How to choose the right helmet?

How to choose the right helmet?

Wearing a helmet is an essential part of skiing or snowboarding. All ski helmets are made to protect you against hard falls or collisions and to prevent head injuries. There are two different construction designs. Brunotti distinguishes between two kinds of helmets, that is helmets with an innermould construction and helmets with an ABS construction. When choosing your helmet, it is important that you pick one that matches your ski & snowboard skills.

When it comes to the difference between the helmets, it is important to consider what kind of skier or snowboarder you are. If you ski on a slope, falling will have the most impact on your helmet, which means a helmet with innermould construction offers sufficient protection. If you are into off-slope skiing or freestyle skiing, the conditions are a bit rougher and we would recommend a helmet with ABS construction. For children who are still learning how to ski or snowboard and who fall a lot, a helmet with ABS construction is also a good idea.
Helmets with innermould construction
A helmet with innermould construction has a foam layer on the inside and a harder layer on the outside of the ski helmet. The foam cushions and absorbs the shock and hit of a fall. The hard shell breaks the fall and keeps the foam together and the helmet intact. This allows you to use the helmet for a long period of time.
The foam layer and the hard layer of a helmet with innermould construction have been moulded together. Because of the moulding of these two materials, the ski helmet is very light and also very comfortable. A helmet with innermould construction protects your head mainly from impact that results from a collision or a fall. This ski helmet does not protect as well against the piercing of branches or other sharp objects. This is one of the reasons why a helmet with innermould construction is ideal for recreational slope skiers and snowboarders.

Hardshell helmet with ABS construction
Helmets with an ABS construction also have a foam layer on the inside and a hard shell on the outside. The foam layer and outer shell are produced separately and put together in a later stage, resulting in a stronger ski helmet. This makes the helmet a lot heavier than a helmet with innermould construction as well. Hardshell helmets with an ABS construction offer the best protection against hard falls and sharp objects. These ski helmets are therefore more suitable for people who like to ski off-slope and practise freestyle in a fun park. For children who are still learning how to ski or snowboard and who fall a lot, a helmet with ABS construction is also recommendable.

Size
If you don't know which size ski or snowboard helmet you need, take some measuring tape and measure your head. It is important to measure the same place around your head as where the helmet would be. This is just above the ears and two centimetres above the eyebrows.

by Anouk Van Haaster

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