Helmets are a must have when shredding the slopes. Whether you’re an experienced boarder or just a rookie, getting the right helmet ensures you’ll have a great (and safe) time in the snow.
Size and Fit
Measure your head with a flexible measuring tape. Wrap the tape around your head, a finger width above your eyebrows. Measure in centimeters.
When shopping for a helmet, make sure to try it on! There should be no space between the helmet and your head. Shaking the helmet while it is on your head can determine whether the size is adequate. If the helmet moves independently from your head, banging against your ears, it’s too big.
If your head feels tight and uncomfortable, opt for a larger size. A good helmet should be comfortable enough to be worn all day.
A snug helmet will protect your head from harm, ensuring that the protection takes most of the impact.
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Ensure the chinstrap of your helmet should fit against your throat, minimizing the chance that it will come off during impact. Drinking and eating should be comfortable while wearing the strap.
Always fasten your chinstrap before boarding.
Look out for adjustable straps, removable padding, air comfort options, and an adjustable wheel or Boa® Fit System.
Each option has the ability to alter your helmet’s fit, ensuring safety and comfort.
Helmet design comes in three options.
In-Mold: Most helmets are designed for one large impact—using a thin, hard plastic shell that is molded onto an EPS layer. This design reduces bounce, also preventing head injury.
EPS is thick, light, hard foam that is ideal when experiencing heavy impacts. The material is cheap, easy to manufacture and often found in bike helmets. EPS is also suitable for ventilation and ideal for breathability.
Hard Shell ABS: Using a thicker plastic shell (ABS), this design option is pre-formed and glued into position. This design option is also budget-friendly, offering good protection.
Soft Shell: Not usually suitable for heavy impact, these helmets have a soft foam closer to the skull and a harder foam against the helmet’s shell for protection.
Most helmets have a form of open space in the plastic, outer shell to allow airflow. These ventilation options vary by design and company.
By adjusting the ventilation systems, opening or closing the passages, you can vary the comfort of your helmet for weather conditions, letting sweaty air out and encouraging fresh air inside.
Full Shell: Full Shell helmets provide complete coverage and safety, blocking out the elements. These helmets are recommended for new snowboarders, children, or experienced boarders performing stunts.
Half Shell: The most popular style of the helmet; half shells are also ideal for ear pad protection, a more comfortable feel, and better hearing.
Full Face: Common for electric bikes, full-face helmets provide protection to the face and head. Complete with chin guards, ventilation cut-outs and built-in goggles, full face kids helmets are perfect for new snowboarding participants.
Helmets should be replaced every 3-5 years to prevent the breakdown of materials. Replace your helmet earlier if it has experienced damage or the EPS polystyrene has cracked.
Helmet Replacement & Safety Ratings
Most helmets are only made for a single impact. Look for companies with a crash replacement program; reducing the price on a second helmet after significant damage from a crash.
Fitting with Your Goggles
For eye-protection in the snow, invest in a great pair of goggles.
Your goggles should fit with the strap over your helmet, with no gap between the top of your goggles and the edge of your helmet’s forehead protection.
Ensure you are always wearing a helmet and goggles every time you hit the slopes.
Rashid Nawaz is a professional blogger and a News report. He works for SMH News Agency in Jhang and he is a news reporter on Dunya Urdu as well.