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Top Helmets for lessening impact to the head

post #1 of 10
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I'm looking for a really good ski-only helmet that can be used for someone that had a traumatic brain injury. Specifically, as little of the impact force should transmit to the skull as possible. Good ventilation and insulation are of secondary importance. Of lowest importance is style comfort. It's really hard to find any sort of inter-company helmet comparison. While penetration resistance is interesting, I'm more concerned about blunt or rotational impact. My gut tells me that two levels of impact resistance (shell and "liner" such as EPS would be double insurance. EPS ostensibly has good energy distribution, which a shell might take the majority of the energy by deforming. Perhaps I am over-analyzing. The trade industry makes a self-serving comment that after any one crash (or even a drop to the floor) the helmet should be replaced. I don't know anyone who does that. It's too subjective and immeasurable. Race helmets seem to be designed for multiple impacts (hitting the gates often) and clearly have little ventilation. I've looked at a number of helmets, but rather than taint the discussion, I'm going to leave it here for your comments and suggestions of helmets to look at. Thanks!
post #2 of 10

The most important thing is that the helmet fits and it is comfortable, otherwise it will discourage you from wearing it.


Then.. there is Snell S-98 & ASTM F2040 standards to look for.

post #3 of 10

Oh boy, another helmet thread!  yahoo.gif




Seriously though, there are good helmets out there.

post #4 of 10

I'm not sure the comment that helmets should be replaced after one impact is self-serving by industry.  EPS absorbs impacts by crushing.  Once the material is crushed it does not recover to the original thickness/shape.  I worked in a bike shop for several years, and saw lots of bike helmets that had been through crashes and probably spared the wearer from injury.  Many of those helmets done really have a rigid shell, so it is easier to see the effect of an impact.  For ski helmets, which generally do have a shell that would protect the EPS liner somewhat, it is hard to tell if a particular impact damaged the EPS.


So, the matter of whether or not you should replace a helmet after an impact is subjective.  I personally would replace my helmet if I took a substantial hit, but I have fallen plenty of times with my current helmet without seeming to hit my head much at all.


I am also interested in better independent test info on helmets.  I have searched a bit, but have not found much.  There is quite a bit of info available on motorcycle helmets.  Standards like Snell are great, but sometimes they can skew design towards passing a certain ultra-high impact scenario which can actually make performance in more common scenarios worse.

post #5 of 10
sometimes consumer reports does helmet safety testing, in a lab.

they did one last year on more affordable bicycle helmets
post #6 of 10

Giro has a new "soft" helmet coming out August of 2013 that is supposed to be designed for multiple impact. Here is a review of it.

post #7 of 10
Go to the POC Sports website and read up on its helmet technology. It's a multiple impact design. I have tried on some models, and they are very comfortable.

post #8 of 10

i did a lot of research on helmets last year and it came down in my price bracket to -


POC receptor bug or Sweet Rambler...


i went for the Sweet Rambler... and i couldn't be happier...

post #9 of 10

Poc Fornix BC w/ MIPS


post #10 of 10

Good article here on helmet standards. http://www.telemarktips.com/Helmets.html

According to the article the ASTM  F 2040 is tougher than the CEN 1077 standard.  The Snell S 98 is the most stringent but according to the article no one makes a Snell certified helmet for skiing. Apparently the FIS requires a more stringent version of the CEN 1077 test for speed events and the helmet has to be labelled as such. If you want maximum protection I would suggest a full helmet (covers the ears with protection, not just ear muffs) that meets the FIS standard, although I doubt it would be very comfortable to ski all day in. Other than that any helmet that meets ASTM F 2010 would seem to be good--again ear coverage would be preferred (eg POC Frontal)--and go for the one that fits the best.  Other than meeting the ASTM F 2040 certification it seems to me that any other claims of superiority are the manufacturer's opinion and should be taken with a grain of salt. I don't believe either of the standards tests for multiple impacts--so again you'd be taking the manufacturer's word. What we need is some serious skier testing--multiple hard falls with head impacts with before and after IQ tests and brain MRI's. Any volunteers? (you can only volunteer yourself, not another epic member you've been having a flame war with.)

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