KORI began as a groundbreaking innovation for motorcyclists, a vision of perfect freedom and uncompromised safety.
Today, we are growing into a brand with genuinely developed products with high Swedish made quality and we have
taken our vision of freedom and safety to meet sports enthusiasts with different specializations that and likeminded needs.

For us it is the feeling and experience of the sport or activity that sets focus on which needs to be solved and how
the products should be designed.

Our first product, KORI-D3O which is a new concept of back protectors that can be transformed into a back pack.
In this blog you will follow our journey and our inspirations.

KORI Encouraging Freedom. Encouraging Safety.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Using protection when skiing?

Daily News (Dagens Nyheter 2013-02-23) brings our attention once again on the importance of protection on the winter slopes. This time they have asked people, on the slopes, directly. Four out of ten snowboarders and skiers, do not care about protections. Compared to some years ago, that is a rather good figure. This also shows in fewer serious head- and back injuries (see previous blog post …)

The question is how do those who still don’t use protection when skiing, reason. What makes them not use any protection? Is it because protections cost too much? Is it because protections are uncomfortable? Or just because of old habits?

”You have to be watchfull and check the slope before you start, to make it a safer ride. Why I don’t wear a helmet? I haven’t injured myself during the whole time I have skied”

”I take it easy when I ski now. I might need a helmet, but when I skied earlier I didn’t so I won’t use one now”

The answers from the interviews in the article show that old habits win, and that if you haven’t been injured earlier, you won’t in the future. A resoning that is valid only untill the day when the accident is evident.

What is important to know, is that accidents seldom are caused by one person or the way you ski or how watchfull you are and take it easy or not. It is rather about small margins of error and unfortunate situations. A crash into someone that suddenly came out of the grove, someone that suddenly falls in front of you, someone standing still that suddenly emerges from behind the curve, a hidden rock or an icy spot.

”Most of those who come to us, didn’t have controle” says Alf Lerner, doctor and director of the medical center in Åre

To have controle you must have a tremendous self-awareness and be able to realise all the risk factors. För att ha kontroll måste man ha otrolig självinsikt och inse alla olika riskfaktorer som finns. You should also consider your daily fitness, good sleep, good food etc. Dehydration can also worsen your concentration ability and makes it easier to loose controle.

You should be prepared, an accident could happen. And that is why protections are so important. In a serious accident, a helmet can see to that you get away with a concussion instead of a cracked skull and a back protector can see to that you get away with stretching and bruising instead of a serious fracture of your spine.