SafeTband and how it can help you.

Jan 23, 2009 at 0:03
Jan 23, 2009
by Tur ducken  
 
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As a rider progresses and they advance their skills, there is no doubt that they are pushing the envelope in order to go bigger and faster. In several instances, there are often risks associated with pushing the envelope. Fortunately, there is a North American company called SafeTband looking out for the safety of fellow riders around the world.

The SafeTband is a fabric pouch with an identification card on the inside that has a Velcro fastener that can be attached to the strap of a pair of goggles or any loops on a hydration pack or clothing. In order to maximize its efficiency and effectiveness, it is recommended that it be kept on the rider rather than attached to somewhere on a bike that can be overlooked in an emergency.


Basically, inside, the rider fills out their vital information. This information consists of the rider’s name, local accommodations, emergency phone, and medical information. This allows first responders such as EMTs, bike patrollers, etc, to help you when there is an emergency and you are unable to communicate with them. When you are involved in an accident, the SafeTband will allow emergency personnel to notify family members immediately as well as know any allergies to medications.



It is a very versatile piece of equipment that can be transferred in a matter of seconds to ski goggles, motocross/mtb goggles, snowmobiling goggles, belts, and hydration packs. If you participate in outdoor extreme sports, the SafeTband is for you. The band retails for $9.95 and they offer free shipping and handling with every order in both the USA and internationally. Furthermore, they have a template on their website where you can print out additional emergency information cards free!


Accidents do happen and no one is invincible. Using SafeTband, parents can have some peace of mind and security knowing that their child is safe and can be more comfortable with you riding the steep, treacherous, fast, and technical lines we all crave.

For additional information about the SafeTband and purchasing information, check them out at safetband.com/products.html.

Stay safe and happy trails for the ’09 season!
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69 Comments

  • + 12
 Wow nice,gonna be handy, ima get my hands on one of those. so should everyone. like now.
  • + 19
 This is actually a good idea!!!!!!
  • + 2
 yeah it really is and there is a dogtag version of it and one with a usb key containing all your information regarding your health so the medics just plug it in to read it.
  • + 2
 I saw the dogtag/USB version at a ton of MX events and considered getting one - but I saw the dogtag as annoying to wear and easy to lose in my opinion. This however looks great! I want one!
  • + 5
 Great Idea. A bit of a problem if the rider has come off badly and the tag is on the back of the helmet though. You would have to move the helmet or the rider to access it. If the rider's cracked his spine (touch wood) its not going to be the best idea to try and move him. Just a thought.

Still a great idea though.
  • + 1
 yeah thats tru im a lifeguard and they say never touch the head in case of accidents, i would put it on my bag or even somewhere on your bike it could be good
  • - 6
flag l-lellraiser (Jan 23, 2009 at 17:41) (Below Threshold)
 good idea and looks pretty sick too that kinda smith optics are those camo ones i want a pair there so nice
  • + 0
 unless like if its embedded into your skin..like the bourne identity..lol
  • + 1
 Just in the last couple of days I've been trying to find out my blood group to get it engraved on a dogtag or a small tatoo near my left shoulder, and now i see this by complete chance! it's a wicked idea but - as anyone who knows europe will appreaciate - they made a pretty big fuckup with the colour scheme. It's a colourblind person's First Aid - and Swiss people are generally a pretty proud bunch. It shouldnt look identical to their flag.
  • + 2
 I'm just looking at a couple more pics on the company website and it really, honestly would be so easily overlooked in european resorts.
  • - 4
flag l-lellraiser (Jan 25, 2009 at 16:17) (Below Threshold)
 f*cking dicks Neg- Prop me this time idk but why the hell did i get negetive proped for my last post


"good idea and looks pretty sick too
that kinda smith optics are those camo ones i want a pair there so nice"

prop system so over used
  • + 3
 Or they just don't like you and you have got your balls twisted because you were negatively propped...

Nice article Laurietup
  • + 6
 Very nice idea, but why do they use the Swiss Flag for that???? Its alwas the same trouble: white Cross on red: Swiss Flag - Red Cross on white is "Help".. but Red Cross on white is not allowed for using without permission of RedCross.. so they take the swiss flag....
  • + 4
 yeah, by wearing one it kind of looks like you dig switzerland, and not exactly saying "I'm Jim and I'm allergic to penicillin." but I like it.
I just write my details on a sticker inside my helmet. 2cents
  • + 0
 probably because red/white cross/background is associate with first aid, medic etc. this kind of "help" things
  • + 2
 Savoie ftw!
  • + 2
 not really Savoie, as the flag of Savoie has a cross who goes till the border of the flag.. ;-)
  • + 1
 To squishbiker:

No EMTs or patrollers would ever risk taking your helmet off if you were involved in a bad crash. They will immobilize you with a neck brace and put you on a backboard with your helmet still on and taped to the backboard squeezed between towels or something similar so you cannot move your head/neck and do further damage (purposely or accidentally). The idea behind SafeTband is to keep it on the outside so that people can gain access to your vital information.
  • + 0
 exactly. and in the process they will probably remove your backpack or goggles and...
  • + 0
 I am on the local hills ski patrol and we DO remove helmets when needed to check and secure the patient.
  • + 2
 I've been doing bike/ski patrol at our local hill for a few years, and if I saw someone wearing that on their helmet, I would assume it meant that they know first aid - NOT that it's holding their personal info. We use crosses to identify ourselves on our gear and I don't think the red pouch really communicates to others that there's important info on the inside of it. Interesting idea, but not sure if it really does the trick in this case. It might be better than nothing, but it's really "iffy" in my opinion for the chances of it working.
  • + 0
 Great idea, but it must be universal for every sport. When you take your cpr first aid training they should have one there so people know what to look for. If I came across a guy in the ditch un-concious after he just rolled his atv or sled, I don't think I would have taken the time to look at the little red cross. But I guess it's not intended for that situation, my job would be to get help. Medics can look at the cross. Meh, good article
  • + 0
 Interesting...

Here's another safety tip! Unlike those guys in the pictures... if you feel the need to wear full body armour then you should probably be wearing a full-face helmet too. What's worse? A scrapped elbow or a scrapped face?
  • + 0
 Hhaha so true...
  • + 0
 A good way to make it more universal would be if every resort that runs uplifts could give them away when you purchase your lift ticket that way their people know what to look for in case of an accident, also could mean lower insurance rates for them showing that they are investing in rider safety. That's my opinion.
  • + 0
 As a medical professional I would say to Jim ... Jim if you want people to know your allergic to penicillin you should wear a medic alert tag. Medic alert is accepted and recognized by the medical comunity. And that dope little red tab with the white cross just looks like some random logo or part of the gear, I agree with frlls .... for it to work it needs to be more obvious. I know guys that use luggage tags for the personal info .... you know so you can contact next of kin when some finds your body all messed up on a trail. but its better than nothing, and anything that will help me notify some ones next of kin is great. Its also a good tip to let they guys you ride with know if you have any serious medical conditions or allergies.
  • + 0
 Great idea... don't know if u would have it on your helmet tho, cuz anyone that has any idea about first aid knows if u find someone lying on the ground unconscious you DO NOT move there head... that includes taking helmet and goggles off because a spinal cord does not take much to break.

a better symbol could be used tho, it needs to grab people's eye at any time of day/night because if you are riding alone you will never know what time you will b found!

Smile
  • + 1
 Don't mean to derail, but also check out www.roadid.com I use the FIXX ID because they will always be removing jewelry so they'll find it.
  • + 0
 That RoadID is a way more solid idea. Thanks man, I just ordered mine. If I ever need it I give you mad props dude...

The medical cross one doesn't quite do it for me. It looks to much like a sticker or a patch. Now, if my sister who was a paramedic would have mentioned it to me I would have trusted it. She hasn't even heard of this (had to give her a shout before I ordered it), she has heard of ROADID though. Check it out.... I doubt you will be sorry...

www.roadid.com
  • + 1
 Nice, that's really sweet. Great idea to have with you on the trail, especially if some don't carry a wallet/I.D with them while riding. Nice article L-dawg.
  • + 0
 this is not a SafeTband, it is SWITZERLAND!!! the redcross is a red cross on a white background. and this one is the national flag of switzerland = white cross on a red background.
  • + 0
 How many people ride with no identification? How many leave there wallet locked in there vehical when they ride . I spent 13 years with search and rescue. Any form of identification is better than none.
  • + 0
 I always ride with my care card in my bag. Came in handy once so far.
  • - 1
 Its a great idea, and reading some of the comments reminded me of something.... I have my St. Johns wilderness first aid and one of the first things we were taught was that we are not to move the crash victims head if they are hurt with an unknown injury. Ok sure its ok to do if they have a broken leg or something and are concius. But standard procedure if the victim is unconcius is to NOT move the head, and make sure the toungue isn't down their throat. Since the safety band is on the back, you would not have access to it. Therefore making it redundant. It isn't so much a problem with the product as a problem with the location of it. Funny how a velcro strap needs instructions lol.
  • - 1
 its a good idea but if ive just found some biker in need of help and i need to find these sort of details tha last place im going to look is the little red tag on hid helmet... even if it has the cross or whatever. maybe it needs some writing on the outside that says "emergency imformation" to make it more obvious? i dont know, im no designer but i dont think that it would work the way its intended...
  • + 0
 Well now you do know - HAHAHAHA Kidding. It is a great idea.
  • + 0
 The white cross on a red background is a pretty universal symbol. It is an internationally recognized symbol. I mean look at your local ski patrollers and see what is on their jackets. Normally, it is a dark jacket (red or black for private patrollers not associated with the public but are staff at the resort) with a white cross on it.
  • + 0
 what if your a type one diabetic, noones gonna know when you're out on the floor. you can't exactly keep it in check before you leave can you
  • + 1
 Wolverine from the X-man wouldn't need one of those because he heels by himself.
  • + 0
 Tough call ... I think everyone should ride with a buddy in case of hardcore crashes and remind your buddy of your medical conditions before heading out.
  • + 0
 Sometimes, you get separated from your riding partner or partners and just wait for them at the bottom of the chairlift. Some riders like to do different runs or different lines so they just agree to meet at the bottom of the run or an intersection in the trail or something like that.
  • + 0
 Yeah I have broken my ribs before and I was the last guy in line, I laid there for quite awhile with no one around so.... No one knew where I was until I turned up at first aid (I had to ride down, I couldn't just sit there, I was going into shock)... I was barely coherent, and very delusional when I got down... It doesn't hurt to have another method of relaying important info to people that can help you...
  • + 1
 good idea, should have been made already...
also less chance to get shot, coz you wear the cross Big Grin
  • - 2
 very patriotic if you are swiss. seems a bit of a gimmick though in my oppinion, but i'm sure it will help save people- like those posh watches with the tracking thing (bit of a gimmick but helpful)
  • + 1
 very handi, maney people should be purchasing.
  • + 0
 I know how to do DIY that. So no need to order one, yet I think it´s an awesome and useful idea!
  • + 0
 i actuly might get 1 cos i crash quite alot ol just in case i get k o'd
  • + 0
 WAHOOOO, recieved mine today ... looks nice.
  • - 1
 Sick article Laurie, I'm glad you linked me to that site. I'll probably order one!
  • + 0
 My girlfriend rides horses and has had exacty the same thing for years.
  • + 0
 What a good idea ! I just ordered two !!
  • + 0
 Just ordered one, thanks!!
  • - 1
 really good idea, but i agree with what many of you have said it needs to be more noticable
  • - 1
 Considering that all first responders do the ABCs (airway, breathing, circulation) check first, if this were around the area of your head or torso where they look, it is noticeable! Like I said before, it is a pretty universal symbol...
  • + 0
 These should be in the Pinkbike store.......
  • - 1
 10 dollars for a piece of velcro.... wow
  • + 0
 good idea...
  • - 1
 good idea , even when you go snowboarding
  • - 1
 I ordered one right away, I think it's great idear. Nice Big Grin
  • - 1
 I like the O'neal helmet the best
  • - 1
 I have one, love it! Btw, awesome idea!
  • + 0
 good idea
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