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    skater/snowboard helmets

    how come no one recommends using a skateboard or snowboard helmet for biking, they have liners for winter (awesome!), ridges to hold goggles up and look neat.

    I understand they have fewer vents but most have quite a few.

    EDIT: Ok i searched and saw a post (after posting this whoops), about snowboarding helmets being too hot during the summer with the liner out.
    Skating helmets seem good though or a highly vented snowboarding helmet.
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    Park helmets don't generally have enough venting to be comfortable, in warm weather. It doesn't stop me from wearing one all summer long at the MTB trails. I just don't trust regular bicycle helmets.

    If you can find one that's light enough, and has enough venting for you, go for it.
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    Most skate and snowboarding helmets aren't certified to withstand as strong an impact as bicycle helmets.

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    Most skate and snowboarding helmets aren't certified to withstand as strong an impact as bicycle helmets.
    The classic Pro-Tec half-cut "skateboarding" helmets are actually multisport helmets and are certified for bike use. http://www.pro-tec.net/classic-bike-helmet.php

    Obviously you don't want to be wearing a helmet like that when it's 80+ degrees F outside, but it's awesome for riding in below 40F winter temperatures, particularly the version with a goggle clip and earflaps.

    I use a Pro-Tec in the winter with goggles, a more normal Giro bike helmet for warmer months.

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    hmmm, i prefer the idea of having a helmet to use all year round, has anyone tried a nutcase? they look like skate helmets but seem to have more holes.

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    I've been using a Nut Case helmet for almost a year now. I bought it during the Summer last year. Venting could be an issue if you want it to be. I don't think it is all that bad. The vent holes are spread enough and there is enough clearance inside to get adequate air flow. The helmet it self, I suppose, is a bit heavier which I don't feel it is a problem. With the added weight(if any) you get the feeling of security, the helmet just feels like you have something worthwhile on.I think it is a terrific all year round helmet. I've used it in 90+ deg weather and howling winter nasty and it works for me. Good luck !!
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    do you just cruise around or do you work pretty hard when you bike?

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    I usually work pretty hard when I ride. I either use my time as a cardio workout on the road or as a stress reliever on rail trails. Many times as utility rides also. Anyway I ride it seems I don't have all the time I want so I seldom get to cruise, wish I could though.
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    and how well did the nutcase cool you when it was hot? were you drenched in sweat or awkwardly hot?
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    I got a BMX-style helmet for a particular project, but it is hot and heavy, not something I want to wear all the time.
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    Just as a comment... There is a certain type of rider who bought one of those original Bell skateboard-type helmets back when they were introduced (1970s?) and just continues to wear them. Fashion statement, I guess; hot, heavy... A modern bike helmet offers excellent (but one-time!) protection and is so cool and light you hardly know they're on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arcanum View Post
    Most skate and snowboarding helmets aren't certified to withstand as strong an impact as bicycle helmets.
    Uh, yeah they are. Most of them will take a harder impact, and can take multiple impacts, because the outer shell isn't o thin and easily flexible. They're essentially bicycle helmets inside of batting helmets. I don't know what they test snowboarding helmets to, but most skateboarding helmets are also sold to BMX freestylers.

    I know that my Pryme 8 helmets were sold as surpassing the CPSC's certification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chico1st View Post
    and how well did the nutcase cool you when it was hot? were the drenched in sweat or awkwardly hot?
    I tend to sweat a lot so I would not be a good judge for you.In the REAL hot weather I suppose it would not be that great for most people, but again I don't think it's that bad. If a typical bike helmet is too hot for you a NutCase will most assuredly be.
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