With technology, design and features changing, on snow helmets every season, you might be realizing that your helmet is out of date when it comes to features and/or simply out of style.
How to Fit a Helmet
While graphics tend to be the first thing we gravitate toward, it’s the fit of a helmet that matters the most. Finding a helmet that not only fits snugly, but that is compatible with your goggles is a necessity for all riders.
Just like any other snow garment you’ll purchase, you have to try it on. Each brand and model fits a bit different, where you might be a small in one brand and a large in another, the important thing is that it fits comfortably snug.
Giro has five steps to getting dialed in your new snow helmet:
Step 1: Get sized
Measure the circumference of your head by wrapping the measuring tape around your head just above the ears level from front to back. Giro size chart:
Xtra Large= 62.5 - 65cm
Large = 59 – 62.5cm
Medium = 55.5 – 59cm
Small = 52 – 55.5cm
Universal Fit Adult = 54 – 61cm / 21.25 – 24in.
Universal Fit Women = 50 – 57cm / 19.75 – 22.5in.
Universal Fit Youth = 50 – 55cm / 19.75 – 21.75in.
Youth XS/S = (49-52 cm)
Youth M/L = (52-55.5 cm)
Infant = 47 – 52cm / 18.5 – 20.5in.
Once you have the correctly sized your helmet, put it on and check to make sure that it fits your head snugly, but also comfortably. The helmet should be positioned low enough in the front to protect the forehead without any type of goggle gap. Be aware of helmets that might push down on the goggles applying pressure to your nose.
Step 2: Adjust the fit and stabilizing system.
Most Giro helmets come with an adjustable fit and stabilizing system. These systems enhance the fit, stability and customization of the helmet. However, the fit system is not a replacement for the helmet’s straps and fit pads.
Step 3: Adjust the chinstrap and buckle
Fasten the chinstrap buckle and tighten the straps until the helmet fits snugly. How snugly? You should be able to open your mouth wide enough to take a bit out of an apple without feeling choked or pinched.
Make sure the chinstrap is back against the throat and not on the point of the chin.
Step 4: Adjust the interior pads
Adjust the fit of the helmet by moving the pads slightly, or by using any combination of the different thickness pads, that some Giro helmets come with.
Step 5: Check the Fit
Once you think you have the proper fit, twist the helmet left to right. If the helmet fits, the skin on the forehead will move as the helmet moves. If your forehead doesn’t move the helmet may be too loose. Adjust the fit system or try a different size.
Another test would be to roll the helmet forward and backward. If they can roll it off the head, it’s too big.
Features to Look For When Purchasing a Helmet
Depending on the type of riding you plan to do there are a handful of features that will increase your level of enjoyment on the hill.
Some days you will never dare to touch the vents but, when you are working up a sweat you will be happy to have this added feature. The Super Cool Vents by Giro, pull cool, fresh air into the helmet while pushing heat and stale air out. By maximizing efficiency and optimizing vent shapes, the collective cooling power of Super Cool vents helps to regulate your core temperature and keep you feeling fresh all day.
Whereas, Giro’s Thermostat ventilation control allows you to customize your airflow instantly with a simple, low profile control button on the outside of the helmet. No other system is faster or easier to adjust, and nothing is more effective at keeping you comfortable.
- Music Integration
Most of the Giro Helmets are compatible with Audio systems, which is nice when you want to listen to music while dropping in and finding your flow state.
- Adjustment Dials
Adjustment dials are the key to dialing in a secure and customized fit. Giro’s Roc Loc 5 fit system is a groundbreaking fit system providing unmatched comfort, stability, adjustability and weight savings. In addition to enhancing the fit and comfort of helmets, Roc Loc 5 allows you to easily custom tune the fit tension and tilt of the helmet in seconds using a single hand. And it’s almost 40% lighter than comparable systems too, making it the ultimate in skull-hugging luxury. Giro’s, In-Form Fit System makes it easy to dial in a custom fit in seconds, accommodating a variety of sizes.
- Removable Ear-Pieces
By removing the ear-pieces, your helmet will transition from winter to spring riding in no-time.
When to Replace a Helmet
We wear helmets to protect us when we catch an edge, are pushing the limits and just beginning. So when we do take a tumble, how do you know that the integrity of your main safety device hasn’t been compromised? While helmets are proven to be effective, no helmet can prevent all injuries. So we encourage riders to use care and good judgment whenever they ride. Follow the code. Since the liner is designed to compress in the event of an impact, a helmet should always be destroyed and replaced after any serious crash – even if it appears undamaged!
Even with good care, helmets don’t last forever. Crashes, drops, dings and normal wear and tear can all affect your helmet and be cause for replacement.
Damage: If the helmet is visibly damaged (cracked outer shell, crushed or cracked foam liner or any other damage) do not use it. Some or all of the helmet’s protective capacity is used up when impacted. Damage to a helmet is not always visible.
Normal wear and tear: We recommend replacing a helmet every three years.
The Importance of Selecting a Compatible Goggle
There is nothing worse than the infamous brain freeze, produced from an incompatible goggle and helmet. When selecting a helmet or goggle, it’s important to try on the two components together. If you already own a pair of goggles that you’re not ready to part with, bring them with you so you can try both on together. A well fitting helmet and goggle will also eliminate gapping, which will help prevent moisture from sneaking in which causes fogging.
Giro’s Stack Vent technology, which was developed based on research showing the majority of the warm air that can cause fogging exhausts from the center top vent of the goggle. Aligning the Stack Vent in the helmet with the center vent of your goggles helps to keep them clear and fog free while maintaining total helmet and goggle integration.
The lil’ rippers need just the same protection as the grown-up and like most habits it’s best to start young. With fun graphics a comfortable and secure fit, your little one will not only stay protected but will stay warm all day. Look for the same features in Youth Helmets that you would find in an adult helmet, venting, adjustable features and fit systems.