Tips for ski helmets

07/12/2011

Fun and safety on the ski run go hand in hand. For instance you have to be on the slope with individually adjusted skis and you shouldn’t overestimate yourself as regards the choice of the pistes. Moreover you should protect also your head – just as many other skiers do.

Whether young or old, carving skiers or freestylers, thanks to the compulsory wearing of a helmet for kids (in Austria and Italy) and rising awareness of adults many people already practice their favorite winter sport wearing a helmet. And it is a good decision, because in this way falls and accidents normally pass with less serious consequences.

Provided that the helmet fits well. When you buy a new helmet, you should pay attention to some details. In any case you should make time and try on several models of different labels.

  • Fit and size: It is clear that everybody has to try on his personal helmet. In order to find the right size, you shouldn’t close the chin-strap and turn and shake your head a little. The helmet should neither slip nor be too tight. Moreover you should check if you can hear everything when you wear the helmet.
  • Chin-strap: The chin-strap guarantees that the helmet protects the head in case of a fall. Nevertheless under tension it has to come out easily. Besides you shouldn’t have difficulties to open and close it with gloves.
  • Combination with ski goggles: The helmet has to have a fixing for ski goggles, so that they fit well, don’t are too tight and they can’t slip or even fall off. The field of view mustn’t be limited by the helmet or the ski goggles. It would be best if you would take your own ski goggles, when you buy a helmet or you acquire both together.
  • Ventilating: Last but not least for optimal comfort a helmet needs a good ventilating. Adjustable openings normally are better than inlays, pads or something similar.