Originally Posted by sjjohnston
The 3/4 ones (I'm picturing the Giro Nine) actually do come down pretty far directly in back.
I suspect snowboarders are more likely to fall flat onto the back of their heads than skiers, but I'm not sure. I know I've fallen pretty hard directly backwards (on skis) ... it happens when you get spun around by hooking an edge or a tip or something (preferably at great speed). Incidentally, having done this with and without a helmet, I don't think the helmet actually helps that much, at least not unless the snow is really rock hard. It does save you having to collect your hat and goggles, though.