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Australia, Switzerland, Canada, France, Austria, and U.S.A have the best resorts in the world for snow sports like skiing and snowboarding. If you are a snowboarder or a skier then you will know that sometimes it gets dangerous on the mountain especially since there is all different skill levels. Although in most places a helmet is not required, except at the snow park, it is still advisable to wear a helmet for your own safety.
Snowboard helmets are designed just like ski helmets and are often the same thing. Snowboard and ski helmets are specifically designed to protect the head of a snowboarder or skier from serious sports injuries such as concussions. Unlike motorcycle helmets, that can be obsolete after a single impact, the snowboard helmet is designed to take the abuse of multiple impacts during extreme snowboarding or skiing. As it can become very cold on the mountains while you are snowboarding snowboarding helmet usually have insulation to help keep the rider warm. Along with a helmet another very important equipment to have, but not necessary are snowboarding goggles to protect your eyes from the sun and snow which means that almost all snowboarding helmets are also usually equipped with clips to help avoid shifting of the straps of goggles.
Sizing Snowboard Helmets
The proper fit and comfort is very important when choosing a helmet to provide maximum protection. A helmet that is fitted improperly can actually sometime cause more harm and injuries then to actually protect your head. In order to choose the right helmet you will need to know you head size, your head size is determined by the length or circumference around your head, which can be measured by using a measuring tape around your head just above your eyebrows and above your ears. Find a helmet that fits your head properly because all heads are not created alike, when you put the helmet you should be able to shake your head around and it should not move too much, small bit of movement is normal just as long it is not slipping and sliding. Also, your head can be oval or round and some helmets are also different style and shapes, the difference in style and shapes can also differ among different brands and helmet makers but most of the time, the same snowboarding helmet will fit both round and oval heads. It is important to find the right style and brand as you have to find the right fit and comfort as some heads are more round and some are more oval. Some are also gender and/or age specific they can be made for men, women and children so make sure you check!
Snowboard helmets come in two different basic styles which is the shell and full face. A shell which is more popular is designed to protect the skull and is worn to typically to just protect the top of your head. On the other hand a full face helmets offer protection to the face and jaw as well as the top of the head. Full face helmet is safer not only because it protects your whole head but because most impacts are not just the top of your head, almost 20% of impacts are to your jaw and chin area while only 1% of impacts at at the top of your head just like motorcycle head impacts.
Brands and Manufacturers
Top and best snowboard helmet brands or manufacturers:
- RED is a sub brand owned by Burton and is a bit less expensive then Burton
Burton which is one of the biggest snowboard and ski companies in the world providing all types of snow sport equipment
- Giro is a helmet manufacturer but not only do they provide snowboarding helmet they are also popular from their bicycle or cycling helmets
- Pro Tec is a big helmet company popular in skating, water sports and snow sports
- Bern Unlimited has a become popular brand for skating, cycling, water sports and snow sports helmets and has a more street and extreme styling
- Smith is popular in snow sports for goggle and optics but also carry great snowboarding helmets