Skiing Helmets

Ski HelmetsSkiing, a high speed downhill decent without an engine

Skiing was born as a leisure activity, which turned into a sport because it was so cool. Apart from being considered as a sport, skiing is also used for military purposes as a mode of traveling in snow covered areas. The only two things you need are ski poles and long runners, and may be a little training to get started. As any other accelerating ‘leisure activity’ or sport, Skiing also has its own set of hazards, that’s why protective gears are very important. All you need is gloves, ski suit and a helmet, and you’re packed.

Now all the three mentioned protective gears of skiing are specially designed to withstand the harsh cold. Gloves and suits are puffed up with enough insulating material so that you don’t freeze and break-off on the way down. The helmet plays the biggest role in protecting, because a U.S based survey says that 74% of the skiing accidents that transpires cause head injuries, and 41.5% of the people who suffered head injuries died because of not wearing helmets. Doesn’t sound so fun now, does it? Helmets used in skiing are the unique ones that are manufactured especially for winter sports. They are created to withstand multiple impacts and insulated to resist cold air blowing inside and freezing the skiers face.

How do they look like?

They come in different shapes and styles such as, short shell, full shell and full face models. Regardless of which you buy, it’s extremely important that you fix the helmet properly on your head to maximize its protection, comfort and performance capabilities. Before you go around fixing it, make sure you buy a helmet that has been certified, the certification standards for ski helmets include, CE-EN 1077, ASTM 2040 and Snell RS-98.

There is no 100% guarantee that helmets will save life but, it’s better to be safe than sorry and moreover helmets definitely ‘reduce’ the chances of busting the skull wide open. Here are few things that you need to take care before buying one,

Instead of going ‘online’, find a Ski shop: shopping online won’t tell you the size of your head, so it’s better that you visit the shop physically, if you wear a helmet liner take that along with you, it may turn out to be a good idea.

Try it on, feel it: this is actually a very good proposal, since you’re already ‘physically’ present, it wouldn’t hurt to try on a few. It will help you find a helmet that perfectly fits, which is probably a necessary factor, so that it won’t come flying off when you’re going downhill at high speeds.

Wear goggles with it: since you’ll definitely be wearing goggles with your helmet while actually skiing, try wearing it with the helmet whilst shopping and see how it feels, fits and looks.

Online? Really?: if you’re really not the kind of guy/girl that wants to go visit a shop or try them on, then online it is. Just make sure that the product you buy online can be returned if it doesn’t fit well. Or you’ll just be wasting your hard earned money here, instead of having fun with it on the ski trip.

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