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post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
If you don't have a helmet and live in the East I recommend one for everybody. If you despise them, don't buy them, but if you want to protect the most vital part of your body, buy one.

+ Protect your head
+ They are very warm
- wind sound is annoying

My friend hit his head on an icy landing last year and broke the helmet. Without it he could have seriously heart himself.
post #2 of 40
Everyone everywhere should wear a helmet.

Last year there was alot more people at Eastern resorts wearing helmets. Most of them were adults.
post #3 of 40
Last season we stocked more than double the number we had in any previous year and sold out earlier. Our multiple restocking orders were sold out before delivery. I sell them in the same way I sell poles - necessary equipment. It just makes sense to wear a helmet when participating in any snowsport.

Aar
post #4 of 40
A Helmet, along with new goggles which are needed anyway, are TOP of my ski equipment shopping list for next season. I recently (July) witnessed one of the most disturbing accidents you can imagine that a helmet would have saved. You may know what you can do (abilities) - but you can't predict what the mountain or other people are going to do!
post #5 of 40
I'm a firm believer in the advantages of helmets. I have been skiing with a helmet during free skiing and racing since 1999. I was prompted to get a helmet after being hit by one of my friends while skiing. I was knocked out of both skis and flew about 15 feet from my skis (i was standing still). My head hit the ice pretty hard so i decided it was time to get a helmet. I was planning a trip out west that year and i figured that it wouldnt hurt to have one out there with the rocks and crazy terrain id be attempting to ski. They are a must have.
Later
GREG
post #6 of 40
Quote:
You may know what you can do (abilities) - but you can't predict what the mountain or other people are going to do!
GREAT POINT! I have been skiing since the mid 60's and Ijust started using a helmet 2 seasons ago. My use has been inconsistent. I generally only use it at large areas, particularly if I think that I may be going into glades. I am not certain why I have not used it other places. It is comfortable and warm, often warmer than a hat. In the modelI have wind noise is not bad, in fact I hardly notice it. Maybe this season I will use it more consistently.

You can't teach and old dog new tricks...or can you.
post #7 of 40
Not to belittle this topic, but why is it under consumer reviews when you are reviewing nothing. Maybe it should be under Gear General. Like I said nothing against this topic, it seems like people just need to put things in the right place.
post #8 of 40
Quote:
Originally posted by kano:
Not to belittle this topic, but why is it under consumer reviews when you are reviewing nothing. Maybe it should be under Gear General. Like I said nothing against this topic, it seems like people just need to put things in the right place.
Possibly correct, let me add a product review to make it legit.

Boeri Shorty Air, Size L, Color Cinnamon

Cost- around $100

Pro's- extremely comfy, lightweight, and looks bomber.

Con's- could be a little better vented, a bit costly, and offers limited protection to the lower 1/2 of the head and face.

I've been using this lid for 2 seasons and I feel naked w/o it.

Giro SST, sizes S and M, color Gray (my wife and nephew use these)

Cost $40 on sale @ Sports Authority

Pro's- Cheap, cool looking, well vented, removable ear covers, good protection for back of skull.

Con's- just a bit heavier than most higher end lids, and vent plugs must be physically removed and stored in a pocket and could be easily lost.

I'm such a gear whore that I almost bought one of the Giro's for myself. Fortunately I'm an apartment dweller and this keeps my gear accumulation in check.

Now please don't call the thread police!!! [img]tongue.gif[/img]
post #9 of 40
Me:
Giro 9.9
And it was very useful last year in Alta on one of the powder days.
There had been a major dump of snow, and the liftie hadn't cleared enough from under the Germania chair. I was about to sit in the middle seat, and the bar which goes over the top and holds the chair hit me on the back of the helmet. If I hadn't had a helmet on, it would have been very painful. As it was, it was just a bit sore.

S
post #10 of 40
I have been wearing one since 1994/1995 when I realized it was good for my son to wear one. I thought "if it's good for him, it must be good for me too". I can't tell you how many times I"m was thankful to have it.
post #11 of 40
The only time I ever wore helmets was on motorcycles and mountain bikes. When in-line skating or skiing I don't wear a helmet. Honestly, I hate wearing a helmet. I hate wearing hats in general. It is completely beyond me how some people can wear a baseball cap all the time!

This year I bought a new mountain bike and a nice helmet that fits me perfectly. Still, I hate wearing it and after 2-3 hours riding in the woods I want to rip it off. I ride mostly single track and I appreciate having it when small, branches hit me in the head, but I cannot imagine a helmet helping me much in a serious, high-speed fall, especially if I hit a tree. So I rely on being cautious and conservative, not on my helmet.

The trend towards wearing a helmet in skiing is strong and I could see the day when resorts will mandate it. I hope that never happens because I hate having a helmet on my head. However, for those that feel the need to wear a helmet while skiing - more power to you. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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Speaking of mountain biking, did you know that although Toronto sucks for skiing, it has many excellent mountain bike centers within 30-60 minute drive. Many of them offer miles of technical single track in wooded areas. This alone made me fall in love with mountain biking again. I just had to make that point. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #12 of 40
Quote:
Originally posted by TomB:
The only time I ever wore helmets was on motorcycles and mountain bikes. When in-line skating or skiing I don't wear a helmet. Honestly, I hate wearing a helmet. I hate wearing hats in general. It is completely beyond me how some people can wear a baseball cap all the time!

This year I bought a new mountain bike and a nice helmet that fits me perfectly. Still, I hate wearing it and after 2-3 hours riding in the woods I want to rip it off. I ride mostly single track and I appreciate having it when small, branches hit me in the head, but I cannot imagine a helmet helping me much in a serious, high-speed fall, especially if I hit a tree. So I rely on being cautious and conservative, not on my helmet.

The trend towards wearing a helmet in skiing is strong and I could see the day when resorts will mandate it. I hope that never happens because I hate having a helmet on my head. However, for those that feel the need to wear a helmet while skiing - more power to you. [img]graemlins/thumbsup.gif[/img]

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Speaking of mountain biking, did you know that although Toronto sucks for skiing, it has many excellent mountain bike centers within 30-60 minute drive. Many of them offer miles of technical single track in wooded areas. This alone made me fall in love with mountain biking again. I just had to make that point. [img]smile.gif[/img]
Tom do you not wear a hat when skiing to keep your head warm anyway? If so, how is wearing a helmet different, is it just the straps or the idea?
post #13 of 40
Loke,

I do wear a hat. But for me, a helmet is definitely more "intrusive" than a hat. I am sure that if I skied on scary terrain regularly, I would find a way to wear a helmet. I just cannot justify it for my skiing.
post #14 of 40
here's my review -

Boeri - not sure of the model, M size, black
ventalation - good
fit - good
pros - saved a life
cons - nothing that is worth a life.

Wearing a helmet saved a good friend's life after hitting ice at Arapahoe basin last Feburary and subsiquently hitting several trees at high speed. Its estimated that he hit at least 5 different trees, three of them with his head and two with his body. He hit with enough force that he literally blew up a kidney - amongst many other internal injuries and broken bones. If he had not been wearing the helmet he would have been DOA. He was in intesive care for several months - but will be skiing again this season, granted on much easier runs for now.

After seeing his body in the ER and hearing the accounts of the ski patrol - I can not see any reason not to wear a helmet.

[ October 07, 2003, 12:13 PM: Message edited by: bsaunder ]
post #15 of 40
Hi All,

We (Australia) have just had a man tragically killed on the slopes of Mt buller this week as a result of massive head injuries after hitting a tree. A helmet may have saved his life.

Personally I have never given a helmet a second thought, but this sure brings home the dangers that do exist. He was said to be an experienced skier, skiing on an intermediate slope, that simply lost control.

Accidents do happen, but akin to seat belts in cars, maybe a helmet will become part of skier's/boarder's essential equipment list.
post #16 of 40
After witnessing some carnage a few years back I wear mine pretty much whenever I ski. I've gotten to the point where I feel like something's seriously wrong if I don't wear it. It's sooo warm and comfy and gives one a good deal more confidence and peace-of-mind. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #17 of 40
I've been skiing for 42 years. I've been skiing wearing a helmet (Giro 9.9) for 2 years. It's warmer and more comfortable than my hat, wind noise and ventilation are not a problem, and my goggles fit better. In spite of the fact that I've never had a skiing incident where a helmet was actually necessary, you never know - a bike helmet flat-out saved my life about 10 years ago! I don't believe in mandating helmets for adults, but I just can't understand why anyone wouldn't wear one while skiing.
post #18 of 40
I have a son who lives on the dark side (snowboarder) who probably owes his health to a helmet, tabletop jump, too much speed, too much air, hospital, surgery : etc...
Both my kids and I now wear a helmet every time we ski/board. They are warm (get one with removable ear covers to adjust for cold)not too noisy and have saved me a few knocks, tree branches and the ocasional wipe out, plus I could never find a beanie that wasn't dorky!
post #19 of 40
Started shopping around for one today. Any recommendations for brands, styles etc. [img]smile.gif[/img]
post #20 of 40
Oz,

Try lots of brands and get the one that fits your head the best. I bought a Gyro Fuse last season and liked it so much I bought another one so I could have one in my locker and one at home for when I go to other resorts. I could hear well again and the vent system is one of the best, seldom had to take the helmet off on the lifts even on the warmest days. Its so light that I hardly notice it. Can't imagine ever wearing my Leedom again.

Yd
post #21 of 40
I bought a helmet last year and was faced with shelling out over $100.00 for one that I liked. Then I heard about my local Fire Sation that sells Bike and SKI helmets! Checked 'em out and they were regular adult ski helmets with comfortable ear flaps and a goggle strap...nice venting too. Purchase price - $5.00. That's right $5.00. This helmet works great, the only drawback was that it came in only Black or Silver.

New helmets for the entire family this year! Check your local Fire Station before going out and buying something for 10x-20x the price.

Alice
post #22 of 40
Helmets may save lives and may prevent serious injury. To say they will save lives and prevent injuries is pure non-sense. Most of the helmets used on ski hills are modified skate board half helmets which do nothing to protect the lower half of the head, and have no safety certification. Just because there is a hard plastic outer shell, and a soft inner is not enough to say it is safe. Might as well strap on a Smartie or M&M, they have those same features. I have been witness to skier fatalities of skiers who were wearing 'Approved for Racing' helmets. I hate to say, but all the helmets did was make clean-up easier.

Choose a helmet based on quality of materials, fit, design and coverage. Ski like you are not wearing one though. Pay attention and don't put yourself in risky situations. Know your limits. Use the best protection, common sense.
post #23 of 40
post #24 of 40
I have to agree with BetaRacer. It kills be to hear the Giro adds for bike helmets. "Courage for your head". ARRRRGGGHHH!!!

This mentality just encourages folks to strap on a helmet and do something stupid because of a mistaken conception that they are now invunerable to head injury.
post #25 of 40
Quote:
Originally posted by hunter.:
http://www.heraldsun.news.com.au/com...5E2862,00.html

But was he wearing a helmet?
The article does not say one way or the other.
If he was not, would a helmet have helped?
post #26 of 40
I bought a helmet this year for the first time. Been skiing for over 20 years without one. We don't have the trees here in NZ but we do have rocks. Made my mind up this year when there was a skier killed in Queenstown hitting his head on rocks, plus a friend I was skiing with was almost hit by a boarder jumping off a bank over a track we were skiing down, only missed her head by a few inches.

So this was enough for me. I bought a K2 helmet - it fitted my head plus it was light. Some felt quite heavy and I would not want to have worn them all day - naturally the lighter ones cost more. It does not restrict my hearing and I have not noticed any wind noise yet.
post #27 of 40
How warm do people find their helmets VS a beanie?
post #28 of 40
He was not wearing a helmet.
It was a head injury that killed him so I guess it is fair to say helmet could only have helped.
post #29 of 40
Oz,
I have a Giro G9 which has removable venting on the top, and removable ear pads. It kept me warm on the cold days, and was cool enough on the warm ones.

S
post #30 of 40
I had a real problem getting my kids to wear helmets, problem solved as soon as I bought one.

Found it much warmer than wearing a beanie etc.

Think death from above !! protects you from what you cannot see coming.

(no smutty comment required WTFH) lol
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