Explore the range of ski and snowboard helmets on offer at Snow+Rock with The Ski Club
Helmets are becoming more and more commonplace in winter resorts. In most ski areas you are now in the minority if you are not wearing a helmet. The rise in popularity of televised racing and freeskiing disciplines, where helmets are mandatory in competition, has led to the helmet becoming an integral part of most on-snow outfits, some resorts have made it illegal for minors to ride without one.
As the stigmatism of wearing a helmet continues to erode, the protection line up in a manufacturer’s range is becoming more and more important. Skiers and snowboarders are looking to brands to provide them with strong on slope protection that also delivers on style. Following demand, manufacturers are dispelling the myth that helmets are clunky and clumsy, delivering on protection and style.
Perhaps the most innovative helmet technology to come to the forefront in recent years is MIPS, which stands for Multidirectional Impact Protection System. The Swedish ingredient brand produces a low friction layer which sits inside many manufacturers helmets that negates the amount of energy exerted on the brain during rotational impacts. According to Snow+Rock’s in-store experts more and more of us are arriving in store unwilling to settle for a helmet without the system, the small yellow MIPS sticker on the helmet becoming a necessity for many.
If you already own a helmet and have had a serious crash it’s important to replace the helmet even if it seems undamaged, internal damage can be invisible and limit the helmet’s protective qualities should you fall again.
So, what should I look for when purchasing a helmet?
The most important thing when selecting a helmet is fit. Different brands will work to slightly different head shapes, so it’s important you try before you buy. Not only is it important to get a secure fit on your head but also to ensure your goggles fit with the new helmet to minimise any air gaps. Style and colour should be secondary, but with an ever-growing range on offer, it’s easier than ever for skiers to find a well-fitted helmet they are happy to wear all day.
Snow+Rock’s stores are located across the country and have a range of helmet and goggle options available to try on at your leisure. The Ski Club picked out six models from the high street and online retailer’s range below: