Buying a skihelmet

Tips to make your purchase of a ski helmet a success

Ski helmets are nowadays 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 to save your life. Ski helmets are specifically designed to deal with the cold in the mountains, function together with ski goggles and protect you in critical situations. The step-by-step plan below goes through the steps you need to take to choose the right ski helmet that perfectly matches your head and riding 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. If you measure a circumference of 58cm, you are eligible for a 58cm ski helmet or a medium (57-59 cm). This depends on the type of ski helmet, because size tables may differ between brands. If you are not in possession of a flexible tape measure, you can also measure the circumference by means of a string. For each helmet, a size chart is provided. This is your reference when ordering.

Step 2: Pass the ski helmet

Only the ski helmet when you get it inside. The ski helmet should sit comfortably and fit well around your head, so that it does not move. You don't want to have too much space between the ski helmet and your head and the ski helmet shouldn't cause pain points.

Stap 3: Shake test met de skihelm

Zet de skihelm op en schud je hoofd, als de skihelm vanzelf beweegt of afzonderlijk van je hoofd dan is hij te groot. Beweeg de skihelm vervolgens met je handen van links naar rechts en als je hoofd in de helm draait is die ook te groot. De helm moet stevig, maar niet te strak om je hoofd passen.

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 from left to right with your hands and when you turn your head in the helmet it is too big. The helmet should be firm, but not too tight to fit your head.

Ski helmet with Boa system
There are many different types of fit systems for ski helmets one of them is the adjustable Boa system. The round knob on the back of the helmet allows you to adjust the size of the helmet to fit perfectly. The advantage of this system is that you don't have to take the helmet off to adjust it.

Ski helmets with in-form fit system
This system is similar to the Boa system. You can adjust the ski helmet by means of a rotary knob. However, with this system you can also adjust the ski helmet vertically. This system also has the advantage that the ski helmet does not need 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 becomes too small, this ensures that the kids can fit the helmet again. The disadvantage of this system is that you have to turn off the ski helmet to be able to adjust it.

In-mold ski helmet
The in-mold construction consists of a thin and hard plastic shell formed to absorb an EPS foam layer to absorb shock. This construction ensures less reflection during a collision, because it will collapse under the hard impact. A big advantage of this construction is its weight, the ski helmets are extremely lightweight.

Hard Shell Shell ABS ski helmet
Ski helmets with a hard shell ABS construction provide the best protection against impact and penetration of sharp objects. The hard exterior and the soft foam layer absorb most shocks. Hard shell provides more protection than In mold helmets. They are usually slightly heavier than a molded ski helmet.

Helmet with MIPS System
Stands Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This system has a shell in shell so that when the helmet is moved on an object, the inner shell keeps moving.
This extra layer ensures that in case of an impact, between head and helmet, a delay occurs. This low-friction layer inside the helmet causes the helmet to rotate relative to the head. This significantly reduces brain damage.



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