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Is a POC ski helmet or a Brinko Volcano overkill for free sking?

post #1 of 22
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I will be 69 by the time the snow flies this year and I need to protect my Noggin. There's not much in there and I need all of it. I had a hard fall last year at 50 to 60 miles an hour and that's the speed that I love to ski when I get the opportunity. I flipped backwards cracked the back of my neck a little bit but really other than a strain I was okay but I slammed it pretty hard. I see the Brinko has a protective device for the neck. Would it be Overkill to free ski one of these two helmets and would they be too hot since there's no vents.

I have a Smith soft ear now maybe you can suggest something better or my Smith is good to go.
post #2 of 22
I use a Marker Ampire helmet and love it! It may be worth looking at.
post #3 of 22
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Thank you but I don't see much difference between that and my Smith helmet.
post #4 of 22
I like the full coverage/FIS helmets for free skiing. Seems to me that if you're going to wear a helmet, may as well wear a proper one. But I've never tried a soft ear helmet, so maybe I just don't know what I'm missing.

Had a Briko for years, and it was great. Just replaced it with a new Uvex race+ and it's also great. The Uvex is black, so I was concerned it might be too hot to wear, but it's been totally fine on those +10 Celsius spring days. The Uvex does have vents, but I haven't noticed much difference one way or the other.
post #5 of 22

It's definitely not overkill if it gives you a peace of mind.

Hard ear helmets are not my cup of tea but my son swears by them. I'll occasionally take one of his for a few runs, feels strange at first but totally forget about it in a few minute.

If you get hot with it on, then just go faster. The air flow will cool you down. :D

 

I get your thing for speed. I have that need for speed also. As I age, I seem to get more fun from the abrupt g forces generated in the turns. Pure raw speed is now a bit less important.

The last decade or so, saveuring the weightless and time dilation feeling during the transition float phase been the kicker for me.

 

Have fun, stay safe and God speed. Thumbs Up   

post #6 of 22
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Thank you and I appreciate your help. Loading up the tail for the Big G force in the turn is absolutely fun no doubt about it.
post #7 of 22
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Originally Posted by Alpha407 View Post

I like the full coverage/FIS helmets for free skiing. Seems to me that if you're going to wear a helmet, may as well wear a proper one. But I've never tried a soft ear helmet, so maybe I just don't know what I'm missing.

Had a Briko for years, and it was great. Just replaced it with a new Uvex race+ and it's also great. The Uvex is black, so I was concerned it might be too hot to wear, but it's been totally fine on those +10 Celsius spring days. The Uvex does have vents, but I haven't noticed much difference one way or the other.
hi no no

Did you have a size change when you switched elements? Did you think you both fit the same?
post #8 of 22
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hi no no

Did you have a size change when you switched elements? Did you think you both fit the same?

I would say that both fit pretty similarly. My Briko was probably ten years old, though, so not sure if the new ones fit differently.

IIRC, my head measures about 57 1/2 cm, which was right between two sizes for the Uvex (56-57 or 58-59). I went with the smaller one (56-57) and it's been perfect. Was pretty snug at first, but quickly packed out to comfortably snug. I'm used to snug-fitting motorcycle helmets, and prefer snug to loose (and I believe it's safer, too.)

I considered the new Brikos too, but the Uvex race+ was quite a bit cheaper. Never tried on the new Briko because nobody here carries it. In the end I just ordered the Uvex online and hoped for the best.
post #9 of 22
Buy a cool FIS helmet and fo'gettabout'it. smile.gif
post #10 of 22
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Buy a cool FIS helmet and fo'gettabout'it. smile.gif

This. I wear a race helmet all the time. Wouldn't use anything else
post #11 of 22
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This. I wear a race helmet all the time. Wouldn't use anything else

 

See Levy? :)

post #12 of 22

If a POC  or Brinko is not over kill for skiing 60 mph on a closed prepped course with safety netting, it certainly isn't over kill for skiing 60 mph on take what you get terrain. 

 

BTW I have a cheap helmet from Costco, but I like to live dangerously. :p 

post #13 of 22
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...and would they be too hot since there's no vents.
 

The only time I open my vents is in April when I'm stuck on the first timer terrain, and even then it's only because I can. I can't imagine, for me, a lack of vents ever being a problem. YMMV.

post #14 of 22

http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2198/auric

 

it is like a merger.. not soft ears, but not full race either.. 

post #15 of 22
I guess I wear a "race helmet". Had a Briko Windshape World Cup on when I hit the tree. Wasn't racing. Don't need to eat with a straw. The helmet did crack, though, so I had to replace it with a new helmet (Giro Streif). Also full. Have been thinking of going to one of these three quarter things for style reasons, but what I have works and is comfortable, so I have a hard time parting with cash. I've ordered a few, didn't work with my goggles (didn't want to replace those, too) and decided I needed to do it at the store, but just can't find the impetus to do it.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by Oleg S View Post

http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2198/auric

it is like a merger.. not soft ears, but not full race either.. 


$72 on clearance on Evo now.

http://www.evo.com/helmets/poc-auric-helmet.aspx#image=91594/414793/poc-auric-helmet-galena-yellow-side.jpg
post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I guess I wear a "race helmet". Had a Briko Windshape World Cup on when I hit the tree. Wasn't racing. Don't need to eat with a straw. The helmet did crack, though, so I had to replace it with a new helmet (Giro Streif). Also full. Have been thinking of going to one of these three quarter things for style reasons, but what I have works and is comfortable, so I have a hard time parting with cash. I've ordered a few, didn't work with my goggles (didn't want to replace those, too) and decided I needed to do it at the store, but just can't find the impetus to do it.

Didnt know about the goggles, Might be a deal breaker!

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Oleg S View Post

http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2198/auric

it is like a merger.. not soft ears, but not full race either.. 


$72 on clearance on Evo now.

http://www.evo.com/helmets/poc-auric-helmet.aspx#image=91594/414793/poc-auric-helmet-galena-yellow-side.jpg

Thank you. I am probally going to go with a Brinko if it fits my goggles. I really like the look, the bucke and I understand it totally fits all around your face if it is not round. 

post #19 of 22
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Originally Posted by ohioskier View Post
 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Oleg S View Post

http://www.pocsports.com/en/product/2198/auric

it is like a merger.. not soft ears, but not full race either.. 


$72 on clearance on Evo now.

http://www.evo.com/helmets/poc-auric-helmet.aspx#image=91594/414793/poc-auric-helmet-galena-yellow-side.jpg

Keep me posted when the snow flies and you can make some turns with grampa! (me)

post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
 

If a POC  or Brinko is not over kill for skiing 60 mph on a closed prepped course with safety netting, it certainly isn't over kill for skiing 60 mph on take what you get terrain. 

 

BTW I have a cheap helmet from Costco, but I like to live dangerously. :p 

Thats why you are the Ghost!!:cool

post #21 of 22
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Originally Posted by sibhusky View Post

I guess I wear a "race helmet". Had a Briko Windshape World Cup on when I hit the tree. Wasn't racing. Don't need to eat with a straw. The helmet did crack, though, so I had to replace it with a new helmet (Giro Streif). Also full. Have been thinking of going to one of these three quarter things for style reasons, but what I have works and is comfortable, so I have a hard time parting with cash. I've ordered a few, didn't work with my goggles (didn't want to replace those, too) and decided I needed to do it at the store, but just can't find the impetus to do it.

Glad you are OK

post #22 of 22
Sorry, I must not have read your original post very well. I might have tipped a few too many back that night
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