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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 03-28-2009, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
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My choice of helmet

2 years ago my wife surprised me with a new helmet, she bought it because she knew I'd like the colors.

A week after I got it, I was side swiped by a car, I hit a curb, and was thrown over the bars. Landed and slid on my face, chest, knees.

My helmet took the initial impact, as I landed face first, before I even managed to get my hands under me.

I tried to get my body to fall and slide the right way, but the force of the hit, and the speed of my body pretty much just tossed me around like a rag doll.

I'll never forget the sound of the pavement slide from inside the helmet, watching the pavement up close and personal, and wondering if somebody was going to run me over from behind before I stopped sliding.

The helmet, as you can see in the pic, kept my head intact and my face attached, in fact, I had no head or face trauma at all. If not for the lid, half my face would simply be a smear. You can't see it in the pic, but the gravel cut down into the helmet shell in some spots.

(My leather jacket was worn pretty good, but not to the point of exposing any skin, and my jean, knees, legs were pretty much just shredded)

Anyway, here's the after photo of my helmet, and this post is just a "share", not a sales pitch, or podium preach. Some recent threads reminded of this pic, and I thought I'd share it.

(on a side note, sliding across the pavement at about 40mph, standard jeans will wear clean through in approx 5 ft, skin won't last that long, and a helmet should certainly last longer.)

(the other pic I threw in just for the hell of it)
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I need reminders like this now and then. I have a full face, but I also have a half I got for the really hot weather and it's so much more comfortable and alot cooler that I find myself opting for it more and more. I should wear the full face as much as I can. I admit that when it's really really hot I'm out in a sleeveless T and the half helmet.

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I admit that when it's really really hot I'm out in a sleeveless T and the half helmet.
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I need reminders like this now and then. I have a full face, but I also have a half I got for the really hot weather and it's so much more comfortable and alot cooler that I find myself opting for it more and more. I should wear the full face as much as I can. I admit that when it's really really hot I'm out in a sleeveless T and the half helmet.
Have you tried mesh jacket and pants? When moving, they let in so much air I've never been uncomfortable, and I'm farther south and more humid than where you live! Not only do they resist abrasion, but they have armor or padding in the common contact points. Try it, I think you'll find it comfortable and it can help keep all your body parts together. Think I'd feel naked without them, and for sure without my full face helmet.

Thanks for the picture, Doug.

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Your helmet damage is consistent with the industry studies. Notice that almost 20% of the damage is along the chin and lower jaw. Another reason to have a full helmet!

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Full face for me all the time. Your comment about the jeans being shredded though just reminds me I need a pair of draggin jeans or something... I always feel like my knees are the most exposed things when I'm riding around with my helmet, padded jacket, boots, and regular jeans...
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I hate even trying on a full face helmet, but there is no denying that they provide the most protection. Thanks for the reminder Doug.

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Your helmet damage is consistent with the industry studies. Notice that almost 20% of the damage is along the chin and lower jaw. Another reason to have a full helmet!

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Thanks for that pic Chris, I used to have that one saved but lost it and spent sometime yesterday searching for it.
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I hate even trying on a full face helmet, but there is no denying that they provide the most protection. Thanks for the reminder Doug.
That's what I thought too, OlHoss, until Ben Roethlisberger took a header in Pittsburgh when someone turned in front of his crotch rocket. I went full-face after that, and it took me about two days to get fully used to it. Now, I can't imagine taking off without it! In the summer I open the vents and flip the visor and I'm just fine!

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