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Ski Helmets: reduce your risk of injury with a good quality ski helmet
A ski helmet is one piece of ski protective gear that simply reduces injury frequency and severity, and is always our very first recommendation for people wanting to be safer on the mountain. More specifically, head injuries account for an estimated 10-15% of all ski injuries. However, this recent study
concluded that general head injury can be reduced by up to 35% by using a ski helmet. The head injury risk reduction rose to 59% for children under 13
! There's a ton of emotionally charged arguments for and against compulsory helmet use, but at the end of the day, the facts are pretty overwhelming. Wearing a ski helmet reduces your chance of sustaining a head injury, and also reduces the severity of a head injury in the event of a crash.
Eight good reasons to wear a ski helmet this season
- Once the snow has been packed down from multiple runs, it's icy. Your head hitting ice unprotected = likely significant head injury
- Even when you fall in pow, there can be a rock or log just below the surface
- Ski helmets not only protect your head, they also help keep you warm
- Ski helmets come with their own venting systems allowing you to easily adjust your dome temp
- A ski helmet will keep your spouse or your mom from nagging you so much
- Many ski helmets are audio equipped, so you can listen to your favorite music while you ride the chairlift
- Modern ski helmets are super light weight, have excellent venting and fit well using adjustable fit systems
- With all of the great-looking ski helmets available, you're sure to find one that's just right for you
How do I choose the right ski helmet?
With the huge array of ski helmets on the market, it can be difficult to find the right one for you and your needs. First off, not all ski helmets offer the same degree of protection. Depending on the type of skiing you do, you may not need maximum protection. For example, a recreational skier probably doesn't need a ski helmet designed for alpine racing
. Ski racing helmets often come with a carbon fiber shell and have hard shell coverage over your ears instead of softer ear flaps. However, by design these helmets also have little or no venting, which means you probably wouldn't want to wear it on warmer days or late season skiing.
Some basic ski helmet design features you may want to consider before choosing a helmet include:
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- Venting - Are you one of those people with an internal furnace that's always on "High?" Are you a freeze baby? You know your own body. Look at the number of vents and venting system on your potential ski helmet to find the right match for you.
- Shell Design - Do you need a full shell or a short shell? A full-shell ski helmet gives you hard-shell protection down to your ears for additional coverage and is recommended if you're ski racing. A short shell ski helmet does not cover your ears; many skiers feel that a short shell ski helmet feels less constricting than a full-shell ski helmet. However, a short shell ski offers more than sufficient protection for the majority of recreational skiers.
- Brim, or no brim? A ski helmet with a brim isn't just a style choice, a brim can help shield your eyes from the sun and adds a bit more of a barrier to keep snow and ice out off your face.
- Goggle Integration - Do you already have a pair of ski goggles that you love? Do you want a ski helmet that is designed to fit seamlessly with a certain make of ski goggles? Nearly all ski helmet brands have designs intended to work together with specific goggles (Giro, Anon, and Smith as examples)
- Audio compatibility - Do you want to listen to music on the lift? Some ski helmets are audio compatible, meaning that you can purchase a set of audio drops that insert into the ski helmet ear pads and then plug into your phone or music player.
- Don't Buy Used - Like a bicycle helmet or a skateboard helmet, a ski helmet should be discarded after a major crash or impact, even if the helmet appears to be undamaged. For this reason, we strongly advise against buying used helmets because it isn't always possible to know the ski helmet's history.
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Do you have questions about which ski helmet is right for you?
Maybe you're looking for a kid's ski helmet or a women's ski helmet. Maybe you're a downhill racer, a slalom skier, a free rider, or a more traditional big slope skier. We offer ski helmets designed specifically for each discipline. Call or email us
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