Hi all, since the met parachute is still generating some discussion, I'm posting my experience...hope this helps someone.
Had a low-speed endo on a steep step-down (this is exactly the reason I got the helmet) fell on my face and got a deep gouge in my chin from the exposed plastic ridges. Took 20 stitches to close, we'll see how it heals up.
I'm not sure whether I'll use the helmet again, but if I do I am going to add some padding to cover the exposed plastic ridges and make sure to keep the chinstrap VERY SNUG at all times. When I crashed I had the chinstrap as I would with a normal helmet, and this wasn't tight enough to prevent my chin smacking the chinbar.
This was stupidity on my part, its obvious that the helmet can't protect you without a tight chinstrap, but it loosened up over the course of the ride and I wasn't paying attention to keeping it tight, easy mistake when you are fatigued.
Its hard to say whether the helmet made my crash WORSE (at least my teeth aren't screwed up) but it certainly didn't help.
My lesson from this is DO NOT wear the parachute unless you keep the chinstrap VERY snug. I personally will never use mine again without padding to cover up the plastic edges, I cannot imagine why Met don't do this.
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