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How Do I Choose a Ski and Snowboard Helmet?

Yes, it's true - ski and snowboard helmets are cool. More and more skiers and snowboarders of all ages are wearing helmets, and we're glad to see it!

Skiing and snowboarding is fun, but no one wants to get hurt. Wearing a helmet can protect you from serious injury, and in some cases can even save your life.

We believe our customers should have what they need to make an informed choice when shopping for gear, so we've put together this simple guide to choosing a ski or snowboard helmet.

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Why should I wear a ski / snowboard helmet?
Helmets keep you safe, add performance, and keep you warm. Today's helmets come in a wide range of fun styles and colors, and some even let you plug in your ipod to tune out the slopes.  

What size should I buy?
Helmet sizing isn't complicated, but it's important to do it right. A well-fitting helmet will be comfortably snug, but not so tight that it gives you a headache.

The standard way to find your approximate size is to measure the circumference of your head. Wrap a measuring tape around head, just above eyebrows. Note your size at point of overlap. This is the number you need to determine your helmet size. 

Ok, So is it really that simple?
Well, sort of. It's very important to keep in mind that not all helmets fit the same. Head shape is a factor in your helmet selection as well. In most cases, your helmet will fit if you get the right size for your head measurement, but occasionally the shape of the helmet and the shape of your head don't work well together. In cases like this, you may have to try on a few different models to find the right one.

Trying it on
Put on the helmet and align the front rim above your eyebrows. With the chin strap fastened, the helmet should be snug and comfortable. Does it wiggle around a lot, or is it nice and snug? Pads should be flush against your cheeks and forehead. The back of your helmet should not touch the nape of your neck. Now put your goggles on. Does the helmet still sit correctly on your head,? When you put the helmet on, there should be about an inch between the front edge of the helmet and your eyebrows. Your goggles should never push your helmet up - if this happens your helmet will sit too high and it will not protect you. Take the time to find the right fit.

What about kids? What size should I get for my child?
A common mistake parents make is to buy a helmet for their child with "growing room", so it lasts longer. A child's head is not going to grow very much, and a helmet that is too loose can actually be dangerous. Don't size up - get the one that fits. The ONLY time you may want to bump up a size is if their head is right in-between sizes. Then you can select the larger size. Many junior helmets are adjustable, which makes the decision a lot easier.

Is it OK to purchase a helmet online?
Of course! No matter where you purchase a helmet, if you get the helmet home and decide it isn't what you expected, you should have the option to return it. Here at Skiessentials it's important to us that your equipment is safe and that you have the best fit, so we do accept returns and exchanges under most conditions. Get the helmet home, try it on, wear it around the house for a little while, then make your decision.

When to Replace a Helmet
A helmet will generally last 2-3 years under ideal conditions. However, a hard fall or other impact can render your helmet useless. Frequently inspect your helmet for cracks, dents, imprints, etc. Don't take risks. When in doubt, replace your helmet to save your noggin.


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