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Old 02-06-2011, 09:41 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yesterday I went riding with my un-broken boy. We had a good time, worked on jumps all day.
The hill was PACKED and tons of newer riders. Got good at dodging riders. I was down hill and doing some buttering clearly movements that were not simple turns and not taking up all the real estate. I got totally plowed by a guy I never saw it coming. I was able to stay up but he went down hard, he apologized and was actually kinda funny, only because I wasn't hurt.

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I was riding up and was the chair behind some less experienced riders. This exit ramp is a bit steep and icy, whats not by us. Well he and his buddies go down. There fumbling around, clearly they won't be able to clear the ramp. The lift guy is just watching, doesn't slow it or stop. I would rather him not stop it but you just know this isn't going to be enough room for us to clear them. My boy riding with me was able to actually JUMP to the outer edge and literally crawl around them.

My fault kinda but I thought, I'll hold back a little longer hoping this guy will roll out of the way. So all of a sudden I hear this huge crack and now I'm lying on the ground. The chair whipped around and hit me so hard on the side of the temple and ear that it knocked me to the ground. A guy coming off another feeder lift helped me out of the way of the others. First few things he said is "are you OK, and good thing you had a helmet on" I'm glad I did too, as I think this would have been the end of the day for me.

I was fine, and skated away. The guys fumbling on the ground said they were sorry. I would never have expected this but this is why I wear and my kids wear a helmet. You never know when or WHERE you'll need it.
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Old 02-06-2011, 09:52 AM   #2 (permalink)
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nice guys always lose...haha. Helmet really saved you. Thats my point when guys I know say they're good enough to not wear a helmet it's not you 99% of the time it's the idiot next to you, can't count how many times iv'e been hit in the head by the bar when kids try to get towed behind the chair at the bottom, helmet every time saves me.

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Old 02-07-2011, 07:53 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Once I had a similar experience where the lift guy just watched when he should have been slowing or stopping. Sometimes they're really good for nothing.

Anyway glad your head is ok.
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I've been riding for 15+ years and have never worn a helmet. Only have 1 concussion in all that time but I am getting older and have really been thinking I need to start wearing a helmet. You guys have any recommendations?
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Old 02-07-2011, 04:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Go to the gear store and try them on until you find one that fits well. Once you have a helmet that fits well any desire to wear a normal hat will be gone. They keep your head warm, keep your head safer, and keep you from losing your hat/goggles if you fall hard.
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Old 02-07-2011, 06:43 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Go to the gear store and try them on until you find one that fits well. Once you have a helmet that fits well any desire to wear a normal hat will be gone. They keep your head warm, keep your head safer, and keep you from losing your hat/goggles if you fall hard.
I totally agree with John Doe, You can even get them with WiFi speakers for your iPod or phone.
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Old 02-07-2011, 08:06 PM   #7 (permalink)
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dunno if y'all know this but the EPS foam inside helmets are only good for 1 major hit. if u wear the same helmet and hit your head the same spot again you are in for a surprise.
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never been one to like the FEELING of helmets on my head, but i'm also looking into getting one. took a pretty hard hit on some ice for the first time in my mere 5 years of riding about a month ago.. concussion.
discomfort that i can get used to as opposed to serious injury? ill go with option 1!
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:31 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I finally settled on a Smith Maze after trying and hating many, many helmets. Super light... but theres a tradeoff. The outer shell is super thin and weak. you could poke a hole in it with a pencil with little to no effort, so for large impact, some help, but that broken branch lurking in the trees could spear ya !!
Oh yeah, like 10% of people I see on the mountain are wearing a properly fitting helmet, properly applied. Tighten that chinstrap or its practically useless.

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Old 02-08-2011, 12:34 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I've been wearing a helmet the last two seasons. I picked one up when I decided to start riding some park. My buddy has been riding a lot longer than me and has never worn a helmet. Well, at Loveland earlier this year, he ate shit and dribbled his skull off a mogul on back to back runs. He bought a helmet at the sport shop at the base after the second one.
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