Wearing a helmet is becoming increasingly popular and for good reason. With big names such as Kevin Pearce, Sarah Burke and Michael Schumacher all raising awareness for the importance of wearing a helmet after suffering severe brain injuries. Don’t skimp out, get yourself a helmet, and here’s the guide to do it.
Any helmet bought from a reputable shop will be certified as giving you a required standard of safety. Helmets designed for snowboarding are one hit only, this means that if you sustain a significant fall or notice any dents/cracks in the helmet then you should replace it immediately. Inspect your helmet regularly for damage.
It is recommended that you should also replace your helmet every 5 years.
Getting the right fit
A helmet should fit snug on your head to provide maximum protection in a fall. You should ideally go to a shop and try a load on.
You are looking for a helmet that fits from just above your eyebrows and that fits comfortably above your ears down to below your skull at the back. it also should fit well enough that it does not fall off if you tilt your head upside down even with the chin strap undone. This means that you can have a slightly loose chinstrap so that you do not restrict breathing,talking and drinking. The better the fit of your helmet the better it will protect you.
Custom fit helmets are get for achieving a perfect fit, they use some sort of system like boa or a dial to adjust the size of your helmet easily and quickly.
Measure your head using a flexible tape measure or length of string. You are looking to measure from just above the eyebrows all the way round. All Helmet manufacturers size their helmets in centimetres(cm), use their sizing guide to find the correct size.
So once you have found a few helmets the right size then you can chose between their style and features to get your perfect helmet. Here are some features to look out for.
Does it fit your goggles? Weather you have your goggles on the inside or outside of your helmet you should have a look to see if it fits well with your goggles. You want your helmet and goggles to match up nicely and avoid ‘punter gap’.
Ventilation – Ventilation is always a good idea in a helmet to avoid a very sweaty head, I think that the more vents the better but if you think you might get a cold head then get less or Adjustable Vents.
Audi0 – More and more helmets are coming with little speakers in the ear muffs that you can connect you phone or ipod to. A good feature if you want it, personally I prefer riding with a headphone in as it’s normally better sound.