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I was serious about our sport needing better headwear. It seems deaths and serious head injuries are on the rise and I was surprised to learn that the current helmets out there are woefully equipped to prevent much of it. I just assumed they offered a higher level of protection than they do. There was a recent article perhaps linked on here that described how antiquated the technology is. It seems a waste to see people dying from these falls.
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We need better helmet technology.
Tsk tsk, he should've been using ones of his work helmets. Sorry, couldn't resist.



But in all seriousness, thoughts to him and his family during this difficult time. He's a champion and let's hope he's got it in him to make a full recovery.
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If you want to wear a helmet that is 3X the size of current technology. Go for it.

It just can't be made right now. I am pretty sure people are working on it, but the tech ain't there.
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I was serious about our sport needing better headwear. It seems deaths and serious head injuries are on the rise and I was surprised to learn that the current helmets out there are woefully equipped to prevent much of it. I just assumed they offered a higher level of protection than they do. There was a recent article perhaps linked on here that described how antiquated the technology is. It seems a waste to see people dying from these falls.
Yeah, I had no idea either. I've been under the impression that helmets are adequate enough and left it at that. Manufacturers need to get stuck in to the world of motorsport and learn from those guys. You're right about head injuries becoming more and more common, I don't think my beanies are going to get much use anymore.

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If you want to wear a helmet that is 3X the size of current technology. Go for it.

It just can't be made right now. I am pretty sure people are working on it, but the tech ain't there.
True.

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Yeah that's pretty much the deal at the moment. Apparently there is a bike helmet in Sweden that is $700 that is essentially a pressurized air bag you can wear around your neck that deploys on impact. So people are working on things.


http://www.hovding.com/en/how_it_works/

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That looks awesome! I just did a quick youtube search on it too. Very cool!

Invisible Airbag Bicycle Helmet YouTube - YouTube
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It would be easy to build into a snowboard jacket. Not sure how anything helps when you hit a tree at 40mph. Although head injuries are the leading cause of death in skiing and snowboarding.

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And I just "upgraded" my helmet to a POC Fornix with MIPS technology.
So I'm no better protected than if I was wearing those hard plastic shells with a few pads glued to the inside?
Sigh.
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I have a Carbon Mips from Sweet, the Grimnir, i like to think that i am better protected than those who wear ill fitting, badly designed, cheap crap that most people buy...!!!

I do what i can, i also have a Shockbox on mine, which register the rotation, the force of impact the G rating etc, so i know exactly how hard i hit my head when i do fall...!!!

There is nothing worse than a head injury, and i like my head, as without it, the rest of my body doesn't function...!!!

Helmets should be mandatory at EVERY resort, it really is that simple...!!! And even a badly made fitted one, is still more protection against a skier or snowboarder hitting you after you fall than nothing at all...!!!

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When I used to ride bikes helmets were mandatory at 99% of the parks I rode. When I rode mx, no way you could touch a track without a helmet. Obviously a lot of other sports see the need to enforce safety on the people, yet resorts don't give two shits. Guess when you're raking in that much money, a couple deaths aren't worth sacrificing customer happiness.

I'm not too sure where I stand on that issue, just doing a comparison.
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