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Got a GoPro Mounted on Your Helmet?

post #1 of 21
Thread Starter 

May want to rethink that..

 

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Michael Schumacher skiing crash: did helmet camera cause head injuries?

Investigators are exploring the theory that Michael Schumacher's helmet camera could have caused the helmet to shatter, leading to serious head injuries

 

 

Or not....

 

 

 

FWIW this is NOT a helmet thread.  This is a GoPro might make your helmet shatter thread.:rolleyes

post #2 of 21

I'm disappointed this isn't a helmet thread.:D  

 

Obviously his accident was a genuine fluke and it is possible, I suppose, that his injury was caused by the camera.  But, I've never heard of anyone wearing a GoPro being injured and I'm sure plenty of skiers and boarders have taken some pretty good tumbles while wearing their GoPro.  So I think it would have to be a "perfect storm" of circumstances coming together.  Even if they determine the camera caused his injury I will still continue to wear mine when I want to take some ski videos.  I've tried the chest harness and didn't like the perspective.

post #3 of 21

i have no doubt a go pro may cause some injuries.

 

 

a) isn't it the helmet's job to crack and absorb some of the energy. it seems to me the helmet did its job.

 

b) a go pro migth act as a stress point but ion the other hand i figure the helmet migth diffuse that over larger area not sure wether that is true or not.

 

c) to me, based on gut feeling and no scientific or kowledge proof, the biggest risk of a go pro is to force an unhelathy rotation of the head during impact that might have more severe consequenece on the neck than jsut the blunt force to the head.

 

 

 

and yet i still often have one...

post #4 of 21
Does anyone know what helmet he used?
post #5 of 21
Thread Starter 

No doubt that mounting the camera on the helmet is safer than mounting it directly to the head :newkeyboard: 

 

I'd like to think that someone like Schu had a great deal of knowledge about helmets and could tell a good one from a bad one.

post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Cyclist View Post

Does anyone know what helmet he used?

I was under the impression he had a custom made helmet with all the highest technology via his F1 contacts.  

 

Not something off the shelf

post #7 of 21

It's an interesting theory. I don't have the knowledge to say one way or another.

 

Honestly, I think the biggest risk of the GoPro is that people wearing them will ski above their comfort zone and take unnecessary risks to make their videos better.

post #8 of 21
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Originally Posted by kauffee View Post
 

It's an interesting theory. I don't have the knowledge to say one way or another.

 

Honestly, I think the biggest risk of the GoPro is that people wearing them will ski above their comfort zone and take unnecessary risks to make their videos better.

Well if that's the case their comfort zone must be some pretty sucky skiing because 98% of the gopro footage I've seen sucks............

post #9 of 21

I'd be FAR more concerned about a chest mount than a helmet mount.

post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by JayT View Post
 

I'd be FAR more concerned about a chest mount than a helmet mount.


Ya, I shudder to think what a scorpion would be like with a GoPro on my chest.

post #11 of 21
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Originally Posted by raytseng View Post
 

I was under the impression he had a custom made helmet with all the highest technology via his F1 contacts.  

 

Not something off the shelf

 

Hmmm.

 

I understand something like reserving the fastest and best skis for olympic skiers to use. 


But something like helmet technology should be on the shelf for everyone to buy. It is immoral to reserve something that can save a life like that. 

post #12 of 21
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Originally Posted by diesel47 View Post
 

 

Hmmm.

 

I understand something like reserving the fastest and best skis for olympic skiers to use. 


But something like helmet technology should be on the shelf for everyone to buy. It is immoral to reserve something that can save a life like that. 

On the other hand, helmets and other things need to be as cheap as possible, so that nobody foregoes using them just for financial reasons.

 

I'm pretty sure if it was a custom construction, even the amount of work and material costs involved in a mass produced equivalent helmet would drive the price up in regions where almost no one would be able/willing to afford it for recreational use. And that in itself would probably increase the price even more - the lower the volume, the higher the costs per unit after all.

 

If everybody wanted the safest helmet possible, we all would ski in $300+ p.o.c. helmets, right? But how many of us do?

post #13 of 21
Interesting article in this month's Outside mag about increased injury risks from attaching POV cams to helmets directly or with extension bars. Some of the input from mfg's suggest they do not recommend it.

Personally, I would never consider drilling holes in my motorcycle helmet for a camera. Would be too concerned about weakening the integrity of the shell or having something snag and drag on impact. Why would I feel differently about my ski or bike helmets? It just isn't worth the risk. (Not to mention there would be recorded evidence of my mediocre skills biggrin.gif )

If you take a look at the recent TGR video posted over on General Ski Topics, they are using a new Sony POV cam which looks like it is mounted on the goggle band.
post #14 of 21

Ummm, no. Schumacher's going head first into a rock caused the helmet to shatter.

The GoPro was maybe the medium by which said rock cracked said helmet, cracking said head.

 

Stupid argument either way. Avoid hitting things with your head; however accessorized.

post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Redleg View Post

Interesting article in this month's Outside mag about increased injury risks from attaching POV cams to helmets directly or with extension bars. Some of the input from mfg's suggest they do not recommend it.

Personally, I would never consider drilling holes in my motorcycle helmet for a camera. Would be too concerned about weakening the integrity of the shell or having something snag and drag on impact. Why would I feel differently about my ski or bike helmets? It just isn't worth the risk. (Not to mention there would be recorded evidence of my mediocre skills biggrin.gif )

If you take a look at the recent TGR video posted over on General Ski Topics, they are using a new Sony POV cam which looks like it is mounted on the goggle band.

GoPro helmet mounts typically use double-sided sticky tape, or at worst straps with buckles.

No drilling necessary.

 

Mind you, I have very little to protect.

post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by MT Skull View Post

GoPro helmet mounts typically use double-sided sticky tape, or at worst straps with buckles.
No drilling necessary.

Mind you, I have very little to protect.

:-D. Apparently some mounts do require drilling. From the Outside article (Mar. 14 issue, p.28)
"Fueled by our desire to capture more interesting non-POV footage, a cottage industry of aftermarket-accessory companies...has sprung up to allow users to affix cameras to themselves in various positions. Sumotomo's aluminum GoPro mount requires you to drill holes in your helmet to attach the foot long beam."

Realize these pole mounts are definitely non-standard. Still won't be putting one on my lid for the simple fact I'm not worthy!
post #17 of 21
Worthy or not, I'm not attaching a foot-long beam to my helmet. You gotta draw the line somewhere.
post #18 of 21
Agreed. Same article described one that was even longer. No thanks.
post #19 of 21

"The helmet smashed – but the camera he had attached to it, in order to record him and his son skiing, was undamaged.".

 

Looks like I need to buy a GoPro branded helmet when they launch one :P

post #20 of 21
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Originally Posted by Runoratsu View Post
 

On the other hand, helmets and other things need to be as cheap as possible, so that nobody foregoes using them just for financial reasons.

 

I'm pretty sure if it was a custom construction, even the amount of work and material costs involved in a mass produced equivalent helmet would drive the price up in regions where almost no one would be able/willing to afford it for recreational use. And that in itself would probably increase the price even more - the lower the volume, the higher the costs per unit after all.

 

If everybody wanted the safest helmet possible, we all would ski in $300+ p.o.c. helmets, right? But how many of us do?

People buy $600 dollar jackets, and $300 dollar pants.

Thousand dollar skis and thousand dollar boots.

 

$300 dollar helmets not a big deal. The tech shouldn't be "reserved" for people with connections, it is immoral. 

post #21 of 21

 

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Originally Posted by Runoratsu View Post
 

On the other hand, helmets and other things need to be as cheap as possible, so that nobody foregoes using them just for financial reasons.

 

I'm pretty sure if it was a custom construction, even the amount of work and material costs involved in a mass produced equivalent helmet would drive the price up in regions where almost no one would be able/willing to afford it for recreational use. And that in itself would probably increase the price even more - the lower the volume, the higher the costs per unit after all.

 

If everybody wanted the safest helmet possible, we all would ski in $300+ p.o.c. helmets, right? But how many of us do?

 

I ski in one as does my daughter.  Both bought at year end sales for 60% off.  That is how you do it. 

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