Ski Helmet Buying Guide

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At Snow+Rock, we believe a well fitted ski helmet is a vital part of your ski equipment and should be worn every time you venture onto the mountain, whether on or off piste. What’s more, modern helmet’s not only look great, are lightweight but offer superb weather protection! We’ve put together a guide to help you decide on which helmet to buy, what to look out for and explain a few of the technologies found in ski and snowboard helmets.

Ski Helmet Sizing and Fit

A well fitted ski helmet is vital, poorly fitted helmet’s will be of little use in the event of a fall, and will be uncomfortable too.

To decide which size helmet you require, the best advice would be for you to call in at your local Snow+Rock store, where our expert staff can use specialist measuring apparatus assessing whether you have a round or oval head, the size you require and get you to try on a few different options. However, if you can’t make it into a store – measure the circumference of your head using a soft measuring tape positioned just above your eyebrows. If you don’t have a soft measuring tape, try using a piece of string and then measure the string. After you’ve got your size and ordered a helmet, try it on – the helmet needs to be snug, but not too tight. Next try moving the helmet around on your head – the helmet should not move independently from your head. Helmet fit may vary between brands, and some helmet’s come with adjustable fitting pads (like the Salomon Custom Air technology which has a pump allowing you to pump the padding up to the perfect level of comfort) so you’ll be able to get the perfect fit if your first selection doesn’t work out.

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If you’re buying a helmet for a child, apply the same method as above – It’s important to make sure you buy a kids ski helmet that fit’s them now, not with “room to grow”.
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Lightweight & breathable

Ski helmet’s have evolved massively since their introduction, with gains being made in all areas, We’ll talk about technology advances later in the guide, however it’s worth noting that today’s ski helmet is often very lightweight, meaning all day comfort just like wearing a hat!
Likewise, helmet brands have made great progress in the ventilation of helmets. Venting systems now disperse excess heat and are easy to open and close ensuring season long comfort in varying conditions.

Safety Standards

While much of the development has been the technology, lightweight, breathability and looks of helmets, at the core of all helmets is the safety. All helmets we range at Snow+Rock at meet Central European standard EN1077, with many far exceeding the minimum requirements set.

Technology – MIPS

MIPS – Multi-directional Impact Protection System is the latest innovation taking head protection to a new level. MIPS technology was developed in Sweden from 15 years of research and testing, centred on reducing head trauma during falls. Traditionally, helmets are tested against vertical impacts but this research found that in the majority of falls, the impacts sustained tended to be oblique, as we more often than not land at an angle during a fall. MIPS technology works in conjunction with already proven methods of head protection, adding a dynamic new level of safety into your kit.

MIPS Ski Helmet

Finite Finite Element model (LSDYNA) of the human head showing the maximum principal strain in the sagittal plane (Kleiven et al. 2003). Software: LSDYNA by courtesy of ERAB, Sweden.

During an oblique impact to the head, the brain has the ability to slide along a membrane within the skull, which helps to reduce the force of the impact it undergoes. It is, however, this rotation of the brain which can lead to severe damage. MIPS technology absorbs this rotational energy by mimicking the brain, allowing the shell of the helmet to rotate over the liner, by the addition of a third low-friction layer, giving substantially increased protection against oblique impacts.

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Helmet wellbeing

The recommended lifespan of a helmet stated by SNELL, ASTM and the EC is 3yrs from date of purchase, or 5yrs from manufacture. With average* use and without sustaining impacts. The useful life of the helmet can decrease or increase depending on how often it is used, and under what conditions the helmet is stored & transported. Along with all helmet manufactures, Snow + Rock recommends that if a helmet sustains any significant impact that it should be replaced immediately, even if a visual inspection does not reveal obvious external damage.

*The average UK skier spends 10 days per year skiing.

We would also recommend that you keep your helmet safe when not using by storing in a carry case, this will protect it from UV damage, the risk of daily damage and perhaps most likely, the risk of damage through transportation to and from the resort. Check out our range of helmet cases. >>

So you should now have a better idea of the ski helmet that’s right for you, why not check out the range we have available and get protected before you next head to the mountains.

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