Ski Helmet Selection Guide
Helmets require close scrutiny as an integral part of any skiers/boarders safety kit.
Please see a brief summary below of how to review your existing helmet and what to look out for when purchasing a new one.
You own a helmet:
Take a moment to reflect on last years ski season. How did the helmet fair?
Was it involved in any impacts?
Whether it rolled off the table at lunch, you dropped it in the bar or you hit a tree, all the bumps add up to fatigue in the structural integrity of the helmet.
Any impact on the shell should be reason enough to consider a replacement.
Visible scratches and dents are good reminders but not all the damage will be visible.
How are the liners fairing, wearing it for a season can crush the padding so check it is all in good order and ready to keep that helmet snugly attached to your head.
Thinking of getting one:
Shape is the most important thing here.
If it is the right shape, it will be a comfortable fit.
A comfortable fit will enhance the chances of a safe fit.
Some pointers below:
- The helmet should sit right down on the top of your head. It needs to make contact !
- It also needs to be a firm fit. Shake your head, does the helmet wobble in any plane?
- Firm does not mean tight ! Any tight spots may add up to a head ache. Remember you will be wearing it for anything up to 6 hours a day.
- Try looking in the mirror, without pushing the helmet down on your head, can you move your eyebrows by moving the helmet? If yes, the helmet has a good all over connection to your head
- It is important that there are no voids which may allow your head to impact the helmet internally in a crash.
It is worth remembering that different brands have different shapes so don’t get disheartened if the shape doesn’t work.
There are plenty of brands out there.
Once you know which shape works, it’s time to delve into that shape to find the colour that best suits your jacket!