Ski helmets are different from bicycle or skateboard helmets. They have specific characteristics such as covering the ears, quick-drying pads and heat-sensitive materials.
● Enclosure: The outer layer of the helmet shell or helmet, which is a hard surface (usually with high impact properties) that protects the head from sharp objects and impacts. It can also distract the huge impact of a fall.
● Lining: Usually EPS foam (expanded polystyrene), much like polystyrene foam, this design can effectively disperse the impact force. For a serious collision, the lining foam will be compressed, although you may not be able to discern it with the naked eye. It is worth noting that the helmet should be thrown away and replaced after a serious impact.
Classification of ski helmets
● Mold helmet: After a separate molding process, the helmet shell and the shock absorbing foam are fixed together. It is more fashionable and lighter than the injection model helmet.
● Injection molded helmet: EPS foam is combined with a separate outer casing, usually with high impact plastics. These helmets have better durability and resistance to everyday impact than mold helmets. Some helmets have detachable ear pads and inner lining for easier adjustment.
If possible, try to go to the ski shop and pick a helmet that will make you feel most comfortable. It should fit perfectly with your head for the best protection. (Hint: Bring your snow mirror to the store and try it with your helmet.)
● Measurement size: You can find the right size by measuring your head circumference, or listen to the clerk's suggestion one by one in the ski shop. If using a tape measure, the position should be slightly higher than your ear, about 1 cm above the eyebrows. Measure the longest circle of the head circumference (keep the tape level) to determine your head circumference, then find the right helmet based on the size comparison chart on the helmet package. Large (59-62.5cm), medium (55.5cm-59cm), small (52cm-55.5cm).
● Check if it is appropriate: A good helmet should feel comfortable but not tight. If the helmet can be rotated back and forth, it is too loose. Shake your head left and right. If the position of the helmet changes, then try a smaller size, adjust the size or use some thick pads. Push the front and back of the helmet with your hand. If you move, you need to tighten the shoulder strap.
● There should be no gaps between the snow mirror and the helmet. Make sure the helmet fits snugly against the top of the mirror and should not be low enough to block the line of sight or prevent the snow mirror from being pushed down.
• Finally, check to make sure there are no gaps between the head and the helmet lining. Note: Some helmets use a removable gasket to adjust the size of the helmet.
● Cap/Hat buckle: The cap should be close to the tweezers but it is enough for you to chew food easily. Don't over-tighten the suffocation. Remember to tighten yourself before each slide.
● Ventilation: The vents bring in cold air to discharge hot air and moisture. Some helmets have a moving plug, which means you need to take off your helmet and manually adjust the airflow. A more ideal helmet with self-adjusting vents. Toggle the knob to instantly adjust the air flow without interrupting your glide.
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