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    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?

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    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--

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    Just get one of these



    I don't snowboard, but the helmets look just like BMX helmets...

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    I only use a ski helmet when it's 10 below zero or lower.
    Sick BubbleGum

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    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

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    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.

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    I take back the stupid part but not the funny looking
    Sick BubbleGum

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    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:




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    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.
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    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)

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    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

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    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?

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    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)

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    zx108, where did you get yours?

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    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.

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    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.

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    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?

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    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

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    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.

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    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.

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    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...
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    Quote Originally Posted by khuon
    Stupid sexy Flanders...
    LMAO


    awesome.

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    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!

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    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.

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    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.
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