It's an age old argument that perhaps should not even exist in a lot of peoples minds. For those who are in the know they are likely to agree that too often style gets in the way of practicality. This goes for most things in life, not just sport and snow.
Take something generic like wearing high heels for example; perhaps one of the most absurd things. They cause pain, exhaustion are highly impractical and long term health effects are proving detrimental. Yet we still wear them, day in and day out, we live by the saying "slave for fashion" - and they are not wrong in saying that we are , cause we are. There's no benefit in wearing heels other than aesthetically and perhaps a little ego boost...
Then there are the more serious scenarios, relating to sports ; skateboarding, snowboarding and BMX.
Too many times we see people choosing the way they look, rather than the practical and safe way of undertaking the sport.
Vert skating is about the only exception where you really see riders adhering to safety first. But personally I think you would be mad to shredd a serious bowl without some precious head gear...
Who here has seen the movie The Crash Reel? Well it stars a snowboarder Kevin Pearce ("KP") who was on the way to being a more humble and talented version of Shaun White.
That was until he was only days out from his Winter Olympic debut, training in the Super Pipe when his tricks he had on lock went horribly wrong. The movie goes on to tell the story of how KP nearly died and his family rallied to just have him back to some kind of "normal". anyway he WAS wearing a helmet and just survived, had he not he would have been killed on impact.
Yeah we aren't all riding super pipe but you don't have to be. Take Michael Schumacher, who was just out casually skiing with his son. It's been reported now that he will remain an invalid for the rest of his life. All from one blow causing a TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury).
All this happens out in the great wide mountains, this is why I can't understand why anyone who is either a beginner or park rider isn't seen wearing a helmet? Back some time ago, helmets were bulky and ugly but with today's technology there are some super steezey lids out there.
My personal fav is the low rider from SandBox - www.sandboxland.com The helmet is light weight, rad looking and super comfortable. You get to pick from a million colours and it comes with all the options. I still think the helmet is the most forgotten thing in snowboarding today.
The first thing anyone should be thinking about is their brain, as KP says "Love your brain".
As once you damage this, you're done... Anyway I'd like to give a big shout out to SandBox for supplying me with the perfect balance of steeze and practicality. BE SEEN WEARING A HELMET.