Tips to make your purchase of a ski helmet a success
Ski helmets are nowadays an indispensable part of the quiver of skiers and snowboarders. Ski helmets are not only warm and comfortable when skiing and snowboarding, but the main function of a ski helmet is of course to prevent head injuries or even save your life. Ski helmets are specific helmets designed to deal with the cold in the mountains, to function together with a ski goggles and to protect you in critical situations. The following step-by-step plan goes through the steps you need to take to choose the right ski helmet that perfectly matches your head and driving style.
Step 1: Measure your head circumference
Wrap a tape measure around your head (2 cm above the eyebrows and ears) and measure the circumference of your head. Suppose you measure a circumference of 58cm, then you are eligible for a 58 cm ski helmet or a medium (57-59 cm). This depends on the type of ski helmet, because size charts between brands can be different. If you are not in possession of a flexible measuring tape, you can also measure the circumference by means of a string. A size chart is described for each helmet. This is your reference when ordering.
Step 2: Adjust the ski helmet
Adjust the ski helmet if you have received it. The ski helmet must sit comfortably and fit around your head so that it does not move. You do not want too much space between the ski helmet and your head and the ski helmet should not cause pain.
Step 3: Shake test with the ski helmet
Put the ski helmet on and shake your head, if the ski helmet moves by itself or separately from your head it is too big. Then move the ski helmet with your hands from left to right and if your head is in the helmet it is too big. The helmet must fit firmly, but not too tightly around your head.
Ski helmet with Boa system
There are many different types of fit systems for ski helmets, one of which is the adjustable Boa system. By means of the round button on the back of the ski helmet you can adjust the ski helmet in size, so that it fits perfectly. The advantage of this system is that you do not have to remove the ski helmet to adjust it.
Ski helmets with the in-form fit system
This system is similar to the Boa system. You can adjust the ski helmet by means of a rotary knob. With this system you can also adjust the ski helmet vertically. This system also has the advantage that the ski helmet does not have to be adjusted to adjust it.
Ski helmets with a pad system
This system consists of removable pads that you can use to better connect the ski helmet to your head. This is a handy system for children, because you can remove the pads as soon as the ski helmet has become too small, this ensures that the children fit the helmet again. The disadvantage of this system is that you have to turn off the ski helmet to adjust it.
In-mold ski helmet
The in-mold construction consists of a thin and hard plastic shell that is formed around an EPS foam layer to absorb shocks. This construction provides less reflection during a collision, because it will collapse under the hard impact. A big advantage of this construction is the weight, the ski helmets are incredibly light.
Hard Shell ABS ski helmet
Ski helmets with a hardshell ABS construction provide the best protection against impact and penetration of sharp objects. The hard exterior and the soft foam layer absorb the most shocks. Hard shell offers more protection than In mold helmets. They are usually slightly heavier than a mold ski helmet.
Ski helmet with MIPS system
Stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This system has a "shell in shell" so that when the helmet moves on an object, the inner shell continues to move.
This extra layer ensures that there is a delay, as it were, with an impact, between the head and the helmet. This low-friction layer inside the helmet allows the helmet to rotate with respect to the head. This significantly reduces the damage to the brain.
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