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Each year, thousands of snowboarders make a trip to the hospital for a head injury. Some ride face first into trees. Others faceplant hard after misreading jumps. More than half of those injuries could be prevented if boarders just wore a helmet.

Wearing one could mean the difference between spending your life in diapers being spoon fed by your mom and being able ride your favorite mountain until your 80. Besides, helmets are also a good way of keeping your head warm and many helmets you find these days are pretty stylin'. Here's a look at two of the finest pieces of headwear from the guys at Giro.

Giro Sonic

This helmet is the newest addition to the Giro line of head protection. The Sonic has good padding on the inside for protection and comfort. It also has venting at both the front and back to keep a boarder's head from getting super-sweaty after a day of riding. The Sonic has earflaps which give the ears enough warmth so a hat won't be needed on cold days. Adding to the comfort is the chin strap which is padded and made of fleece to avoid chin rub. This helmet is sleek and comfortable so riders won't feel they're giving up the fun of boarding for safety. It comes in Black, Pearl White and Dirty Yellow. Cost is around $70 US.

Giro Pitch

The Pitch is a great helmet for kids who are going through growth spurts. It has removable pads that create space as your head grows. And if your head just stays the same size, you still have an extra layer of padding. The big downer about the Pitch is that there's no venting so riders may find their head is soaked in sweat at the end of the day. The Pitch has a goggle strap so goggles say attached to the helmet at all times. It comes in Red, Periwinkle (Blue) and Black. Cost is around $80 US.

Giro also makes flashy and funky stickers for your snowboard helmet. Check out all of Giro's cool melon protection by heading to www.giro.com.

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