26 November 2012 by Anna Staford
All professional sportsmen and gear manufacturers say that if you don’t wear protection you should better not ski or snowboard at all. If you are going to participate in winter sports you should, you must and you are even obliged to wear protection. All riders sooner or later come to this conclusion. All drivers, who have got into a car accident, wear seat belts, all riders, who suffer an injury, always start wearing protection. So why would you take a risk and wait for a casualty?
No one argues that winter extreme sports are dangerous. Hurting a limb is dangerous for your health but damaging your head is dangerous for your life. That is why you should start your protection with a head! No one doubts that there are many reasons to wear a ski helmet. So how to choose a ski helmet?
A short list of helmet specifications you should know about:
To choose a helmet you should follow a few easy steps:
If the helmet fits well try to wear it with goggles. Who knows, perhaps you’ll need them one day.
If you buy a helmet for your child you should not think about larger size. Helmets should exactly fit the head. Why don’t you give him your helmet then? The helmet should distribute pressure during a strike, not just protect a head from brute force.
A helmet is a must have if you are riding off-piste or go into freestyle when a chance to fall or damage oneself is very high. All helmets should correspond to world standards like CE, ASTM, Snell RS-98 that include a number of crush tests upon different conditions to check helmets safety.
Life cycle of a helmet is 2-3 years or one powerful strike. Even if you don’t see any visible damages on your helmet we would suggest you to purchase a new one as the durability of a helmet might become lower. If you see a scratch on the helmet after a strike you should say thank to the helmet, give it a medal and search for a replacement.
As always, do not forget to check our winter sports covers for your vacations. Don’t take risks! Enjoy your winter sports vacations!
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