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New Helmet with Hard Ears?

post #1 of 16
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I ski very aggressively at high speed enjoying the big GS full speed turns when I am at a mountain where I have the space. I have just moved into the cheater category having demoed and purchased the Rebel I Speed in a 180. I expect to be able to obtain higher speeds with the skis. For the first time in many years I had a bad fall this season hitting my head hard at about 50mph. I was not injured except for a sore neck. Ski tracks said 49MPH for whatever that is worth. I will be 69 this season and wonder if I would be safer with a hard ear helmet like POC, Uvex or any others you can suggest. Some good deals on them now. I am currently skiing with a soft eared smith helmet. 

I gave up dirt biking 5 years ago. I broke my leg in three places which results in a 5 degree cant for my right foot, (I still want to get another bike) and I wore every protection device I could buy! I had hundreds of crashes over the years because my buddies all were ex racers and I was always riding over my head being an adrenaline junky for speed. 

I expect to do a little racing with our ski club on our 300 ft hill so maybe I would only wear the helmet for club racing. 

Does anyone wear protective clothing when free skiing?
If a hard ear helmet is recommended can I get one with venting?

post #2 of 16
Thread Starter 
Do I have to bump my own thread to get some help here?
post #3 of 16
I wear the old racing helmet with hard ears, never had a soft helmet. The type I have used to come with vents, but it's never been an issue for me. But then, I'm in Montana and not equipped with testosterone. No, I don't wear protective clothing when skiing. I just ski slower. Already hit my tree. Not a pain junkie. Don't like losing months of my life. The solution is to slow down and learn to enjoy each turn.
post #4 of 16
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Thank you, but cant I speed up and enjoy each turn!

post #5 of 16
Real men wear beanies.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I wear the old racing helmet with hard ears, never had a soft helmet. The type I have used to come with vents, but it's never been an issue for me. But then, I'm in Montana and not equipped with testosterone. No, I don't wear protective clothing when skiing. I just ski slower. Already hit my tree. Not a pain junkie. Don't like losing months of my life. The solution is to slow down and learn to enjoy each turn.


Sibby,

I'd love to make some turns with you.  Maybe some day that will happen.

I guess I"ll have to go to Montana.  You're not planning on skiing in New England any time, are you?

post #7 of 16

Just my opinion, but I don't see the hard ear helmet offering that much more additional protection (if any) than the soft ear. The few MT Skull impacts I've had skiing have been on the top or back of the helmet; never in the ear area. Of course my only experience is with free-skiing; I can see where gate-bashing could introduce more impacts to other parts of the helmet and elsewhere.

 

A helmet is pretty much the only protection I wear skiing or on the bike. I guess my philosophy is; ride light and avoid crashing; fine theory, but not always successful in execution. I took a tumble off the mountain bike last summer, and augured in pretty hard. No impact to the noggin, but everything else was sore for weeks. 2nd @sibhusky's comment; I don't even like missing a couple of days due to injury.

 

At 53, it's a balancing act between keeping bike riding and skiing fun and interesting, and avoiding being side-lined, but am pretty well convinced that being overly conservative bike riding or skiing is just as dangerous being overly aggro.

post #8 of 16

get the red one, and like your slaloms, get it in one size bigger than recommended ...!  :D

 

Seriously though, this is a no-brainer.  get the proper coverage hard ear race helmet, from whichever brand fits you.  If you are doing any club races, if they are USSA sanctioned you will require a FIS stickered hard ear helmet fro GS regardless.  If you are not doing USSA sanctioned races, lots of great deals out there on the previous race helmets like the POC skull Comp 2.0 at under $100 (they used to be $300+)  

post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by ScotsSkier View Post
 

get the red one, and like your slaloms, get it in one size bigger than recommended ...!  :D

 

Seriously though, this is a no-brainer.  get the proper coverage hard ear race helmet, from whichever brand fits you.  If you are doing any club races, if they are USSA sanctioned you will require a FIS stickered hard ear helmet fro GS regardless.  If you are not doing USSA sanctioned races, lots of great deals out there on the previous race helmets like the POC skull Comp 2.0 at under $100 (they used to be $300+)  

You just could not resist throwing that in there could you!

There is a store near me with POC so I will see if it fits my big head!

 

No USSA for me. But I still need protection..!:duck: 

post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I wear the old racing helmet with hard ears, never had a soft helmet. The type I have used to come with vents, but it's never been an issue for me. But then, I'm in Montana and not equipped with testosterone. No, I don't wear protective clothing when skiing. I just ski slower. Already hit my tree. Not a pain junkie. Don't like losing months of my life. The solution is to slow down and learn to enjoy each turn.


Sibby,
I'd love to make some turns with you.  Maybe some day that will happen.
I guess I"ll have to go to Montana.  You're not planning on skiing in New England any time, are you?

When we lived back East, we considered retiring to New England, but I've skied a lot of it and it's the kind of cold that creeps through your zippers into your joints and sets up camp for hours. The coldest days of my life to this day were spent at Cannon and Stowe. So, no, don't think I'll be there in the next ten years. 😁
post #11 of 16
Uvex Carbon Race Helmet XL & Slytech second skin back protector. Feels safe.
post #12 of 16
I always use a back protection as well (POC VPD 2.0). Feel very strange to ski without one now. Saved my back on some poorly executed cliff hucks and when I was learning 3s in the terrain park.
post #13 of 16

^^^^ Funny, because of the demographics here we rarely talk about terrain parks or freestyle. But it's everywhere: My kid (alpine racer) was goofing with his team, hit a park, took a jump too fast and low, landed out into the flat, his own knees broke his nose. If he had gotten a bit more air and rotated a touch more, could have been his neck. I used armor routinely riding a motorcycle, yet I bet you're one of the few here who wear/wore back protection. Argument could be made it's more relevant than (other thread) which helmet to buy. 

post #14 of 16
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it's the kind of cold that creeps through your zippers into your joints and sets up camp for hours.

I resent the implication. One of the reasons eastern skiing is superior is that we consider the cold bracing. Makes you ski better when you can't feel anything below your hips. 

post #15 of 16

No armor skiing, though I've thought about it for certain things. Helmet... race helmets take gate whaps better if you're doing a lot of that sort of thing,  but even if I'm skiing fast, I don't feel the need for anything beyond a standard high quality recreation helmet. Helmets without a bill are easier to tuck in though. 

post #16 of 16
there's a reason Mikaela went to Burke.
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