Always Wear a Helmet!

  • anything else you can do to yourself likely isn't permanently life-changing

    Being single, breaking both wrists will teach you that frustration is the key to unleash your inner uninhibited creative genius.

  • @Glyph basic rule of thumb is if your helmet hit the ground with your head in it—it should be replaced. These things are pretty much designed to be single-use and they also have a shelf life, typically about 3 years. The loss of structural integrity isn’t always noticeable.

    It’s worth the extra shillings. We all spent between fifteen and eighteen-hundred dollars for these boards. Another fifty to eighty bucks is worth the security.

    Be careful out there!

    Just went for my follow-up today. If I am symptom-free next weekend—I can ride on Saturday. My new helmet should be here by then, too. Can’t wait!

  • @eckit Ya know, I wasn't gonna get a new helmet - mine really does look fine (no cracks in shell nor EPS foam; EPS foam does not appear compressed at all), and skate helmets, unlike bike helmets, aren't meant to be strictly single-use, they are meant to take a few "minor" impacts (of course, we'd need to debate what is "minor" vs. "major") - but screw it, there's a MIPS version available for the one that I have, so I'm upgrading.

    I can always keep this one on hand as a spare, or for a friend - even if it's no longer 100% as effective as it was, it's def. better than nothing.

  • I would never wear a helmet. Style points matter to me.

    Helmets are a slippery slope. You start wearing them while riding your OneWheel then you wear them on your bicycle then all of a sudden you're driving in your car wearing a helmet, shopping for groceries in a helmet and having a few beers at a local brewery during the Super Bowl while on vacation in the Netherlands wearing a helmet.

  • @SkydiveJesus yeah but if you die you just come back in three days, it's not so easy for the rest of us

  • @SkydiveJesus

    If you go to space without a helmet you die. How many cool points does that get you?

  • @Achamian said in Always Wear a Helmet!:


    If you go to space without a helmet you die. How many cool points does that get you?


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  • As a follow-on to this, I got my new helmet today, and comparing it to the old one, it looks like the EPS foam WAS compressed in it, it was just hard to tell if you couldn't compare it to a helmet that's never taken a hard hit.

  • Remember the foam has a shelf-life too, if your helmet is more than 5 years old you should consider replacing it, even if you never had any impacts.

  • It’s been a week! Just took my first ride since. Man, I missed this board. So happy to be back floating again!

    Another thanks to Bern for keeping my skull in one piece.

  • @jonas epic.

  • Always wear a helmet and gloves with palm protection. I had a decent conversation with a OW rep, yesterday, about my nosedive experience. I was indeed being ignorant to the way the thing works and was pushing for speed after ignoring a gentle pushback cue. My fingertips got pretty badly torn up and I had small graze on my chin. It would have been far worse without any protection. If I had not been wearing my helmet, I would have had road rash on my head with chunks of hair possibly never growing again. If I had not been wearing palm slider gloves, I would have broken my left scaphoid or re-injured my already once-broken right scaphoid. Also keep in mind that when riding this, you are being entirely supported by high technology for the entire ride. Any random unpredictable failure can and statistically does occur.

  • I would advise you wear as much protection as you feel you need. 3 years of karate has definitely paid dividends for me as it has simply taught me how to fall better and tuck/roll when possible. So of my 3 nosedives (1 at 24mph like a bozo in a hurry to get home at 3am), my head has never touched the ground.

    Coming from a motorcycle safety enthusiast back ground they say "Don't dress for the ride, dress for the fall", but damn that wind feels good in the hair. I wear my motorcycle jacket every day though and that has certainly saved me some skin.

    I believe people should be free to live their life with whatever degree of apparent danger they feel comfortable with sans criticism.