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Helmets. What do you wear??

post #1 of 49
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I am looking at buying a helmet for this upcoming season. What do you use?

What would you recommend? Why?

Which would we be wise to pass on?
What's new in helmets?
post #2 of 49
I bought a Protech last year. It was the first helmet that I felt I could live with. It was a low end one with good hearing, and because it is a park helmet, it is a multiple impact helmet. No need to throw it out after one good dent. The vents are open all the time, and the ear flaps are removable. It is a nice looking helmet too, at least that's what they tell me. $49.00 at a local board shop. later, RicB.
post #3 of 49
I wear Giro Fuse. I would recommend Giro Fuse. Reason lots of easy to open vents to regulate heat and good fit for most (not all) heads. If Giro Fuse is not a good fit try Giro Nine. With goggles, the helmet should be comfortable with no space between the top of the goggles and the helmet to allow brain freeze.
post #4 of 49
Giro Fuse. I plan on adding some Tune-up II's this season.
post #5 of 49
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Originally Posted by Phil Pugliese View Post
Giro Fuse. I plan on adding some Tune-up II's this season.
What's the differances? What do you like about the new choice over the others ?

Tyrone Shoelaces was buying one that was found on Steep and Cheap and it was a close fit style I liked but I couldn't pull the trigger on it because
i was unsure of the fit. Does anyone remember what kind it was. It was on the deals all day long weekend

I found it . It was Boeri. Anyone got one of this brand.?There are many styles of similar shape.
post #6 of 49
I bought the K2 Blackhawk last year and love it, it was really hard to find, tried it on at a ski show and loved it, ended up special ordering it from REI because I couldn't find a store in CO that carried it. I like it because it looks cool (kind of fighter pilotish) didn't make my head look like the size of a watermelon (I guess I have a big head). It is really comfortable, but the best thing is how the googles work with it. It comes with a pair of googles that are made just for it and the straps are replaced with some rubber band like things that attach directly to the helmet. The integrated googles worked great, didn't fog up, no google gap and they don't flail around when you need to put them up.
post #7 of 49
Giro sestriere.



I like the closed race helmet look, probably because that's the only type of helmet I've ever worn. It fits my oakley a-frame goggles with no gaper gap, and stays warm. For ventillation, you have to move up a model to the talon or the streif (daron rahlves' helmet). For 60 bucks on iwantahelmet.com, it was worth it. I have to replace it this year though, since I had such a bad crash while wearing it.
post #8 of 49
I have the Giro Fuse with Tune Ups. I love it, it's light, and with the venting I usually don't ever get too hot (only time I've had a prob is late spring skiiing).
post #9 of 49

Got a Briko in 2000

Without it I'd have had two concussions.

http://www.telemarktips.com/video/HelmetTree.mpg
post #10 of 49
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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post
I am looking at buying a helmet for this upcoming season. What do you use?

What would you recommend? Why?

Which would we be wise to pass on?
What's new in helmets?
I have worn Uvex and now wear Solomon.
Why:
*price: under $200
*construction: some helmets are nothing more than a thin membrane over styrofoam (note: pass on these). I wanted a helmet that resembles the construction of a motorsports helmet with thick plastic or fiberglass, and with passed safety certification stickers. Also I only wear full face or those helmets that have optional face gaurds
*color
*weight: I dont want to feel my helmet's weight on my head.

As far as whats new, built in sound systems are the new hottness.

You can great deals on ebay for helmets...I have bought two there; saved considerable amounts of money and they were both great.
post #11 of 49
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Originally Posted by GarryZ View Post
I found it . It was Boeri. Anyone got one of this brand.?There are many styles of similar shape.
I wear the Boeri Tactic helmet, although I've put the replacement ear pieces in so that I can listen to my tunes. It has lots of vent holes, but I usually keep them plugged up. Most of them open by removing part of the helmet's inner liner, although there are some vent holes on the front and back that close via slides. It was a pretty warm winter here in the north-east last season, and my head stayed comfy with it on.

I know through cycling that Giro helmets just do not fit my head. The local shops mainly had Boeri, Giro and somebody else (Leedom?) helmets. Different helmets fit very differently; Boeri fit the best, so I went that route.
post #12 of 49
Garry,

I use a Protec, just because it fitted my head the best. You need to try a few on as they all seem to have a slightly different fit and sizing polocy.
post #13 of 49

Cousin Johnny Sax-Giro Me-Boeri Tactic

post #14 of 49
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Originally Posted by XJguy View Post
*construction: some helmets are nothing more than a thin membrane over styrofoam (note: pass on these). I wanted a helmet that resembles the construction of a motorsports helmet with thick plastic or fiberglass, and with passed safety certification stickers. Also I only wear full face or those helmets that have optional face gaurds
*weight: I dont want to feel my helmet's weight on my head.

You can great deals on ebay for helmets...I have bought two there; saved considerable amounts of money and they were both great.
XJguy - couple things in response. I think most helmets that are sold in ski shops come with the ASTM and/or the CE certifications. I would agree with your recommendation to only buy a helmet with the certifications, but I don't think I've ever seen any that don't have it. Maybe at Wal-Mart you might find somehting like that. I think if you stick with established ski/board helmet brands (Leedom, Giro, Pro-Tec, Marker, Briko - I know I'm missing some) you should be OK.

The thing I don't quite agree with is the suggestion to buy the helmet on eBay - or at least I would qualify it. I would only buy a helmet on eBay if I could try it on to insure a good fit, and if I could verify it was new. Like with ski boots, fit is the most important thing when it comes to helmets. You can't always tell if a used helmet has been in a crash that would have required it to be replaced.

I have a Giro 9.9 and love it. When helmets started getting more popular, I was worried about being too hot, but it's not an issue with the 9.9. As some have said, the most frequent use is protection from the over anxious safety bar puller.
post #15 of 49
giro 10 great fit, ventilation system is awesome warm on cold days and cool when the sun is out

buy the one that fits best!
post #16 of 49
I have a Giro Bad Lieutenant which has served me well and is fairly cheap to boot. I initially bought it for aesthetics but found out that it is one of the more robust helmets on the market. It’s already earned it’s keep on one big backflip of a lip at Fernie last year (no crush or soft-spots on it from the fall so I haven’t replaced it.)
post #17 of 49

GIRO Streif sizing?

Does size L go to 61cm?
post #18 of 49
as long as thay ae certified, all are fine. As said above, you need to try a bunch of different brands on. boeri seems to fit rounder skulls and giro seems to fit a more oval shape. Giro fuse is a great helmet, the ability to open and close the vents with one hand on the fly is a great feature. You can add tuneups for about $25. I am going to check out the new Omen this fall.
post #19 of 49
Giro nine, fits great,plenty of vents, REALLY COOOOOOOOL!
post #20 of 49
I use a Marker M3. When some straps on the earpieces broke two seasons ago, Marker replaced the helmet for free (rather than charging me fo repairs). Have to give them credit for that. Warm in winter, ear flaps removable for spring, saved me from a concussion on a fall.
post #21 of 49
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Originally Posted by comprex View Post
Does size L go to 61cm?
When I bought my sestriere (same sizing) I measured my head with a tape measure, and it was within a cm or two of the line between large and xl. I moved up to the xl, to be safe. The XL just fit barely fit me, so I would err on the larger side.
post #22 of 49
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
I use a Marker M3. When some straps on the earpieces broke two seasons ago, Marker replaced the helmet for free (rather than charging me fo repairs). Have to give them credit for that. Warm in winter, ear flaps removable for spring, saved me from a concussion on a fall.
Me, too. And works really well with the Infinity goggles.
post #23 of 49
Giro 9. I have a brand new Fuse that I haven't worn yet. I also like the Leedom Prophet.

Look for fit and ventilation.

And...think SNOW!!!

Doug
post #24 of 49
Giro Fuse....ventilation, warmth and a great fit (at least for my noggin)
post #25 of 49
Fuse for down here in the banana belt of skiing (mid atlantic) due to the superior venting, and ability to close the vents when the rain falls :

I've had issues with Bolle goggles, and the fact that the straps aren't long enough to easily get around the bulky helmet without being too tight and cutting the bridge of my well-endowed olfactory region. Now that I don't need to wear Rx glasses or goggles any more, I may have to look into goggles that will fit better with this helmet. I've gone to wearing the strap under the helmet, but it's a PITA because you can't pull the goggles up. Either that, or I may have to go with a low profile hard shell racing helmet, but I'm afraid they will be too hot.

Anyone know of any decent goggles that have long straps?
post #26 of 49
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Originally Posted by tumbler View Post
XJguy - couple things in response. I think most helmets that are sold in ski shops come with the ASTM and/or the CE certifications. I would agree with your recommendation to only buy a helmet with the certifications, but I don't think I've ever seen any that don't have it. Maybe at Wal-Mart you might find somehting like that. I think if you stick with established ski/board helmet brands (Leedom, Giro, Pro-Tec, Marker, Briko - I know I'm missing some) you should be OK.

The thing I don't quite agree with is the suggestion to buy the helmet on eBay - or at least I would qualify it. I would only buy a helmet on eBay if I could try it on to insure a good fit, and if I could verify it was new. Like with ski boots, fit is the most important thing when it comes to helmets. You can't always tell if a used helmet has been in a crash that would have required it to be replaced.

I have a Giro 9.9 and love it. When helmets started getting more popular, I was worried about being too hot, but it's not an issue with the 9.9. As some have said, the most frequent use is protection from the over anxious safety bar puller.

You might be right about the certifications, but when you look at the construction of some of these helmets (even name brand models) you have to wonder just how did they got certitifed.

Yes, you do take a risk of getting an ill fitting helmet, so only buy from those sellers that have a good return policy. But also keep in mind often times the changes from one helmet to another within the same brand from one year to the next are only cosmetic. I simply test fitted a few helmets at a local shop got an idea as to what size fits me and what style I wanted and went to ebay to make my purchases...maybe not the most ethical move but hey nothing wrong with shopping around and then going for the best deal.
post #27 of 49
just saw the question about new things in helmet design.

Marker M3 and M2 have ear pad speaker option, with bluetooth capability (microphone on chin strap) and a plugin for orthovox avalanche transceivers.
post #28 of 49
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Originally Posted by JohnH View Post
Fuse for down here in the banana belt of skiing (mid atlantic) due to the superior venting, and ability to close the vents when the rain falls :

I've had issues with Bolle goggles, and the fact that the straps aren't long enough to easily get around the bulky helmet without being too tight and cutting the bridge of my well-endowed olfactory region. Now that I don't need to wear Rx glasses or goggles any more, I may have to look into goggles that will fit better with this helmet. I've gone to wearing the strap under the helmet, but it's a PITA because you can't pull the goggles up. Either that, or I may have to go with a low profile hard shell racing helmet, but I'm afraid they will be too hot.

Anyone know of any decent goggles that have long straps?
I have two googles, Bolle and Uvex, and I agree with you the Bolle strap is short, the Uvex strap is generous.
post #29 of 49
I have a very warm Leedom Cut. The tiny vent doesn't do much. Leedoms are known to be very comfortable, and I like mine. I can remove layers or open vents elsewhere to compensate for my well insulated head.

Took awhile to find a pair of googles that fit in the limited space between the helmet and my nose. I would wear sunglasses unless it was snowing. Oddly, the googles didn't bother me when it was snowing. Funny how a powder day can keep your mind from thinking about a squashed nose, and/or other problems.

Eventually I found some Carreras that fit well with the helmet. Basically I kept walking into the retail shop at every resort I visited during my lunch break and tried on googles with the helmet until I found 'em.
post #30 of 49
I have a K2 Ultra thats really light. I have'nt had any problems with it.
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