TIPS FOR CHOOSING A SKI/SNOWBOARD HELMET
You enjoy skiing at full speed, pull the curves to the Max, tossed in the Woods and use the trees as if they were racing stakes, do jumps and acrobatics in the snow park? Very well.
Whether you are a skier oldschool, whether you're a freestyler or a freerider is definitely happen to make a close encounter with a rock, a tree, a plate of ice, another skier or why not, with a good skier. No doubt the helmet is what you need. The helmet is light, keeps you warm and more than anything else, it can save your life. Don't think about it too much and get one for next season.
Here are some tips to help you in choosing your helmet
1. How DID a helmet?
A ski helmet is designed to protect you against the obstacles you may encounter in the mountains: rocks, fallen trees, ice or other skier, ruinous. In addition a ski helmet possesses characteristics that are not climbing or helmets skateboards: ear protection, adjustable ventilation, protection from cold and compatibility with a ski mask.
✓ a helmet is generally composed of two layers
The outer layer consists of a hard surface that will protect your head against impact and sharp objects. The outer shell will propagate the bump on a large surface of the helmet, by reducing the risks.
The inner layer is made of expanded polystyrene, generally. Its aim is to absorb the impact and this helps avoid injuries. Inner layer acts like a mousse that you compress by absorbing the shock, while keeping your head.
✓ fabrication technology
The IN-Mold construction technology allows to merge, which is responsive, the inside with the outside. In this way the helmet will be formed from a single piece. The advantage is that this fabrication technology brings lightness to your helmet, creates a more efficient ventilation and allows you to better absorb the impact in the event of a collision.
With the Classic fusion instead the helmet consists of two pieces, the exterior and the Interior liner. The helmet exterior is made of hard plastic, while the internal part in polystyrene. The two parts are glued together. This technique is less expensive but the helmet is heavier and is harder to get an adjustable ventilation.
2. HOW to CHOOSE a helmet?
Find the right size: you have to measure the circumference of your head; for this operation you need to bring a tape sewn and you have to place it above the ears and above the eyebrows. You will get a circumference ranging from 52 to 65 cm. Once you have this information use it to choose a helmet that fits your size.
Several criteria influence the choice of a helmet.
Weight: if you choose a lightweight helmet, you will have a tendency to forget to have it worn and your movements will not be penalized by the weight.
Ventilation: adequate ventilation will allow you to adjust the temperature and to release perspiration. It is preferable for this choose helmets that have adjustable ventilation and allowing you to change the air flow while you're skiing.
Hygiene: many helmets have the internal protection and removable linings and thus washable.
Audio: some helmets have integrated audio headphone or have the ability to integrate your headphones.
Bearings and covers: certain models are sold with removable bearings to adjust your helmet and fit the shape of your head. These inserts can be removed and cleaned, especially not to underestimate visa status will be after a day of skiing.