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Boeri Axis Performance: Commentary and Review

post #1 of 7
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I have now worn my new [and first] helmet for several outings. The Boeri Axis Performance fits my head shape better than the other helmets I have demoed and tried on - the fit is just perfect. Also, the comfort level exceeds all others - for me. Wearing the helmet has become like wearing a hat, with some significant exceptions I will note below. HEARING: It would be unfair to claim that the Boeri Axis Performance has absolutely no impact on hearing - of course it has some. However, I did not notice that to be any problem, the amount of diminution was barely noticeable, and I had to be checking for it. VISION: I detected no impact on peripheral vision of any other aspect except trying to look strsight up without moving my head, so this is no issue. COMFORT: This has more than one dimension. Fit was excellent, and the padding was enough so that it didn't feel like cement but was firm enough to do its job. In the temperature maintenance department, the wind blocking effect of the helmet was appreciated, and I had no discomfort EXCEPT in these respects: The helmet is constructed [as they virtually all are] to leave some space at the nape of the neck. The result is that the fit was great, but the wind whistled through that bare spot. Any suggestions as to how it may best be dealt with shall be appreciated. Secondly, although the temperature was fine while wearing the helmet, even when perspiring my way through the steep, narrow, rocky trails which I aspire to ace [and now just survive] - BUT, the pading became soaked with sweat, and when the helmet is removed and then replaced, YUCK! It felt wet and cold. That soon abated with further use, but still . . . All of my clothing was dripping from perspiration, and nothing felt that great - even with modern non-cotton materials . . . but I did not feel cold. CONVENIENCE: The only inconvenience to me was the need to remove the helmet to hear on a cell phone with about twenty five thousand screaming kids [well, that's what they sounded like] in the background [although to be honest, I haven't tried the cell phone with the helmet still on . . . I'll try that]. EFFECTIVENESS: This means, how does it do it's job of preventing injuries? Will I ever really know for sure, and do I really want to find out [uh uh]. In the trees, when a branch hit my head, it may have helped avoiding that stunned hit-on-the-head feeling - don't know, because I just boogeyed on. It did protect my ears from slapping branch ends. When I took some stupid ass spills in steep, bumpy and rocky areas, I did not find any marks on the helmet, although I did bang the noggin hard enough to knock out a soft contact lens. JEEZ! an experience I wish not to repeat. I had to lie there against a near verticle ice cliff trying to reinsert the bugger. Well, I did reinsert the lense and contined on to make several more runs on that trail. That's it. That is my review and commentary. If I thought that wearing a helment was this trouble free, I would have done it a long time ago. The three WORST problems I hope I can cure: FIRST WORST: The wind on the nape of my neck. SECOND WORST: After removing a sweat soaked helmet, putting it back on [yuck, phewey, horrid]. No amount of venting would have prevented that sweat. THIRD WORST: Trying to use a cell phone - I'll try it next time with the helmet on.
post #2 of 7
Great post Oboe
I have the same helmet. My solutions to your "issues"

1. A very thin neck gator works wonders for the cold neck. Move up to a medium gator for colder days. I hated that too.

2. sticky phewey sweaty inside. I don't sweat on the top of my head that much so mine doesn't get to the point of dripping.. I'll have to look but I think the outlast liner can be lifted away from the inside. If you do this while you stop to eat or break it should dry off pretty quickly. The other option and I find this works for me, lose a few layers on the upper body. By giving your body somewhere else to get rid of heat, your head may not sweat as much.

3. Stop using your phone on the hill Heh heh heh...
Ear piece with a seperate mic works good (I use one for my FRS radio). Then you can look like a secret service agent and talk into your lapel.
post #3 of 7
Welcome to the growing number of skiers who feel that an intact cranium is worth protecting. As I posted in an earlier thread on helmets, my main concern was in falling and banging my noggin on hard ice. Having done it twice, I didn't need any more convincing. I like my Boeri shorty just fine. I skied some awfully cold windy days in it and stayed warm. I wear a Turtle Fur collar on those days, so my neck hasn't felt any of the draft you describe. I have yet to be out on a warm day. like today, in it, but I have not experienced "Sweat Head" wearing it. I figure if it gets THAT warm I can wear a baseball cap, and the snow will be spring corn. Bring on those days!
post #4 of 7
Turtle Fur Shellaclava does the trick.

Worst thing..... having a terrible head itch and not being able to scratch it.<FONT size="1">

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post #5 of 7
Thread Starter 
Ya, the itching thing, fer shur. The sweating was only partially due to the temp [about 25 F] and mainly due to my own exertions. I will try to find a thinner neck gator, but I would like NOT to use the head covering except for VERY cold days. The back of the neck stuff is due to strong and persistent wind. With less wind, it's less of a problem. The phone?? I just check for messages. If I have no good reception in the lodge, I have to go outside and there the helmet must be removed.
post #6 of 7
Thin polypro or thermasilk balaclava works great. just pull down around neck instead wearing as full head piece. I'm very warm natured and turtle fur is just too hot for me. I keep a thin bala in my pocket just in case.
post #7 of 7
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Great spring skiing day at Bolton Valley in Vermont this Easter week end! The temp at 2000 feet [halfway here in the green hills] was 40 to 50, and at the summit about 25 to 30 fahrenheit. The Boeri Axis was not too hot, not too cold, but just right. And to think I was worried about spring skiing in the helmet!
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