I got 99 problems but my head ain’t one

It was a year or so ago I broke my long term relationship with Giro Helmets. The last time I had cause to rely on one - you know - for that whole - "oh I am still alive" bit was 20 years ago and a Specialized. Purple it was, and rarely for the period had a hard shell on the outside. It took a hell of a beating. However - it was of the old school - a giant mushroom - and when it came time to get a new one - the new Giro's were a world apart - and such the jump was made. I believe it was a Helios, and then a Pneumo.

My most recent replacement was to a Kask Helmet. After returning the first one I tried (their top of the range - as it was one of those 'perch on top of my giant head' type affairs) I was very happy with the curiously named Mojito ... Time Flies When You are Having Rum as we all know. I liked how far down the back of my head it covered. Simple things. Oh that and the huge air flow, ridiculously comfortable, proper reflective patches on the back, and ... one thing that I never thought would be a selling point - the artificial level chin strap. Being a sweaty beast a standard one gets very crusty on a long ride, wet, and sore. Their artificial leather does not - neither does it deform or bunch up - a win for  me that I did not expect.

This Easter Sunday saw it impress me again. "Imagine my surprise to find a car coming towards me on my side of the road".

A thump to the head from a car, with a second from the tarmac. Looking at this crease leaves me pretty cold, and imagining how much more than parting my hair that would have done. Sure - so the rest of me wasnt so dandy - but hey - head first right?

While the outside held the shell together, the inside, which has these ribs offset from my head as it happens, which I had not noticed - nice ... has cracked and crushed to adsorb the impact.

The ambulance crew said, twice, that I had not hit my head. Well - excuse me! This being said - it is worthy of comment...

I got ninety nine problems, but my head ain’t one

If you are going to crash and involve your head then  the Kask Mojito is there when I needed it for a device designed not to feel like its there - it was 100% there when I did - nice one.

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2 Responses to “I got 99 problems but my head ain’t one

  • anthony
    8 years ago

    “In this weeks gripping episode of No Shit Sherlock…”

    http://www.fastcoexist.com/3058425/this-simulation-rewinds-bike-accidents-to-see-if-a-helmet-would-have-saved-your-head

    … which I would stand by.

    Mates who have had largeer blows to the head rendering their helmets rather mute windchimes strapped together – the resultant can leave with ongoing issues such as forgetfulness, repetition, so on. However they are still here – yay.

    Sure – there is also the camp that say that this introduces a larger leverage on the neck – in terms of rotational force – and I am behind that too. Equally I am aware that the stats in AU were skewed in terms of number of accidents, when vast numbers of people simply stopped riding when it became mandatory there to wear a helmet.

    Most annoyingly is the question from the professional … “were you wearing a helmet?”

    Please ask this with caution and tact… as “was this the root cause of my injuries?” … NO, it was a negligent driver being in a space they should not have been.. the helmet was mostly keeping my head warm up to that point. Equally it is not indicative of diligence.

    The last time I had cause to USE one a bunch of it wore away through dragging. This time, I would have had more than my hair parted. I chose to wear one… however I appreciate that a layer of foam and shell on top of my head is not a cure all, and I respect the wishes of others to wear / not wear as they see fit. The latter is an important thing to me.

  • anthony
    8 years ago

    Not that I am planning to defy (openly) my orthopedic / trauma consultant or physiotherapist – however the main material obstacle for me to getting back on the bike has been overcome.

    ‘just saying.

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