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Design of Ski Helmets vs. Bicycle Helmets

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It seems to me that the general design for ski helmets is likely to provide more protection to a bicyclist than current bicycle helmets.  Of course, bike helmets offer more ventilation.

 

Why do the designs seem to be so different?  Or is my assumption flawed?

 

Just curious.

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I think bike helmets are designed to protect the top-forward of the head since that's the primary area of risk on a forward moving bike (ie over the handle bars). Ski helmets, on the other hand, appear to protect the overall head area pretty equally since the potential area of injury is less certain.
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'Spotted on the bus. I wonder if this is how he wore the helmet while skiing?'

 

There's nothing else to say.

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Originally Posted by SportyandMisty View Post
 

It seems to me that the general design for ski helmets is likely to provide more protection to a bicyclist than current bicycle helmets.  Of course, bike helmets offer more ventilation.

 

 

Aside from 'bicyclists don't fall backwards' and 'ski helmets are too hot'?    

Because wearing a ski helmet is going to give you a sore neck and back in any riding position other than that of a beach cruiser/priest bike. 

 

Even skate helmets are a pain to wear in a stretched-out road bike position, for anything more than ~10 miles or so. 

 

 

Don't get me wrong, bike helmet users need more protection than is provided by the current crop of helmets.    But IMO ski helmets have nothing, zero, zip, nada to offer in that regard.   The complete destruction of a MIPS bike helmet I posted about last year without that system even activating is just one example.    If anything, better bike helmets will give us better ski helmets, not the other way 'round. 


Edited by cantunamunch - 4/2/15 at 1:16pm
post #5 of 5

Many reasons:

  1. Ski helmets are designed to protect the wearer from the weather as well as from impacts.  Many people have said that ski helmets are more comfortable and warmer than any hat.  Bike helmets are designed to provide ventilation.
  2. The potential area of impact for a ski helmet is "everywhere" as opposed to a bike helmet where hitting some areas of your head would require "trying".
  3. There is no group more obsessed with "weight" than cyclists (with the possible exception of backpackers).  Ski helmets, while not exactly "heavy", do weigh more than bike helmets do.  Gasp!  Those extra couple ounces could slow you down by a few seconds on a 20 mile long climb!  The horror!
  4. UCI (bike racing's governing body) and FIS run neck-and-neck in terms of who can institute the most technology-stifling innovations.  It wouldn't surprise me if UCI has a regulation specifying exactly what a bike helmet looks like.
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