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Benefit to a brightly colored helmet?

post #1 of 27
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Probably a silly question, but before I drop $250 on the POC Receptor MIPS I'll ask...

 

This helmet comes in four colors, two are pretty bright and then there is black and white. The black one would certainly look the most 'normal' with my ski clothing (a red and black jacket and black ski pants), but is there more safety in having a brightly colored helmet? I'm an Advanced skier but from the Southeast coast and who only gets ski trips out West twice a year. I'm getting closer to that Expert level and may start venturing off-piste with groups as opportunities arise, but the fact that I don't ski often enough will never have me being a true backcountry skier for the time being. Should I not worry about the little extra added safety of the bright helmet given my ski terrain? Right now it is still blacks and getting to double blacks...

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 27
Fatwife bought a purple POC the last year. She had to buy a new jacket and ski pants to go with it...
post #3 of 27

I have the basic white POC Skull X . Found some 3/4" (2cm) yellow and some white reflective squares...put two yellow ones on the back at the neck line and two white ones near the ear holes so my ski partner knows which white head I am while night skiing. The bright color helmets are too flashy for me. :)

post #4 of 27

I'd buy whichever one looks the coolest and matches my jacket and pants the best.

post #5 of 27

The more it stand out, the easier it will be for you to be identified.  That could be a good thing, or a bad thing.

post #6 of 27
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Originally Posted by skibum71 View Post
 

Probably a silly question, but before I drop $250 on the POC Receptor MIPS I'll ask...

 

This helmet comes in four colors, two are pretty bright and then there is black and white. The black one would certainly look the most 'normal' with my ski clothing (a red and black jacket and black ski pants), but is there more safety in having a brightly colored helmet? I'm an Advanced skier but from the Southeast coast and who only gets ski trips out West twice a year. I'm getting closer to that Expert level and may start venturing off-piste with groups as opportunities arise, but the fact that I don't ski often enough will never have me being a true backcountry skier for the time being. Should I not worry about the little extra added safety of the bright helmet given my ski terrain? Right now it is still blacks and getting to double blacks...

 

Thanks!


Why start mixing it up now? keep it fairly generic. Black or white is good. Especially if you decide to stop trying to look like everyone else on the hill who are trying to look like patrol.

post #7 of 27

A consideration.    If you ski the trees a lot searching out the best powder and go off into the sidecountry, first you should always have a partner.  Second if you are looking for your partner through the trees, brush and maybe unfamiliar terrain, shadows, maybe mist then you are going to see him/her a lot easier if they aren't wearing black, forest green or white.  At these times a colorful helmet, jacket etc. will really help with your visibility.I have almost always used a black or black and grey jacket.  Bought a Blue one that is easily more visible to my partner.  Just a consideration.

post #8 of 27

Just pick whatever color you like and can go along (or contrast) with the rest of your gears...When an idiot can't see you, an idiot can't see you. Doesn't matter if you wear a strobe light on your head or snow camouflage. Plus, a lot of the time if you fell into a tree well, you go head in first so a brightly colored pair of boots and pants may benefit you more lol~

post #9 of 27
I'm sure there's SOME safety with brightness, but only you know the number of times you'll have that issue come up. Personally, I'd go with what you like the best.
post #10 of 27

it's more picking you out of a crowd when needing to meet up with people; rather than finding someone in an accident or trees.

 

Of course, you can always attach a mohawk, jester, animal ears, dinosaur spikes,or other 80's style hats to your helmet and that'll work too.

post #11 of 27
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The more it stand out, the easier it will be for you to be identified.  That could be a good thing, or a bad thing.


 





I have been in a yellow helmet for the past 20 + years. When I couldn't buy a yellow one I had them painted yellow. Now I see POC makes a yellow one.

Like Ghost said, it's easy for friends to spot me in the lift lines, most of the Lifty's know me. It's hard to hide when Ski Patrol is looking for you....LOL

OH, BTW, I also ski most day's in a yellow jacket.
post #12 of 27
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The more it stand out, the easier it will be for you to be identified.  That could be a good thing, or a bad thing.


 





I have been in a yellow helmet for the past 20 + years. When I couldn't buy a yellow one I had them painted yellow. Now I see POC makes a yellow one.

Like Ghost said, it's easy for friends to spot me in the lift lines, most of the Lifty's know me. It's hard to hide when Ski Patrol is looking for you....LOL

OH, BTW, I also ski most day's in a yellow jacket.


Haha, I remember us poaching some trees and running into Patrol in the same trees, a couple of nods were exchanged. I have about 6 helmets, red, blue, green, 2 blacks and a new Poc Fornix MIPS in orange. I wear the black ones the least.
post #13 of 27

I think bright clothing, including helmet, is a good idea.

 

1. Your friends can spot you in a crowd at a distance so less chance of getting separated.

2. Easier for someone to rescue you if you get in trouble, I spotted a guy upside down in a tree well several years ago because of bright pants.  Saved his life.

3. Easier for your buds to see you in the trees in their peripheral vision.

4. All of the above are multiplied in storms or areas that get socked in like the PNW.

post #14 of 27

I wear a red jacket and bright blue helmet as my built in passive snowboarder defence system.

post #15 of 27

Go orange!

post #16 of 27

My first helmet was black but none of the subsequent ones have been.  Too hot in the CO sun.

post #17 of 27

You can always slap a couple reflective stickers on the thing if this is a concern.  I don't bother for my helmet but I do put reflectors on my poles to as to make them easier to find in the event that I drop them off the chair (i have done this multiple times) or yardsale them in all directions on non-groomed area.  :p

 

If you're concerned about rescue crew being able to track you down if you crash out in the boonies, a beacon will do that better than any bits of bright clothing. 

post #18 of 27

When I started instructing this year, I picked up a bright green helmet. Helps my students find me in a crowd. Worked great until I had a class of 8 year olds wonder off following some random person who also had a green helmet and a jacket vaguely the same color as the ski school jackets.

 

For what it's worth, I spray paint my poles the same color so I can find them if they get dropped, and to prevent people from stealing them.

 

 

 

... although last year someone stole one of them. Just one.

post #19 of 27
Originally Posted by Philpug View Post
Haha, I remember us poaching some trees and running into Patrol in the same trees, a couple of nods were exchanged. I have about 6 helmets, red, blue, green, 2 blacks and a new Poc Fornix MIPS in orange. I wear the black ones the least.

 

Me too.  Love the orange.


Edited by LiquidFeet - 11/12/13 at 6:12am
post #20 of 27
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Originally Posted by FlyingFish View Post
 

When I started instructing this year, I picked up a bright green helmet. Helps my students find me in a crowd. Worked great until I had a class of 8 year olds wonder off following some random person who also had a green helmet and a jacket vaguely the same color as the ski school jackets.

 

For what it's worth, I spray paint my poles the same color so I can find them if they get dropped, and to prevent people from stealing them.

 

 

 

... although last year someone stole one of them. Just one.

Why the heck somebody would steal ONE brightly spray painted pole...? You should draw a giant Micky Mouse at the back of your jacket when you go teach the kids. 

post #21 of 27

If you're gonna buy a bright helmet you'll need less than bright clothes, too much color makes you look like a 15 year old park rat. But one pro of the bright colored helmet is that if you eat shit, ski patrol will have an easier time finding you buried in the trees...

post #22 of 27

Bright helmets make better targets for out of control boarders. 

post #23 of 27
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Bright helmets make better targets for out of control boarders. 

 

Ohhoohohohoho yeeeeeessssssss~or old grumpy people, or reckless people with 2 sticks for that matter...

post #24 of 27

OP, if it's enough of a concern that you're even actively wondering about it, you should probably go ahead and go for the brightly colored one.

 

Now...is having the helmet at all even necessary???  :devil:

post #25 of 27
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Originally Posted by LiquidFeet View Post
 

 

Me too.  Love the orange.

 

I bought the POC Receptor Backcountry MIPs in orange for my 8 year old.  It's so much easier to keep track of him now.  The best thing was that he wanted that color anyway so I didn't have to convince him to wear it.

post #26 of 27
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Bright helmets make better targets for out of control boarders. 

 

not to be too literal here but if they are out of control, they can't be aiming for you   :rotflmao:

 

 

I have a POC Backcountry MIPS in Orange and Blue. They are much easier for others to pick you out on a groomed/open area and see you in the trees. AND, they aren't black.  :D 

post #27 of 27
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not to be too literal here but if they are out of control, they can't be aiming for you   roflmao.gif


I have a POC Backcountry MIPS in Orange and Blue. They are much easier for others to pick you out on a groomed/open area and see you in the trees. AND, they aren't black.  biggrin.gif  

You know how most of car accidents happen? They keep staring at the object they are about to hit rather than looking at where they want to go...
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