Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Foo Off-Topic chit chat with no general subject.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-09-06, 03:03 PM   #1
Cadd
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 1,452
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ski & Snowboard helmets......can't we just use a cycling helmet instead?

When I ride my bike, I wear a helmet 99% of the time. But when snowboarding, I never wear a helmet. I am, by no means, a good snowboarder. I started about 3-4 years ago and go 2 - 3 times a year on average. I take the easier blue trails.

Well, I fall a lot and I fall hard sometimes. I remember going into ditches, running into trees, falling on my neck, etc. Now that I'm a little older & more safety concious, I think I should get a snowboard/ski helmet.

But the problem is......they are so FREAKING EXPENSIVE! Almost everything is $100+

I mean, can I wear my cycling helmet instead? I'm sure I'll get a few laughs, but I really don't care. I also thought about purchasing a BMX style type helmet. Will that be good as well? I've never tried on a BMX type helmet before, so I really don't know how comfortable they are......but I know that they're not too expensive (I saw two online....Bell & Giro that were $30).

Is there a reason for me to purchase a ski/snowboard specific helmet?
Cadd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 03:16 PM   #2
superdex
staring at the mountains
 
superdex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Parker, CO
Bikes: 1x9 mtb commuter, Javelin Boca
Posts: 3,735
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
Quote:
Is there a reason for me to purchase a ski/snowboard specific helmet?
Yes. Simply:

A bike helmet is intended to protect against one impact. You're supposed to replace it after any crash. A ski/snowboard helmet is designed to take on multiple impacts. And you can get a ski helmet for $60-70 bucks. What you get for 100+ is niceties (removable ear muffs, venting options, speakers, etc).

Get one. It's worth it--
superdex is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 03:17 PM   #3
mirona
I can't find my pants
 
mirona's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: UMASS, Amherst/ Swick, MA
Bikes: 07 Specialized Langster Comp,06 Kona King Zing, 06 Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc; 03 LOOK KG461;(destroyed by suv); 85 Panasonic Team America; 73 Peugeot U0-8; 94 Balance Super B BMX; 04 Diamondback Outlook MTB, Diamondback DBR DH
Posts: 2,331
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just get one of these



I don't snowboard, but the helmets look just like BMX helmets...
mirona is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 03:23 PM   #4
Gojohnnygo.
Burn-em Upus Icephaltus
 
Gojohnnygo.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 2,354
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I only use a ski helmet when it's 10 below zero or lower.
__________________
Sick BubbleGum
Gojohnnygo. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 03:32 PM   #5
Gojohnnygo.
Burn-em Upus Icephaltus
 
Gojohnnygo.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 2,354
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
If you have to use your cycling helmet you will look like anybody else that wear a stupid/funny looking hat on the slopes. Most chicks dig it on the slopes not to sure about a bike helmet.
__________________
Sick BubbleGum
Gojohnnygo. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 03:38 PM   #6
peregrine
commuter all star
 
peregrine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes: '05 Fuji Cross, '04 Cannondale R1000
Posts: 806
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't wear a ski helmet.... although I probably should.... uh, but I don't want to....

I do wear a funky ski hat You can't really see it on my avatar but it's a fun one, not stupid.
peregrine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 04:09 PM   #7
Gojohnnygo.
Burn-em Upus Icephaltus
 
Gojohnnygo.'s Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 2,354
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I take back the stupid part but not the funny looking
__________________
Sick BubbleGum
Gojohnnygo. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 04:51 PM   #8
mirona
I can't find my pants
 
mirona's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: UMASS, Amherst/ Swick, MA
Bikes: 07 Specialized Langster Comp,06 Kona King Zing, 06 Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc; 03 LOOK KG461;(destroyed by suv); 85 Panasonic Team America; 73 Peugeot U0-8; 94 Balance Super B BMX; 04 Diamondback Outlook MTB, Diamondback DBR DH
Posts: 2,331
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by peregrine
I do wear a funky ski hat You can't really see it on my avatar but it's a fun one, not stupid.
Well, blow it up. Does it look anything like this:



mirona is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 05:32 PM   #9
sunninho
Go Titans!!
 
sunninho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Culver City, CA
Bikes: '04 Eddy Merckx Team SC - Record - Rolf Prima Vigor; Andy Hampsten Cinghiale - Dura Ace 7800 - Rolf Elan Aero
Posts: 2,489
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I don't wear a helmet usually. Just a beanie hat. But, if I planned to go off-trail, through trees or running my own super-g -- at night! much fun! -- I'd wear a ski helmet. Also, in a sudden blizzard, I'd imagine those helmets would come in handy.
__________________
One must live the way one thinks or end up thinking the way one has lived.
--Paul Bourget
sunninho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 06:07 PM   #10
superdex
staring at the mountains
 
superdex's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Parker, CO
Bikes: 1x9 mtb commuter, Javelin Boca
Posts: 3,735
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 33 Post(s)
this is my first season wearing a ski helmet. I sweat a lot. Duck into trees only every now and again. And I'd not change it for anything. Have been in single-digits and upper 30s (F) with it, and not a complaint. My goggles have been 100% fog free, which I don't know if it's related, but before the helmet I'd always have terrible problems with them fogging up. No more!

And it doesn't take trees to need a helmet. Think other skiers, rookie boarders, that sudden hard pack that turns your skis into marbles. Ya never know....



(But then again, I also hold the handrail when walking down stairs and I don't run with scissors. Call me crazy)
superdex is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 06:24 PM   #11
peregrine
commuter all star
 
peregrine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: Seattle, WA
Bikes: '05 Fuji Cross, '04 Cannondale R1000
Posts: 806
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by mirona
Well, blow it up. Does it look anything like this:

...

I said fun not stupid, didn't I?

Actually mine's from an Austrian 'ski hat design' competition so supposedly, it's unique. It's not flashy but cute
peregrine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 06:31 PM   #12
mirona
I can't find my pants
 
mirona's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: UMASS, Amherst/ Swick, MA
Bikes: 07 Specialized Langster Comp,06 Kona King Zing, 06 Specialized Rockhopper Pro Disc; 03 LOOK KG461;(destroyed by suv); 85 Panasonic Team America; 73 Peugeot U0-8; 94 Balance Super B BMX; 04 Diamondback Outlook MTB, Diamondback DBR DH
Posts: 2,331
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by peregrine
I said fun not stupid, didn't I?

Actually mine's from an Austrian 'ski hat design' competition so supposedly, it's unique. It's not flashy but cute
Did you see MY Austrian design in my first post of the thread?
mirona is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 07:16 PM   #13
zx108
Senior Member
 
zx108's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: N.J.
Bikes:
Posts: 1,545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i got mine for $60. and they had some for $40. i am sure you can find them less that 100 bucks.

the reason i bought one is as follows:

-keeps you warmer
-my ears almost cracked off in a bike helmet
-offers more all around protection
-goggles fit like a glove on a google/helmet set that is compatible (the ski shop will hook you up with a helmet that fit your googles)
zx108 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-09-06, 08:35 PM   #14
Cadd
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 1,452
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
zx108, where did you get yours?
Cadd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-06, 04:29 PM   #15
zx108
Senior Member
 
zx108's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: N.J.
Bikes:
Posts: 1,545
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
i noticed you are in nyc. i got mine at panda sports it is right off the verazzano on the brooklyn side. 5th avenue i think.
zx108 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-06, 06:22 PM   #16
baiskeli
unaangalia nini?
 
baiskeli's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Arlington MA
Bikes: Jamis Quest (Ultegra components,Mavic Ksyrium Elite wheels and Reynods Ouzo Pro Fork), Gary Fisher Tassajara
Posts: 1,136
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by superdex
Yes. Simply:

A bike helmet is intended to protect against one impact. You're supposed to replace it after any crash. A ski/snowboard helmet is designed to take on multiple impacts. And you can get a ski helmet for $60-70 bucks. What you get for 100+ is niceties (removable ear muffs, venting options, speakers, etc).

Get one. It's worth it--
+1

Also, if you compare ski and snowboard helmets to bike helmets you will note that bike helmets don't protect the extreme back of the head, the area that you will most likely hit in a snowboarding accident (believe me, I
know). Smacked my head pretty good snowboarding some time ago, if I had had a bike helmet rather than a snowboarding helmet I would have been guaranteed a concussion and complimentary trip to the hospital.
__________________
baiskeli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-10-06, 10:16 PM   #17
Cadd
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 1,452
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I guess I'll fork out the $$$ and get a decent one that I plan to keep for ever. I tried on the RED Tantrum and it fits me really good. Surprisingly, it's very comfortable and pretty light. This thing cost more than my cycling helmet!



I didn't get it because they didn't have my size. For some reason, I have a weird shape head and only small helmets fit me (same goes for cycling helmet).

Everyone seems to be selling it (RED Tantrum....made by Burton I believe) for $110. I went to Princeton Ski shop today.....I thought online retailers would be cheaper, but most listed it for $110 as well. Any idea where I can find one for less? I tried EBAY, but no one had a SMALL.

Anyone know any good websites to find better deals?
Cadd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-16-06, 10:59 PM   #18
bennyk
Senior Member
 
bennyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 477
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cadd
I guess I'll fork out the $$$ and get a decent one that I plan to keep for ever. I tried on the RED Tantrum and it fits me really good. Surprisingly, it's very comfortable and pretty light. This thing cost more than my cycling helmet!
Hey Cadd,
Sounds like you're going to buy a helmet, which is good. You may not be a "good" snowboarder now, but when you get better and more aggressive, you'll be glad you have it. You won't have to be as concerned when you go into trees and glades since you'll have some protection.

I have an older Giro 9 helmet, and it's pretty great. Some of the newer ones are lighter.

You might try looking at a store at the mountain. Sometimes these stores have specials to get people to "impulse buy."

bk
bennyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-06, 12:04 AM   #19
Cadd
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 1,452
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Hey Benny, I just made my purchase on ebay. It was a little less than retail. It should be here sometime this week.

I'm not aggressive at all. I just went this wkend. Went to Camelback (it was freezing). Went on blue & green trails. Just linking my turns going down at a "reasonable" pace. I slow down when there are lots of people in front of me.....for some reason, I feel a bit nervous when there are a lot of people on the trail. I'm just worried that I may run into someone or someone will run into me when we're close together.
Cadd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-06, 12:20 AM   #20
bennyk
Senior Member
 
bennyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 477
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cadd
Hey Benny, I just made my purchase on ebay. It was a little less than retail. It should be here sometime this week.

I'm not aggressive at all. I just went this wkend. Went to Camelback (it was freezing). Went on blue & green trails. Just linking my turns going down at a "reasonable" pace. I slow down when there are lots of people in front of me.....for some reason, I feel a bit nervous when there are a lot of people on the trail. I'm just worried that I may run into someone or someone will run into me when we're close together.
My sister got clipped by a snowboarder a couple weeks ago. She got a ride from the patrol and spent a few hours in the hospital but was OK. Point is, even if you've been skiing for a long time, but it's still a good thing to be slow when it's crowded. It's just like riding your bike, you may have the right of way, but you gotta look out for everyone else.

I spent December in CO, so I'm in withdrawal and I miss skiing in powder up to my chest.
bennyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-06, 12:30 AM   #21
khuon
DEADBEEF
 
khuon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: Catching his breath alongside a road near Seattle, WA USA
Bikes: 1999 K2 OzM, 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte
Posts: 12,242
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gojohnnygo.
If you have to use your cycling helmet you will look like anybody else that wear a stupid/funny looking hat on the slopes. Most chicks dig it on the slopes not to sure about a bike helmet.
Stupid sexy Flanders...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg stupid_sexy_flanders.jpg (63.9 KB, 5 views)
__________________
1999 K2 OzM 2001 Aegis Aro Svelte
"Be liberal in what you accept, and conservative in what you send." -- Jon Postel, RFC1122
khuon is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-06, 12:33 AM   #22
bennyk
Senior Member
 
bennyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 477
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by khuon
Stupid sexy Flanders...
LMAO


awesome.
bennyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-06, 10:08 AM   #23
Cadd
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2002
Bikes:
Posts: 1,452
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
LOL.

Powder? What's that? Heard of the term, but never experienced it before! I bet it feels like a pillow catching you when you fall!

The closest I got to powder is fresh fluffy snow up in Vermont. Yesterday, I was snowboarding on ICE!
Cadd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-06, 10:49 AM   #24
bennyk
Senior Member
 
bennyk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2005
Bikes:
Posts: 477
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by Cadd
Powder? What's that? Heard of the term, but never experienced it before! I bet it feels like a pillow catching you when you fall!
The best is when it's so deep you can't really fall. You just sort of...stop, if you can't go fast enough. This is a big problem for snowboarders cause they get stuck and become a permanent part of the landscape.
bennyk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-17-06, 10:54 AM   #25
jyossarian
SERENITY NOW!!!
 
jyossarian's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: In the 212
Bikes: Haro Vector, IRO Rob Roy, Bianchi Veloce
Posts: 8,756
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Just get a Protec Dig Ace helmet. It's like $36, it's a bike helmet (sucky ventilation) that is designed for multiple impacts and comes w/ a rubber strap to hold your ski goggles on. And it looks like a ski/snowboard helmet so you won't look like a total doofus, just a partial doofus.

http://www.pro-tec.net/bike.html

I have one and when the weather's in the single digits, it's awesome.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg black_ace_dig.jpg (9.3 KB, 2 views)
__________________
HHCMF - Take pride in your ability to amaze lesser mortals! - MikeR



We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!
jyossarian is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:31 PM.