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It is funny how in the days before you have a major injury how it seems impossible and that other people somehow asked for it because of weak skills and poor choices.....(Broken back and crushed face included. I was luckier than above in that it only took one facial reconstructive surgery) I completely support what has been said above. Helmets are a necessity not a choice. hip, tailbone, and back will come to fall in this category within the next few years. My pack has saved me a bunch of times. Helmet has taken many tree hits... worst one was the first day I wore it. As I was cartwheeling down a terrain trap I could see this tree getting closer on every head-pogo. Then ding..... as I continued my graceful tommohawk the only thought in my mind was "That was money well spent". After eating my knees on a flat landing last year I got a full face. Doesnt restrict at all. Minor loss of field of view but only right at my feet (almost equalled by the nosepiece of my goggles)
First day this year (without a pack) I was at the top of a steep entrance and there was a broken off snag pointing uphill in a no fall zone. On my second turn I hooked my tails and flipped switch suddenly and was racing down the chute backwards. In my mind I could see that snag and knew I was heading for it. I managed to stop and looked behind me and the snag was inches form my spine. Another half second and it would have been a wheelchair day.
My point is: things change quickly and it is better to be overprepared than lucky or sorry. There are more people (good skiers) at my home hill wearing protective gear than not. It is hard to look cool when you are in the Patrol Tabbogan!
Enjoy the snow! Storm warnings in effect!
I am using my MtBike downhill helmet... just taped up some of the vents.
Looking good. speaking of troy lee designs... there are some great deals on the TLD rincon jackets with chest/arm/shoulder and spine protector from last year to be had. think they retailed for 250+ and can be found for 99$ new,