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Old 12-07-2011, 02:59 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone,

Wondering how important helmets are for snowboarders going down the beginner and intermediate slopes. Not going to be going in the park or doing the jumps, etc.

What does everyone think?

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Old 12-07-2011, 03:03 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I personally don't wear one to snowboard, and I've come to in the hospital with a bad concussion.

If you don't want to wake up in the hospital, not knowing where you are, why you're there, what year it is, who the president is, or worse, then get a helmet.

I absolutely should wear a helmet, I even own one.

It's a senses thing with me and I should get used to it. The helmet blurs my sense of sound and vision and it's kept me from wearing my helmet more than once, and I'm an idiot for not getting used to it.
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Old 12-07-2011, 03:03 AM   #3 (permalink)
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What's cheaper? A 100$ helmet or 1000s in surgery and a lifetime of struggle?

With that said, I don't rock a helmet, but you never know what can happen.

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Old 12-07-2011, 04:00 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I know that for me with snowboarding after getting out of my beginner stage I don't really fall a whole lot and if I do fall it's really pretty controlled. So it's definitely really easy, especially when you gain more confidence, to decide to not wear a helmet. Last season I didn't even have a helmet.

On the other hand, I work on an ambulance. I've seen my fair share of concussions and their consequences. And to be honest most of the time it ends just fine with no real harm done. But I've seen people paralyzed from spinal injuries and people die from head trauma.

The last day of last season I took a very hard fall when helping my girlfriend learn to snowboard, I let her go ahead of me, watched her, then made my way down with not a care in the world. It was basically a bunny hill why should I be careful right? Long story short, hit a bump I didn't think was there and ended up hitting my head about 5 times on my way down. took me almost 30 minutes to get my bearings straight before I finally wobbled down to my truck. This year I'm using my kayaking helmet, just so I have something. definitely not spending a hundred bucks just for another helmet.

So no, if you are doing easier runs then you don't NEED one. Of course you could get seriously injured snowboarding at any level, it happens all the time. Ultimately it's your life and it's your decision, better safe than sorry? or live with the consequences?
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:05 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I'll repeat what I say in every helmet thread. In this sport you don't just have to worry about yourself. You have to worry about the idiot up hill from you that has no clue how to keep from running into you and slamming your head into an ice patch. I had my tooth chipped and took a good hit to my head because of one of these guys and have had multiple close calls. There are also advantages. You almost always wear something on you head anyways so it might as well protect you at the same time. They also don't fall off when you fall and most keep your goggles from going anywhere. No yard sales to pick up after a wreck. Basic snowboarding helmets can be found for under $50 so it will be just about the cheapest piece of gear you have.

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Old 12-07-2011, 04:07 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Don't listen to these guys, they're pussies If your going to be a man and push yourself your going to fall alot no matter how good you are. Wear a helmet and don't be a bitch. It's saved me tons of times, shit last week I landed on my head and it didn't bother me because I wasn't a little girl and wore my brain bucket
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If you have the money to buy one why not. Sure you may not expect to injure yourself on a beginner run but that is what the helmet is there for, to protect you from the unexpected. Yes I recommend getting yourself a helmet but no its not like you can't ride without one. People hit park features and jumps without helmets all the time and are fine so you just gotta figure out if you wanna risk it or not.
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Old 12-07-2011, 04:52 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by new2boards2011 View Post
Hey everyone,

Wondering how important helmets are for snowboarders going down the beginner and intermediate slopes. Not going to be going in the park or doing the jumps, etc.

What does everyone think?

I think you should get one.
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Old 12-07-2011, 05:46 AM   #9 (permalink)
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This will be my fourth year and I board quite a bit, mostly off piste. Until recently I had never owned or worn a helmet, I just bought a smith vantage because I am a father now and I want some extra protection.

Until now I have had a few falls, but never a bad head shot not once. I think a helmet is good insurance, but riding with care and using your brain is the most important safety precaution IMO. I ride some pretty gnarly terrain and hit natural features where you can't always see the landing. I just always do a slow run first to check the landings and the conditions to figure out the safest and best lines. Then I crank up the speed and amount of air with each run.

Even if I wear a helmet my aim will be to ride without using or needing its protection if you see what I mean. I see people buy helmets and then start taking risks that are dumb because they think they are protected. My buddy told me it saved him twice on the first day he wore it..

Ride with control and caution with or without a helmet. If you choose to ride with one ride in a way you won't need it unless its a freak accident.

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Old 12-07-2011, 07:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I'd rather have it and not need it then need it and not have it

I guess I'm kind of backwards, when I was learning I didn't wear one (hell I didn't even wear goggles for the first couple times lol) As I started to get more aggressive, ride faster, and hit more challenging terrain is when I started thinking I might need one. I finally got one last year (4th season) and ride with it every time. But's your squash you decide.
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