Just to be clear about Hard Hat tech. You are not buying the multiple-impact foam as a money-saving choice. It is a brain saving choice you have to make for yourself..
About 10 people wearing helmets have died crashing into trees in CO this year, and while I have ZERO stats, I bet you less than 20% of them were using the Bern or POC tech. Snowolf has given a great breakdown of this in the past, as a reason he does not wear one. If you are travelling 30+ mph and slightly out of your ability, you aren't respecting your body or protecting it no matter what kind of helmet you wear.
The EPS helmets may save your life when they crack, they may not. Its possible to have many softer hits with an EPS helm that will cause concussions. The hard hats are designed to take falls like 10-12 mph, maybe slipping off a rail, or bouncing your head as you miss a landing, and protect you from concussions. When I cracked my last helm, I was riding very slowly, switch, on a very icy day, scorpioned real hard, and my head hurt bad for like 3 weeks after, right where the crack was. In that situation I think my new Hard Hat would have performed much better for the hat and for my skull.
The better I get, the more time I am taking to get down the mountain, enjoying more of all teh natural features, riding slower. All you dipshits just crawling out of beginnerdom and thinking its time to go fast, slow the fuck down or YOU WILL DIE.
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