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Poll Results: Do you wear a helmet skiing?

 
  • 79% (79)
    Yes, I have no issues with it; everyone really should.
  • 3% (3)
    Yes, but find them cumbersome/uncomfortable; everyone really should.
  • 8% (8)
    Yes, but I tend to be on the cautious side and it's probably not essential gear.
  • 3% (3)
    No, if you are a heads up skier, you shouldn't really need one.
  • 3% (3)
    No, b/c they're just too cumbersome/uncomfortable.
  • 3% (3)
    No, b/c I feel and look a like a tool wearing one.
99 Total Votes  
post #31 of 55
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Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Flawed. No I don't wear one, but not for any of the reasons you state. I just won't spend money on something I don't need. Since I've skied for many decades without one, I obviously don't need it. I NEED lift tickets.
AND this just in...
The Ghostmobile needs a new cross-over pipe and a new alternator . Darn thing's only 17 years old (yes still original parts there). Why can't GM build things to last?
post #32 of 55

I Didn't for Many Many Yrs. and Do Now

My buddies had been busting my chops for years and years about not wearing a helmet. I am an ex racer and ski very aggressively and had only one concussion from 20+ yrs. of skiing. Last yr. at Snowshoe (I hate this place) an incident occurred that made me make the leap.

I was standing at the bottom of a run with a buddy waiting for our friends and sure enough there is a skier completely out of control and I knew this was going to be bad. Unfortunately the only way he could stop was to use my buddy standing next to me. The impact was so hard that it threw him out of his skis and off the run slamming him into some trees. The Patrol showed up and they stated that they would have more than likely been calling the squad for him if he had not been wearing a helmet. The helmet was destroyed, but it did what it was suppose to - it took the entire impact rather than his head/skull. He had a pretty bad headache, but that was it. If it would have been me that the dude hit no way would have I walked away since I did not have a helmet on.

So I went out and bought Giro G10MX and it took 30 minutes to get use to it. I bought the Skull Candy tune kit and now I can ski with my tunes and still have a conversation with folks on the chair. Also, I skiied recently in 7 degree temperatures and could not believe how warm this thing kept me - even with the vents open. From here on out you will not see this cat with out a brain buket on. No way no how!


post #33 of 55
WOW!...these many posts and no mention of POC helmets...I can tell you, these helmets are superb for fit, comfort and safety.
post #34 of 55
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghost View Post
Flawed. No I don't wear one, but not for any of the reasons you state. I just won't spend money on something I don't need. Since I've skied for many decades without one, I obviously don't need it. I NEED lift tickets.
I agree. Also I used to drive my car without a seat belt, so I don't need to wear one now.
post #35 of 55
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Originally Posted by swisstrader View Post
WOW!...these many posts and no mention of POC helmets...I can tell you, these helmets are superb for fit, comfort and safety.
Ssssssssh! Richie Rich might hear you.
post #36 of 55
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Originally Posted by kosackthrower View Post
I agree. Also I used to drive my car without a seat belt, so I don't need to wear one now.
Well if it's a choice between skiing (lift tickets) or a car seat, then obviously you don't need car seats.
post #37 of 55
Uvex Wing Pro.
post #38 of 55
Picked no, but don't like the reasons given. I am a mid-40s cautious intermediate that sticks to the trails and never wore a helmet and ski molehills. ie. my risk profile is very low. If I was aggresive or glade/tree skiing than I'd take a look at it. It depends on circumstances and how much risk you are exposed to. I can make a good argument for wearing a helmet when walking downtown as well.
post #39 of 55
I never used to until a few seasons ago, but I love my Giro fuse. It's warm (until you open all the vents, then cool enough), light, and comfortable. I like being able to open the vents to cool me off while skiing and reaching up to close 'em on the chair ride. Great customer service, too; my goggle strap broke and they sent a new one for free. Of course, what helmet is right for you will depend on the size & shape of your head, so try lots on.
post #40 of 55
Flawed:
Yes most of the time, all the time around my kids. But not when the temps get over 50 degrees-unless I am with the kids. Even with the vent wide open a ski helmet is just too hot for the safety utility trade off. I only fear collisions with out of control skiers or boarders, especially getting clipped from behind and the main need to have one on. I also want my kids to wear them until their skill set and maturity level qualifies them to decide for themselves. I don't care what others do.
post #41 of 55
I wear a Giro 5. Mainly because it cuts the wind really well, which is definitely a plus. also great for tight trees, saves getting poked by branches. and also Ive had the bar on the chair come down on my head once or twice so its nice for that too. not to mention the headphones built in. gets a bit hot on spring days though, sometimes I dont use it if its around -5C or warmer. Ive had it for a couple of years now and just for the warmth factor alone its totally worth it.
post #42 of 55
I think the only impediment to wearing a helmet is trying on a bunch until you find one that fits your head. With helmet technology what it is, they are light and warm and, if you find one that fits, comfortable.

I was late to wearing one, but now I wouldn't go without it. (Especially after watching a friend lose an edge at high speed right in front of me, fly off the trail into the trees and split his helmet in two against a tree - broken bones, no broken head...)
post #43 of 55
i do.. used to not the feeling but now i feel naked without..

think about it.. you've invested well over 200k in that brain of your when you hit your 20-30s so it's worth a 100 bucks to protect it..
post #44 of 55
My wife and I have been the victims of several less-skilled skiers clipping us from behind. I have also had a couple of self-inflicted glancing blow contacts with hardpack/ice.

I'm 56, and just started wearing my first helmet last March (a Giro G10).

What finally prompted this was spending a lot of time visiting my older brother in a nursing home (recuperating from illness), and seeing all of the young, middle aged and elderly residents with brain injuries, who would never be leaving this facility alive.

I wish to do my part to avoid inflicting a similar scenario on my family, if at all possible... hence, a helmet— which I became used to instantaneously, I might add.

Yes, you may have all the skills in the world... but scheiss happens.
post #45 of 55
Same story as robertito. Before I was a wearer, I got a freebe years ago at Sugarloaf. Rocketed into the woods on my back. Would have crunched my skull if hit the boulder to one side or the massive birch to the other. Gave up skiing for about five years figuring my wife and little boys should have me around for a while. Got back to it in a big way, with the whole family about six years ago. First thing we all got was helmets. Saved my marbles last year at Jay when a woman took me out from behind on an ice covered slope. Last thing I remember before getting knocked out was thank God I was wearing a helmet. Doc said it saved my life. Got a new Smith Variant which has been a great fit. And wicked warm. Skied in -17F with 25-40 mph winds two days ago. Noggin very toasty. The best helmet is the one that fits and disappears from consciousness.
post #46 of 55
i own one and want to use it but dont. it just doesnt feel right . too bulky . there is no air pressure on the scalp doesnt feel right.
post #47 of 55
My wife, myself, and my sister in law all love our Giro Fuse.
post #48 of 55
I have a big head. Took me a while to find something that fit. Finally went with the Giro G9 XL after a few years of searching and trying on helmets at nearly every shop I set foot in. For some reason the XL in this model is an inch or two larger than other model/brand XL's.
post #49 of 55
Fit is everything. Go to a ski shop and try them all on...

I used to like Giro, and then POC came out... They just fit me better...

Good luck!

-Blake
post #50 of 55
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Originally Posted by crgildart View Post
But not when the temps get over 50 degrees-unless I am with the kids. Even with the vent wide open a ski helmet is just too hot for the safety utility trade off.
Lucky, the high today was 5 and I had to ski sans goggles(good glasses) and jacket with the helmet vents open to stay cool. Really sucks cause I freeze on the lift.
post #51 of 55
I wear a helmet biking and skating, so it seems natural to wear one skiing. I have a Giro Fuse which fits well and seems lightweight.

The only downside is that my neck muscles are in agony after a day skiing. Hopefully this will get better over the course of the season.
post #52 of 55
I have a Carrera and with all the monkeys flying around the slopes, I can't imagine skiing without a helmet. Besides I spend the rest of the year in one of my numerous cycling helmets, so it comes natural.
post #53 of 55
Thread Starter 
Sounds like the Smith Variant and the Giro Fuse are VERY popular here. Unfortunately I haven't been able to find a local store that has both of these to compare side by side.

Are these 2 models pretty true to size? My noggin is about 57-58cm. in circumference and that would put me in a Medium for Smith helmets and Large for Giro..I think my head shape is somewhat round (good for Giro supposedly?)

Also, how are the Fuse and Variant in terms of being low-profile relative to other models? From what I am hearing, the Fuse is a bit on the bulky side?

I think you guys have inspired me to bite the bullet on the helmet thing...I'm impressed at what a huge majority in the poll prefer wearing them..Maybe I haven't been looking careflly enough, but I had previously figured that skiers with helmets were not necessarily in the majority on the mountain.
post #54 of 55
Giro Encore.

It is very comfortable and fits correctly, but it is too warm, even for my fur-free dome.
post #55 of 55
POC - got two, a receptor and a skull light
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