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I bought this helmet at the beginning of the season. I used it for 35+ days on the hill. I had only had a few mishaps, but nothing major. Until day 35 when I hit a 30' kicker goin way to fast. Over shot the landing and landed flat with my head smacking the ground. I can't tell you what the landing was like, because I don't remember. I don't even remember making it down to the lodge.
After ski patrol cleaned up my multiple face lacerations, I took a trip to the hospital where the determined I suffered a concussion as well as a sprained mcl and received some stitches in my face.
Morale of the story if it hadn't been for this helmet. I wouldn't be writing this review. I would definitely recommend this helmet to anyone. It saved my life. So I'll never ride without a helmet now.
I picked this helmet up after suffering a concussion a week prior and cracking my previous helmet from the forehead all the way up the center to the top of the helmet. I knew that I needed a helmet that would protect me. After my injury I vowed to always wear a helmet.
I found this helmet on sale at REI. Picked it up, put it on, and fell in love with it. The construction of this helmet is incredible. The ventilation system is perfect. And it looks and feels great on your head. I used it towards the end of the season, about 4-5 times. And it was great. I strongly recommend this helmet.
I've had my Spy Targa II's for almost 3 years now. They are comfortable and the anti-sliding strip is nifty and really helps keep the goggles on your helmet. Your vision is pretty narrow. Not a whole lot of peripheral vision. Low/Flat light is horrible. You can't see anything. No features in the snow. This makes it extremely difficult on a stormy day. But during a blue bird they work relatively well. I would say bring these along just in case your primary goggles get hung up in a tree or break.
Extremely easy to use. It doesn't just go off of dots and beeps. The screen actually shows you the direction of the beacons buried beneath the snow. I haven't had a true avalanche experience with this beacon but neither do I want to have to use it. I practice using it every year and even during the summer. By far out of everyone I know, they love the ease of use this beacon offers. And the easier to use, the faster you can do your job.