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Take the good with the bad when strapping on a helmet cam

Adam Jensen
ajensen@tahoedailytribune.com

Annie Flanzraich / Tahoe Daily Tribune

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – I’ve never used a helmet cam before trying out EMotionCam’s setup at Heavenly Mountain Resort on Wednesday.

I found out quickly that using a helmet cam to document a day of snowboarding is the proverbial “double-edged sword.”

Footage of an immaculate powder run or a sweet jump is action any cam wearer would want to relive, but even the best skier or rider has become woefully detached from any number of articles of equipment during some of the sport’s finer moments. And these moments are ones that most skiers and riders would often rather forget, instead of recording.

But, as an Internet full of videos documenting comical mishaps can attest, these less-than-graceful moments may be the most entertaining of all. So, even though you might not want to recall all of your skiing misadventures in high definition, someone, your friends included, likely will.

When I first attached the EMotionCam, it was hard not to be acutely aware that there was a couple hundred dollars worth of technology strapped to my head. Even though the setup is unassuming and lightweight, to a 6 foot 4 inch newbie, the two inches or so of extra height was something to take note of at first.

But, before long, it was easy to forget that the camera was there at all.

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And by midday, it’s was only when someone randomly acknowledged the camera strapped to my head with a comment or a wave (or by pulling the chairlift’s safety bar down without giving me a heads up) that I remembered my new cranium accessory.

Along with forgetting about the camera itself, it was easy to forget just what the camera was recording.

Every carved turn, head swivel, tumble and curse word is being taped for future reference, all in high definition.

And because skier’s and snowboarders are as bad as fishermen when it comes to telling the truth about their exploits, just letting a helmet cam run is probably one of the more unbiased accounts someone could get of a day of skiing or snowboarding.

So, if you’re ready to take an honest look at your favorite snow sport, a helmet cam is worth a try.

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