Ski Helmet Guide
A comfortable and secure helmet is one of the most crucial components of a successful and enjoyable trip. As experts in the field, we can guide you through the options and find the perfect lid for your style, ability and requirements.
Finding the right helmet for your specific needs is crucial when it comes to comfort and safety. Read on to discover the tech behind the 3 key helmet construction methods.
Hardshell helmets feature a ABS shell bonded to an EPS inner liner
ABS Hardshell is the classic ski helmet construction method. The durable and ding resistant ABS plastic shell is glued to an energy absorbing EPS (expanded polystyrene) inner liner which provides a robust and long-lasting solution to head protection. ABS Hardshell helmets offer exceptional value for money and are ideal for first timers.
A tough polycarbonate shell which is injection moulded with an EPS liner
A modern construction method that offers a lightweight feel with excellent ventilation. The tough plastic outer shell is moulded to an EPS liner for a low-profile look. In Mould helmets often feature better ventilation because of the thinner profile and combined shell and liner construction method.
Hybrid helmets combine In Mould and Hardshell in key points across the lid
Hybrid shells provide the best protection possible with a great balance of weight and durability thanks to the combination of both In Mould and ABS Hardshell construction. In Mould and Hardshell is strategically placed on different parts of the helmet to offer ultimate protection against impacts while providing excellent ventilation and maintaining a lightweight feel.
A safety feature integrated into the helmet, Mips focuses on safety for helmets, so you can focus on your sport.
Mips, an industry leading patented brain protection system, helps protect your head against impact that can come from any direction. A low-friction Mips layer enables a relative motion between the head and the helmet, adding more protection against rotational motion to the brain caused by angled contact.
Falling at an angle creates rotational motion to which our brains are very sensitive. In an angled impact often experienced in sports, these forces can cause tearing injuries to brain tissue. Mips can reduce the rotational motion and therefore reduce the risk of brain damage.
Style, tech and design features are a massive aspect of choosing the right helmet for you. Here’s what to look out for across our collection.
A well vented helmet can be the difference between a good and bad day on the mountain. Helmet ventilation can either be passive or active.
Passive Ventilation features strategically placed vents across the helmet shell and in the brim of the lid to promote airflow, these channels exhaust hot air efficiently to keep you cool.
Active Ventilation features a slider on the helmet which gives ultimate control over temperature regulation. Open the vents to cool down on a warm bluebird day and close them up when the clouds roll in on a whiteout day.
Top-end helmets often feature premium dial-actuated fitting systems to fine-tune your fit & comfort for ultimate security. BOA is the market-leading dial fit system and is found across our collection from various brands.
BOA – Helmets that don’t have a dial system will feature some sort of adjustment. You’ll find removable fit pads, elastic, or Velcro fit systems on most helmets without dials. These offer simplicity, versatility, comfort and security.
Found on premium lids, FIDLOCK buckles are the future of opening and closing helmet straps. The magnetic FIDLOCK buckle securely fastens the helmet strap instantly without the need for securing a clip. The buckle can be closed or opened one handed, when wearing gloves and won’t pinch your skin like a traditional clip.
Peaks on ski helmets have been a key style for years now. It is mostly a cosmetic design feature but will also help to keep the sun & snow out of your face and provides goggle compatibility so you can avoid the dreaded gap between your lid and goggles!
Every helmet will feature some form of goggle clip. Whether it be a removable plastic clip or a premium elastic design, they all help to keep your goggles secure and comfortable.
Removable Liner & Earpads
The ear pads and inner liners can be removed on most helmets which allows for easier cleaning and lets you run your helmet over your goggles for the ultimate rad look on the slopes.
Most helmets now feature pockets in the earpads to allow for compatibility with a range of helmet audio systems. Depending on the model, zipped or Velcro pockets can be opened to simply drop the audio chips into the helmet to allow you to listen to tunes or communicate with your mates on the slopes.
Helmets with integrated visors have been hugely popular in recent years as it offers an all-in-one protection package that is clutter free and easy! We stock a range of visor helmets for both adults and kids and love the new styles that are on the shelves this season.
Finding the perfect fit for your helmet is about the most important thing to consider before you hit the slopes. If the fit is wrong then it may not perform properly in the event of an impact.
Measure your head
To find the correct size, simply wrap a fabric tape measure around your head, slightly above your eyebrows and above your ears. Measure your head circumference in centimetres. Don’t have a tape measure? Use a piece of string and measure that against a ruler!
Try it on
Once you have your size, pick a helmet based on the fitting guide and try it on. The helmet should be firm and snug on your head and the front of the helmet should be just above your eyebrows. Tighten the chin strap and try to gently roll the helmet.
The roll test
Gently roll the helmet from side to side and forward to back. The helmet should stay in place and not drastically move around. If the skin on your forehead moves with the helmet, you’ve got a good fit.
The goggle test
Making sure your helmet fits with your goggles is vital. Most helmets and goggles are designed together to ensure a perfect fit but try them on together make sure there’s no big gaps and the goggles aren’t pushed down onto your nose.
Everything we sell will meet either the US ASTM F2040 or the European EN 1077 safety standards. This is a minimum standard, and most helmets will be far tougher! Select helmets also meet CE EN 1078/CPSC standards which are all-season certified and ready to be worn for skiing and cycling.