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Old 08-29-2013, 10:36 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Who DOESN'T wear pads/helmets?

I don't. I'm wondering who on here doesn't wear these things?
I find a lot of people on the mountain that wear at least one thing for protection/safety purposes.

I'm absolutely not 'too cool' for pads or a helmet, I just can't really be bothered adding MORE shit to all the gear you already have to wear.

I'd like to get an idea if there are a lot of people who don't wear the stuff, or if I'm crazy?
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Helmet - Yes!

Pads - Not since my first few weeks riding. ...and it was a DIY rig I put together after my first day on a snowboard ended with a "Hip Pointer" injury!
(...good thing too, cuz my second day I did the SAME freakin' thing! )
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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i don't wear a helmet or pads. i've tried wearing a helmet for a season or two after a friend of mine died from hitting a tree, but i always felt kinda bobble-headed and always kinda noticed it was there. the worst injuries i've had have been while wearing the helmet - not that its the helmets fault - but i took it off.
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i could have most definitely used something to protect my tailbone the first week or two of riding... i was hurting for months
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I just wear a helmet. Been doing that for years and it's way better than a beanie at keeping you warm. TBI's are no joke. Otherwise, all of that gear, including the helmet is up to you. I rode for a good 12 years without wearing a helmet. Certainly not needed, though I probably did suffer a slight concussion at least once that a helmet would have certainly mitigated. Stupid Onion roll jump....
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I wear a helmet but never pads. The helmet thing is not a big deal to me as I wear one daily/year round on horseback. Just began wearing one for snowboarding 3 seasons ago; never wore one in the early years. I do like the extra warmth it provides.

However since a rather stunning late-in-the-day-fatigued heel edge slam at slow speed on an icy flat last season, I'm considering sacrum/coccyx protection for those super icy days just in case. That pain is too excruciating.
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i don't wear a helmet or pads. i've tried wearing a helmet for a season or two after a friend of mine died from hitting a tree, but i always felt kinda bobble-headed and always kinda noticed it was there. the worst injuries i've had have been while wearing the helmet - not that its the helmets fault - but i took it off.
i got a bad concussion and broke my collarbone once from skateboarding and tried to wear a helmet for a few months after - and i felt the same as you. it always bothered me and i ended up taking it off and never wanting to wear it again
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Helmets aren't going to save you from brain damage above a certain speed. Something like 15 MPH. What they DO save you from are nasty cuts and scrapes on your head/face.

I grew up wearing one, but only do so now for branches in the trees. I kinda feel naked without it. I also hate wet goggles. I find your gogs get more wet when you lift them up on a beanie when its snowing.
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There are some pretty light helmets out there for riding now too. I'll admit to feeling the bobble head effect with some helmets I have used. The Salomon helmet I am using now is pretty damn light and I don't notice it. Again to each his own. I wouldn't buy without trying on first, for sure. Tree riding in Colorado is a lot more fun with helmets too. Thick tight branches? Put your head down and go...
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It's a event risk x measure of damages x wearing discomfort calculation. Everyone weights these factors differently.

It's long since I had the last fall, not doing crazy jumps n stuff, prefer to keep in contact with the ground, thus for me the event risk is low, but I ride pretty fast, thus the measure of damage IN CASE of a crash for the head/spine is high enough for me to compensate for the little discomfort -> no pads, but helmet and backprotector.
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