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Old 09-06-2012, 08:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I've done enough searching to know this is quite the heated topic... All I'd like is a few opinions on whether wearing a full face helmet for regular boarding is acceptable or just plain dumb.

My intent is to have a single good quality bucket that I can wear on both the freeride trails and the slopes. The helmet in question is certified for both mountain biking and snow sports (CPSC and CE). Visibility would be the same as any other helmet/goggle combination except for the chin guard. I am not one to worry much about appearance, let's just say that my boarding attire is "unconventional."

This question just seems a little out there, and I want to know if there are any major reasons to avoid it. It surprised me that only one company was making full face helmets specifically for the snow, and only racers used them. I'm not the guy running mach down double blacks all day dressed like a stormtrooper, but I would like to avoid any major brain damage past what I get from being an engineering student.

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Old 09-06-2012, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Full face helmets are a little unnecessary. Full face helmet is bulky and only protects your face from impact. Doesn't do anything more for your brain.
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completely dumb an unnecessary. when you wear a helmet like that you are doing a very linear activity, and snowboarding is not a linear activity, you are all over the place, and need as much vision as possible. Also, snowboarding is an activity requiring small, quick, precise movements. ANd having that big weight on your head can throw that off. Nobody uses them because it is unncessary. A regular helmet would suffice if that what you want to be safe. I ride some pretty tight, wooded grown in shit, and have never even thought about needing a full face helmet (or regular helmet for that matter)
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Consider the Ruroc helmet. It can be either one, depending on your mood. And I'd kind of like someone on this forum to actually buy one so I can find out what they're really like.
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Old 09-07-2012, 10:36 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Giro remedy S. We use their mtn biking one in summer too. The S will be strictly for my son practicing slope and racing courses... He wanted it and isn't the only kid wearing it.

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Consider the Ruroc helmet. It can be either one, depending on your mood. And I'd kind of like someone on this forum to actually buy one so I can find out what they're really like.
Those would be cool for keeping out the cold wind I guess. Kinda looks like something Cobra Commander would wear.
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Old 09-07-2012, 11:54 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I wear a full face helmet in the winter when i ride a motorcycle, but I have never considered one for snowboarding.

The important part is that it will protect your chin/jaw area from impact, but the extra protection comes at the expense of noticeably more weight and not having quite as much freedom to move his head around.

I assume you're going to get a dirt-bike style helmet that is made to accommodate goggles
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:04 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Honestly you have to eat shit pretty hard to break your jaw plus I've heard motorcycle helmets get brittle if its super cold out
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Old 09-07-2012, 12:23 PM   #9 (permalink)
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That's kinda what I figured. Thanks for the ideas.

I looked at the Ruroc.. It's a very cool design. The main turn off is that it won't work for biking and is too expensive for me to justify purely for snow right now. Making a helmet warmer isn't too hard, but keeping cool in triple-digit temperatures is. Unfortunately my snow exposure amounts to a week or two per year if I'm lucky.

[edit] Didn't notice the other couple of replies.

The specific helmet I was looking at is a T.H.E. T2 Carbon. It is rated for both mountain biking and snowboarding/skiing, and yes it is designed with goggles in mind. That's a good point about hits to the face being rare. Still, there's a fair bit of confidence in having the extra protection.

It wouldn't be a question at all if I were racing (go for the safety). It's interesting to see the different ideas, especially coming from an aggressive mountain biking background.

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Old 09-07-2012, 12:47 PM   #10 (permalink)
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If you want a summer/winter helm, get a bern with removable liner. Not full face but hopefully you've been talked out of that...
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