Snowboard helmets - How to choose snowboard helmets
Skiing and snowboarding is undoubtedly so much fun. The fun is even more
when you do it with a protective gear protecting your head from tree branches and any other hazards that you
may encounter. Not only do snowboard helmets provide safety they also provide warmth and most of all
make you look cool. Most of today's helmets come in different shapes and colors that will tickle your fancy.
Some even allow you to connect your iPod to it such that you can skate to some really awesome tunes. How cool is
that! It is important that you choose the right type of snowboarding helmet. There are a couple of factors that you
should consider when it comes to choosing one. The price, type, design, fit and certification are all some of the
significant factors that you should consider.
Components of snowboard helmets
Snowboard helmets are constructed in such a way that they can handle the roughest and the toughest of obstacles.
Be it ice, trees or rocks your head is guaranteed maximum protection.
The outer layer of the helmet is known as the shell. It is rigid thanks to its high impact plastic nature. The main
function of the shell is to protect the head from injuries. It is also useful in spreading the impact energy over a
larger surface in the case of a fall. Through this one is less likely to get badly hurt. The inner part of the
helmet composed of expanded polystyrene material.
This material absorbs all the impact and in the process reduces the chances of brain damages. Helmets are built
to last generally for upto 3years. In the event of a hard fall you should replace it immediately. Make sure you
constantly check it for abrasions and dents.
Types of snowboarding helmets
The type of helmet to get depends on the kind of snowboarding you intend to do. If you are all about
recreational and all-mountain snowboarding then you should get the three-quarter shell helmet. This specific type
will protect top part, sides and the back of your head. This type normally coms in a bucket-shaped shell which is
either made up of ABS plastic, polycarbonate plastic, carbon fiber or fiberglass composite.
For those who are into the more serious high speed kind of snowboarding, then for the sake of your skull get a
full face snowboarding helmet. This type has a chin bar that will protect parts of your face such as the chin jaw
and the cheeks. It is also equipped with a visor to shield your eyes from the sun and tree branches. The full face
snowboard helmets are made up of a thin, hard exterior shell which may be made from polycarbonate plastic,
fiberglass composite or carbon fiber.
Types of construction
There are normally two types of snowboarding helmet constructions:
1. Hardshell ABS construction
2. In-mold construction
Hard-shell ABS Construction
Many lower and mid-priced helmets have this type of construction. They tend to be a bit heavier and are made up
of a tough ABS shell. They are cheaper and have less venting abilities.
This type of construction is more popular with the mid to higher priced helmets. It is
called molding because the ABS plastic shell and the inner stiff foam are molded and then fused together. Helmets
with this type of construction are normally light in weight, more expensive and have greater venting capabilities.
They are more durable and offer greater protection.
Features to consider
If you are looking for that perfect snowboarding helmet it is important that you keep
the following features in mind:
The function of the vents is to bring in cool air and let out the warm air. Some helmets have
removable plugs while others have adjustable vents. The latter is more convenient since you can just push the lever
whenever the need of airflow arises.
If you love listening to music while snowboarding then you should go for the helmets that have
Hard storage case
This feature is sold separately from the helmet. Its main purpose is to keep your helmet looking new and shiny.
It provides protection from scratches and abrasiveness.
The main purpose of the liners is to allow you to adjust the level of warmth that you need. The removable ones
can be washed.
Most helmets enable you to attach your goggles directly. This can be done in several
ways depending on the type of helmet so its upto you to choose.
All snowboarding helmets are supposed to meet a certain safety specification. This is from the American Society
for Testing and Materials and the European Committee for Standardization. The ASTM is the most popular
certification. It covers recreational snowboarding helmets. The CE EN is a European certification covering alpine
skiing and snowboarding helmets.
Getting the right fit
When buying a snowboarding helmet you should try fitting it at the store. Find one that is comfortable and fits
just right. You can bring your goggles and try fitting with them so as to have a better understanding of how it
One way of finding a helmet your size is by measuring your head with a tape measure. Use it to measure the largest
part of your head so as to be able to know your head's circumference.
If you want to know whether a helmet is a good fit it should not feel too tight or loose. It should be snug. If
it rocks to and from or shifts when you shake your head then it is loose. A fitting helmet should also leave no gap
between it and the top part of your goggles. There should also be no gaps whatsoever between the lining of the
helmet and your head.
The prices of snowboards helmets are based on the features such as the type and number of vents, the type of
construction, the fit system and the liner interior. The most expensive ones have many different features with
advanced technology while the cheaper ones are simple and ideal snowboard helmets for beginners.