Tips On Buying The Right Helmet For Skiing

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A ski helmet is one of the most important items you could need when you go skiing; actually, for safety reasons, it is the most important!

If you forget to take anything with you on your France ski holiday, make sure it isn’t your ski helmet.

They are specifically created to protect you when you fall, hit hard ice / rocks, as well as obstacles such as other skiers or trees.  Simply, from what we have said so far, we hope you can already see why you MUST wear a ski helmet at all times.

As well as the protective factor of a helmet, the modern ones are also lightweight and keep your head warm at the same time.  Think of them as being like a Cadbury’s Creme Egg – hard on the outside but soft on the inside!

The hard outer takes all the force if you happen to bang your head, whilst the soft foam inner will cushion your head and help to protect it.  The inner is usually created from foam cushioning, such as polystyrene, which is designed to take impacts.

There are two main types of ski helmet – In-mold and Injection-mold – and we will tell you about them now.

In-mold

In-mold helmets are ski helmets that are made in a one mold process for a tough, almost unbreakable design.  Just like in a shoe where the compartments are molded together, in-mold helmets have a secure fit where the outer shell and inner foam are built as one component.

In mold helmets are the lightest style of ski helmets but can be less durable than injection-mold styles.

Injection-mold

Injection-molded helmets are built with the foam attaching to a plastic shell.  These have the benefits as in-mold of EPS foam, whilst the plastic shell offers plenty of protection from multiple knocks.

Injection molded helmets are durable in comparison to in-mold helmets as they can withstand multiple hits.

In regards to getting a helmet that fits your head, follow what we say here and you shouldn’t go wrong:

A ski helmet should be perfectly aligned on your head and should not be wonky or able to move when nudged.

The best way to achieve this is to get the right measurement and size for your head, using the adjustable straps to make sure it sits directly on your head with rocking or wobbling; now look up and down and check it stays put.

The helmet should start where the top of your goggles end so there is no skin showing in-between, without pressing down on the goggles.

Check that the chinstrap is also snug, but that you can still move your mouth open and shut with ease.  Finally, move the fastening so you get the most appropriate fit.