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When choosing ski equipment, the question of the ski helmet always comes up: is it necessary, yes or no? It’s obvious that wearing a ski helmet gives additional protection on the slopes and in that respect it is strongly recommended for those who engage in extreme sports, backcountry skiing, freestyle or high speeds. And we would strongly recommend that children wear a helmet from their first runs to reduce the risk of harm if they fall. As for adult skiers who want to ski along the slopes quietly, it’s up to them to decide whether they wear a helmet or not. Indeed, skier safety is also a matter of behaviour and wearing or not wearing a helmet will not in any way dispense one from managing speed and movement so as to avoid falling and making others fall.
Over the past ten years, the ski helmet market has grown considerably and there are numerous models to choose from that differ in design and developed performances but also in price. Above all else, to select your ski helmet make sure that it meets the EN 1077 European directive: regardless of price, a compliant product will protect from head injury. Then, it’s a matter of comfort (weight, venting systems, ...) and style.
In fact to choose well, take into account that the helmet must fit snugly and stay stable without compressing the face. Check also that it fits over your goggles and that you can still hear (this is important once you’re hurtling down the slopes), that the venting system works properly for the evacuation of perspiration and better warmth and that you are comfortable around the ears and when closing the helmet. Weight – the lighter the better – is an important factor to take into account.
Finally, it is important to note that a helmet should be changed every 3 to 5 years as its protective capacities will change with exposure to UV light and that it must be replaced immediately in the event of accident or an important fall.
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