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Old 12-01-2012, 03:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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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
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Old 12-01-2012, 07:41 PM   #3 (permalink)
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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.
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He's right the maze is super light and low profile! You won't even realize you are wearing it!
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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.
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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.
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Old 12-01-2012, 10:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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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.
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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.

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where it won't be as effective
.. But still effective.
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Old 12-02-2012, 03:02 PM   #10 (permalink)
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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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