Kickstarter campaign for Bluetooth lost luggage device that also has a motion sensor. It can record your big jumps on the slope, Terrain Park or bike park. It can also find your lost keys.

This small round and thin device can be placed on any mobile item with a hook, key ring, stick or the PebbleBee’s adhesive back!  The PebbleBee can assist in locating lost items (with attached Bee), monitor tracking, movement, temperature, navigation and numerous other features that assist in everyday management of personal items!

Whether you are traveling to the park or internationally, you don’t want to loose your personal items!  Your worries are over…..Meet the PebbleBee! 

The PebbleBee’s revolutionary “Range Finder” will assist in alerting you when any mobile item (including children or pets) has crossed over the configured range.  By setting up the range alert paired with your location, your mobile device will alert you when the item has crossed over the configured range of up to 150 feet.  The PebbleBee will alert you with a “Buzz” or “ring” or even “spark with a LED internal flash to aid in finding your item-it’s your choice.  The PebbleBee App (free) will indicate how close you are to the item of interest based on a signal bar and Bee rings.  Think, pet collars, children’s backpacks or necklaces, laptops, bikes, cars the items are endless.

Another feature is the PebbleBee Hornet’s motion detection ability that assists in monitoring home security, location of children or pets, health/fitness, numerous sports applications, navigation and commercial/industrial monitoring for safety applications.  It has a 9 Axis Motion Tracker and thermometer sensors that when paired with your phone it can provide data on movement, direction, speed, navigation and tracking the user.  In combination with your phone’s GPS the possibilities are endless.  You can configure defined alerts that let you know if the temperature is dropping outside to bring your plants in, where your cat has traveled at night, if your jogging speed drops below your threshold and more!!!  The data can be viewed live and/or saved to a file for replay.  Track your awesome moments on the ski slopes, or put the PebbleBee on a door to know when it is being opened.  The applications are unlimited!

Should you lose your item at the airport?  No problem, with the PebbleBee network an alert will sent to all PebbleBee users who can assist in locating the item for you.  You can also integrate your swarm of PebbleBees and Bluetooth devices.  Registered in the hive you can securely access your phone or PC anywhere in the world.  The Hive software will be compatible with other Smart Router hubs.

For more information-https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/192833321/pebblebee-the-most-versatile-ios-android-bluetooth

Scheduled to be available in May!

Features:

·         -5 mm thick and 40 mm diameter.

·         -The PebbleBee battery lasts 3 years depending on usage – and can be replaced.

·         -PebbleBee works on Android 4.3 Bluetooth 4 equipped phones/tablets and Apple Bluetooth 4

·         compatible iPhones and iPads. Coming soon for Windows 8 Computers and Phones.

·         -PebbleBee can be commanded by the app to buzz or light up.

·         -PebbleBee button can be used to command numerous triggers on your phone, such as ring, or call your favorite contact.

·         -PebbleBee devices provide a range finder so you can view how far you are from your belongings.

·         -PebbleBee devices can be put in alert mode, so when your assigned PebbleBee leaves a configurable

·         range the user is alerted. The alert can also be paired to a location.

·         -PebbleBees can be located based on last known position detected by the entire PebbleBee network.

Location can be displayed on Google Maps for user to navigate.

·         -PebbleBees can be designated as lost. Owner will be alerted when it becomes actively detected on the

PebbleBee network by PebbleBee users and designated Friends.

·         -PebbleBees can be shared by owners to multiple other PebbleBee users who get select abilities.

·         -PebbleBee Friends can be designated to easily discover which of your friends is closest to your lost

·         device.

·         -A PebbleBee application user can easily view status and manage dozens of owned and shared PebbleBee

·         devices.

·         -From an application on any platform, a PebbleBee user can logon to cloud sync their account PebbleBee

·         devices for use on multiple handheld devices. Once a PebbleBee is configured, the App doesn’t require

·         the PebbleBee cloud.

·         -PebbleBee devices can be designated by name and picture.

·         -Ability to operate in private mode to preserve battery life, and increase wireless performance

·         -The PebbleBee communicates with Bluetooth 4.0 enabling a range of 50-150ft and low power usage

·         -The PebbleBee devices are water resistant.

·         -Connect a key ring or Stick the adhesive backed PebbleBee to anything and everything! It’s the perfect accessory and utility to find or avoid any keys, bag, remote, car, dog, cat, child anything!

Hornet Version: Includes a 9-axis (3-axis gyro, 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnometer or compass) chip and a temperature sensor with developer API to interface/control the PebbleBee’s 9-Axis data stream. Includes functions to enable/disable 9-axis chip and enable callbacks for motion data. Provide real time motion data over Bluetooth. Ability to control when and how (at different sampling rates) you receive data and users can follow easy to use, drag and drop action and trigger commands on the PebbleBee app to create PebbleBee scenarios. I.e. if user pins a PebbleBee on their front door, and door moves, even very slight movement will trigger a compass direction change, which will send a stream of data to your paired phone which will then trigger your defined actions such as sound phone alarm, or email your security company, etc. You get lost hiking in the woods and your cell phone no longer works? No problem because your PebbleBee on your keychain recorded your whole path back, and can actually help you navigate back. The 9-axis gyro can be used to collect endless high resolution motion data on your skateboarding/biking/skiing/motorsports….really any sporting activity and seamlessly stream the data on your phone for live viewing or storage and post analysis/replay. You can even keep an eye on your wine cooler and be notified when the temperature goes below or above an assigned number.

Bumble Version: The PebbleBee can be wirelessly charged by placing it on a wireless charger for battery life longevity. This version includes an induction coil and a lithium ion battery at 150mAH and increase the thickness to 6 mm.

PebbleBee Hive (hub): For home security or for networking PebbleBees across the world, use the PebbleBee Hive. It’s a hub that wirelessly connects all your PebbleBees at home, in the office or out in the field outdoors. The Hive seamlessly coordinates with the cloud over WIFI to notify the PebbleBee application user of notable events. You no longer need your phone to be in range of your PebbleBees for complete control! You can apply all your PebbleBees around your home and be notified of every movement in your home with emails, and notifications on your phone wherever you are. Actions, triggers and motion control can be monitored for multiple PebbleBee contributors across the world. PebbleBees can be shared and controlled anywhere the internet is available. You can play drinking games with your buddies across the globe with the PebbleBee attached to their beer mugs and know exactly when, and how far ahead you are by streaming live data through the PebbleBee hive.

For more information:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/192833321/pebblebee-the-most-versatile-ios-android-bluetooth

The kickstarter campaign is pretty well written and the video explains a lot.

Although the Kickstarter pedge description is confusing as heck. I still haven’t figured out what what you get for how much money.

 

 

 

 

 

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An attempt to divert criminal prosecution or is there something to gluing cameras on helmets weakening the helmet.

An attempt to divert criminal prosecution or is there something to gluing cameras on helmets weakening the helmet.

Remember Europe has a different system of enforcement of laws to keep people safe than the US. Where we would sue, Europe regulates and if you violate the regulation you are criminally charged.

The article states that the head injuries to Michael Schumacher the famous race car driver might have been caused by his camera changing the effectiveness of his helmet.

Investigators are exploring the theory that Michael Schumacher’s helmet camera could have caused the helmet to shatter, leading to serious head injuries

Schumacher, an experienced skier, was travelling at a moderate speed when he fell and hit a rock. His skis were new; his bindings have been subsequently tested and were not at fault; he was fully in control of his movements as he left the marked pistes and traversed the patch of snow in-between two groomed runs in Meribel.

But now investigators believe that they may have found a reason for the seriousness of the crash. They think that his helmet camera could have actually worsened the blown, and caused the helmet to shatter into pieces.

Experts from ENSA, the world-renowned ski and climbing academy in the French ski resort of Chamonix, have conducted tests to determine whether the presence of a solid object between a helmet colliding with a rock would weaken the structure.

The helmet smashed – but the camera he had attached to it, in order to record him and his son skiing, was undamaged. The footage, audio and visual, has provided police with crucial information about the crash.

“The helmet completely broke. It was in at least two parts. ENSA analysed the piece of the helmet to check the material, and all was OK,” said a source close to the investigation.

“But why did it explode on impact? Here the camera comes into question. The laboratory has been testing to see if the camera weakened the structure.”

The following, however, maybe the real reason for the statements.

Lawyers had argued that managers of the ski resort might face up to three years in prison because the dangers lurking within the off-piste section were not properly marked.

Off-piste, usually meaning out of bounds or off trail here sections of the ski area where Mr. Schumacher fell might not have met the necessary requirements.

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Think. Although it is not outside the realm of possibility, it is hard to determine why a camera mounted on a helmet would affect the helmet’s performance. On top of that, ski helmets are designed to break. In fact most helmets only are effective once they break.

Believe me, as you know helmets are a real issue in my opinion. But to blame the injury on the helmet or the camera I think is just a way to dodge a criminal charge or change public opinion about the incident.

SeeMichael Schumacher skiing crash: did helmet camera cause head injuries?

To further understand the difference between the US and Europe see:

Another Litigation versus Criminal example

Criminal Charges brought against Everest Guide in the UK

Death of young climber leads to criminal charges in Italy

Forgetting your beacon is manslaughter in Europe….if you wife dies in an Avalanche

Litigation v. Jail Time

The legal relationship created between manufactures and US consumers

 

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Want to make more money in retail? Then tell your clients that what helmet they purchase will affect their head. Spend more money, usually, and get more protection

Want to make more money in retail? Then tell your clients that what helmet they purchase will affect their head. Spend more money, usually, and get more protection

I am dismayed that some manufacturers, and many retailers sell helmets on price. A study recently showed that two helmets that both passed the requisite test, protected people from concussions at vastly different rates. Are you selling protection to people or just satisfying their need to think they are protecting themselves or their children?

The study was written about in Study Shows Concussion Risk ‘Dependent on Helmet’. The study can be found in the Journal of Neurosurgery and was titled “Can helmet design reduce the risk of concussion in football?: Technical note”. Simply stated a comparison was made between two helmets manufactured by the same company. Both helmets met all the requirements to be sold and used playing football.

However, one helmet had 54% fewer concussions by the players than the other!

Buying a helmet is not just putting something on a kid’s head and saying it looks good or is “pretty.” As a retailer, you have no legal obligation, but I think a great big ethical obligation to inform parents and purchases that there is a difference in the protection that helmets can provide.

There are helmets that are doing more than just passing the required tests.

Giro has a new helmet for skiing: Combyn™ helmet has a softshell design creating a greater range of hits that can be protected as well as greater over-all coverage for your head.

Lazer is coming out with several models for kids and adults with the MIPS protection system in the helmet. Ski helmets with MIPS will be Mozo DLX and Dissent DLX. Bike helmets with MIPS are P’Nut and Nut’Z kids helmets (available now) and the Beam and Helium (available spring for Beam and later in 2014 for Helium)

Kali Helmets: Kali is coming up with some new ideas in helmet technology that will change the way helmets perform.

MIPS: If you need a helmet for any sport that is not a DOT helmet, get one with MIPS inside. Testing shows it will make a difference.

Do Something

If you are serious about protecting your head, you need to drop the cash necessary to get a good helmet. Find out what each helmet does and which one fits. Don’t worry about what it looks like. A helmet’s job is to keep your head looking the same way, so don’t worry about how you look wearing the helmet. Just be happy to take it off.

More articles on Helmets

A helmet manufacture understands the issues(Uvex, Mouthguards)          http://rec-law.us/xpxX6n

A new idea that makes sense in helmets: the Bern Hard Hathttp://rec-law.us/yPerOd

Bicycling Magazine, May 2012: Safe for Any Speed    http://rec-law.us/Vkle60

Does being safe make us stupid? Studies say yes.      http://rec-law.us/Ao5BBD

Great article on why helmet laws are stupid                   http://rec-law.us/zeOaNH

Great editorial questioning why we need laws to “protect” us from ourselves.         http://rec-law.us/Ayswbo

Helmet death ignited by misconception and famous personalities    http://rec-law.us/wfa0ho

Helmets do not increase risk of a neck injury when skiing      http://rec-law.us/wPOUiM

Helmets: why cycling, skiing, skateboarding helmets don’t work       http://rec-law.us/RVsgkV

If you provide a bike in CT you don’t have to provide a helmet           http://rec-law.us/THidx6

Law requires helmets, injuries down fatalities up?       http://rec-law.us/YwLcea

Mixed emotions, but a lot of I told you so.                        http://rec-law.us/ysnWY2

More information over the debate about ski helmets: Ski Helmets ineffective crashes were the wear is going faster than 12 miles per hour                                 http://rec-law.us/z4CLkE

National Sporting Goods Association reports that Helmet use at US Ski Areas increased during the 2009-10 ski season                                                             http://rec-law.us/zZTzqa

OSHA Officially recommending helmets for ski area employees       http://rec-law.us/xo5yio

Other Voice on the Helmet Debate                                   http://rec-law.us/AzaU9Q

Skiing/Boarding Helmets and what is the correct message     http://rec-law.us/AzeCpS

Study shows that head injuries are on the rise on the slopes even though more people are wearing helmets                                                                                  http://rec-law.us/U91O73

Survey of UK physicians shows them against mandatory bicycle helmet laws.      http://rec-law.us/sYuH07

The helmet issue is so contentious people will say the stupidest things      http://rec-law.us/zhare9

 

 

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Interesting Idea and maybe better than a balloon. Besides it serves a long term purpose after balloons deflate: Goggle Graffiti

http://www.gogglegraffiti.com/snow-id

Small brightly-colored  goggle strap wrap from Goggle Graffiti allows you to spot your child easily, and it contains emergency information.

Goggle Graffiti has a neat idea. They’ve created interesting little wraps for goggle straps. They have cute sayings, etc.. However, the neat one from my perspective is the Snow ID.

It is bright orange and comes with a sharpie. You open it up, and you can write important contact information on the inside. Your kid gets lost you can help people find your child by telling them about the bright orange wrap on their goggle strap.

If your child is found, they can unwrap the strap off the goggles and contact information on the inside.

If you are running a ski school, this is a great benefit you can add to the lesson. Although snow-id-backit may make identifying your students after a class more difficult because everyone is now from the wearing one, you can sell the idea to parents. While your child is with us, you know your contact info is with your child. After the lesson is over, you keep the Snow Id.

Besides balloons deflate.

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Are we using safety as an excuse not to spend time with people? Is here, “wear your helmet” taking the place of let me show you how to ride a bike?

Is our focus on safety an excuse allowing us to ignore safety? Safety is not in a helmet, padding or rules. Safety is knowing what to do, how to do something and what not to do. Education is safety.

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It takes time to teach a kid how to ride a bike. It takes a long time to learn how to rock climb and place

protection. It takes a lifetime; sometimes short, to be a successful mountaineer.

A lot of climbers are taking shortcuts, it is easier to buy experience rather than gain it. However that is at least experience, time, someone to critique, lend support and at the right moment scream “don’t do that!”

You can’t buy a helmet and a safe bicycle and expect a child to not be injured.

You can’t rent a helmet and skis and expect your child to be safe on the slopes.

You can’t point to the summit and say, the top is up there.

Successful recreation takes time, not from the participants but from the parents, friends, mentors, teachers and instructors. It takes one on one learning what you need to teach to your student.

As educators and guides in the outdoor recreation arena, we need to point out the difference between the safety provided by gear and the safety of experience.

As outdoor recreation manufacturer’s we need to point out that the gear we are selling will help after all else has failed. Protection is not a replacement for skills, education and experience.

As parents, friends and people on the planet, we need to explain that outdoor recreation safety can’t be based on a credit card but is based on time. Get out there with a friend, relative or young ones and spend the time not just money.

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Exciting new UK line of climbing gear is now in the US. Crux is no longer above you bet in a store next door

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Crux, the iconic mountaineering brand from the UK, now available in the US! Crux USA is a collaborative effort between John Campbell, the US market manager, and Carol McDermott, the company’s founder.

Crux has opened a small number of premier retailers in the US for the current season and base their operations and warehouse out of Fort Collins, CO.

Crux is a small brand that develops and manufactures products purely for mountaineering. We started out in 2002 with just five products: four backpacks and a tent. Since then the Crux range has grown, and today includes sleeping bags, down jackets and eVent hard shells. However, each of our product ranges remains quite small – usually only half a dozen styles at most. Crux products are sold and distributed worldwide.crux alps

Our ambition is really only to make great products, knowing that they are not for everyone, but that they are the right ones for a few. All our gear is designed from personal experience. We use what are the best materials and components purely based on performance. Our factories, in the Far East and Europe, are small family affairs with whom we have worked for a long time.

Between John & Carol, Crux is one of the few companies with principals who have climbed everything from sport climbs to 8000 meter peaks and everything in between. They have over 40 years of combined mountaineering experience between them.

They can be reached at 970-980-6908 or emailed at, cruxusa@gmail.com  their website is located at http://www.crux.us.com

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Updates from the Mammut Barryvox Avalanche Beacon

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PULSE Barryvox update: Mammut presents “the intelligent search”

After an avalanche, every second counts, as after just 15 minutes the chances of survival for anyone buried under the snow drop dramatically.

Our developers have been working intensively to optimize our Barryvox. The result is a simplified and even more effective search for buried subjects following an avalanche. The improved graphics-guided and audio-supported fine search revolutionizes fine searching in a cross (bracketing) in the last few meters.

From the middle of October 2013, the update to firmware 4.0 will be available from your authorized Mammut Barryvox Service Center!

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Details of the PULSE Barryvox update

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PULSE Barryvox: Digital/analog combo device with three antennas

Overview of key features:1. Easy to use thanks to a clear operating concept

2. Precise location thanks to a 360° display and 3 antennas

3. Time saving thanks to an overview in the event of several buried subjects

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Don’t forget the Barryvox winter check!

Switch the device on and note the display for the self-test and battery test. We also recommend inspecting the device for any signs of mechanical damage to the housing, contamination or damage to the battery contacts, as well as making sure that the main switch is working correctly. If any inconsistencies are identified during these checks, you must send the device to a Mammut Barryvox Service Center.

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Retailer has no duty to fit or instruct on fitting bicycle helmet

Louisiana Supreme Court set forth how a court decides if there should be a duty or to create a duty.

Carrier v. City of Amite, 2010-0007 (La. 10/19/10); 50 So. 3d 1247; 2010 La. LEXIS 2251

Plaintiff: Herman Carrier, Individually and in His Capacity as the Administrator of the Estate of his Minor Child, Herman Blake Carrier, and his Wife, Wendy Wallace Carrier

Defendant: City of Amite, Bell Sports, Inc., and Sears Roebuck and Co.

Plaintiff Claims: negligence failure to properly fit the helmet and instruct on the use of the helmet

Defendant Defenses: no duty

Holding: For the defendant (retailer) Sears Roebuck and Co.

The plaintiff’s in this case are a mother, father and six-year-old child. The parents went into a Sears store and purchased a bicycle helmet for the child. They did not ask for or receive any assistance in purchasing the helmet.

The boy was riding on the municipal tennis court when he had an accident. The plaintiffs sued the city that owned the tennis court, the helmet manufacturer and Sears Roebuck where they purchased the helmet.

Sears filed a motion for summary judgment arguing they had no duty to fit or instruct on the use of the helmet. The trial court granted the motion. The Appellate court reversed finding the trial court committed error in dismissing the case. Sears filed this appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court.

Summary of the case

In this case, it was the responsibility of the plaintiff to prove negligence. The first step in that would be to prove that the defendant owed the plaintiff a duty to provide a point of sale fitting instruction for bicycle helmets.

In the instant case, plaintiffs do not identify any Louisiana statutory or jurisprudential authority which establishes a specific duty on the part of a retailer to fit bicycle helmets at the point of sale.” The only thing the plaintiff could point to was the opinion of its expert that the defendant owed a duty. However the expert could not point to any authorities, research or other retailers that supported his statement. “Courts have held that experts may not rely on their own conclusions as authority in the absence of any objective support.”

The court stated the considerations that need to be covered before a duty can be created.

…it is necessary for the court to determine whether the rule is intended to protect him from the particular harm alleged, an inquiry which involves both the duty and causation elements of the negligence formulation. The court must make a policy determination in light of the unique facts of the case. Thus, the duty-risk analysis requires the court to take into account the conduct of each party as well as the particular circumstances of the case. In determining whether to impose a duty in a particular situation, the court may consider various moral, social, and economic factors, including whether the imposition of a duty would result in an unmanageable flow of litigation; the ease of association between the plaintiff’s harm and the defendant’s conduct; the economic impact on society as well as the economic impact on similarly situated parties; the nature of the defendant’s activity; moral considerations, particularly victim fault; and precedent as well as the direction in which society and its institutions are evolving.

Applying the above requirements to this case, the court found no reason to create a duty upon the part of a retailer to provide a point of sale fitting instructions for bicycle helmets. “Under these circumstances, we find the responsibility to determine whether the helmet was properly fitted should rest with plaintiffs, not Sears.”

So Now What?

There are two important things that come from this decision. The first is no duty exists unless your industry, your community, or you create one. Unless you advertise you are going to do something, market yourself or write your requirements down, it is difficult for the plaintiff to prove you owe them anything, a duty or money.

The second is the list of requirements the court set forth to determine if a duty has been created. It is not as easy to review as a list; however, it provides some factors that you can review to make sure you are not creating liability that does not exist.

·        Make sure you know the issues you must do when dealing with your business, program or job.

·        Don’t create liability if you don’t have too.

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Summer Outdoor Retailer 2013 Review

Most Exhibitors had a good show despite the fact many slept on floors

Summer Outdoor Retailer 2013 is over. Overall attendance was down (no matter what the reports) but the majority of exhibitors I talked to had a good show. Some a great show.

It does not matter how many people attend, as long as the right people attend.

Attendance did jump around 4:30 Pm every day when the free beer would flow. It was sort of comical to be standing in an empty aisle and see the aisle fill up slowly, all with people holding beer.

New Stuff

GCI Outdoors

Ever thought you would take a rocking chair with you. GCI Outdoors Figured it out.

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The rocker rests on a flat base and works off a pivot. The control is based on two shock absorbers on the back. It was very comfortable, and hard to get out of. You sat down and started to rock and relax!

Thule

The Thule booth looked like it belonged at Interbike. Besides a lot of bike accessory bags Thule had 2 new bike “boxes.” Both used an integrated bike stand to hold the bike. When you got to your destination you could pull out the stand and use it to put your bike together and tune your bike.

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Mountaineers Books

Mountaineers Books had a display of the Legends and Lore series. If you can read and love great mountaineering literature pick up these books. Mountaineers has grabbed and republished some of the greatest books of our time.

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Mad Water

Mad Water has a waterproof bag that zips. I’ve owned one for a year and fell in love with it. The zipper is tight and tough but not so tough you are worried about tearing the bag apart. The bags also have a purge value which makes getting the air out easy. Right now the bags with zippers are small but the line is getting bigger.

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Rola

Ever heard of Rola? Me either but one thing caught my eye, their hitch mount. Every state has a law that says anything extending beyond the back of the taillights by more than 36 inches must have a light or a red flag. All those bike racks, cages, boxes, etc., except this one will set you up for a ticket. Rola integrated taillights into their box. Really smart move.

I suspect a lot more people are going to know Rola in the future.

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Sawyer

Sawyer has done it again. Sawyer was the first company to make a water filter using kidney dialysis technology. Nothing is a smooth, slick or safe as Sawyer’s filters. They have a new filter that is smaller and even easier to use. It will wear out after 100000 gallons…..

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The beautiful girl does not come with the filter. You are on your own for that.

Blue Ridge Chair Works

The best item at the show for those of us more attuned to football and beer, or softball and beer, or just beer. Blue Ridge Chair Works has integrated a bottle opening on the bottom side of their chair seats. Sit in a very comfortable chair, reach under the seat and your beer is open. Slick. I have one of the older models which is too comfortable. I got a hand held model….bottle opener.

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Here are some other things which I’m not sure how to comment on……

Float down the river or on the lake and relax…

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Rowing frame for SUP’s that moves your feet not your butt?

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Over all a good show if you had a hotel room. If you did not, the show was a nightmare. But then any time you are in Utah and part of the outdoor recreation industry you are not sure how the world turns backwards.

Support the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance to help offset Outdoor Retailer putting money into the pockets of people opposed to outdoor recreation.

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HIP-TEC Unveils the Future of Head Injury Prevention Technology

These guys understand the issues. Wow!

Passion to Change Helmet Standards and Save Lives Drives HIP-TEC Founders

Check out the website: http://www.hip-tec.com 

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HIP-TEC (Head Injury Prevention Technology)—maker of the HIP-TEC Inside interior helmet protection system—today announced the company’s global launch and partnership program.  HIP-TEC focuses on making the best impact-absorbing interiors for the world’s top helmet companies.

HIP-TEC’s Inside interior helmet protection system is designed to fully integrate with other companies’ helmet shell concepts in an ingredient brand approach, meeting the needs and new benchmarks of the action sports industry and athletes that continue to push the limits of their sports.  HIP-TEC’s formulated and tested interior capsule dramatically exceeds today’s outdated helmet standards and designs, which concentrate on reducing single, high impact skull fractures.

In extensive independent testing at certified labs, with HIP-TEC implemented into a partner’s helmet, the severity of an impact is reduced by 40 – 60 percent across all angles, impact testing velocities and drop test heights.

“Our interior technology system is a game changer because it mitigates against all three accident scenarios that can contribute to head injuries — high velocity impacts, low speed falls and rotational impacts,” says HIP-TEC co-founder Nick Turner.  “Not only do helmets with HIP-TEC Inside technology significantly reduce the force of these impacts better than top helmet brands’ current interior technologies, HIP-TEC Inside outperformed while being 20 percent thinner than a traditional ski or bike helmet’s protective core.”

The technology has been co-developed over the past decade at internationally certified labs with development through Johns Hopkins University joint research projects and testing at HIP-TEC’s Truckee-based helmet lab.

Current medical research indicates that the lower the g-forces associated with an impact, the less likely a concussion will occur. HIP-TEC’s patent-pending layered design, lowers g-forces during an accident by slowing down the speed at which the head feels the weight of an impact, thus lowering the critical peak acceleration to dead stop and decreasing head and brain injuries. The formulated design of HIP-TEC allows protective layers to engage together as one unit or as separate energy absorbers depending on the severity of an impact.

 “Because of current standards decision makers refusal to recognize the progression of sport and new medical research findings, helmets are not evolving at the speed of the athletes they are designed to protect,” comments HIP-TEC co-founder Tom Feiten.  “International standards still require that a helmet is tested to keep an impact below 250 g’s (g-force) and then it’s certified to sale.  We firmly believe helmets still need to pass this standard, but at the same time they also must address accidents that are causing the majority of concussions happening at smaller, low falls that register between 90 and 150 g’s. HIP-TEC Inside does this and does it better when engineered into another brand’s helmet.” 

With its proven ability to lower the severity of head injuries and compatibility with current helmet shell designs, HIP-TEC technology is set to revolutionize action sports safety.

“It’s our friends and families pushing these sports and getting injured,” adds Turner. “Our mission and passion is to protect them through education and offering helmets brands the most protective interior technologies to integrate into their products.”

Based in Truckee, California, HIP-TEC (Head Injury Prevention Technology) solely focuses on making the best impact absorbing interiors for the world’s top helmet companies. The proprietary technology far outperforms current products and standards, meeting the needs and new benchmarks of industries and athletes that continue to push limits. HIP-TEC is part of FT Accelerator, a San Francisco-based growth program for fashion tech startups. Visit http://www.hip-tec.com to learn more about our technology and the future of interior helmet design.

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Amazing Off Road Maps on your phone….even with no bars!

Stay the Trail Colorado did a great job with these!

clip_image002clip_image004Check Out New Smart MVUM Maps for    Colorado National Forests!

Stay the Trail Colorado provides a central webpage where the public, organizations and agencies can download all US Forest Service Motor Vehicle Use Maps (MVUM) for National Forests and Grasslands located in Colorado. These maps are kept up to date as the US Forest Service updates their maps. Funding for this effort is provided by Colorado Parks and Wildlife in the form of grant funding that comes from registration of OHVs in Colorado. Stay the Trail and Great Outdoors Consultants have made the MVUMs “smarter” by making sure they all have geospatial information (the map knows where it’s located in the World) and by providing them in multiple formats. Smart MVUMs are provided in the following formats.

Geospatial PDF Files

Some National Forests are publishing PDF versions of MVUMs that are already geospatial which means that you can see map coordinates in Acrobat Reader using the geospatial location tool (found in the analysis toolbar/ menu). These maps can also be imported into some mapping programs such as Global Mapper. MVUMs that did not have geospatial information were processed to add geospatial information using Global Mapper software. All PDF MVUMs were exported in the following coordinate system: UTM – Zone 13 North – NAD1983 – meters

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Geospatial PDFs can also be used on Apple and Android smart phones/tablets using Avenza’s free application call PDF Maps. After the PDF MVUM is downloaded on the mobile device, cellular coverage is not needed to use it. This application shows the current GPS location of the user on the map and allows them to perform some basic GPS recording tasks! The application allows you to show the location of geotagged photos you’ve taken with your mobile device right on the MVUM map. PDF Maps has an online map store that allows users of the app to find MVUMs by name or their current location! This app is being used to distribute free maps for the National Park Service, USGS Topo maps and other free maps. The store also allows for sale of commercial maps such as National Geographic maps. All MVUMs found on the Stay the Trail webpage are now also available through the Avenza map store for free!

1.    Go to “App Store”, search for “PDF Maps” and install

2.     Open “PDF Maps”, select “Store” function from the lower bar

3.     Select the search function in top right corner.

4.     Search for “Stay The Trail” or “MVUM” or a Ranger District, select from the pins that appear

5.     Use the “Free” button to download to the phone.

6.     Downloaded maps show up in the “Maps” list on the lower left

7.     Select appropriate map for the district’s trails you will be using. Your location appears using GPS sensor.

Note: The android version of the PDF Maps app is a beta version and is not currently linked to the Avenza map store. Maps can be loaded in the Android version by linking to the Stay the Trail webpage MVUMs, by emailing the PDF file or a link to it.

Weblinks:

http://staythetrail.org/mvum/index.php – All Colorado PDF MVUMs on one webpage
http://www.avenza.com/pdf-maps – information about the application
http://www.pdf-maps.com/get-maps
– search for Colorado MVUMs on your computer – preview only

Google Earth Files

Geospatial PDF MVUM files were rasterized in Global Mapper software and then clipped to the map frame (excluded the legend). The rasterized MVUM files were then exported to Google Earth .kmz files. These files can be loaded into Google Earth desktop and mobile applications. To load a .kmz file on your mobile device, email yourself the appropriate .kmz file or a link to the .kmz file on the Stay the Trail webpage. Google Earth mobile will show your current location on the MVUMs. MVUMs in this format allow the user to load adjacent MVUMs and look at them in 3D. Google Earth also allows the user to add other vector data on top of the MVUM such as trails or other data they have. A brief description of the MVUM file and a link to the Stay the Trail webpage are included in the .kmz files so the user can access the legend and other information that has been removed from the .kmz version of the MVUMs. All Google Earth MVUMs were exported in the following coordinate system: Latitude-Longitude – WGS84 – decimal degrees.

Weblink:

http://www.staythetrail.org/mvum/kmz/ – All Colorado Google Earth MVUMs on one webpage

Geotiff Files

Geospatial PDF MVUM files were rasterized in Global Mapper software and then clipped to the map frame (excluded the legend). The rasterized MVUM files were then exported to geotiff (.tif) files. Geotiffs are raster files that include geospatial information. These files can be loaded into Arcmap, Global Mapper, Terrasync, Arcpad and other GIS/GPS programs. They can also be loaded into Avenza PDF Maps mobile application! MVUMs in this format allow the user to load adjacent MVUMs and look at them side-by-side. GIS programs allow the user to add other vector data on top of the MVUM such as trails or other data. A brief description of the MVUM file and a link to the Stay the Trail webpage are included as text files so the user can access the legend and other information that has been removed from the .tif version of the MVUMs. All geotiff MVUMs were exported in the following coordinate system: UTM – Zone 13 North – NAD1983 – meters.

Weblink:

http://www.staythetrail.org/mvum/geotiff/ – All Colorado Geotiff MVUMs on one webpage

Check these and to make sure you know where you are and where you should not be when off road in Colorado.

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Hopefully this will lead to better helmets that will make a difference.

Article looks at dozens of studies in cycling head injuries in several countries.

English: A commuter cyclist in the London morn...

There not need to say much, just read the following quotes then go read the entire article for yourself.

These sources show no improvement in serious injury trends as helmet use has become more common. Indeed, sometimes they suggest that the number or severity of injuries has increased.

In Great Britain, there was no detectable improvement in fatalities, serious injuries or the average severity of injuries to cyclists over the period 1985 to 2001, during which helmet use rose from close to zero to approx. 22%. Injury severity increased as helmet use became more common

In Greater London, cyclist injuries became more serious as helmet use increased in the mid 1990s. In Edinburgh, also with approx. 50% helmet wearing, casualties have become more serious as helmet use has increased

In the USA, cyclists suffered more head injuries in 2001 than in 1991 although helmet use had increased from 18% to 50%.

In Australia, helmet laws caused head injuries to fall by 11% to 21%. But cycle use fell by 30% to 60%, suggesting that those who continued to cycle were more at risk.

In New Zealand, large increases in helmet use have not brought any reduction in the proportion of serious head injuries. Some reduction in mild concussions and lacerations has been balanced by an increase in neck injuries

More generally, concerns have been expressed that helmets may increase the risk of the most serious types of head injury typical of road crashes and which involve rotational forces

In the coming years, there is going to be some major changes and revelations on helmets in skiing and cycling.

Cycling

Remember you do not get a concussion when you hit your head. You get a concussion when your brain bounces back and forth inside your skull. Look at snow and look at your ski helmet and tell me which is softer. Which is going to absorb more? Which is going to slow the force to spread it out over time? Cycling helmets are slightly different because of the speed and chances of hitting pavement. However?

More importantly, why are head injuries increasing in all of those studies (except the Australian one) when helmet use is

increasing?

See What evidence is there that cycle helmets reduce serious injury?

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Bike Share programs flourish when helmets are not required

Health Benefits increase when more people ride bikes

The article looks at bike share programs and what makes them successful. Contrary to popular belief, weather or terrain are not as important as the attitude that getting on a bike is more important than anything else. Anything else includes riding without a helmet.

One common denominator of successful bike programs around the world — from Paris to Barcelona to Guangzhou — is that almost no one wears a helmet, and there is no pressure to do so.

The article does not deny that wearing a helmet prevents head injuries. The article, like numerous studies have shown is that head injuries are exceedingly rare in cycling.

Yes, there are studies that show that if you fall off a bicycle at a certain speed and hit your head, a helmet can reduce your risk of serious head injury. But such falls off bikes are rare — exceedingly so in mature urban cycling systems.

The balance is the risk of a head injury to the risk of other issues: “means more obesity, heart disease and diabetes.” Not cycling also leads to more pollution in our cities. Mathematical modeling shows the risk of not cycling outweighs the risks of cycling without a helmet 20 to 1.

Statistically, if we wear helmets for cycling, maybe we should wear helmets when we climb ladders or get into a bath, because there are lots more injuries during those activities.” The European Cyclists’ Federation says that bicyclists in its domain have the same risk of serious injury as pedestrians per mile traveled. [Emphasize added]

So if you want to reduce the risk of a head injury you should wear a helmet while walking; which is how cycling helmets were designed anyway. Cycling helmets only protect from being dropped on your head, or as a pedestrian from something dropping on your head. Not from falls that occur where you hit your head from the front, back or side. (See Helmets: why cycling, skiing, skateboarding helmets don’t work.)

Although not scientific, this is fairly clear that helmets may inhibit bike riding with bike share programs.

A two-year-old bike-sharing program in Melbourne, Australia — where helmet use in mandatory — has only about 150 rides a day, despite the fact that Melbourne is flat, with broad roads and a temperate climate. On the other hand, helmet-lax Dublin — cold, cobbled and hilly — has more than 5,000 daily rides in its young bike-sharing scheme.

Why should you understand this? Because public perception about helmets is important in promoting and encouraging the program. If you complain to government officials about bike share programs not requiring helmets, you will pay for that complaint with your wallet. Heart attacks and the problems of obesity will cost more than the rare head injury.

Instead of requiring helmets, we need to make cycling safer.

Instead of promoting helmet use, European cycling advocates say, cities should be setting up safer bike lanes to slow traffic or divert it entirely from downtown areas.

This is my favorite quote from the article.

Before you hit the comment button and tell me that you know someone whose life was probably saved by a bike helmet, I know someone, too. I also know someone who believes his life was saved by getting a blood test for prostate specific antigen, detecting prostate cancer.

Before you comment about your friend whose life was saved, which I have no doubt, remember I’ll respond with the above quote.

See To Encourage Biking, Cities Lose the Helmets

To read more about this issue see:

A father of a deceased skier pushing for a helmet law in New Jersey.         http://rec-law.us/AAfNa6

A helmet manufacture understands the issues(Uvex, Mouthguards)          http://rec-law.us/xpxX6n

A new idea that makes sense in helmets: the Bern Hard Hat                         http://rec-law.us/yPerOd

Bicycling Magazine, May 2012: Safe for Any Speed      http://rec-law.us/Vkle60

California bill to require helmets on skiers and boarders under age 18 dies lacking governor’s signature.            http://rec-law.us/ymLukz

Does being safe make us stupid? Studies say yes.       http://rec-law.us/Ao5BBD

Great article on why helmet laws are stupid                     http://rec-law.us/zeOaNH

Great editorial questioning why we need laws to “protect” us from ourselves.         http://rec-law.us/Ayswbo

Helmet death ignited by misconception and famous personalities                http://rec-law.us/wfa0ho

Helmets do not increase risk of a neck injury when skiing                              http://rec-law.us/wPOUiM

Helmets: why cycling, skiing, skateboarding helmets don’t work                   http://rec-law.us/RVsgkV

I could not make my son wear a helmet so I’m going to make you wear one           http://rec-law.us/xZjuvH

I once thought you had to take an IQ test to run to be a state legislator. You could run only if you flunk the test                                                                                     http://rec-law.us/x3nWN1

I once thought you had to take an IQ test to run to be a state legislator. You could run only if you flunk the test.                                                                                    http://rec-law.us/x3nWN1

If you provide a bike in CT you don’t have to provide a helmet                       http://rec-law.us/THidx6

Law requires helmets, injuries down fatalities up?         http://rec-law.us/YwLcea

Mixed emotions, but a lot of I told you so.                         http://rec-law.us/ysnWY2

More information over the debate about ski helmets: Ski Helmets ineffective crashes were the wear is going faster than 12 miles per hour                                   http://rec-law.us/z4CLkE

National Sporting Goods Association reports that Helmet use at US Ski Areas increased during the 2009-10 ski season                                                               http://rec-law.us/zZTzqa

OSHA Officially recommending helmets for ski area employees                   http://rec-law.us/xo5yio

Other Voice on the Helmet Debate                                    http://rec-law.us/AzaU9Q

Recent UK poll shows that 10% of cyclists would quite biking if there was a compulsory helmet law.            http://rec-law.us/t1ByWk

Skiing/Boarding Helmets and what is the correct message                             http://rec-law.us/AzeCpS

Study shows that head injuries are on the rise on the slopes even though more people are wearing helmets                                                                                   http://rec-law.us/U91O73

Survey of UK physicians shows them against mandatory bicycle helmet laws.      http://rec-law.us/sYuH07

The helmet issue is so contentious people will say the stupidest things      http://rec-law.us/zhare9

 

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Study shows that head injuries are on the rise on the slopes even though more people are wearing helmets

Risk Homeostasis?

A study presented at the American College of Emergency Physicians(ACEP) showed that even with the increased use of helmets on ski slopes head injuries had

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increased. Overall injuries on the slopes have remained constant during the same period of time.

The study was based on a review of reports to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission‘s National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) Overall helmet use increased from 36.7% to 57.99% during the study period.

The study looked at 68,761 head injuries during the 2004 through 2010 ski seasons. Males represented 68.8% of the injuries, snowboarders 57.9%, and riders between the ages of 11-017 representing 47.7%.

The one difference in the study was children under 10 years old, which showed a decrease in hade injuries dropping from 11.7% to 4.6%.

One brought out by the study was helmets are only good for impacts of 12-15 miles per hour. Most people ski and board faster than that. The true value of a helmet, 12-15 mph of impact protection should be put out there so more people understand what a helmet will and will not do. People are sold helmets with the idea that they will prevent head injuries. They only will prevent injuries in that narrow range of 0-15 mph; over that speed, you probably are going to have an injury.

There were two different ideas put forth as two why head injuries increased. The one idea with the least space about it was Risk Homeostasis or Target Risk. The other was:

My assumptions are that those increases parallel the increase in terrain park use and the level of difficulty and risk in these sports over the last decade,” Christensen said, “and also that we’re simply seeing more people reporting head injuries because there’s been more education and awareness around them.

However, Risk Homeostasiswill also support the greater use of terrain parks and the increased level of difficult and increased risk undertaken by skiers and riders.

English: Freestyle skiing jump

English: Freestyle skiing jump (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Do Something

If you sell helmets tell people the truth. Helmets will reduce some head injuries. Helmets probably will not save your life because if you hit something hard enough to cause brain damage that a helmet will protect you from; you are going to receive other injuries that may kill you.

If you wear a helmet understand what your helmet will and will not do to protect your head.

See Head injuries on rise despite helmets

For additional articles on Risk Homeostasis see:

Risk homeostasis theory and traffic accidents: propositions, deductions and discussion of dissension in recent reactions

The Theory of Risk Homeostasis: Implications for Safety and Health

Target Risk: Dealing with the danger of death, disease and damage in everyday decisions

For additional articles on Helmets see:

A helmet manufacture understands the issues(Uvex, Mouthguards)          http://rec-law.us/xpxX6n

A new idea that makes sense in helmets: the Bern Hard Hat                         http://rec-law.us/yPerOd

Does being safe make us stupid? Studies say yes.                                          http://rec-law.us/Ao5BBD

Great article on why helmet laws are stupid                                                       http://rec-law.us/zeOaNH

Great editorial questioning why we need laws to “protect” us from ourselves.         http://rec-law.us/Ayswbo

Helmet death ignited by misconception and famous personalities                http://rec-law.us/wfa0ho

Helmets do not increase risk of a neck injury when skiing                              http://rec-law.us/wPOUiM

Helmets: why cycling, skiing, skateboarding helmets don’t work                   http://rec-law.us/RVsgkV

More information over the debate about ski helmets: Ski Helmets ineffective crashes were the wear is going faster than 12 miles per

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hour                                                                     http://rec-law.us/z4CLkE

National Sporting Goods Association reports that Helmet use at US Ski Areas increased during the 2009-10 ski season                                                                                                 http://rec-law.us/zZTzqa

OSHA Officially recommending helmets for ski area employees                   http://rec-law.us/xo5yio

Other Voice on the Helmet Debate                                                                       http://rec-law.us/AzaU9Q

Recent UK poll shows that 10% of cyclists would quite biking if there was a compulsory helmet law.            http://rec-law.us/t1ByWk

Skiing/Boarding Helmets and what is the correct message                             http://rec-law.us/AzeCpS

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Helmets: why cycling, skiing, skateboarding helmets don’t work

Thanks to Brad Waldron at Kali Protectives for giving me the visual to explain this.

A helmet needs to absorb energy to work. The more energy a helmet absorbs the more protection a helmet provides. If you look at the inside of your helmet

Bike helmet

what is there to absorb energy?

A helmet does not work by being a hard surface to protect your head from head injuries. Hard surfaces protect your head from pointed objects. Think Knights of the Round Table and spears and arrows. If you are riding a bike or skiing and someone is shooting arrows at you, you need a hard helmet.

Hitting the ground is different. Your brain bounces around inside your skill causing damage; a concussion. You need something to absorb the impact and soften the blow or extend the time the impact (force) is being applied to your head, which softens the blow. Helmets as they are currently used, do not do that.

Think about the issue this way. If you drop a weight on an egg, say 11 pounds from 4 feet the egg is going to smash. If you put a book on top of the egg and drop the 11-pound weight the egg is still going to smash. The amount of energy transmitted to the egg maybe reduced by the book; however, the energy reduction is not enough to protect the egg.

A Bicycle or ski helmet is the same way. There is some energy absorption, but not enough to protect your brain.

If you want to know why I picked 11 pounds from 4 feet that is the test for helmets. Watch Video of cycling helmet testing. No one is testing the force on the head, if the helmet absorbs any of the force, or if the impact broke your neck.

On top of that, always remember the helmet is tested with the impact landing in the center top of the helmet. When you fall to make sure you drive your head into the ground hitting the helmet in the center on top of your head to receive the maximum protection.

See for yourself. This is the UIAA (European) Test for Helmets.

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This test is for climbing and some European ski helmets. In the US, a bike helmet and ski helmets are not tested for lateral force, slippage or chin strap strength.

There are some organizations that test the helmets to greater extremes such as Consumer Reports, but all they are doing is testing the helmet. They are not looking at whether the helmet protects your head. See Consumer Reports Bike Helmet Testing.

We are not testing whether a helmet looks good after an impact. We are testing whether the helmet protects your head from an impact and the drop test does not test that sufficiently, if at all.

If you want to test this yourself, figure a way to stick an egg under a helmet and drop a weight on the helmet. The egg is still going to crack or break.

Yes, your head is not an egg. It is just easier to see the results with an egg. The helmet did not decrease the pressure enough to protect the egg. The injury still occurred. If you could take the time to measure the breaking strength of an egg and then start below that number and drop weights on the helmet you would see a difference eventually which would be the amount of protections the helmet provides. However, that number would be small and probably no different from what a plastic bowl would do.

If you really want to test this, go buy two eggs.  Drop one from 15 feet and see what happens to the egg. Tape the other one in your helmet and drop it from the same height. The egg will crack (and make a real mess in your helmet).

Want more laughs about this? Watch this video where a cardboard helmet does a better job of protecting your head, by absorbing more force, than a bicycle helmet. See Kranium helmet Crash Test

Yes, your head is not an egg. Yes, a helmet will protect you from minor hits. Yes, a helmet is probably better than not using a helmet, unless the process stops you from riding a bike or skiing. The health benefits of activity out weight the risk of a head injury.

If that is the case, then why not wear a helmet when you drive, shower or work in the kitchen. All three have a far greater risk of head injuries then cycling.

However, we have not looked at whether using helmets deters activities. See TEDxCopenhagen – Mikael Colville-Andersen – Why We Shouldn’t Bike with a Helmet. I love the fact the in the video Mr. Colville-Andersen lets you know that the helmet tests were designed for pedestrians wearing helmets. Also he points out that helmet laws do not reduce head injuries. They reduce the total number of people riding bikes, which results in a reduction of head injuries.

Nor have we looked at the issue of the advertised protection versus the real protection afforded by a helmet.

Finally, we have not looked at whether wearing a helmet makes you react in a way to protect other parts of your body rather than your head. If you fall you natural protect your head. Your arms go out to keep your head form hitting the ground and then your cradle your head from being hit or hitting the ground. This accounts for tons of videos and statements when people hold up their battered helmet and say my helmet saved my life.

However, a helmet will not save your life. If you want to be cool and have a helmet that might protect your head watch this video: Hövding krocktest

But without bike and ski helmets where would we mount our video cameras?

References:

"Hairnet" helmet

Gourley, Jim, Bicycle Times August 1, 2011, Pull Your Head Out of Your…Helmet

Kim Gorgens: Protecting the brain against concussion

A.J. Jacobs: How healthy living nearly killed me

TEDxCopenhagen – Mikael Colville-Andersen – Why We Shouldn’t Bike with a Helmet

Other Articles on Helmets:

A father of a deceased skier pushing for a helmet law in New Jersey.

A helmet manufacture understands the issues(Uvex, Mouthguards)

A new idea that makes sense in helmets: the Bern Hard Hat

California bill to require helmets on skiers and boarders under age 18 dies lacking governor’s signature.

Does being safe make us stupid? Studies say yes.

Great article on why helmet laws are stupid

Great editorial questioning why we need laws to “protect” us from ourselves.

Helmet death ignited by misconception and famous personalities

Helmets do not increase risk of a neck injury when skiing

I could not make my son wear a helmet so I’m going to make you wear one

I once thought you had to take an IQ test to run to be a state legislator. You could run only if you flunk the test

Mixed emotions, but a lot of I told you so.

More information over the debate about ski helmets: Ski Helmets ineffective crashes were the wear is going faster than 12 miles per hour

National Sporting Goods Association reports that Helmet use at US Ski Areas increased during the 2009-10 ski season

OSHA Officially recommending helmets for ski area employees

Other Voice on the Helmet Debate

Recent UK poll shows that 10% of cyclists would quite biking if there was a compulsory helmet law.

Skiing/Boarding Helmets and what is the correct message

Survey of UK physicians shows them against mandatory bicycle helmet laws.

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Law requires helmets, injuries down fatalities up?

However the article eventually does explain some great ideas about helmets.

An article Injuries have dropped since mandatory rule came in, but fatalities remain the same was written to look at the effects of a mandatory helmet law in British Columbia, Canada. The law was enacted in 1996. Riding a bike without a helmet can get you a $40 ticket.

One part of the article says that fatalities are down. The article also states:

Statistics compiled by the Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation show that injuries from cyclists involved in collisions did decrease from 35% of all police attended collisions in 1995 to 31% of those collisions by 1999.

However, a Canadian ministry says that bicycle fatalities have not decreased. “However in 2010, the Superintendent of Motor Vehicles admitted that fatalities had not decreased since the introduction of the helmet law.”

The article then states:

Bicycle helmet proponents are the subject of a great number of myths and exaggerations, some of which feature prominently in the promotion of helmets, according to the foundation.

These proponents claim that helmets prevent 85% of head injuries and 88% of brain injuries. But the foundation claims that where helmet use has become significant, there has been no detectable reduction in head injuries relative to cycle use.

Another myth, according to the foundation, is that bicycle helmets prevent 90% of fatalities.

“This prediction comes from a single source and is not reflected by real-world experience. Fatality trends in countries where helmet use has become significant give no reason to believe that helmets have saved even a single life,” the foundation states at http://www.cyclehelmets.org.

The article is full of confusing facts. However at least the article tackles the issues concerning helmets and dispels a few myths.

I suspect that injuries are down; however attributing that to helmets is difficult. Why injuries are up, could just be a factor of more people riding bikes, bikes that enable riders to go a lot faster or more cars on the road, as well as any number of different reasons.

Bicycle helmets may prevent a minor head injury, however most people do not believe that helmet may save your life.

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Bicycling Magazine, May 2012: Safe for Any Speed

There is no government involvement in cycling (or any other) helmets

April 3, 2012

Peter Flax, Editor in Chief

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A bicycling helmet.

A bicycling helmet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Re: Bicycling Magazine, May 2012: Safe for Any Speed

Dear Editor Flax:

Love your magazine; however your article Safe for Any Speed in the May 2012 edition incorrectly stated that bicycle helmets were controlled by government standards. No US government, state or federal or agency of a state or the federal government controls or has anything to do with standards for bicycle helmets.

The standards for Bicycle helmets are set by the ASTM International (formerly American Society for Testing and Material), Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities. Specifically Committee F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets (F1447-06 Standard Specification for Helmets Used in Recreational Bicycling or Roller Skating) is responsible for the standard and how the standard will be tested. For more information on this standard you can go to the ASTM and purchase the standard.

More importantly the standards are voluntary. No government, body, agency or board on a federal level requires any standard. Some state laws refer to the standards for cycling helmet laws.

Sincerely,

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Best of Outdoor Retailer and SIA

The best is always the people. However I found some interesting products

12 days, 8 days of exhibit hall, 3 days of on-snow demos and another tradeshow season comes to an end.

Here’s a quick rundown of what I saw that I liked.

Slide On for ski boots: This product makes putting your ski boot on a breeze. From the maker of the Booster Power Strap. If you ski and you aren’t using the Booster Power Strap, try and get off the bunny slope and give them a try.

Nargear: Not a lot of bells and whistles, just make to take your gear and keep it in one bag, no matter how far you throw it.

Snow Angel: No I don’t wear women’s clothing, but this stuff is beautiful. Feels good too. You are on your own for finding out how technical it is.

MIPS: If you need a helmet for any sport that is not a DOT helmet, get one with MIPS inside. It may make the difference

Kali Helmets: Don’t like MIPS, Kali is coming up with some new ideas in helmet technology that will change the way helmets perform.

Protect Helmets: nothing new as far as the helmet goes, but they have the Recco chip in the helmet.

Bern Hard Hat: I’ve told you a thousand times A new idea that makes sense in helmets: the Bern Hard Hat

Ski Retriever: Skiing Powder all the time and don’t like leashes, try technology to not lose a ski.

Fox 40: Fox had mouth guards at the ski show. See A helmet manufacture understands the issues

UClear: I’ve not tested it but if the ear phones eliminate the wind noise and the microphone eliminates all noise, these will be great for people who move

Loki: Did you ever have a coat that you grabbed when you weren’t sure, but when in doubt you always grabbed it. Loki makes coats, sweatshirts and accessories, all that serve multi purposes.

Orthahell Sandals: Ever put something on your feet and have your feet put a smile on your face. In a sandal even.

Suunto: Supposedly they have a new watch that works, by that I mean won’t break in 60 days. We’ll see. Heck, the PR team is beautiful……

Timex: Hard to read, harder to understand how it works, but as John Cameron Sayze used to say, it takes a lickin’ and keeps on tickin’

Eton: A product that made me go wow. Solar powered stereo that you can Bluetooth from your phone or MP3. No need to add songs to another device. Don’t know if it can take the outdoor beating, but works great indoors.

Replay: video camera a little larger than a roll of quarters, but not much larger

Hyalite Equipment: New name, old company solid great gear, bags, pads and bike gear

The Dry Guy: If you don’t own something from the Dry Guy, you are skiing with wet gloves and boots. The latest is a heater & dryer for boots, the Turbo Dryer that can work off your car. Warm boots when you put them on to ski after driving to the resort. Wonderful.

I have a lot more stuff to let you know about, but some I want to make sure the marketing matches reality.

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The helmet issue is so contentious people will say the stupidest things

English: Powderbowl Express at Heavenly Ski Re...

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County sheriff deputy reports a helmet would have saved the man’s life, even though he was wearing one and died of blunt force trauma.

In a sad case a snowboarder at Heavenly Mountain Resort avoided another skier and hit a sign post. See Snowboarder from England dies after crash at Heavenly. Another news source also reported the accident and received a quote from the investigating depty. The deputy was quoted in the article:

It is unknown if Perring was wearing a helmet at the time of the accident. A helmet would not have prevented the injuries that led to Perring’s death, Lovell said.

The first and most other reports stated the deceased, Perring was wearing a helmet. At the time of the quote, the newspaper reported the man died of blunt force trauma after hitting the sign, as reported by the deputy.

Perring was skiing on the resort’s Tamarack run about 3 p.m. when he attempted to avoid another skier, left the run and hit a sign post, Lovell said. He suffered blunt force trauma to his chest during the crash.

See Skier dies following collision with sign post at Lake Tahoe resort. Either the reporter was not quoting the deputy correctly (and obviously did not read their own article to put the quote in) or the deputy has been told or decided to say a helmet would have saved the person’s life.

They won’t.  So far there have been 13 fatalities at ski areas this season and seven of the deceased were wearing a helmet. One person was not wearing a helmet and five of the reports do not identify if the deceased was wearing a helmet. See Skier/Boarder Fatalities 2011-2012 Ski Season

Do Something

I hope this is bad reporting, editing or something.

Wear a helmet. It will prevent a head injury if you are skiing or boarding. Just remember it will not save your life and it may make you feel more secure leading you to ski or board faster diminishing or eliminating any protection the helmet provides.

Most importantly, think!

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Great article on why helmet laws are stupid

Either that or we should be wearing helmets at dinner.

Yes I know I write a lot about helmets. However the most important issue I write about is to make people think about what they do and why. In this case you are not solving any problems and you are creating greater liability issues.

The article was written because a new law in Nova Scotia requires skiers and riders to wear helmets. The law carries a $250 fine. On top of that, there “will, indeed, be helmet cops on the slopes. The minimum fine is $250.

The head injury rate is pretty low. “…since 2000, 11 helmetless skiers and snowboarders have suffered such an injury on the slopes of Nova Scotia.” That is one head injury per year in Nova Scotia from head injuries.

Simply put the article looks at the risks of a head injury in Nova Scotia from skiing based on the injury stats of Canada.

In 2003-04, one in 4,100 Canadians was admitted to hospital for head trauma suffered in a fall, and one in 5,300 for head trauma suffered in a car accident. Bill 131 proposes to offset, by 60%, a risk of roughly one in the population of Nova Scotia, which is 945,000.

If you want to stop head injuries, you would legislate wearing a helmet while driving. That would prevent more head injuries.

The articles intent is to point out there is no logical basis in the way laws are created. Instead of asking “why” they need a new law, legislators are asking “why not.”

Or as I say, what can I do, no matter how stupid, that will put me on the front page of a newspaper to help me get reelected.

It’s a great article. See Why not enact pointless ski helmet law?

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Great editorial questioning why we need laws to “protect” us from ourselves.

Besides, as many of you know, the effectiveness of most safety gear is less successful than the laws requiring the gear.

An editorial in the Sacramento Bee titled Editorial Notebook: Do we need laws to end every kind of risk?, upports California Governor Jerry Brown’s vetoing a law that would have fined parents for allowing their children to ski without a helmet. (See California bill to require helmets on skiers and boarders under age 18 dies lacking governor’s signature.) The Governor vetoed the bill with this statement: “Not every human problem deserves a law.”

The editorial looks at the entire issue from several different perspectives. The writer first looks at the proliferation of laws applying to Californians.

In California, bicyclists under the age of 18 are required to wear helmets. But it doesn’t stop at bicycles. Skateboarders, in-line skaters and scooter riders are required by law to wear helmets, too, if they are under 18.
Even bike passengers under the age of 5 have to wear helmets.
In New Mexico, tricycle riders are required to wear helmets – really, tricycle riders!

The author then states that the laws are just creating a nation of wimps.

Have we become a nation of wimps, so risk-averse we have created protective gear for every potential mishap, no matter how remote? Worse, we’ve written laws that force us into this perpetual defensive crouch.

The author blames many different groups of people for the unnecessary laws.

I can’t tell if it’s the insurance industry that’s pushing it or the trial lawyers trawling for someone to sue or just nervous parents with their single precious progeny. I suspect a bit of all three.

Nor does he let the media escape the blame.

There’s another culprit in all this: the media. We provide blanket coverage of every tragedy. Every crime, every accident, particularly when a child is involved, is endlessly reported on, blown out of proportion. In ways subtle and not so subtle, we tell parents – and by extension our children – be afraid, be very afraid.

I agree with the media statement. Growing up I had access to one newspaper. It printed what occurred in the Nation, the world, Ohio, the local county and sports. There was no room, nor need for an article on a skiing accident in California or a kayaking death in Maine. It did not matter; those were local issues for those local newspapers. Now we get news thrown at us from around the world with the same importance as the hometown city council meeting, and we are expected to show the same concern.

I am as guilty of that as any other media outlet. I find tragedies and lawsuits and post them on my Facebook page regularly. The article has me thinking. Is my audience narrow enough, industry people, that I’m not creating problems?

The author’s final issue is do we need all the protective gear?

When I was a kid, not every accident was grounds for a lawsuit. When I was a kid, playgrounds, toys and athletic equipment were not cluttered with warning signs written by insurance companies to protect against liability. 

Combine all these issues and the author makes valid points. Add to that the effectiveness of current helmets used in recreational sports, and the entire argument falters. Add to that the issue that mandatory helmet laws reduce participation. See A father of a deceased skier pushing for a helmet law in New Jersey.

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