ski/snowboard helmets for winter biking
Any reason not to use a ski or snowboard helmet for winter cycling? Might be warmer and fit goggles better. How do the safety ratings compare?
may i direct you here.Snowboard Helmet?
Dang it, I had a typo in that post!
When Boeri ("It's your head.") markets a bike helmet, buy it!
I use two Boeri helmets that I acquired for Telemark skiing when I commute in Boston's extreme winter conditions. They keep my head warm and they protect like motorcyle helmets. But, they do NOT meet Snell crash-protection standards for motorcycle helmets. (Snell is a higher standard than DOT because it is based on actual testing). http://www.mmsp.org/helmets/snell.htm
Still, I feel more secure (and of course more toasty) commuting with these Boeris than with my summertime Giro Pneumo ("Lance wears it, need we say more?") -with all its artful scoops covered with scotch tape). http://giro.com/main.html
When I commute through ice and snow on my Marin Sausalito next month, I'll be wearing a motorcycle helmet that meets Snell standards and has a good price. Check this out. http://www.helmetcity.com/page/HC/PROD/S1/cs5white
So at least three questions remain.
Why doesn't Giro develop a winter-biking helmet that protects ears and neck?
Why doesn't Boeri adapt its 2005 Tactic alpine helmet for winter-biking (i.e. a frostbike lid that also meets Snell standards)? http://www.boeriusa.com/helmet_sub.p...c&style=Orange
Why don't bike-helmet manufacturers in 2005 market helmets that meet Snell standards (both for Ducati and Ellsworth ;-) ? http://www.ducati.com/racing/index.jhtml http://www.ellsworthbikes.com/
After all, reportedly 70 percent of all bicycle crashes result in head injuries. As Boeri would say, "It's our heads." Or as drivers in Boulder will starkly remind you, "It's tough learning the alphabet the second time around."
Last edited by Leo C. Driscoll; 12-26-04 at 09:35 PM.
I've found my Boeri non vented snowboard helmet to be too hot for offroad winter biking. Not bad around town as long as I don't exert myself too much and the temperature is under 25 or so. Vented models might be better.
??? I've had plenty of bike crashes. Either I must be extrmemily lucky, or this figure is suspect. How does he come up with 70% of all bike crashes result in head injuries?
Originally Posted by Leo C. Driscoll