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post #331 of 356
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Originally Posted by jayhawkskier View Post
Rossi, I actually wore that once. Very safe but I froze my nuts off!!!

GOOD ONE!!!
post #332 of 356
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Originally Posted by Rossi Smash View Post
I just find it hard to come up with a good reason NOT to wear one.

Why stop there....

Ski wear in 2010?[/quote]

I also make my kids wear these. They are plenty warm.
post #333 of 356
Just got one. Hubby has two and I was jealous. Seriously, I have a small head and narrow face which made it difficult for me. Hard enough to find goggles (but I got some that fit and I really enjoy: Smith Anthems). As far as the helmet, trying them on is the key. I tried on a ton when we were out West in Feb. and finally found one that fits my little noggin. R.E.D. And they do keep your head warm. A benefit is one that has vents and a removable liner if you are worried about being hot headed.
post #334 of 356
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
Why stop there....

Ski wear in 2010?
I also make my kids wear these. They are plenty warm.
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Nice nipples!!! :
post #335 of 356
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Originally Posted by catskills View Post
Remember helmets are only good for 14MPH.
What are you talking about? That's total bunk.
post #336 of 356
Hey, if a POC is good enough for this guy, imagine what it will do for the rest of us!

post #337 of 356
Ummm...Why is there dirt on both of their 'bandaleers' or should I ask?

I've been skiing something like 33 seasons. I wear a helmet now, always when skiing, biking, and kayaking. Yes, when I was younger helmets were rare. I also have been hit in the head, with a Head ski as a matter of fact. I pulled a piece of my scalp out of the binding. I wish I had been smart enough to wear a helmet then. It would have been one less concussion on my list.

About a week ago I went over the handlebars in a mountain bike race. This is a shot of my helmet. I have no doubt it preserved my life. At the very least I would have a traumatic brain injury. So, now all I have is a slight concussion and a stiff neck.

I consider myself very fortunate.

I wear a helmet, I advocate helmets, WEAR A HELMET! ..boneheads


post #338 of 356
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Originally Posted by Johnnys Zoo View Post
At the very least I would have a traumatic brain injury. So, now all I have is a slight concussion and a stiff neck.
a concussion is a traumatic brain injury.
post #339 of 356
you know what I mean...bonehead..
post #340 of 356
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Originally Posted by catskills View Post
[/b] Remember helmets are only good for 14MPH.
Hmmm. That means that at 13.5 mph I'm safe and 14.5 mph the helmet might as well not be there? It's this kind of third hand reading of the scientific literature (such as it is) that gives ME a (non-concussive) headache.
post #341 of 356
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Originally Posted by beyond View Post
Hmmm. That means that at 13.5 mph I'm safe and 14.5 mph the helmet might as well not be there? It's this kind of third hand reading of the scientific literature (such as it is) that gives ME a (non-concussive) headache.
Yes and you got whole glancing blows off the side of the tree discussion versus a direct hit. Consumer reports did a whole thing on helmets a few years back. One of there tests was to just drop the helmet at some height (maybe 12 feet) onto a thick piece of metal. I believe they had a few helmets that cracked open on that test. They had photos of the helmets that failed this simple test.

Hey you want to go big off a feature in the terrain park with a hard pack landing area go for it. If you want to huck 30 40 footers on a regular basis go for it. You should definitely wear a helmet. Just don't think because you got a helmet on you can't get hurt. A sucking chest wound can be a big problem because your brain may not get enough oxygen. Blunt abdominal trauma to the upper left quadrant can result in a bleeding spleen that can cause serious loss of blood and death. I can keep going here. As an active EMT and a ski patroller there are many ways you can die or have a life altering injury that have nothing to do with a head injury. Wear a helmet but more important be safe out there.
post #342 of 356
Yay. My helmet saved me this year. Big time at Cannon this year. In the clouds at the top, I did not see the third drift and ski caught and turned me around. I fell backwards and slammed my head on boiler plate. I was dizzy and stood on the slope for awhile to gather myself. I would have taken down on a sled. I just purchased a Giro full face to use in the trees for next year also.
post #343 of 356
I'm deciding to wear a helmet from now on, I thought it would be just a waste

but why not for extra safety, warm/comfort...
post #344 of 356
I just got myself a Salomon Essential PF this season on ebay (after trying some on at a local overpriced store) and couldn't be happier. Soft, fuzzy microfleece for the liners (mmmm, soft...), lightweight, smart, elastic goggle strap, and looks good, too (well, I think so, anyway . To top it off, REI had a super sale on some audio earpads earlier this year ($13) and it's just awesome. Tunes when I want them, but no earbuds in my ears when I'm chatting with bums on the lift or want to bask in the glory of the sound of snow. I think no matter how I am going to end up skiing as I get older I'm always going to wear a helmet. The technology has progressed to a point where they're comfortable and warm, and we're throwing ourselves down icy slopes at fast speeds, so why wouldn't I wear one? If there's something that can help more people enjoy this amazing sport safely, I'm all for it!
post #345 of 356
I wear a Giro Omen. I really like the dual vent controls where you can control the front vents separately from the rear vents. I ski completely different lines in the trees when wearing a helmet. The only down side is that I now catch a lot more little tree branches in the teeth since I'm prone to pick unskied lines with a lot of growth.

My shell has a hood that fits over the helmet. That's useful on subzero days.
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post #347 of 356
Dude, do people really still try to defend not wearing a helmet? IMHO any time you're planning on going more than 30mph and you're not on water, you should have some kind of helmet. Ok, so you may not cave your head in, but... um... how about the largest organ in the human body- your skin. You go down on a rock or some ice, you might lose a piece of that pretty face of yours. This is a pic of a friend of mine who went down on some pavement while on his bike- with no helmet- for a few seconds, going at very reasonable speeds. Although this was not on snow, it doesn't take much to destroy the fragile human body- you should have seen the rest of him!!! You are not Superman. Your body is far more fragile than anything you could possibly hit.

Enjoy Kev's head, all meatballish... That Marine's cut looks a little too high and tight if you ask me...



SEXY!
post #348 of 356
Isn't that Massive Headwound Harry?

http://www.jibjab.com/view/204439

I'd rather not be Harry
post #349 of 356
I saw a few concussions this year from hardpack and just seeing the kids afterwards has made me decide that I am going to get a helmet. At the beginning of the season I didn't really think I would need one since all that I am skiing is a very small hill. But I realize now that it is a good idea to have one.
post #350 of 356
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Originally Posted by SkiMcLovin View Post
I'm deciding to wear a helmet from now on, I thought it would be just a waste

but why not for extra safety, warm/comfort...
I take mine off when I shower or go to bed.
post #351 of 356
I never wear a helmet. Don't eaven own one. Perhaps I should do this next season.

I do wear a cap or hat because of my short haircut. Hate a sunburn or the cold.

My son (5 years old) does wear a helmet and my wife doesn't.
post #352 of 356
Please wear one. I'm sure your wife and kid will appreciate having the old man around- not drooling on himself, that is
post #353 of 356
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Originally Posted by telerod15 View Post
I take mine off when I shower or go to bed.

why?

lol!
post #354 of 356
Catskills, we misunderstood each other. I'm in total agreement with you about being safe out there, and how there's whole lot else on the slopes that can get us than head shots.

Was just making the point that it's silly, scientifically speaking, to provide an exact speed at which helmets are no longer "safe." Apparently you were not trying to make that argument anyway.

We've had a bunch of long threads on this, among other points to ponder is that many concussions occur even while wearing helmets - which are often poorly designed to absorb recoil, twist, or bounce - and that a cracked helmet has probably done its job, while an uncracked one may have transmitted too much force directly to the brain. Dropping stuff and seeing what cracks has very little to do with preventing concussions. All we can say, conservatively, is that overall, having a helmet on is better than not having one on.
post #355 of 356
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Originally Posted by jayhawkskier View Post
why?

lol!
I can't shampoo or sleep in it.

My scalp is shaped like my bike helmet, ridges in my head align with vents. No kidding. Most people who can recognize me would not know me from Adam without the helmet. Honestly, I used to leave it on even when I knew I was going to be inside for several hours. I just never thought to take it off, it's such a part of me. I usually remember to remove it now, but sometimes I forget.

I think the ski helmet has saved me from concussion and I think the bike helmet saved me from skull fracture. I don't know for sure what would have happened without the shell, I don't want to find out. My friend doesn't know what happened to him, he never wore a helmet and he will never ride again.
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