Looking for a new bike helmet

swmalone

Member
Joined
Apr 27, 2016
Messages
323
I am in need of a new helmet after going head first into a tree. I'm not even completely sure what happened other than I know my front tire slammed into a tree then my head slammed into the tree. The helmet sacrificed itself to save me from even worse injury than I received. No concussion or brain trauma but I did end up with a cervical strain and 4 fractured thoracic vertebrae. The doctor has told me no running, cycling (except on an indoor trainer), or any upper body resistance training until at the earliest early August. So seems I have time to do research on replacing the helmet so figured I would get some thoughts from those of you that cycle.

The helmet I am replacing is a Giro Indicator but I noticed they no longer make that model. I used this helmet for both mountain biking and road cycling, so I am hoping for another helmet that can be used for both. I also liked that the visor was removable so that I could remove it and attach my headlamp when I did the antelope island moonlight ride.

Since the Giro did a great job ideally I would like to stay with that brand, but I am not sure of which model. I am also open to other brands if any of you have had experience with them, particular how they have handled a crash.

Thanks in advance.
 

Mike K

Member
Joined
Jul 6, 2012
Messages
823
Ouch! Sorry about the wreck and injuries. That is never a fun thing.

I don't have much insight regarding a make or model for a helmet. Just a thought:

A few years ago my buddy went OTB on Ahab in Moab and messed up his nose. Ended up needing surgery later. After that, he ended up getting a full face helmet for mountain biking. I know that goes against your want for a 2 in 1 helmet. Just food for thought. I might get a full face next time I buy a helmet. (I don't road bike...yet).
 

blueeyes

ephemeral excursionist
Joined
Jan 17, 2012
Messages
1,109
Look for a helmet that has MIPS Brain Protection System several brands offer it now.

My daughter works for a Fitzgerald's in Idaho Falls she recommends the Bontrager line. She says the Blaze would be good for both MTB and Road. Bontrager has a new wave cell technology and the helmets come with 1 year crash warranty and 30 day money back guarantee. But pricey so it depends on how much you love your noggin and how frequently you intend to use a tree to stop your progress!

Sorry to hear about the cervical strain and fractured vertebrae. Glad you didn't suffer brain damage or concussion.
 

swmalone

Member
Joined
Apr 27, 2016
Messages
323
Look for a helmet that has MIPS Brain Protection System several brands offer it now.

My daughter works for a Fitzgerald's in Idaho Falls she recommends the Bontrager line. She says the Blaze would be good for both MTB and Road. Bontrager has a new wave cell technology and the helmets come with 1 year crash warranty and 30 day money back guarantee. But pricey so it depends on how much you love your noggin and how frequently you intend to use a tree to stop your progress!

Sorry to hear about the cervical strain and fractured vertebrae. Glad you didn't suffer brain damage or concussion.

I will have to look into the MIPS, I'm not familiar with that technology. Also, thanks for the info about Bontrager I will look into them. Every doctor I have seen, including the spine specialist was amazed that I didn't end up with a concussion or even a headache considering I broke vertebrae. That crash was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me and also scared my wife to death. She is waiting for me to get a bit better before she starts beating me for scaring her so much.
 

blueeyes

ephemeral excursionist
Joined
Jan 17, 2012
Messages
1,109
I will have to look into the MIPS, I'm not familiar with that technology. Also, thanks for the info about Bontrager I will look into them. Every doctor I have seen, including the spine specialist was amazed that I didn't end up with a concussion or even a headache considering I broke vertebrae. That crash was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me and also scared my wife to death. She is waiting for me to get a bit better before she starts beating me for scaring her so much.
I am amazed you don't have a concussion! Especially with the rest of the damage you did. Concussions are not to be taken lightly.

Tell your wife to save the beating and just love on ya. If you intentionally wrecked than I would say she had a right to beat on you.

Sent from my SM-G935V using Tapatalk
 

swmalone

Member
Joined
Apr 27, 2016
Messages
323
Nope no intentional wrecking. We don't bike on anything more difficult than a blue rating, so spills are fairly uncommon. The trail I was on is rated green/blue, it was a section where there are a couple of quick dips and when I came out of the second I wasn't able to adjust to the slight turn of the trail and rammed straight into the tree.

If I ever had any inclination of becoming a downhill rider I would definitely be looking into a full face helmet and probably a lot of additional padding.
 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
Happyidiot Looking for camping spot close to Denver. General Discussion 2
M Looking for bob Marshall recommendation Backpacking 1
U Favorite sites in Glacier in North Fork, Lake McDonald or Cole/Nyack? Looking at mid july Trip Planning 2
Contra Looking at buying a used travel trailer opinions wanted. General Discussion 15
U Favorite Yellowstone Gallatin Mtn Area Campsite? Looking at WD5, WE7 and that area Trip Planning 5
U Glacier North Circle Loop Mid July - Looking for an alternative back-up plan for a 3-4 nighter Trip Planning 0
fossana BLM looking for input on accelerating grazing permits (comment through 6 Mar) General Discussion 2
Benjamin Hayden Looking for good hike away from people in Sedona in mid-February Trip Planning 3
Kullaberg63 Super short notice: Looking for Winds partner Meet Up (Members Only) 4
Perry My First Multi-day Solo this Weekend - Looking for some Beta Trip Planning 0
M Looking for friends and a partner Noobs: Introduce yourself! 0
M Novice Backpacker looking for a 5-6 trip in July! Noobs: Introduce yourself! 3
sydissoocool Looking for a backpacking buddy for Uinta Highline Trail Noobs: Introduce yourself! 6
Perry Looking at new trail runners: Altra Lone Peak or Hoka Stinson ATR? Gear 22
ADubs Looking for info from anyone who has done the Egypt loop and exited via 25mile wash (Escalante). Trip Planning 3
Jazzy Joe Looking for Escalante Area Short Backpacking Suggestions Early Spring Trip Planning 21
Benjamin Hayden Looking for advice on Maze District, Canyonlands Trip Planning 1
swmalone Looking for Info On How to Access Newfoundland Mountains Trip Planning 1
Laura Looking to avoid photographers Trip Planning 10
Elli Morris Looking for non-petroleum gear options Noobs: Introduce yourself! 4
dhertbag Looking for info on Death Hollow Trip Planning 13
swmalone Looking for Assistance to Introduction to Escalante Area Trip Planning 4
fiber Looking for backpacking/hiking/mtbing partners Meet Up (Members Only) 2
J Looking for backpacking partners Meet Up (Members Only) 3
C looking for the secret society of pictographs ..... Trip Planning 14
swmalone Looking for Softshell/snowshoeing pant suggestions Gear 6
C Looking for HCL 1901 Rock in Old Womans Wash Utah Noobs: Introduce yourself! 2
Burrito Looking for moderate route in the wind rivers Trip Planning 8
mpuchtel Looking to give and receive trip advice Noobs: Introduce yourself! 2
Kullaberg63 Looking for experienced seamstress General Discussion 4
P Noob looking for solitary beauty in canyon lands, san rafael, escalante Noobs: Introduce yourself! 2
Nico Wind River - Looking for fish (of the Golden variety) Trip Planning 9
trantelica Looking for a good trail for scouts Trip Planning 3
Mike Jones Looking to by my first real camera Photography 0
Jenece Mordt Looking for a unique hike Trip Planning 9
natylka New to the site! Looking for people to hike and backpack with. Noobs: Introduce yourself! 11
Michael B Looking for Utah backpacking recommendation for early spring Trip Planning 11
J Back again, looking for different access points for Death Hollow...... Trip Planning 9
jdgibney Quick Southwest trip Jan 14-18 - Looking for suggestions Trip Planning 3
owyhee Noob looking for solo hike advice in Capital Reef Noobs: Introduce yourself! 12
Nick Looking for a place around Joshua Tree? General Discussion 2
Laura Looking for pictographs in the Zion Area Trip Planning 24
Legstrong Looking for Utah wilderness Trip Planning 6
C Looking for good middle priced backpacking tent/gear Gear 18
Laura Looking for a place to take a photograph from the top of the Vermillion Cliffs Trip Planning 4
Colin Parker Looking for a new pack Gear 40
MtnMatt Looking for a nice waterfall hike in Little Cottonwood Trip Planning 10
maniakmedic Newbie looking to start backpacking in April Trip Planning 11
Cor Looking for New Music To listen To.... General Discussion 7
Laura Looking for the perfect town to retire in a la "Northern Exposure" General Discussion 52

Similar threads

Don't like ads? Become a BCP Supporting Member and kiss them all goodbye. Click here for more info.

Top