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Old 09-07-2012, 11:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Doing both mtb and snowboarding the best gear you can get for safety is a nice spine protector. Id much rather get a broken jaw or concussion that being paralised and have had close calls with snowboarding and mtb with out it. Most under rated peice of gear to date.
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:08 PM   #12 (permalink)
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POC dose have a Cortex DH MIPS, but I think its a bit over kill, unless your a speed skier
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:35 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Doing both mtb and snowboarding the best gear you can get for safety is a nice spine protector. Id much rather get a broken jaw or concussion that being paralised and have had close calls with snowboarding and mtb with out it. Most under rated peice of gear to date.
A spine protector does make falls to your back a non-issue, but if I am just taking it easy then I leave it in the room
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Don't do it, way overkill. While doing DH/FR mountain biking on the otherhand, I would never ride without one.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Don't do it, way overkill. While doing DH/FR mountain biking on the otherhand, I would never ride without one.
This train of thought is where my question came from. The hill doesn't care if you eat it at 30mph on a bike or 30mph on a snowboard. I'm not clear on why FR bikers won't wear anything but a full face, but only a few snowboarders consider it.

I guess it could kill the mood, like wearing too much gear to longboard. Something about the freedom...

That being said, I picked a Bern Brentwood for the time being, and am quite happy with the choice. I'm more likely to ride a snowboard hard than the FR trails. Next summer I'll look into the full face if I'm interested in hitting bigger stuff on the bike.
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Old 09-18-2012, 05:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I don't know, I've been snowboarding for a long time, have been crashing for a long time, and the amount of crashes where my face (not head) was an impact zone was like 1%.

Goggles actually work to protect your face by creating a small buffer zone, so the only area you really have to worry about is your chin. I have a brim on my Bern Watts too which helps too.

All in all snowboarding is a dangerous sport and you just have to accept that no matter what measures you take you still run the risk of hurting yourself. I wear a helmet but anything else I find to be excessive.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:11 PM   #17 (permalink)
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That's quite fair.

I'm definitely not going to stop boarding because it's dangerous. It's mostly just a matter of finding the right balance to mitigate that worst case scenario.

I'm not saying helmets should be required, it's a personal choice.
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Old 09-18-2012, 10:43 PM   #18 (permalink)
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The only thing a full face helmet does is protect your chin area from scratches and possibly breaks. I have been riding for eight years. I have never myself, or anyone I know or saw, got injured or even had impact around the jaw. A mouth guard is a better protection investment that a full face helmet. I use it once in a while when doing sketchy jibs. Especially after my friend pulled the bar up into my teeth one time.
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Your main face issue's are going to be from your knee connecting with you chin - Which a full face helmet won't help with. Or from low tree branches, which, apart from racing, is the only understandable reason you may wear one.

Think about those hot days when you've got a full face on, that ventilation isn't going to do shit. After you've had the helmet a while, then by the end of the day riding you're going to be taking in whiffs of rotten cheese.
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I'm going to ride in a full body cast this year, just to be on the safe side.
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