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I survived a 30 foot fall to granite boulders,
This review is from: Giro Atmos blue/white (Sports Apparel)
I won't go into comfort- it's as comfortable as any helmet I had before. I won't go into aesthetics... those are self evident. What I will go into is what happened to me September 18, 2011.
I was riding my bicycle on Mount Evans, the highest paved road in North America. During my descent, the winds became unusual (and I'd ridden this mountain MANY times). Perhaps a thermal eddy, maybe something else. All I know is on a straight section I was fighting a headwind, and then I wasn't, with a curve coming up fast. the winds had reversed direction, causing my speed to go from 30 MPH to 50 MPH in seconds. I tried to slow, but began to skid, so reduced pressure to my brakes to maintain proper control. I couldn't slow enough. I left the road... and fell off the mountain, landing on granite boulders 30 feet below.
Ultimately, I sustained 9 spinal fractures, 3 in my neck and 6 in my upper back. My rib cage and right scapula were shattered. Both lungs were punctured and I came as close to losing my left kidney and my spleen as anyone can come w/o losing them. My head... even though I landed on my head & upper back... escaped with a concussion. My helmet was completely destroyed. My Atmos saved my life in an accident that by all reckoning ought to have killed me. Moreover, I'm walking, and even starting to get back on my repaired bicycle!
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Initial post: Apr 19, 2014 12:35:13 PM PDT
wow! glad your around to tell the tale!!
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