My helmet has saved me quite a few times. This year I'm gonna hook up a Giro G10 MX w/ audio.
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11/23/06 at 10:51pm
...The instructor assigned to them came over and swung his shiny black helmet up on his head before saying hello, and those two went marble. While totally not intending to, the instructor sent the message, this is a very dangerous sport and you could get serioulsy injured or dead...
According to my wife: "If you're smart enough to wear one, you have something worth protecting".
Seriously, you're on a slippery slope, with many moving objects, sharp metal edges and trees.
How is this still a debate?
So you wear one while driving? Running? Boating?
Measure your risk. If you ski on ice, around rocks, and run tight trees then you mightwant to consider one. Otherwise I don't see the need.
Your driving puts you at more risk more often than anything you do but only racers wear them
It's a personal decision and makes no implications on the user either way . Share your opinions but keep your judgements when you disregard many other risks you take nonchalantly in your everyday life.
Radios/ipods while skiing/boarding are a risk to other riders. How can you hear the rider overcoming you as they call which direction they are passing if you are listening to music that drowns out the real world ?
Your peripheal vision is reduced by helmet wear. That is how I track people around me at high speeds. For your protection there are tradeoffs and some of those affect the riders around you.
My advice is to do what you feel is right. I would say neither yea nor nay but that it depends on many othe factors. It's more a measure of fear than intellligence.
The Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC) estimates
that in 1997, there were
84,200 skiing injuries
(including 17,500 head injuries) treated in
U.S. emergency rooms. The CPSC also
estimated that 7,700 of those head injuries,
including 2,600 head injuries to children,
could be prevented or reduced in severity each
year by using helmets. About 11 skiing and
snowboarding-related deaths would be
prevented annually with helmets.
Helmets are 44% effective preventing traumatic brain injuries from skiing accidents
I actually wanted to start a long reply on this one. Then I thought:
1. I'm a noob. Look at how many posts he has. He must be smarter at the skiing thing.
2. I love natural selection.