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Choosing the Right Ski Helmet
Your ski helmet is the first piece of equipment you should focus on.
A ski helmet's fit and quality can be lifesaving and it’s important to wear one every time you ride, especially in active, fast paced sports like skiing. It’s vital to choose the right skiing helmet for you.
There are so many options when it comes to selecting a ski helmet, it’s important to make sure you’re educated and aware. The fit, style, price, certification, and construction all play a role in the final choice you’ll be making.
Choosing the right ski helmet for the right type of skiing you'll be doing.
Recreational/All Mountain Skiing Helmets
A standard three-quarter shell ski helmet is the most common choice.
Race/Vert/boardercross Ski Helmets
- Protects the top, sides and back of the head.
- EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam protective liner, condenses, breaks, cracks or fractures when sustaining one moderate to heavy impact.
- Shell is generally made of ABS plastic, polycarbonate plastic, fiberglass composite or carbon fiber.
For riding at high speeds or serious vert consider a fullface skiing helmet.
- For more extensive protection in a ski helmet there is the fullface option, which include a chin bar to protect your face and a visor to shield your eyes from the sun and branches.
- Fullface helmets incorporate EPS foam liners which condenses, breaks, cracks or fractures when sustaining one moderate to heavy impact.
- Fullface helmets usually have a thin hard exterior shell that can be made of polycarbonate plastic, fiberglass composite or carbon fiber.
Ski Helmet Safety Certifications
All snow helmets, including ski helmets must meet specific requirements from ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and CEN (European Committee for Standardization). These cover all of the ski helmet safety certifications.
Come see AllSportProtection's variety of ski helmets.
The ski helmets meet the safety requirements of:
See our snow helmet safety certification page for the best information on ASTM and CEN safety certifications for ski helmets.
Proper Fit of a Ski Helmet
For a ski helmet to have any effect at all in protecting you from a serious head injury they must fit properly. A proper fit for a ski helmet is ensured by first selecting the right size of helmet, too loose and, no matter how tight the chin strap on your ski helmet is, it will still leave room for injury if it's not centered properly on your head. Too small of a ski helmet won't give you the proper amount of coverage.
Measuring the size of your head
To measure your head properly you will need to first check out the AllSportProtection Advice Center sizing guide for ski helmets.
How a Ski is Supposed to Fit
How a ski helmet rests on your head is imperative to a ski helmets performance. Proper ski helmet fit means proper head coverage, meaning that the front of the ski helmet should sit down onto your forehead just above the eyebrows. There should be room to fit a pair of ski goggles or sunglasses, about a half inch between the sides of the helmet and your head.
Ski helmets are sold with varying outer shell sizes and accommodate riders with removable and interchangeable padding and liners. Ski helmets come with a sizing guide that explains the relationship to the actual head size, usually in centimeters and the corresponding helmets size (small, medium, large, extra large, etc.
How Does the Ski Helmet Feel to You?
Different ski helmet manufacturers make their helmets differently, what's important, in the long run, is how the ski helmet feels to you. It's your head, you tell me what you like or dislike and our knowledgeable reps will accommodate you accordingly. If you purchase a helmet that is the right size and there is still a little too much room, that is less of a problem since you can add extra padding or a liner. If the helmet feels too tight in any area it's too small and you need to get a larger size of ski helmet or a different brand of ski helmet in the same size to get a better fit.
Ski Helmet Pricing
Since ski helmets are now becoming a staple for many riders companies like Giro, POC, Bern Unlimited and Pro Tec have begun to improve the performance and quality, fit and style of the helmets they make to appeal to such a large and growing audience. The goal is to create the best skiing helmets, to make them super protective and fit your needs on the slopes as well as your individual style. So... what's the difference between the $40 Demon Tracker Helmet and the $200 POC Receptor+ Helmet? They both offer the same amount of protection, it is important to note that all of the ski helmets at AllSportProtection are ASTM F2040 & CE EN 1077 approved for snow use and all offer the same top-rated protection.
When it comes to snowboard helmets you do get what you pay for. Prices are based on the individual helmet's features:
Most Expensive Ski Helmets
- Construction of helmet
- Number of vents
- Venting type
- Fit system
- Liner interior
These ski helmets have many different features and the most advanced technology to make them easier to use.
More Expensive Ski Helmets
- In-mold Helmet Construction: The process of molding the helmets hard outer shell with the impact absorbing EPS middle layer. The injected layer is permanently fused to the outer shell and allows for more venting capabilities and makes the helmet much lighter.
- The Most Venting: With the in-mold construction there are many more options for vent placement since the outer and inner shells match up exactly.
- Vent Control: A small switch near the brim, base or top of these helmets controls the vents and can be flipped completely closed in the cold or open when it is warm.
- Fit System: With removable padding along the interior you can get a custom fit and an adjustable dial in the back can further tweak the helmet for the perfect fit.
- Interior Liner: Tech savvy interior liners that fend off odor and mildew and are completely breathable with sweat wicking capabilities. Anti-microbial liners, enhanced with silver Hydrofoil nylon fibers regulate heat and odor automatically.
These offer the same features as the most expensive helmets except for slight alterations to the liner.
Standard Ski Helmets
- Interior Liner: Standard foam liners are removable and washable and provide a comfortable fit. They don't fight the heat or sweat like more advanced liners.
These skiing helmets still offer the light weight in-mold construction and a similar number of vents but use the standard liner and vent plugs to control temperature.
Least Expensive Ski Helmets
- Vent Control: Instead of a switch you can flip to regulate temperature, with these helmets you have to take the helmet on and off and add or remove vent covers.
- Fit System: There is either the option for a customized fit or you can add or remove padding to create the perfect fit.
For just a helmet to do its job, protect your head and not much else? These helmets are perfect for beginner skiers, great protection and styling for the least amount of money.
- Hard Shell Helmet Construction: These helmets use already formed outer shells and attache pre-molded impact absorbing EPS liners.
- Channel Vents:Less venting but in the most important places, which suck fresh air in and push out sweaty stale air. Sometimes these vents are covered with mesh to keep air channeling in and snow out.
- Fit System: These helmets come with removable pads so you can gauge the thickness needed to have the most comfort required.
Need help with AllSportProtection's top-rated selection of skiing protective gear?
Call and chat with one of our service pros at 800-766-7269. They can help you figure out which piece of skiing protective gear will suit you best.
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