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Old 09-27-2010, 10:01 AM   #1 (permalink)
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so I am a newbie... got my board, bindings, boots, jacket, pants, socks. Do i need a helmet? is it something I should consider buying? I just want to ride, i dont plan to do any tricks or anything.

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Old 09-27-2010, 10:10 AM   #2 (permalink)
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YES! GET ONE IMMEDIATELY.

I started off riding without a helmet, figuring I'd only need one when I got ambitious. WRONG. I hit my head a TON when I fell. That's when you'll be some of the most vulnerable - before you've learned control, and a feel for the mountains.

I like the Smith Maze helmet. Good looks, lightweight and you can find it for like $45 on Whiskey Militia.

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Old 09-27-2010, 10:24 AM   #3 (permalink)
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YES! GET ONE IMMEDIATELY.

I started off riding without a helmet, figuring I'd only need one when I got ambitious. WRONG. I hit my head a TON when I fell. That's when you'll be some of the most vulnerable - before you've learned control, and a feel for the mountains.

I like the Smith Maze helmet. Good looks, lightweight and you can find it for like $45 on Whiskey Militia.

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thanks dude, how about knee pads?
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:28 AM   #4 (permalink)
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The only things I'm a STRONG supporter of are wrist guards (mostly just while learning) helmets (never go without).

A girl I used to work with took a spill while she was learning to ride, and sprained her wrist. She's a guitarist (and likes Wii) and the recovery/therapy almost drove her nuts. I myself messed up my wrist in a car-wreck and I needed the extra support of wrist guards. You can find ones that work with any old gloves, or you can get gloves with built-in wrist guards (thats what I did. And then sold them to another coworker who was learning to ride).

I haven't taken any real hard spills that wrecked my elbows or knees, knock on wood, so I don't have an opinion on knee pads. However, if you're going to be riding on the Ice(sic) Coast, you might consider them. Fallen on my ass a couple good times and thought my tailbone was broke. If you're worried about spills you might consider some impact pants while learning.
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Old 09-27-2010, 10:33 AM   #5 (permalink)
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A helmet is a good idea, especially if you are either a newbie or going to be doing freestyle, (AKA going to be falling a lot). You can go with just a regular snowboarding helmet, or if you have some extra cash to spend you can get one with a built in audio system. Unless listening to music while riding isn't a big deal to you, the audio systems are Super worth it since you can only wear earbuds with a helmet, (and I Fing hate earbuds).

Here's what I have, not only is the Audio system pretty good, this thing so SO comfortable, it's like wearing a beanie.
Bern Watts Audio Hard Hat | evo

Oh, and knee pads, meh. Beyond a helmet, I've never felt I needed pads. Your probably better off getting some padded shorts rather then knee pads, you will fall more on your ass then knees.
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Yes, it's the best piece of safety equipment you can have. You only get one brain, and it's damn important.
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Homer Simpson: "Alright, Brain. You don't like me and I don't like you - let's get this over with so I can go back to killing you with beer."

Once again, Homer's Average-Joe wisdom should guide you. Don't kill your brain with blunt-trauma injuries. Beer is much less painful, and might get you laid!

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thanks! dude. I like the helm but i may consider something with bluetooth headphones in it.
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I think the wrists and butt are going to get the more abuse at first...not an essential piece of equipment in my book when you begin...I don't think you can seriously hurt your head until you start taking jumps...but if you can afford it go for it!
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seb1041 - I see your point but it's important to factor in conditions. You might have less of a chance for serious neck injuries if you're not doing trees/jumps etc. However, your head can still get busted good. The bunny hills and beginner slopes are going to get packed down and hardened pretty quick every day. I think it's not out of the question to get a concussion and really ruin your day as a beginner and the hill conditions aren't soft.

Catching tail edge and getting whipped backwards really blows. I had that happen when I was first learning - it was an icy day in NY and I consider myself lucky that I didn't get a concussion. That fall ruined my day, and is why I'll always recommend a helmet for a beginner.

Also, you can't count on other beginners on the hill to not bowl you over. You can't predict the future, but you can plan for eventualities.
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