SKI HELMETS

BUYING GUIDE

How to choose your ski helmet

 

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BUYING GUIDE



Ellis Brigham carry an impressive selection of helmets, covering different styles, fits, prices and constructions. They are the very best models on the market, chosen only after much testing, investigating and experience. But choosing the best ski helmet for you isn't just about reaching for the cheapest one you find.

Just a few years ago helmets on the slopes were the reserve of the racers and extreme skiers, now it’s the norm thanks to advances in materials meaning more comfortable and better fitting helmets. And the improvements haven’t stopped. MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) helmets add extra safety; different construction methods are fused to make stronger, lighter, more comfortable and safer options. Introducing new materials like carbon fibre and aramid make helmets tougher still without affecting weight. Innovative constructions such as the Soft Shell of Vinyl Nitrate that creates helmets that aren’t rigid – they flex to improve the fit. And most interestingly this year is the Giro Range with its articulating outer shell, adding a totally new level of fit adjustment.

If you weren’t sure before, now is the time to see what’s out there and make the decision to buy. Forget renting, who knows where those helmets have been and what damage they have seen. And if you’ve had your own helmet a while, suffering bangs, scrapes and knocks then maybe it should be retired.

Whether you choose to wear a helmet is a personal decision, we encourage their use and the range we offer should make that decision easier.

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CONSTRUCTION

There are 2 main types of construction in snowsports helmets that meet CEN1077 (European Safety Standard) and ASTM2040 (American Safety Standard), these are in-mould and hard shell. Variations exist, such as combination constructions, Sweet include carbon fibre and recently Giro has added a 3rd type by introducing the Soft Shell.

In-mould

In-mould construction uses a tough polycarbonate outer shell with the helmet’s impact-absorbing EPS foam liner, for good durability without excess weight. This combination of shell and liner results in a better ventilation system.

Hard Shell

Hard Shell helmets use a durable ABS shell and a lightweight EPS liner bonded together. This type of helmet tends to have less vents but they’re great value and hard-wearing.

Soft Shell

Soft Shell construction combines a patent-pending, impact-absorbing liner made with Vinyl Nitrate and a unique flexible outer shell material for a durable and comfortable fit.

MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System)

MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) is not a construction as such but a safety feature integrated in to the build. MIPS reduces rotational forces on the brain caused by angled impacts to the head. In a MIPS helmet the shell and the liner are separated by a low friction layer. When the helmet is subjected to an angled impact, the low friction layer allows the helmet to slide relative to the head, absorbing much of the energy.

Venting

More vents will normally equal more powerful cooling if your head warms up, but you should also consider whether the vents are open or if there is rider controlled venting that can be adjusted while on-the-move.

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SIZE & FIT

How should a ski helmet fit?

When you try a helmet on, it should fit firmly and snugly on your head. Align the front of the helmet above your eyebrows and tighten the chinstrap, make sure there are no unwanted gaps between the helmet lining and your head. In addition, check that the back of the helmet does not press the back of your neck. It may be worth trying the helmet with your goggles to be certain they fit well together.

Ski Helmet Sizing

When considering what size, try to ignore the word ‘medium’, ‘large’ and look at the actual figures in cm. It is worth trying a few different makes to see which suits your head best. Some manufacturers add levels of customisation and adjustability to particular models for even better comfort and fit.

Brand

Style

Extra
Small

Small

Medium

Large

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Large

Extra
Extra
Large

Anon

All styles 53-55 55-57 57-59 59-61 61-63  

Bern

Lenox   52-55.5 55.5-59      

Bern

Watts     54-57 57-60.5   60.5-63.5

Bern

Team Baker 54-55.5 55.5-57 57-59 59-60.5    

Giro

All styles   52-55.5 55.5-59 59-62.5 62.5-65  

Head

      58-61 58-61 60-63  

POC

All styles   51-54 55-58 55-58 59-62  

Salomon

Prophet, Ranger, Quest, Icon, Quest W, Pearl   53-56 56-59 59-62    

Salomon

Brigade   55-56 56.5-57.5 58-59 59.5-60.5 61-62

Sandbox

Classic   48-54 55-58 59-61    

Smith

All styles   51-55 55-59 59-63 63-67  

Sweet Protection

All styles   53-56 56-59 59-61    
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