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Old 10-13-2011, 05:28 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Recently became a father and since my head hitting a tree at speed will now affect more than just me, I'm looking into helmets.
I prefer the silence of the slackcountry over music so I am not looking for fancy sound equipment. Even on the piste I prefer the sound of the snow and my board.
I want a practical, light, nice looking (coolish looking rather than dorkish) helmet.

I realize I will have to try it on to check the fit but hope to get it narrowed down a bit.

thanks.
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I tried on about a dozen helmets and ended up with a Giro G9. Very light, warm n comfortable, has removable ear pads(can put audio in if you want) and vents for warmer days. As a plus, it's not to dorkish lol
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Old 10-13-2011, 03:06 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have a Smith Maze I rock on occasion. It's incredibly light and very warm.
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Recently became a father and since my head hitting a tree at speed will now affect more than just me, I'm looking into helmets.
I prefer the silence of the slackcountry over music so I am not looking for fancy sound equipment. Even on the piste I prefer the sound of the snow and my board.
I want a practical, light, nice looking (coolish looking rather than dorkish) helmet.

I realize I will have to try it on to check the fit but hope to get it narrowed down a bit.

thanks.
1. The fancy sound equipment can come in handy for answering a phone call without reaching into your pockets (or halting your current run).
2. You're a parent. You may officially stop worrying about being, or looking cool.
3. Helmets run the gamut from beanie-esque skate helmets to old-timey football helmets to full-face dirtbike'ish helmets. Hit the local shops and see what fits your head best and works with your goggles.
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It is really all about how it fits. The lightest while staying steeziest to me is the Pro-tec Riot. It has that brim everyone wants, while still being SUPER LIGHT. I seriously forget I wear it. So nice, and warm.
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I've found that fit varies a lot even within a brand, the Smith Maze is a great helmet but it just doesn't fit my head. I've been using a Red Mutiny II the past couple of seasons and I just got a Red Theory for this winter.
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Old 10-13-2011, 06:20 PM   #7 (permalink)
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1. The fancy sound equipment can come in handy for answering a phone call without reaching into your pockets (or halting your current run).
2. You're a parent. You may officially stop worrying about being, or looking cool.
3. Helmets run the gamut from beanie-esque skate helmets to old-timey football helmets to full-face dirtbike'ish helmets. Hit the local shops and see what fits your head best and works with your goggles.
I will hit the shops and try some on starting with smith as they have a couple of recommendations.
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Tarzanman, no worrying involved here. I would just rather rock a nice looking helmet than one that makes my head look like a giant melon.
In general, yes I take your point as a few of my nice shirts have already had milky puke attacks, I am generally wearing shit that I care less about now.

As for mobile phone this may come as a shock but I don't own one. Never have. Don't like them and the changes they have brought. IMO made people more nervous and less able to chill and be still for a moment. As soon as someone is alone out comes the phone and they start fiddling away. Yes, I know I know, now I'm a Dad I need one and will get one. Still I assure you. It will be switched off on when Dad is in the powder.
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I have a giro, I love it. I use my Iphone headphones inside, and they don't fall out at all.

after hitting my head on ice, I'll never board without a helmet ever again!! Saved me from concussions twice already.
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As for mobile phone this may come as a shock but I don't own one. Never have. Don't like them and the changes they have brought. IMO made people more nervous and less able to chill and be still for a moment. As soon as someone is alone out comes the phone and they start fiddling away. Yes, I know I know, now I'm a Dad I need one and will get one. Still I assure you. It will be switched off on when Dad is in the powder.
You must be the only person in Japan without one, no?
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I love my Bern Watts, mine has audio but they mostly sell non-audio. Most comfortable helmet I've tried on, after a while it's like wearing a beanie.
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