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 Post subject: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Fri Feb 11, 2011 12:53 pm 
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All you helmet wearers out there, Should I invest in a "snowboarding" helmet if I already have a climbing helmet?


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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:16 am 
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Climbing helmets protect the top of your head mostly whereas snowboard helmets protect all around.


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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:20 am 
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Good point, and thanks


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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:43 am 
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the Camp Pulse is rated for both.

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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 10:59 am 
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splitchank wrote:
the Camp Pulse is rated for both.


Weirdest freakin' shaped helmet I have ever tried. Just look on backcountry.com at the reviews- most people agree it's great if it fits you, not so much if it doesn't.

http://www.backcountry.com/camp-usa-pulse-ski-and-climbing-helmet

Unfortunately it didn't fit me. Definitely try before you buy.

Good luck in your search.


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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 11:34 am 
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Whatever you decide, just make sure there is no Gaper Gap between googles and helmet brim.

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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 2:54 pm 
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I wish ski helmet manufacturers would regularly post weights for their helmets. Climbing helmets can definitely be pressed into service, but they usually do not integrate with goggles all that well (as HFT notes).
I have been shopping for a new, light snowboard helmet (without the neck snapping brim) for quite awhile now, and have yet to find one which I like that also fits (Giro tends to fit my head). Anyone know anything about the weights?

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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 4:34 pm 
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barrows wrote:
I have been shopping for a new, light snowboard helmet...
The Red HiFi has been one of the lightest snowboard helmets during the last years...
...or at least it felt like that every time I had some helmets in my hand in a shop.

Mine, 2005 model size Large: 360g.

Unfortunately they use standard buckles now. I prefer those staggered buckles, which let you adjust the straps length quickliest. (e.g. to adapt whether you're riding with or without scarf, etc)


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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 8:56 pm 
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Smith's been putting out some pretty light helmets: 330g for a Smith Maze, no brim and no real adjustments, 440g for the Vantage with a ton of adjustable vents and an adjustable occipital grip (going to a BOA adjustment for next year) with a tiny brim that just covers the top of my goggles.

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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Tue Feb 15, 2011 9:47 pm 
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Am I getting the impression that helmets with a brim are bad?

Can you explain? Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:53 am 
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I've heard the point made with paddling helmets (although never with snowboard helmets before) that a larger brim can get wedged on something (rocks/trees) on impact and potentially break your neck. I'm not sure I buy it with paddling helmets, and as far as snow helmets, I've seen more than a couple brims break off from getting dropped in the parking lot, so I'm not too worried. Since barrows said he was looking for a lighter helmet without a big brim I thought I'd throw the info out there.

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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:09 am 
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Thanks for the helmet ideas guys. I need to get out and do some shopping now.
Helmets should fit close to the head, and not have any protrusions. A fixed brim molded into the helmet can catch on the snow in a sliding fall, and wrench the head creating neck injuries. If one wants a brim, it should be designed to break away from the helmet in a fall.
Personally, I am looking for the most minimal helmet possible, well ventilated, and if it has ear warmers they must be removable. I would also like to see a weight under 300 gms.
Now, when I snowboard mountaineer I take a light climbing helmet which weighs 250 gms. but it does not work well with goggles at all (kind of stupid, as climbers use goggles in extreme conditions).

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 Post subject: Re: helmets - snowboard vs climbing
PostPosted: Wed Feb 16, 2011 9:23 am 
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As of last winter, the Maze was the lightest fully-certified snow sports helmet in production. The ear pads do come off, and you can drop a few more grams by removing the goggle clip. You might find a lighter helmet climbing helmet that would work, but I think this is your best bet if you want something that's built for snow sliding.
-Daniel


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