 120 mph and never suffered the kind of head blow that I had snowboarding.

Argo, I respect your opinion but I disagree. I believe that sometimes we progress by throwing caution to the wind and going for it...the price of that is bad crashes. We get up, brush ourselves off and learn from it. How do we get better unless we push the comfort zone envelop?

I think snowboard helmets should be better...the tech is out there and I personally would be willing to shell out $400 for a helmet that protects my head like an Arai that I wear when racing my motorcycle.
Amen....I would easily pay $400 for a high quality protective helmet. Guess I will go with the POCS.
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Working at the base of a mountain in a hospital and living slopeside with plenty of varying degrees of skilled friends so I think I probably have a pretty decent amount of knowledge on the subject of concussions and brain injury in general. Friends/riding acquaintances
range from beginner to full on pro riders.

Sure freak accidents happen and you slam hard. This shouldn't happen numerous times a season. Given the circles of people I've rolled through have been up to pro freeride tour guys and pro pipe/slope guys I would have to say that they definitely push it. They all wear pretty basic helmets or no helmets. I might know one or two a season at the advanced to pro level riders than get a good head hit. I have treated and known hundreds of beginner to advanced intermediate people get concussions because they think they are better than they are and go too big or miscalculated something that made them lose their proper edge hold.

Sure, a helmet helps you but, not one single helmet can keep you from getting a concussion from a fall with a speed of impact that happens once your off the learning curve. Skill is greater than equipment, ALWAYS. Go buy your 400 helmet and it will definitely help but riding like a fool will blow right through the padding and your brain will still slap your skull.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't wear a helmet. You should, maybe some body armor, it keeps the bumps and bruises down for sure. I'm saying that a better investment is in taking time to advance is going to be way more helpful in the long run.

Most Denver people put down 30 to 50 days a year if they are dedicated. I'm guessing that is alot more mountain time than your used to. Just take a step back and progress a little slower because big progression attempts are what gives you the worst of your wipe outs.

Baby jumps, small jumps, big jumps, real big jumps. 180, 360, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12..... Ride on box, ride on rail, small jump on, full on urban...
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My three head injuries did not happen on the park or riding aggressively. One time I was going really slow, caught and edge and was slammed to the ground on my head...Second and third time, again, slow descent and slam. I am a newbie still in my mind having only snowboarded 35 times or so...in retrospect, I could not have prevented any of the falls and injuries. I am going to invest in a new helmet. I recall my first day ever, I fell and hit my head with my 125.00 Smith helmet and saw stars. Thanks to the various threads on this topic here, I can investigate a proper helmet that will protect me better.
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My three head injuries did not happen on the park or riding aggressively. One time I was going really slow, caught and edge and was slammed to the ground on my head...Second and third time, again, slow descent and slam. I am a newbie still in my mind having only snowboarded 35 times or so...in retrospect, I could not have prevented any of the falls and injuries. I am going to invest in a new helmet. I recall my first day ever, I fell and hit my head with my 125.00 Smith helmet and saw stars. Thanks to the various threads on this topic here, I can investigate a proper helmet that will protect me better.
In all likelihood your Smith was a perfectly 'proper helmet' with good protection.
Problem are the repeated impacts:
- Repeated hits to the head (even if not all major and regardless whether wearing a helmet or not) are really bad for the brain. That is a major finding from the NFL concussion research.
- Most helmets (even high end) are toast after one major impact.
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