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post #61 of 80
Powderhoundin: Started wearing a helmet last season after finally finding one,(Briko), with which I could hear clearly.

I can share with you all that five years ago I had a bicycle crash,(road bike), going relatively slow at 22MPH. The first thing that hit the pavement was my head. The helmet broke in four places, but I walked away with only a separated shoulder. I can tell you that if I had not been wearing one life as I knew it would have been a ride in a wheel chair at best or worse death!!!!!!!!
That crash brought a new reality to my life as a pretty aggressive and active older guy.

If I look at my ski helmet now I always wonder where it continues to get all those dings & marks on it. So, reconsider a helmet so that you can either ride or ski another day!!!!!!!! Good Luck & Happy Trails.

Whtmt
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post #62 of 80
Powderhoundin: Started wearing a helmet last season after finally finding one,(Briko), with which I could hear clearly.

I can share with you all that five years ago I had a bicycle crash,(road bike), going relatively slow at 22MPH. The first thing that hit the pavement was my head. The helmet broke in four places, but I walked away with only a separated shoulder. I can tell you that if I had not been wearing one life as I knew it would have been a ride in a wheel chair at best or worse death!!!!!!!!
That crash brought a new reality to my life as a pretty aggressive and active older guy.

If I look at my ski helmet now I always wonder where it continues to get all those dings & marks on it. So, reconsider a helmet so that you can either ride or ski another day!!!!!!!! Good Luck & Happy Trails.

Whtmt
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post #63 of 80
Powderhoundin: Started wearing a helmet last season after finally finding one,(Briko), with which I could hear clearly.

I can share with you all that five years ago I had a bicycle crash,(road bike), going relatively slow at 22MPH. The first thing that hit the pavement was my head. The helmet broke in four places, but I walked away with only a separated shoulder. I can tell you that if I had not been wearing one life as I knew it would have been a ride in a wheel chair at best or worse death!!!!!!!!
That crash brought a new reality to my life as a pretty aggressive and active older guy.

If I look at my ski helmet now I always wonder where it continues to get all those dings & marks on it. So, reconsider a helmet so that you can either ride or ski another day!!!!!!!! Good Luck & Happy Trails.

Whtmt
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post #64 of 80
I just got back from alta/sbird and I saw a ton of people wearing helmets, especially the bad*sses. I make my kids wear helmets and I will probably start wearing one in the near future, its not sissyfide anymore its just smart.
post #65 of 80
I just bought a Boeri Axis Rage and my first day in a helmet in 30+ years will be tomorrow. I always wear one on the bike (road bike).

I always find it interesting when people justifying NOT using safety equipment start off with "I don't plan to ...". You wear the helmet for the unexpected.
post #66 of 80
Here's what I don't get:

10 years ago only racers wore helmets.
5 years ago maybe a few kids.
The past few years it's getting more and more common.

Now, we even read and hear people saying there's really no excuse not to wear a helmet.

Why? Skiing is statistically getting safer and safer every year. Skiing isn't about eliminating risk, or there wouldn't be steeps, terrain parks, etc.

Considering they coulda bought them from wherever the racers bought theirs, why wasn't the "no excuse" crowd wearing helmets ten years ago? When will the "no excuse" crowd start wearing them in cars and bathtubs?
post #67 of 80
These days we wear the helmet to protect ourselves from ballistic boarders and skiers.

But, a few weeks ago my helmet protected ME from ME! Slipped on ice while carrying skis on the shoulder ..... what went up .... came down!

pearl white .... Boeri
post #68 of 80
I do. Best hat I've ever had.
post #69 of 80
I've been skiing for about 20 years, and started wearing a helmet two seasons ago. I bought a Boeri which served me well (real lightweight & warm) until I took a nasty spill snowboarding. I whacked the back of my head while making a backside turn at relatively low speed, and while the helmet protected me, I still ended up with a mild concussion. The helmet broke (which means that it worked in saving me from serious injury) but since then, I've been doing some research looking for a new helmet. I saw in this year's SKI Buyer's Guide an ad for "W Helmets", which uses a special foam that evidently protect at lower speeds and does not have to break to work (which means you don't have to replace it after it saves you). Has anyone out there heard about these guys before?
post #70 of 80
ShiftyR: Very amusing.

And what is going to happen when (inevitably) soon someone with a helmet wearer skis into a non-helmet wearer and kills/injures them due to a head clash exacerbated by the helmet!!
post #71 of 80
I do. we tell our kids and friends kids they need to wear one so I might as well be the example.. Warmest hat I've ever had and as far as the non skiing impacts, The first scratch I got on mine was my wife mounting her skis on her shoulder and turning around [img]tongue.gif[/img]
Last year my Dad got got a helmet. For some reason on the first day of the season he came up for a 1/2 day of skiing and decided he was going to take it "easy" and didn't wear the helmet. He took a moderate tumble and had a bump on his head to prove it. No mor helmet-less days for him.

My wife picked hers up in Whistler last week and a friend who's kids I ski with all the time finally got her's too.
post #72 of 80
Jane,

Check with the MFG on your "impact" A lot of the mfgr's now offer free evaluation/inspection and often a discounted or free replacement if the helmet needs to be replaced.
post #73 of 80
Put on my brand new Boeri Axis Rage Saturday morning and never even noticed it was there. I had to make a few adjustments for temperature while hiking out on a ridge but I would have made similar adjustments with a hat. At first I thought fit might be a problem because my oblong head is a little tight even in the XL Boeri. But I never noticed it after the skiing started.
post #74 of 80
Seems we've had this discussion before.

Yes, I wear a helmet. Do I consider it an option? No. Went out last weekend and purchased one for my youngest (15) who is taking lessons ($25 at TriCity - Last years closeout). One of my gal friends refuses to wear one, ever!!! Will a helmet protect you from every head related injury risk? no. A helmet only helps to reduce risks not eliminate them. If you want to eliminate sking head injury risk, don't ski.

Which do you want to be a suviror or a doner?
post #75 of 80
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by WAS:
Which do you want to be a suviror or a doner?<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

I want to maximize my fun.

WAS, 30-50 skiers die per year and only a subset of that is due to head trauma. 300 Americans die in bathtubs per year and most of those are head trauma.

I'll bet you didn't know that. Now that you do, will you:

[ ] stop bathing
[ ] bathe with a helmet
[ ] take your chances cuz the risk is still MINUSCULE
post #76 of 80
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by ShiftyRider:

WAS, 30-50 skiers die per year and only a subset of that is due to head trauma. 300 Americans die in bathtubs per year and most of those are head trauma.
<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Shifty-

Your data is a little slanted. Without trying to dig up statistics I would be willing to bet there are more than ten times as many "bath tub days" a year as there are "skier/boarder days".

Actually I could care less whether you wear a helmet or not. I consider it part of the modern days form of natural selection. The post was taking a poll of who DOES wear a helmet.
post #77 of 80
i guess you've never nailed your head on some icy hardpack... i've no friggin clue how many skiers die due to head injury and how helmet usage affects that. what i DO know is that it hurts a lot less to bang your head when you're wearing a helmet. if you throw it being comfortable and warm into the bargain, well, i'm sold.
post #78 of 80
Interesting. When one looks to statistics, all I can say is when it happens to someone else its a statistic. When it happens to you or anyone you know it hurts like h....

If you have ever gone through an Emergency room as a trma patent, they spend an inordindate amount of time determing if you have any kind of head injury. Got thrown from my bike about 10 years ago and broke my hip. In all the questions they asked, I would say almost 80% were head injury related. Where you wearing a helmet? Did you black out? Did you hit your head? What day is this. Who do we contact. etc, etc, and over and over again. If the Dr's spend so much time on this one topic. A small thing such as wearing a helmet to cut down on potential head injury is not a bad idea.

Use that greay matter, don't abuse it.

BTW it was great to see Johnson carring the Olympic tourch in the opening of the Olympics. Johnson was wearing his helmet when he took that horable crash back at the end of last year.
post #79 of 80
Hmmm, that is a tough one. Scratched helmet or ten stiches from a rock under thin snow cover. I think I will have to go with scratched helmet.
post #80 of 80
<BLOCKQUOTE>quote:</font><HR>
BTW it was great to see Johnson carring the Olympic tourch in the opening of the Olympics.[/QB]<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yes it was. Somewhere I saw an interview with Phil Mahre today. A true gentleman. He said it was great to see Bill recovering. Never really aluded to the head injury but said it was kind of like sharing the torch with an excited kid. "No Bill, it's not time to go yet.", "No we don't have to run", etc. No wonder they were paired.
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