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What type of helemt should i get? Answered

My wife and  i have just started to MTB, we got us helemts from walmart, that i think are sweet. Brand is SNAFU. anyways we go to to this one place here in AZ called skyline park, and the down hill is pretty sweet, the only thing is if we fall i dont think a regular helmet would help to much. the trail is nice, just really steep... i kinda dont want to get a full helmet just becuase i hear you cant breath as well in it. and before we go on like a mile or two of straight downhill we have to climb a sick hill that takes a lot to do it! so anyways just seeing what would be best.  

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Downunder35m
Downunder35m

5 years ago

It really does not matter how long the way up is or how steep is on the way down - once you hit the ground with enough force and speed you will wish you had more protection.
I have seen the guys and girls going downhill at 60+ km/h with no chance to avoid anyone coming up the track...
I have also seen how they look after they found my 4WD coming up the same track - let's just say some prefered to walk home once the got to a full stop somewhere.
If you like to keep your body as it is don't think about the weight of a helmet, go to a proper store, get some advise and a proper helmet!
What do you expect from a Walmart in terms of quality off road biking gear? LOL
While you are at it: Get some other protective stuff as well.
Gloves with wrist protectors, knee and elbow protectors, a turtle to protect for back from breaking during a fall...

People onyl realise the importance of proper safety gear AFTER they noticed it would have been better to think about it BEFORE they crash landed on the rocks... ;)

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petercd
petercd

5 years ago

If you do a swan dive over the handlebars, you'll wish for a full face helmet to protect your chin/mouth area.

I've done dives off skateboards, bicycles and a bike, my swan off the bike over a car roof was a non event upon landing due to a full face helmet.

Those silly styrofoam cycle helmets didnt even stop the rear hub hitting me in the back of the head when the bicycle caught up to me.

Better safe than stiches.