A few years ago, seeing a skiing helmet on the pistes was a rare sight. They were obviously being made and you could buy them relatively easily, but most people just chose not to wear one.
On the lead up to this year’s ski season, however, we’ve seen a huge amount of talk around helmets. It seems that people are starting to understand that they can do a lot to reduce the risk of any major injury (that is, should you be one of the rare unlucky ones to be involved in an accident when you’re out skiing).
So although ski helmets themselves aren’t particularly new, the idea of buying one (and wearing it regularly) is and to help ensure you get the best helmet possible, we’ve compiled a quick checklist of three simple things you need to always keep in mind.
No matter how expensive the helmet is or how safe it’s supposed to be, if it doesn’t fit right, there’s a good chance it’s going to offer little in the way of protection.
Just like a bike helmet, a skiing helmet shouldn’t be seen as something that you wear, but something that forms part of your head. It needs to feel snug, move in exactly the same direction your head does and have very, very little in the way of movement on its own – everyone’s head shape is different so it’s almost impossible to have a helmet that fits perfectly, but anything more than absolute minimal movement needs seeing to.
You could easily be skiing for six, seven or eight hours a day right throughout your entire skiing holiday. You’ll have spent money on buying the right clothes to ensure you’re comfortable and warm, but also cool enough when you need to be – and you need to think of exactly the same points when you’re buying a helmet.
Fit obviously needs to come first, but if the helmet offers very little ventilation, your head is simply going to get too hot and sweaty to make wearing it regularly a possibility. The problem is, as soon as you don’t want to wear it for a while so your head can cool down, you’re going to find you want to wear it less and less in general.
3. The little things
A skiing helmet is likely to become just as important to your skiing holiday as your skis and chalet. Their popularity may only be starting to increase, but it’s widely expected that most people will soon consider wearing a skiing helmet a necessity.
So as this is the case, it’s important you look at the little things when you’re buying one. Take your current goggles as an example – will they still fit when you’ve got your helmet on? What about where they’ll go when you want to take them off? Will they just slide off your helmet or will they sit comfortably on top?
You might think something like this is only a minor point, but if you buy a helmet and your goggles don’t fit right, you’re either going to have an uncomfortable skiing experience or will have to pay out for new goggles, two scenarios that are from ideal.
It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, how experienced of a skier you may be or which skiing resort you’re visiting, safety of both yourself and those around you must come first above everything else – and a skiing helmet is fast being seen as one of the most important pieces of safety equipment any skier can own.