Whether on the slopes or off, a helmet can protect you from serious head injuries. The different models are suitable for different uses. To ensure that you are optimally protected, it is important to know which snowboard helmet is the right one for your activities. When choosing helmets, it is not so easy to keep track, so we have summarized the most important features for you here:
How is my snowboard helmet constructed?
If you are looking for a snowboard helmet, you have three constructions to choose from:
Hard shell: In this case, the helmet consists of two separate shells: an outer shell and an inner shell. During production, these are then glued together with the help of an intermediate grid and thus guarantee you optimal energy absorption. This production method also has the advantage that your snowboard helmet is better ventilated and in the event of a strong impact, the energy is better distributed over the entire helmet. Hardshell models tend to be in a higher price segment compared to an In-Mold construction and are very suitable due to their protective function if you are often out freeriding or in the park.
In-Mold: With the In-Mold construction, on the other hand, the outer and inner shells are welded directly together, which makes the helmet stable. Additionally, this type of helmet has a relatively low weight. However, they offer less necessary protection in the event of an impact and are therefore more recommended for alpine use on the slopes.
Hybrid: Hybrid helmets usually have a hard shell and are combined with an in-mold construction in the lower part. Hybrid technology combines all the safety features of both constructions. Above all, these models are very robust and have a light weight.
Which features does my snowboard helmet offer?
When it comes to helmet construction and outer layer, you have to choose one of the three options mentioned above. In addition, you can then freely choose which inner equipment your helmet should have. Here you should think carefully about which features you particularly value.
You've probably heard the term "MIPS" in snowboard helmets before. MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. Here, a low-friction shell is integrated into the helmet, which has a range of motion of a few millimeters. This can reduce the rotational forces acting on your head in the event of an accident. This is one of the most important safety features you should look out for. FYI, in addition to MIPS, there are also the Spin Pads, which were patented by POC, yet are intended to serve the same purpose.
Another feature you should look for when choosing snowboard helmets is size adjustability. An optimal design is of little use if the helmet doesn't fit your head shape, so it's not only important to choose the right size (by measuring the circumference of your head in cm), but also to think about the option of a size-adjustable dial on the back of the helmet.
There are also different ventilation options for helmets. They differ according to the number of ventilation openings in the helmet, and in some helmets can even be regulated with a regulator.
In addition to the technical safety features, the appearance also plays a role, of course. Whether you choose a helmet with a warm lining, visor, with extra snowboard goggles or a special color: It's a question of your style.
When is it time for a new snowboard helmet?
You think a snowboard helmet is a one-time investment? Then we have to disappoint you, because helmets should be replaced regularly. Especially after a crash, the shell of your helmet can break or at least get small cracks. If you then fall again, the helmet no longer guarantees you safety. But even without an accident, it is advisable to replace your helmet every three to five years, as the materials can become brittle.
At Sport-Conrad you will find all constructions and models from various manufacturers such as Alpina, Giro, POC, Sweet Protection and many more. So go ahead - helmet on, goggles down and out into the snow.