We haven't had a "friendly" helmet discussion in a while, and while more and more people are wearing them, especially here on the ice-coast, myself included, I have to wonder if they are just a placebo. Has your helmet saved you? Do you feel that there has been a time that had you not been wearing your helmet you would have suffered some serious, or more serious injuries?
I have had my helmet save me more times from the lift bar and errant ski or pole around the lodge than anything, I once got hit so hard by someone carrying a ski that I nearly fell over, that person but a nice gouge in my shiny helmet...better it than my noggin. But there has been two times that I recall that the frontal protection on my full face saved me from ice-rash or worse. My friend several seasons ago fell backwards and hit his head on ice resulting in a concussion, he then went full face and wont ski without it....he had been one of the people who were kinda against helmets, he learned the hard way to be safe than sorry.
I think that ski helmets could be much more improved, since we move around at speeds that motor-vehicles travel at, yet the ski helmet standards are at the bottom of the barrel. I have thought of starting to wear a snowmobile helmet, they look great have many desirable features and are SNELL and DOT rated...the thing is they are big, and probably heavy...I look pretty out of place with my helmet as it is.
A few seasons ago we saw just how poorly ski helmet are designed when we witnessed Scott Macartney's top of the line carbon kevlar POC helmet explode upon contact. I always said their helmets were junk from all the stories I read about them breaking from simply falling off a kitchen table, then the whole world saw it first hand...prompting them to redesign the helmet...even though they argued at the time that it performed as intended.....yeah okay....
Edited by Richie-Rich - 3/2/11 at 8:32pm