Snow is generally a very soft and yielding natural phenomenon, but on a ski slope, powder snow can turn into concrete at the right speed, apart from trees.
That is why it is advisable to invest in your own safety. Especially the head should be protected here. What to look for when choosing the ski helmet, explains the following article.
Plastic, carbon or fiberglass?
Polycarbonate or ABS are the common plastics used to make inexpensive ski helmets. The outer shells made of these plastics are glued to the inner shell made of hard foam by means of the InMould process. The full-surface bonding of outer and inner shell increases the overall stability of the ski helmet. In contrast, the previously customary spot bonding was found to be much more unstable.
In the higher price regions, the outer shell is made using fiberglass or carbon fiber. These materials are harder to work with, but offer even more security against impact and knocks. Special techniques like MIPS increase the safety factor considerably.
Adapt the ski helmet
The head circumference, measured over the eyebrows and the ears, results in the appropriate size in the conversion, such as L, XL or XXL. The ski helmet of choice must not wobble while trying on and the usual ski slope behavior should be included. So if you still like to wear a hat to keep warm underneath, you should not forget it when trying on, otherwise it can become too tight afterwards. What should be worn under the ski helmet, if any, is quite a safety issue. For example, very thick wool caps affect the perfect fit of the ski helmet. Better are thinner caps made of cotton. As a rule, the padding in the ski helmet is actually sufficient.
The exception are class B half-shell helmets, in accordance with standard EN 1077, whose ears and temples are open. Here a cotton hat can certainly provide for warm ears.
On the subject of upholstery should be mentioned that this is ideally removable, which facilitates both helmet interior cleaning as Upholstery cleaning.
Age and sex at the ski helmet?
In fact, there are ski helmets for women, although the differences in head shape are more likely to be marginal, it’s just a question of head size and maybe even design. The hairstyle should not matter here. Ski helmets for children can also be found, which are designed accordingly small and depending on the model on Verstellmöglichkeiten have that allow an adjustment, so not every season the adolescent sprout a new helmet must be purchased.
The ski goggles and the ski helmet
Both, helmet and glasses, live in symbiosis and have to fit together well. For this reason, either take the goggles for purchase or buy a pair of glasses matching the helmet right away. New eyewear models have built-in mini fans that prevent dangerous fogging on the slopes.
When is a ski helmet broken?
A good question that is relatively easy to answer. Each ski helmet has a self-contained structure, which is highly stable, but is strongly influenced by punctual damage in their stability. Hairline cracks, deep scratches or dents in the ski helmet are features that make an exchange for a new model recommendable. Likewise, ski helmets with plastic shells can become brittle over time due to UV radiation in the mountains. If used regularly, such a helmet should be replaced after about three years.