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Packing a helmet

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hope this isn't too obtuse a question. I just bought a new helmet, my first. I'm flying to Canada next week and want to pack it into a soft-sided duffel, which I would check as baggage. Question: will the helmet get banged around a lot or possibly damaged? I'll try to surround it with clothes, but still, if anyone has any tips for packing a helmet, I'm all ears.
post #2 of 16

"Soft Sided Duffel"?

Packing clothes around it is fine to stop scratches or damage from the helmet hitting other hard objects also in the bag, but you want to make sure that the helmet doesn't carry crush loads from the other bags stacked on top of it. A test: if you sit on the bag, you shouldn't feel like you're sitting on the helmet.

Does the duffel have a hard bottom?

Looking at the bag from the side, do the boots pack vertically or horizontally (or underneath)?
post #3 of 16
Wear it .
post #4 of 16
Wear your helmet on the plane. You'll get preferential service.

Your only other option is to pack it in the middle of your bag with lots of stuff around it. Put your goggles inside your helemt to keep them from being crushed.
post #5 of 16
If your helmet gets crushed in you baggage, I wouldn't want it protecting my head.

I've packed mine with no problems. They can take the abuse.
post #6 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks everyone for the replies. My duffel isn't designed for skiing per se. I usually pack my boots in a small carry-on w/ wheels, so maybe I'll try to pack the helemt in there too.

And thanks for the suggestion of wearing it . Because I have a big head (full of brains thinking lofty thoughts, I guess), I had to buy an XXL. I look like an alien when I'm wearing it as it is. Think I'd be pulled aside for a security check?
post #7 of 16
I am sure the security would geek out. They are so anal. They saw an allen wrench in my bag so they searched the whole thing thoroughly and kept the wrench. Another time they asked me to remove my sandals! If you wear it through the checkpoint all kind of red flags are going to go off in their simple little heads, if you carry it in your hand, put it on the xray machine, they might not even notice. I'm pretty sure helmets are not banned from carry-on...
post #8 of 16
fill the helmet with clothes, to support it and prevent it from being deformed or smashed.
post #9 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by Betaracer
Wear your helmet on the plane. You'll get preferential service.

Your only other option is to pack it in the middle of your bag with lots of stuff around it. Put your goggles inside your helemt to keep them from being crushed.
pobrecito jesus!, Betaracer. that's almost verbatim to what I was going to say in response, both the joke, and the real suggestion. spooky.
post #10 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by gonzostrike
pobrecito jesus!, Betaracer. that's almost verbatim to what I was going to say in response, both the joke, and the real suggestion. spooky.
Geez Gonz , us other folk been figurin the two of ya for kin for a long time now.
post #11 of 16
I slip my helmet over a ski boot top in my boot bag. there's enough room left in the boot bag for a small box full of p-tex, ski wax, and a small travel iron, etc. It's all nice and cozy.
post #12 of 16
Giro makes a helmet pod (case) that looks pretty good. $40 retail I believe.
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Thanks a lot of everyone for the advice. I may go with packing it in my carry-on. Sounds like my next step is to buy some specialized ski-gear luggage, since I do travel once or twice a year to ski.
post #14 of 16
Chickadee,

Listen to me! If you have to worry about the helmet being smashed while in your lugage, how the hell do you think it will protect your head? Huh? Throw the thing in your boot bag with everything else and don't worry about it. I do it all the time.
post #15 of 16

Don't quite see it.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lars
Chickadee,

Listen to me! If you have to worry about the helmet being smashed while in your lugage, how the hell do you think it will protect your head? Huh? Throw the thing in your boot bag with everything else and don't worry about it. I do it all the time.
Uh, Lars, if the airbag goes off in a car without you in it, how will it protect you?

All of the 'just throw it in' responses assume a multi-impact helmet.
post #16 of 16
I agree with many of the sentiments here. I am flying to JH in 2 weeks and the least of my concerns is my, and my daughters helmets. I am concerned from a space standpoint but could care less about the abuse they take, after all it is a device designed to take lots of abuse. My buddy actually let me borrow his bag, in this bag it looks like I can fit both helmets, both boots, both skis , and some cloths to cushion all of this. Of course then the problem will become the bags weight. Are they charging for bags over 50 pounds these days?

Alfonse
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