We recently posted our Ski Helmet guide and while it's certainly an in-depth look at the humble Ski Helmet it leaves a few questions to be answered. Hopping on the front foot we thought we'd pre-empt a few questions and give you the rundown... So, without further ado here is the ultimate faqs for any would-be Ski Helmet purchaser.
While it is incredibly important to keep your head warm in the frigid temperatures you will experience in the snowfields, we highly recommend not wearing any thick beanies underneath your brand-new helmet. Snow helmets are specifically designed with the inclusion of insulating materials that are designed to keep your body warmth trapped in your head and unable to easily escape. The addition of a thick woollen beanie will serve to shift the way that the helmet sits on and around your head, and serve to impair the safety features in the event of an impact. In addition to this, a thick beanie under a helmet that is fitted to your head without such a beanie will produce pressure on your head while you are skiing, which can become highly uncomfortable after even a short period of time. If you still feel like the insulating properties of the helmet are insufficient to keep you warm on the colder days in the snow, there are a couple of options to solve this issue. One solution may be to adjust the venting that is built into your helmet to reduce the amount of hot air that is able to escape from within the helmet and limit the cold air that circulates through the helmet. A second solution is to wear a thin balaclava or skull cap underneath your helmet. Made from merino wool, this thin head covering will be sufficient to add an additional layer of warmth without compromising the safety features of the helmet or altering its fit.
It is true that most large ski resorts will have facilities that allow you to rent helmets, much like any other snow gear you may need. The benefits of owning your own personal helmet will far overcome the benefits of simply renting a helmet. Firstly, by owning your own helmet, you know its history. Rental helmets have the possibility of being dirty and unsafe, as you are unaware of what past users of that helmet have used them for. Even a small impact can reduce the safety effectiveness of a helmet, and if past users of a rental helmet have bumped their head and simply returned the helmet, it is not possible to know if the helmet will provide you with adequate protection in the event you are in an accident yourself. Secondly, owning your own helmet can save you money. We at SnowScene have helmets in price ranges to suit everyone’s budget, and the earlier into your skiing career you invest in a high-quality helmet the more you can save. In our experience, owning your helmet for as little as two holidays can cost the same as renting a comparable helmet, and each trip following you are saving yourself money. These savings, combined with your knowledge of the helmet’s safety and the lightweight nature of modern helmets that make them incredibly easy to travel with all contribute to our recommendation to buy your own personal snow helmet.
While this would seem like a logical assumption, it is not always the case. The one advantage that customers of ours find with matching the brand of their goggles and helmet is that the manufacturers often design the helmet and goggles in a way that allows them to be seamlessly compatible with each other. On a mannequin, the most seamless and natural helmet and goggle pairings are often those that are from the same brand. However, we realize that our customers are not mannequins! It is far more critical for you, as the wearer, to be concerned with the comfort level of the helmet you are trying on, in addition to its compatibility with your goggles, when comparing helmets. While you may find that an Oakley helmet is perfectly compatible with your ski goggles, your decision ought to be predicated on how the helmet fits and feels when it is worn. If the shape of an Oakley helmet does not feel comfortable or produces points of pressure around your head, it is advisable that you attempt to try on another brand’s helmet. You may find that a Giro helmet is far more comfortable to wear for you over extended periods of time, and this would indicate that your head shape better suits a Giro helmet. Whilst not necessarily designed to be compatible with each other, the helmet and goggles from different brands may in fact work well together to ensure that no cold air can enter the goggles and that your forehead is not exposed to the elements. Our friendly team at SnowScene are more than happy to make recommendations as to what helmets we believe will best suit the shape of the goggles that you have selected. In summary, do not limit yourself solely to the brand that you purchased your goggles from, but instead search around until you find the helmet that suits you best, regardless of its manufacturer.
It is true that a strong, lightweight cycling helmet would be an effective safety precaution while riding your bike, but this would not make it appropriate to wear on the snowfields. Firstly, cycling helmets are designed to allow a large amount of airflow through the helmet, serving to cool down the wearer when they begin to perspire during physical exertion. This is highly desirable in warmer conditions, but in the snow, this easily allows cold air to contact your head and will cool your entire body rapidly. Secondly, snow helmets are constructed with the inclusion of insulating materials which make them ideal to be worn in up to freezing conditions without needing external layering pieces to keep your head warm. Finally, features such as the large ear-pads extended design to cover a high proportion of the wearer’s neck and plush liners all contribute to the comfort and warmth that will be provided by a snow helmet and not a cycling helmet. Just like cycling helmets are designed for the roads, snow helmets are designed for the slopes!
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