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    Full Face or not?

    I am going to Angel Fire Bike Park for three days of downhill biking at the end of Aug. Living in south Texas I normally ride cross country so I don't have a full face helmet or armor. I will be renting a bike at AF and a full face helmet is included in the rental price but I just don't know about wearing a helmet that has been worn by other people all summer long. The armor I can live with but the helmet thing just has me thinking, should I get my own helmet for the trip or just get over it and wear the helmet they provide? What about just wearing my cross country helmet? Thoughts????

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    Use a FF helmet.. no question - unless you are a pretty ugly dude whose face would be improved by fractures and abrasions.

    I see your on the hestitation on the rental - maybe bring a can of lysol and soak it the night before? I think I'd buy one.

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    Wearing your XC helmet for three days of downhilling would be a poor life choice. If you're spending a day doing something steep enough or fast enough that in a crash you're likely to skid across the ground, you really owe it to yourself to have that protection.

    The full face is not a bad item to have, even if you use it infrequently. If I was in your situation, I'd buy an inexpensive one I liked.

    While we're on the subject, don't forget the rest of your pads. At a minimum protect your head, knees, elbows, and shins if you're riding flats. Basically anything bony that will stick out in a crash.

    A buddy of mine who does not frequently do downhill recently decided to forgo those pads and just wear his XC lid. He made a mistake, crashed, and managed to shatter his elbow. Everyone eats dirt once in a while, so be prepared for it and you won't end up with a season-ending injury.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lazarus2405 View Post
    Wearing your XC helmet for three days of downhilling would be a poor life choice. If you're spending a day doing something steep enough or fast enough that in a crash you're likely to skid across the ground, you really owe it to yourself to have that protection.

    The full face is not a bad item to have, even if you use it infrequently. If I was in your situation, I'd buy an inexpensive one I liked.

    While we're on the subject, don't forget the rest of your pads. At a minimum protect your head, knees, elbows, and shins if you're riding flats. Basically anything bony that will stick out in a crash.

    A buddy of mine who does not frequently do downhill recently decided to forgo those pads and just wear his XC lid. He made a mistake, crashed, and managed to shatter his elbow. Everyone eats dirt once in a while, so be prepared for it and you won't end up with a season-ending injury.
    Yep, all this is accurate. Wear as much protection as you can.

    I would look at buying a cheaper full face like the Giro Remedy( $150) , which is what I use.

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    They have a sign in the AF rental area with a pic of a pretty torn up shin with the caption "didn't think you'd need shin pads?" or something along those lines. I lent my knee/shin pads to my friend and just wore knee pads, but I also rode well below my level. That place is no joke, dry and loose, as well as very rocky on the more technical trails.

    I prefer the option of wear more pads, not having to worry as much about crashing, and enjoying it more because you can push yourself with less risk of injury.
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    Full Face or not?

    Steak dinner slurpy is fine for a few weeks.... Wear the full face and suck up the smell. You be flushing the helmet with your own sweat in no time . Or grab one of those paper hair nets used in kitchens and cleanroom's, that ad's a bit of a barrier for the juckiness ohter users might have left.

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    I ended up ordering a FF helmet, an O'Neil Airteck, for the trip. I imagine I will be making a couple more trips to AF over then next few years so I will get some use out of it. As far as armor, I have every intention of wearing knee/shin and elbow guards. I will rent those at AF since I am ok with wearing used armor. Thanks for everyones thoughts on the matter.

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