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post #1 of 11
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I fell this year in a G10 helmet.  I believe that the adjustable plastic thing in the back was driven into my trapezius muscle during the fall and acted as a fulcrum against which my cervical spine was bent.

 

Give me a break.

 

 

I am thinking of going back to a full-head Boeri helmet purchased in 1998.  It fits the head snugly and perfectly, and though it has old styrofoam, it looks like it would be OK.

 

You know, I've bashed my head in that helmet on numerous occasions on Whiteface ice... no pain.

 

EVERY time I've fallen on my head in a G10, I've had pain lasting up to 6 months.

 

I think some of the new era of helmets are actually cheap pieces of sh*t, mass produced to supply the ubiquitous demand and thus turn over massive profits.

 

 

 

 

That is all.  Next time I ski I'm breaking out the 1998 Boeri helmet.

post #2 of 11
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Originally Posted by Vitamin Ski View Post


I think some of the new era of helmets are actually cheap pieces of sh*t, mass produced to supply the ubiquitous demand and thus turn over massive profits.

 

 

 

You're learning.
 

 

post #3 of 11
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Does anyone else agree with me the fit-feature dial thing increases the risk of muscle lacerations, neck sprains, and fractures?  Or, is the plastic thing only strong enough to bruise/lacerate the superficial cervical musculature, but not strong/sturdy enough to facilitate additional torque on any cervical vertebrae superior to the contact point of the fit device?

post #4 of 11

No. If you're falling and bending your neck to the point that the little fit dial is 'lacerating' muscle tissue, you're probably out of the realm of a helmet helping you much at all. How you wouldn't break your neck in the type of injury you suggest is a mystery. Either that or one would have bobble head powers of flexibility. Any helmet should be replaced after a significant impact. Expecting to work after several of these is well outside the design perimeters of almost any helmet made for any sport. Re-read your owners manual and buy a new helmet. If you don't like the fit dial thing, you still have many many options.


Edited by markojp - 2/11/12 at 12:08pm
post #5 of 11
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Originally Posted by Vitamin Ski View Post


I am thinking of going back to a full-head Boeri helmet purchased in 1998.  It fits the head snugly and perfectly, and though it has old styrofoam, it looks like it would be OK.

 

You know, I've bashed my head in that helmet on numerous occasions on Whiteface ice... no pain.

 


 


that starts to explain a lot .......popcorn.gif

 

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that starts to explain a lot .......girl-eating-popcorn-thumb13808259.jpg

 


FIFY.  Pace yourself on the popcorn.

 

post #7 of 11
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No. If you're falling and bending your neck to the point that the little fit dial is 'lacerating' muscle tissue, you're probably out of the realm of a helmet helping you much at all. How you wouldn't break your neck in the type of injury you suggest is a mystery. Either that or one would have bobble head powers of flexibility. Any helmet should be replaced after a significant impact. Expecting to work after several of these is well outside the design perimeters of almost any helmet made for any sport. Re-read your owners manual and buy a new helmet. If you don't like the fit dial thing, you still have many many options.


This.  I've had a couple bike and ski helmets with "fit features" on them, and I never thought they could cause an injury.  i.e., if the "fit features" hit the back of your head / neck hard enough to cause an injury, you've got other problems.

post #8 of 11
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Originally Posted by Vitamin Ski View Post

 

EVERY time I've fallen on my head in a G10, I've had pain lasting up to 6 months.

 

How long have you had this G10???  Six months of pain?  Helmets aren't really designed to survive multiple severe impacts.  If my head was ringing after more than a few minutes, I'd be thinking it's time to seek some medical help (read:  concussion).

post #9 of 11
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Originally Posted by KevinF View Post

 

How long have you had this G10???  Six months of pain?  Helmets aren't really designed to survive multiple severe impacts.  If my head was ringing after more than a few minutes, I'd be thinking it's time to seek some medical help (read:  concussion).



Oh yeah, I got concussions alright... but I feel that the impacts that cause the concussions in the G10 were of the same caliber as those impacts experienced in the old Boeri helmet, where I had no concussion or lingering discomfort.

post #10 of 11

....back in 1998 you were 14 years younger....that may have something to do with no pain in '98..... lingering pain for 6 months now.th_dunno-1[1].gif

post #11 of 11

How securely is the fit compensation piece held in?  If it's anything like my Giro, there are two very small plastic clips  on the sides above the ears.  Some days I just have to push a little bit on those clips and they will fall out.  I'd be surprised that they held to the side of the helmet in the fall you are describing, enough to cause lingering pain.  Whether or not they should hold in that situation is another story.

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