Ski Helmets

At RxSport we take your snow safety seriously. Once the preserve of geeks and speed freaks, ski helmets are now an essential piece of equipment for skiers and snowboarders of all skill levels. As a result, helmet designs have developed so that your lid makes as much of a statement as the decal on the bottom of your snowboard or ski.

As well as becoming a vital part of your mountain wardrobe, helmets more importantly serve a vital role in your armoury. This is why we only supply helmets by the top manufacturers including Giro, Bolle and Anon, who develop their helmets through painstaking R&D, rider feedback and a wealth of industry experience.

View snowboard and ski helmets from the world's leading brands, such as Sweet, Smith, Bern, Oakley and Roxy. For more information and advice on ski helmets please see our snow helmet Guide. You can also dive into the full range of product and search by filters on our All Ski Helmets page.

Shopping for your first ski helmet, or looking to replace a trusty (but tired) lid? Whatever you're after, our selection of helmets is geared towards serving every demand whatever your age, style or gender. You might be overwhelmed by the choice, which is why we'll give you a run-through on the basics right here!

Ski Helmets - Reaons To Wear A Helmet

Why Wear A Ski Helmet?

More and more people treat snow helmets as an essential part of their mountain kit - and with good reason. Helmets are safer and more stylish than ever! However, if you're still to be convinced to make the jump to wearing a helmet and find yourself asking "Why bother?" then consider these arguments.

To Stay Safe

Excuse the pun, but this should be a no-brainer! Among hospital visits for snowsports in the EU, it's been shown that half as many helmet-wearers are treated for concussion as those that wear no head protection. The ski helmet is a critical line of defence against an impact to the head, and is packed to the brim with technology to keep you safe.

To Beat The Statistics

An intermediate skier will travel at an average speed of 19-27mph. This makes injuries on the mountain something of an inevitability. 65.8% of skiers and boarders have had an injury while on the snow. Another survey shows that around 14% of injuries that do occur on the snow afflict the head. Give yourself the best chance of staying healthy by rocking that lid!

To Fit In

This shouldn't be your primary motivation, but don't blame us if you're endlessly chided by your lid-wearing friends for going sans-casque ! In the USA ski helmet use has increased year-on-year for over a decade. In the winter of 2002/03, just 25% of people were wearing helmets, by the 2015/16 season this number had increased to 80%. Don't be the odd one out!

To Look The Part

Ski helmets have come on a long way since the early days, and still break boundaries not only in safety tech but also fresh fashion! Whether you prefer park rat skate style or a sleek slalom shape, there is a helmet that caters to your tastes. Today's helmets also pair up excellently with ski goggles, so why ride without one? You'll look great!

Ski Helmets - Construction Technology

The Build: Helmet Construction

The construction of your helmet determines just about everything that follows: how it will fit, how much it will weigh and how it will protect from any impact. There are a few popular construction methods for ski helmets and we'll break them down for you here.

B-20.3 Polycarbonate Lenses

Hardshell (ABS Shell)

These designs may go by several other names but they follow the same principle. These are the rough and tough lids of the helmet world. An ABS exterior is fused to an inner EPS liner creating a design capable of withstanding multiple smaller impacts without the immediate need to replace your helmet. Due to the materials used, these helmets come in at a higher weight and have limited ventilation capacity.

Carbo-Glas Coating

In-Mold (Polycarbonate Shell)

These helmets use an injection-moulded Polycarbonate shell which is formed seamlessly around the EPS liner, removing the need for any further bonding. The result is a lighter helmet with more ventilation than a Hardshell design. The drawback is In-Mold designs are only good for a single impact (though they will protect in that one impact excellently). If you end up taking a knock wearing one of these, you absolutely must get a replacement!

B88 Nylon Frames

Hybrid (ABS & Polycarbonate Shells)

Hybrid designs take the best of both worlds and integrate them into a single helmet design that is weight-optimised, well ventilated and exceptionally protective. The upper part of the helmet will use an ABS shell to give the toughest protection where the head is most vulnerable. In the lower areas where protection is still needed but less critical, a Polycarbonate shell is used to trim down on weight.

Beneath the shell of your helmet you'll find an interior made from expanded polystyrene (EPS). This is normally called the liner. EPS absorbs the majority of impact energy by compressing to soften the blow for the head.

EPS is only good for a single impact. After absorbing a single impact, the liner will not decompress and loses its ability to protect the head. Some helmets use expanded polypropylene (EPP) which offers a degree of reusability.

Traditionally EPS formed a level surface which sat flush against the head. In recent years more advanced technologies are being utilised to enhance impact protection, especially to mitigate against rotational (oblique) impact. These are examples of the most popular technologies pervading the industry right now.

B-20.3 Polycarbonate Lenses

Modular EPS Blocks (EPS 4D)

Pioneered by Salomon, EPS 4D cuts away unnecessary areas of liner. The resulting blocks of EPS resting against the head will slightly flex during the rotational stresses of impact to absorb kinetic energy and reduce violent forces exerted on the brain.

Carbo-Glas Coating

Low-Friction Membrane (MIPS)

MIPS is the most widespread of these technologies, used by brands including Giro, Anon and Oakley. A thin membrane is attached to the EPS which sits between the head and liner. This membrane gives an additional degree of flexibility and partly moves with the head to reduce violent forces.

B88 Nylon Frames

Flexible Shearing Pads (SPIN)

A new technology developed in-house by Swedish manufactuer POC, Shearing Pads Inside (SPIN) uses a series of pliable pads attached to the EPS liner in strategic locations which are designed to flex, absorbing rotational impact energy.

Ski Helmets - Keeping Comfortable

Ski Helmets: Keeping Comfortable

These days helmets offer much more than straightforward safety. When it comes to fitting and comfort, extensive furnishings serve to make your time on the slopes as pleasant as possible. We'll talk you through some of the key features available in today's designs.

Ski Helmets - Fitting Technology

Getting the right fit is really important if you want an enjoyable and safe time on the snow. This is easier than ever thanks to a raft of fitting technologies on the market providing customised comfort straight out of the box. The better your lid fits, the more effectively it will function as intended and protect you in impact. Here's some examples of the fitting technologies on offer across our range. Check the Fitting Guide tab to learn more about how to buy in the correct size.

Air Cushioning

Found in Salomon helmets, their Custom Air technology uses air cushioning to provide form-fitting comfort true to your head shape.

Grip-Actuated System

Sweet's Occigrip technology uses a two-way system that can be pinched to either tighten or loosen the helmet to personalise fit and comfort.

Dial-Actuated System

These systems are found in the majority of today's helmets, using patented technology by BOA. The principle is easy enough: left to loosen, right to tighten!

Ski Helmets - Ventilation Technology

Your body radiates a huge amount of heat through the head. Sticking a helmet over it then exerting yourself could quickly mean a hot, sticky and uncomfortable time! This is why it's important for your helmet has a good level of ventilation. There are a few key types of ventilation to keep an eye out for when shopping.

Carbo-Glas Coating

Passive Ventilation

Simple, but effective. Passive vents are always open, meaning air naturally travels through the helmet from front to back when you're on the move.

Carbo-Glas Coating

Active Ventilation

Think of this as your personal air-con system! Normally controlled by a slider on top of the helmet, you have complete control over airflow by opening and closing vents.

Carbo-Glas Coating

Goggle Vents

Integrated into the helmet brim, these vents work together with goggle vents to keep air flowing away from the goggles to reduce the risk of lens fogging.

Ski Helmets - After-Market Accessories

The Finishing Touch: After-Market Accessories

So you've got the helmet, and your goggles, and you're good to go! Well, not quite. What's missing is the soundtrack to your holiday on the snow. It's easier than ever to rock out while you ski or board in a wide selection of helmets across all brands.

Music adds to the thrill of the mountain exeprience. For those needing their soundtrack fix or just wanting to stay connected to the world, Outdoor Tech have got you covered with their Chips audio accessories.

Ear pads right across our range are a perfect fit for Outdoor Tech's accessories. Just connect, drop them in and rock out or take phone calls when on the snow. Cast your eyes over the selection to learn more!

Ski Helmets - Audio Accessories

The most important consideration when purchasing a helmet is the fit. If a helmet doesn't fit correctly, it may not perform properly in the event of an accident. Follow these four steps to make sure you find the right helmet for you before you hit the powder!


Measure your head
Simply wrap a fabric tape measure around your head, just above the eyebrows to gain the circumference of your head. This measurement should be in centimetres, and in a nutshell (LOL!) this is your helmet size!


Try it on
While pulling outward on the straps place the front edge of the helmet just above your brow and roll the helmet onto your head from front to back. Try to position the helmet level above your eyebrows.


How does it feel?
With the chinstrap fastened, try to gently roll the helmet off your head in both a front-to-back and side-to-side direction. If the skin on the user's forehead moves as you roll the helmet, the user has a good fit.


The goggle test
Make sure your goggles are fitting properly while wearing the helmet. Look out for gaps between the helmet and goggles, and make sure the goggles are not being pushed down onto your nose.

KIDS - It may sound obvious, but get a helmet that fits! We hear a lot of parents telling us they want to buy a helmet that will last a few years. A helmet that is too loose is not going to be safe and can actually be dangerous. Kids' heads grow relatively slow so it is better to get one that fits today. Equally, more and more helmets have adjustable fit systems, so you should be able to get a few trips out of one lid. The only time you may want to go for a slightly larger one is if their head is right in-between sizes.