CHOOSING THE RIGHT HELMET
A welcome trend of common sense and safety on the hill, combined with a more diverse offering and more comfortable, breathable and better fitting styles, has more snowboarders wearing protective helmets than ever before!
There are a lot of cool ski and snowboard helmets on the market right now, but before you buy it's important to know how to find the right one for you. Many companies make high-quality, great-looking helmets. Prices start at about $60 for children's helmets and can often reach $160 or more for one with all the bells and whistles like change-out audio earpieces, liners and sophisticated airflow systems. But before you drop a dollar on fashion, make sure you've investigated its protective function, and make sure you've got one that fits you perfectly.
Try before you buy
Do your best to try on a variety of helmets before deciding which one is for you. The same goes for when you're buying one for your significant other, your children, or anyone else. Everyone's head is shaped differently, and some brands and models will fit your melon better than others! If you don't live near a mountain, it might be worth waiting until you get there to buy your newest headgear. Unlike hats, they don't get wet or icy and you'll be surprised by how warm and comfortable the right helmet can be.
Like your boots, a helmet should fit as if it were customized for you. You can start by measuring the circumference of your head to find your standard helmet size in centimeters. If you're in between sizes, there are adjusters in most helmets to tweak it to perfection. Make sure that the one you purchase fits snugly but isn't so tight that it's going to give you a headache. It should sit just over your eyebrows to protect your forehead - it shouldn't ride too high up on your head. Make sure to try it on with your goggles to ensure the ensemble works well together. A gap between your goggles and helmet could leave you with a frozen forehead on the mountain.
PROTECTION, NOT INVINCIBILITY
While a helmet decreases the risk of head injury, it can't save you from all of them. In fact, some researchers believe that helmets may cause more harm than good because they offer a false sense of security. When it comes down to it, both research and common sense say that you're much better off with one than without one. You've heard both good and bad stories of winter athletes who have survived injuries because their helmet was on, or those who might have survived had they been wearing one.
To ensure that the helmet has been tested to provide adequate protection, look for the SNELL RS-98 or ASTM F2040 sticker on the inside of the helmet.
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Content courtesy of SnowSports Industries America | SIA and Snowlink.com.