Originally Posted by Takecontrol618
Add to that the seemingly unceasing reports of how helmets only do an ounce of good at low speeds (is 12 mph the standard now?), and I'll only be wearing mine in rocks and the race course this year. Its too unwieldly to bother with everywhere else for the minimal safety it provides.
I've heard the same thing -- i.e., that helmets only do "guaranteed good" at slow speeds. I've heard the same things about bicycle helmets -- i.e., no helmet is going to save you during a 50mph bicycle crash.
What I've never really heard good numbers about is this -- is it that the helmet doesn't really do much good in high-speed crashes, or is it that the helmet protected your head just fine but the rest of your body is so wrecked from your crash that you're still in a lot of trouble, medically speaking?
My uneducated guess (from looking at the thickness of ski and bike helmets compared to motorcycle helmets) is that they really don't do much of anything at high speed, but I don't know if the numbers really support that conclusion.