Check out the video below of a barefooter having a close call with a handle injury.
This videos scares the bejesus out of me! I have handle guards on my handle, so my fear is less about my personal situation and more about others. Can you imagine an incident like this getting caught on video? I'm a little surprised that handle manufacturers don't put handle guards on their handles straight from the factory, or at least have it as an option. It seems like a lot of liability on their part to not do something to minimize the risks. I'm not trying to impose any of my own judgment on other people's products, and like I said I use handle guards because that's a personal preference, just wondering aloud about why handle guards aren't an option straight from a handle manufacturer. Also, is this something that tournament hosts/governing bodies need to worry about? Or does the risk fall to the individual? It just seems like such an easy safety device to use and if you put one on right it has no effect at all on your skiing (well, that's my personal experience anyway, even for trick ski spins).