The ski helmet serves primarily to protect the athlete’s head from injury in the event of a fall. In addition, even from the cold and snow, and also provides ventilation to the head. Many helmets, thanks to their bright design, perform an excellent decorative function.
The helmet consists of three parts:
- rigid outer (frame) made of high-strength ABS plastic or polycarbonate and evenly distributing impact energy over its entire area;
- soft inner, made of expanded polystyrene or polypropylene foam, which then extinguishes this energy;
- soft lining made of antibacterial material with increased porosity. This lining provides airflow and increases the comfort of the helmet.
Ski helmet — has hard plastic non-removable «ears», which are part of the helmet itself. This helmet is more closed than a snowboard helmet.
snowboarding helmet — equipped with soft leather and fabric removable «ears», which are part of the balaclava.
Snowboard/ski A helmet is a versatile option that is suitable for both skiing and snowboarding.
- Ski helmet
- snowboarding helmet
- Universal option
Unisex — Suitable for both men and women. Occurs most often.
Female — made taking into account the anatomical features of the female head and often has an elegant design.
Child/teenager — made taking into account the anatomical features of the head of children and adolescents, has bright colors. In addition, children’s helmets are equipped with removable inner padding for maximum fit.
The safety and comfort of the athlete depends on the correct size of the helmet. It is important to remember that a helmet can only be effective if it fits snugly around the head.
For the correct selection of a helmet, you need to measure the circumference of your head in the widest part (slightly above the eyebrows and ears) using a centimeter or tape measure.
- small (small) — 51-55 cm
- medium (medium) — 55-57 cm
- large (large) — 58-61 cm
- extra large (XL) — 61-64 cm
Important: if there is no tape measure, you can attach a rope to your head, and then measure the resulting length with a ruler.
Adjustable size — this function allows you to adjust the helmet to the size of the head.
Ventilation — provides ventilation of the head, therefore, comfort while riding, which is especially important in relatively warm weather. There are two types of ventilation:
- unregulated (passive) — carried out through holes and slots in the hard shell of the helmet. However, such helmets allow wind, severe frost and sleet to pass through;
- adjustable (active) — the air flow is regulated by opening and closing the holes on the helmet through a special valve. Such helmets can be used in severe frost, wind and wet snow.
It took – provides additional face protection from wind, branches and snow during extreme skiing or riding on forest slopes.
Mask loop — will not allow losing the mask even in the event of a fall of the athlete. It is located behind the helmet.
Removable ear inserts — easy to insert and remove if necessary. Protect from the cold and do not interfere with hearing.
Removable lining — plays the role of a balaclava, allows you to adjust the helmet, taking into account the parameters of the head. In case of contamination, the lining can be easily unfastened and washed.
Headphones — allow you to listen to music while riding. They are small speakers built into removable «ears» that connect to the player. It should be noted that it is recommended to use audio headphones only for experienced skiers, while beginners will be distracted by music, which can lead to falls and injuries.
Case/bag – designed for storage and transportation of the helmet.
Important: the weight of the helmet for adults is 600-800 g, for children — 300-550 g.
- It is better to try on a helmet not on a hat, but on a balaclava.
- The helmet should fit snugly on the head, but not tight. You should not buy a helmet if it slides left and right or back and forth during sudden movements.
- Helmet fastenings should be reliable, but at the same time unfasten without additional effort.
- The chin strap should be comfortable and soft.
- You can ride without a hat in a helmet. If you ride in a hat, then it should not contain elements that could interfere with the tight fit of the helmet to the head (for example, pompoms).
- The helmet should be cleaned with a warm, mild soapy solution, followed by a rinse with clean water. All parts made of soft fabric should be dried at room temperature.
- The ski helmet must not be exposed to long-term exposure to UV rays. It is not advisable to leave it near heat sources.
- It is recommended to change the helmet every 2-3 years, as during operation, withstanding shocks, it wears out and over time its protective qualities decrease.
When choosing a helmet, we categorically do not recommend buying products of unknown brands or fakes for popular brands. A helmet may not play its main protective role, but in the event of a serious fall, a low-quality one will not protect you from injury.
Many manufacturers of good sports equipment produce fairly budget helmet models. For example, brands Axon, Blizzard, Elan, Campus, Scott. The cheapest helmet of these brands will be better than the Chinese noname. Remember, safety is not something to skimp on! If you like to ride slowly on the rolled slopes, then a simple and inexpensive helmet will be enough. It is worth paying attention to fasteners and fasteners — they tend to break in the cheapest models.
For fans of downhill skiing and just experienced skiers, Alpina, Bolle, Carrera, DC, Fischer, Giro, Head, Julbo, Uvex helmets are the right choice. These are the legendary brands of equipment for skiers and snowboarders. Each model of such helmets goes through all stages of development and testing by professional athletes. There is no doubt about the quality of this product. For fans of branded items, the bright and noticeable design of some helmets is especially pleasing to the eye. Such helmets are more expensive than the products of the first and second groups, but they fully justify their cost.