There is no better advertisement or propaganda campaign that promotes the use of helmets than a fails compilation video, especially a base jumping fails video.
Though the first fail in this video is staged, fail compilation videos are a great reminder that this is a very dangerous sport and the margin of error is so slight. A simple slip or misstep can be disastrous. Wearing the proper protective gear, especially a base jumping helmet, is very important.
Of course, if your chute doesn’t open on a base jump or you hit a tree or rock out cropping while wingsuit flying you are pretty much a goner, even with a helmet.
However, a couple of the fails in this video are of guys slamming into the sides of cliffs or buildings. After taking such a hit, being able to keep your wits about you and make quick an important decisions is vital to surviving such a fall.
Wearing a helmet will ensure that you aren’t knocked unconscious and unable to correct your fail or brace for impact with the ground. The protective liner, just like in bicycle helmets, is designed to absorb the impact so that your skull is left in on piece. You may feel a bit dizzy, but at least you won’t be unconscious.
It appears that all the guys in this video are wearing helmets of some kind, which is great, but I have seen videos of many not wearing one. Protecting your melon with a helmets is the smart choice. Be able to do the jump again.
Besides, if you aren’t wearing a helmet, what do you strap the GoPro to? Base jumping helmets are equipped with special features that allow you to attach all sorts of gizmos. They are a little like tactical helmets.