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fish4it38 12-01-2012 03:21 PM

Smith helmets
 
Is it just me or has Smith changed the way there helmets fit this year? I was at REI trying on different helmets and they seem to fit much better than in previous years.

eli783 12-01-2012 03:34 PM

That's good to hear. I'm on the fence about riding with a helmet. I hear good things about the maze helmet, so I may head to REI to check em out

Honey Badger 12-01-2012 07:41 PM

Eli, buy the Maze. I own it, and I forget I am wearing it. It doesn't sling with your head like a whip. It is nice and attached. But seriously, there was a guy at our school who used to be a great snowboarder, and he never wore a helmet. Did insane flips, crazy spins... and then he smashed his head on the knuckle of a jump. He got a massive concussion and is was not allowed to snowboard. Not meaning to be a preacher or anything, as I'm sure you've heard of much worse. but the Maze is about the weight of two beanies, it is very well worth the money. It has survived a head-on wall ride collision with me last year.

jcam1981 12-01-2012 09:21 PM

He's right the maze is super light and low profile! You won't even realize you are wearing it!

eli783 12-01-2012 09:39 PM

Thanks guys, Im finally convinced lol. After years of riding without a helmet, I had a nasty moment bombing through glades in tahoe last season. I got wacked in the head soooo freakin hard with a branch. I laughed about it then, but on the flight home realized how lucky I had gotten.

alaric 12-01-2012 10:10 PM

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Originally Posted by eli783 (Post 546235)
Thanks guys, Im finally convinced lol. After years of riding without a helmet, I had a nasty moment bombing through glades in tahoe last season. I got wacked in the head soooo freakin hard with a branch. I laughed about it then, but on the flight home realized how lucky I had gotten.

Very good to hear.

Something to keep in mind guys;

a helmet should be replaced after any significant collision.

We all definitely don't have the money to replace it as much as we should, but something to keep in mind.

scotty100 12-01-2012 10:12 PM

The maze is super light and looks good low profile etc. the only knock is the lack of ventilation compared to others.

Wearing a helmet for sure makes sense. It will help protect your skull from getting cracked -where it won't be as effective is in the concussion side of things...might lessen the impact but brain trauma is still brain trauma and helmets are limited in what they can do to lessen the risks in this area.

tdn 12-01-2012 10:13 PM

I can attest to just how light and balanced the Smith Maze is, I've definitely experienced moments where I've forgotten I had it on.

tdn 12-01-2012 10:16 PM

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Originally Posted by scotty100 (Post 546254)
where it won't be as effective

.. But still effective.

Honey Badger 12-02-2012 03:02 PM

As far as ventilation goes, my maze ventilates super well. I had it on for an 8 hour long session and I could still feel the wind coming in. it is the best helmet I've ever worn- through 3 different sports.


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