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Old 04-14-09, 04:37 PM
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Full Face Helmet For XC

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Newb at mountain biking. I am wondering if the other kids will laugh at me if I show up on the easy trails with a full face. I have a tendency to land on my head while skiing, snowboarding and motorcycling. I think I might be top heavy.
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Be nice everyone!

It will be out-of-the-ordinary; but if that's what it takes to make you feel properly protected, go for it. Pick the lightest one that you can afford. Specialized has one or two that are super light and would not feel much heavier to wear than a cross-country lid.

My son had a friend who could only afford one helmet so he chose a full-face; he rode everywhere with it.
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Kudos for being safe!!

I have a friend that freaked after doing an endo and went out and bought a full-face helmet. She used it once and complained about it being HOT! If you are okay with that (or can find one with a lot of vents), then go for it. I'd borrow a friends if possible to see if you can work through the heat.
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Old 04-14-09, 06:42 PM
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people may not say anything to your face, but many will be laughing about you later. Can't say I can argue against safety, and not saying you shouldn't get a full face, but if your asking if some people will laugh at you the answer is yes, unless you have a diff definition of "easy" for "newb to mtn biking"
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Old 04-14-09, 06:46 PM
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All I'll say on this subject is that broken noses aren't as bad as people make them out to be.
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Honestly, who cares what people say? The issue I would worry about is it being hot, particularly if you go with a DOT certified one. They do make just CPSC downhill mountain bike full-faces though, which are a little lighter and cooler (Specialized Deviant, Fox Rampage, etc). But then again, if it gives you the confidence boost, that might not matter either. I have knee/shin guards that I wear for XC, and even though they're a little on the hot side, I get enough of a confidence boost out of them that I ride a lot better with them than without them, which in my mind, makes it worth it.
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Old 04-14-09, 07:20 PM
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I've yet to find a use for armor let alone a ff helmet. Whatever makes you happy, but for simply xc riding can't imagine why it wouldn't be easier to just use your head in a smarter way...
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Old 04-14-09, 07:23 PM
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Have fun with your next crash, its almost guaranteed to be a big one with much pain.
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Old 04-14-09, 07:38 PM
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I am planning to buy this one, it looks holey. Should be cool.
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I just posted this in another topic...you need to try them on! Don't buy without trying.

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Full-face helmets all fit differently. I liked the look of the Specialized Deviant but it didn't fit on my head. My options were pretty much Fly and Fox.
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Old 04-14-09, 08:36 PM
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Probably half the guys at the local trail use them part or all of the time.

On colder days, myself included.
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Have fun with your next crash, its almost guaranteed to be a big one with much pain.
You talkin' to me, Ohio boy?
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Other than being hot, another thing to consider (besides social acceptability) is reduced vision. Have you ever tried wearing one before? When full face helmets first became popular in BMX racing, I remember quite a few rider friends who struggled getting used to it.

Maybe also improve your skills-base somewhat and get someone to figure out what you're doing wrong that makes you prone to land head-first... so that you'd gain confidence and no longer need a FF on easy XC trails, in time.

Yeah, the black one without any bright stickers (flat black even better)... keep it low key, if it's a must have.

All the best.

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Old 04-15-09, 07:01 AM
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Here's an interesting one that I stumbled upon the other day, the MET Parachute:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=17687

It is NOT a downhill helmet. It is a cross-country helmet with a removable chin-guard.

The idea makes a certain amount of sense. I rather like my teeth.
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^^ The old Giro Switchblade was very similar.

Pocko - - Unless one has eyes in the back of their head, the "limited vision" is utter BS. That was debunked way back in the days of motorcyclists resisting the use of full-face helmets.
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Originally Posted by D.I.S.C.O View Post
Hi,

Newb at mountain biking. I am wondering if the other kids will laugh at me if I show up on the easy trails with a full face. I have a tendency to land on my head while skiing, snowboarding and motorcycling. I think I might be top heavy.
As long as you're having fun and feel you're taking precautions for your own safety, who cares what others think?
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Originally Posted by dminor View Post
^^ The old Giro Switchblade was very similar.

Pocko - - Unless one has eyes in the back of their head, the "limited vision" is utter BS. That was debunked way back in the days of motorcyclists resisting the use of full-face helmets.
All I said was that some of my friends struggled getting used to it... some didn't. Most that did got used to it in the end, but some couldn't and stayed with open face. Freedom of choice I suppose. Why is that utter BS? I've got a full face and I made my kids wear them from an early age whether they liked it or not - when they were doing BMX racing. I certainly haven't got anything against them.

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You talkin' to me, Ohio boy?
Yup.

And Ohio has more techy riding that you'd think (but it in no way compares to the the east coast or the west in general).
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
Here's an interesting one that I stumbled upon the other day, the MET Parachute:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=17687

It is NOT a downhill helmet. It is a cross-country helmet with a removable chin-guard.

The idea makes a certain amount of sense. I rather like my teeth.
Oh, I like.

Once I was riding my moto in NH and realized that there is no helmet law there. I took my helmet off. Rode for 3 blocks and put it back on because it feel weired without it.

Thanks all comments. I will be getting a full face.
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Originally Posted by Pocko View Post
All I said was that some of my friends struggled getting used to it... some didn't. Most that did got used to it in the end, but some couldn't and stayed with open face. Freedom of choice I suppose. Why is that utter BS? I've got a full face and I made my kids wear them from an early age whether they liked it or not - when they were doing BMX racing. I certainly haven't got anything against them.

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Oh, I wasn't trying to slam you that hard for it. I just heard that arguement for so many years I guess I just got tired of it. Full-faces have evolved sooooo far in the amount of peripheral vision they afford that it seems to me any more to be a non-issue. Granted, the early ones had some pretty small windows (like my early Bell Star here):

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There is a guy that rides the local trails in a Giro full face helmet. It looked lightweight, but not sure how much protection it offers though. It may be enough to build your confidence. It also looked like the lower face shield can be removed.

As for looking silly, I see this guy every morning that would have you beat. He rides an adult tricycle and wears a full face helmet.
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Originally Posted by D.I.S.C.O View Post
I am planning to buy this one, it looks holey. Should be cool.
I would not recommend the Pryme, especially for XC. The price at MEC may be tempting but it's not worth it...heavy and hot.
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
Here's an interesting one that I stumbled upon the other day, the MET Parachute:

http://www.chainreactioncycles.com/M...?ModelID=17687

It is NOT a downhill helmet. It is a cross-country helmet with a removable chin-guard.

The idea makes a certain amount of sense. I rather like my teeth.
I'm pretty sure you'll find it doesn't meet the US standards and probably won't be shipped over here. At least that was the case about 2-3 years ago when I looked. I never ended up getting one though.
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borrow a full-face and ride with it to see if the heat is a tolerable (like someone already mentioned). i borrowed my roommate's full face for one ride, and even though it was sorta brisk outside, the thing was ridiculously hot.. terribly uncomfortable.. one thing that was surprising was although its a heavy beast of a quad-racing helmet, i didn't notice the weight at all.. very comfy when not sweating balls...
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