Putting on a 'Brain Bucket' is one of the smartest things your wife/girlfriend/parents can get you do to, it's actually the smartest thing you can do for yourself if you want to enjoy Freeride/DH'ing for a long time. Wearing your helmet and armor isn't 100% proof you're going to walk away from a crash. I've learned a hard lesson this summer racing a DH and I crashed so hard that if I didn't have the body 'armored' up I would be a pile a Jell-O and useless to my loved ones. Impacting the ground at a any rate of speed is nothing I signed up for. Riding within my ability is the key and preached by the top racers in the world who risk life and limb to beat the clock. Wearing the right helmet when you go down will improve your chances dramatically. WEAR YOUR HELMET
(And Armor While Riding A Bike!)Giro
makes some of the finest brain buckets in my opinion, its based on weight, features, fit, airflow and how well it works with my goggles. When I received me new Giro Remedy, I immediately admired the cool graphics. I thought last year's helmet graphics and colors were sorta dull. It was cool to see the 'matte' titanium finish with a cool cityscape graphic (one particular connection to my helmet was the image of a skateboarder grinding the power lines) and they really bannered up the Giro logos this round with 4 bold hits. Wish I had a Giro photo incentive because its going to be a dominating logo in any photo.
Now for me to drive home the images of why you should wear a full face helmet. Here's preventable damage on this young man
, this young man hit a tree and got scraped up pretty good
and Chris Curtain (the one inspiration for this paragraph is this photo
, he now owns a full face to protect his new teeth. I can keep going, but let me throw some statistics at you I found at www.helmets.org
(A US based website) :About 540,000 bicyclists visit emergency rooms with injuries every year. Of those, about 67,000 have head injuries. 1 in 8 of the cyclists with reported injuries has a brain injury. Two-thirds of the deaths here are from traumatic brain injury. A very high percentage of cyclists' brain injuries can be prevented by a helmet, estimated at anywhere from 45 to 88 per cent. I found this to be a very interesting fact
: "A few manufacturers now have helmets certified to the ASTM F 1952 Downhill Mountain Bike Racing Helmet standard, including Bell, Giro, Lazer, Pro-Tec, Specialized and Troy Lee. Coverage and impact requirements are tougher than the CPSC bicycle helmet standard."
Which prompted me to search out the ASTM website
and get the international standards for a Downhill Full Face Helmet, this is what I found
. Ultimately, the message I'm conveying to you is it's painfully obvious that a full face helmet prevents facial abrasions and can reduce the trauma to the brain in the situation your head does hit an object on the trails.
So back to the Giro Remedy. It's constructed out of a Fiberglass shell with an EVA-lined chin bar and weighs 37 oz. / 1050 g. Its MSRP price is $120 USD and its worth the price. They come in 3 sizes: Small (51-55 cm) Medium (55-59cm) and a Large (59-63 cm). The Remedy helmet fit is amazing, they took 20 years of human data to produce skin-like feel for 97% of the human population. The Internal padding is removable for washing after those super tough race weekends. The 14 vents flush out stale air and heat quickly, a very noticeable feature. A color palette of 6 colors to match your riding style is available for the Giro Remedy.
I truly love my Giro
, thanks for reading.
And here's a simple, short, self filmed video I made at Colonnade Bike Park in Seattle WA while wearing my full face Giro Remedy! HELL YEAH!
All Photos by Carl Warren
We got a hold of some 2009 Giro Remedy and FLAK helmets. Check out Colton King
in the 2009 Giro Remedy composite Zombies edition Full Face. Jordan Holmes
is sporting the Giro FLAK with sick new graphics from Jesse Ledoux. Ledoux was an art director for Seattle Based Sub Pop records. And Brad Peters
is rocking the new Giro Remedy Carbon / Titanium.Colton King in the Giro Remedy Composite - Zombie Edition
:Jordan Holmes in the Giro FLAK - Ledoux Edition
:Brad Peters in the Giro Remedy Carbon
*2009 MSRP for the Composite is set at $130 USD, the Carbon is set at $270 USD and the FLAK is set at $40 USD.
*The 2009 Giros will start to arrive in stores as early as October of this year