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SKI HELMETS - SAFETY FIRST

Protective helmets for skiers were first used in alpine racing. However, not only slalom poles, but also ice chunks, stones and a generally hard frozen slope pose a high risk of injury in the event of a fall. Accidents happen on the race track as well as in open terrain and in the fun park. A well-fitting ski helmet protects your head from shocks and also replaces your cap. The helmets available in the Keller Sports online shop are tested according to EU standard EN 1077 A and B and currently offer the highest safety standard. Safety First is the motto. For this reason alone, a ski helmet is part of every winter sports outfit.

BUYING A SKI HELMET - TECHNICAL DETAILS

Ski helmets should not only fit your head perfectly, but also combine comfort and safety. Here are the most important features that make ski helmets really interesting:

  • Adjustability: All good models offer quick and easy opening & closing of the helmet. Some are specially designed for one-handed operation. Comfortable adjustability that can also be operated with ski gloves is also important. Various models offer special size adjustment systems for fine-tuning the fit.
  • Ventilation systems: Sophisticated ventilation systems help to regulate the temperature. This way you can cope with the extreme temperature differences between sporting exertion and the ride in the ski lift.
  • Matching to ski goggles: Good ventilation prevents ski goggles from fogging up. High-quality helmet models offer integrated visors. Some of these are true marvels of optical technology: special coatings prevent tarnishing, some models are self-tinting.
  • Headphone-friendly: If you like to listen to music or make phone calls, you will want to make sure that headphones or earphones can be easily worn under the helmet. Various brands offer special devices for this purpose. Of course, even professional skiers should not be distracted while riding.
  • MIPS technology: MIPS stands for "Multi-Directional Impact Protection System". This technology was developed to better protect the brain in the event of an oblique impact with the corresponding strong rotational movements.

WHEN DO YOU NEED A NEW SKI HELMET?

If you don't already own a helmet for skiing, it's high time to think about getting one. Modern ski helmets have a crumple zone made of elastic EPS material. If your head hits a hard obstacle, the crumple zone will crack and break, and even if the damage is not visible from the outside, you should replace the helmet with a new model to be on the safe side.

The ravages of time also gnaw at ski helmets; an unused ski helmet lasts for about eight years. Ideally, the helmet should be stored in a cool, dry and dark place without mechanical or chemical stress. With regular use, the useful life decreases accordingly. In addition, safety standards are constantly increasing, so you should treat yourself to a new model every now and then, not at too long intervals.

You should not only buy a ski helmet to protect your head. In many ski areas, especially in Austria and Italy, helmets are compulsory on the slopes. This mainly affects children and young people, but adults are also required to wear ski helmets. Prominent cases such as Michael Schuhmacher and Dieter Althaus have shown the drastic consequences a skiing accident can have.

HOW SHOULD A SKI HELMET FIT ON YOUR HEAD? HOW TO FIND THE RIGHT SIZE

As with any protective helmet, it is important to buy the right size ski helmet so that you are optimally protected against accidents. When it comes to the question of how a ski helmet should fit, you should find the perfect middle ground. On the one hand, the ski helmet should not press uncomfortably against your head, and on the other hand, it should not wobble, as otherwise complete protection would not be guaranteed. Here we explain how to find the right size for your new ski helmet.

It is relatively easy to measure using a tape measure or thread. Place the tape measure or thread once around your head so that it runs just above your eyebrows and meets at the back of your head. The measured circumference is then the helmet size you should choose for your new ski helmet. However, this is not quite the end of the story.

Helmet sizes are usually given in a range of about 3cm, i.e. one size is 55 - 59 cm, for example. This is because each helmet has to be individually adjusted to the shape of your head. To do this, you put on the helmet and ideally also your ski goggles. The ski helmet should end just above the eyebrows, just like the measuring tape when measuring the helmet size. Then close the chin strap so that the helmet is not too loose but also not too tight. Most ski helmets also have an integrated fitting system. This system allows you to adjust the helmet even more precisely to the shape of your head. If you like to wear a hat under your helmet, you should take this into account when choosing the size and when adjusting the helmet to your head.

You should therefore also try on your ski goggles to find out whether helmet and goggles fit well together. You can tell if the upper edge of the ski goggles is as close as possible to the front edge of the helmet. This ensures that you have optimal ventilation and protection for your head.

WHAT TYPES OF HELMETS ARE THERE?

The ski helmets in the Keller Sports Shop differ in colour, shape and visual design. But what makes the difference is the individual construction. As a passionate skier who is at home on the slopes, you should think about buying a hybrid model with innovative high-tech equipment. In-mold helmets made of polycarbonate are also particularly popular, as they are pleasantly light and comfortable to wear.

In contrast, hardshell models are fitted with a thick outer shell made of hard plastic or carbon, and the outer and inner shells are firmly bonded together in a multi-stage production process. A ventilation system in the gap provides the necessary air circulation so that sweat can evaporate quickly and you can keep your head cool and dry. The hardshell models are safer than an in-mold helmet due to their thick outer shell and are therefore especially popular with racers, freeriders and freestylers.

HELMETS WITH AND WITHOUT VISORS - EXCLUSIVE BRANDS

A distinguishing factor in ski helmets is also eye protection. Basically, you can choose between two types: Ski helmets without or with a visor. The helmets without a visor are of course somewhat lighter. You need ski goggles around your eyes, which you can hook into the clip provided at the back of the helmet. This also prevents the goggles from falling off.

Ski helmets with visors are a great alternative, especially for people who wear glasses. Often, visual aids do not fit perfectly under ski goggles and cause pressure points or even limited vision. Under the visor of the ski helmet, however, you can wear your glasses without any problems and still be well protected from the sun, snow, rain or anything else.

IN-MOLD SKI HELMETS - FEATHER-LIGHT PROTECTION

Comfort and protection combined in one helmet? That's possible! The inner shell of in-mold ski helmets is made of expanded polystyrene, or EPS for short. The outer shell is made of thin polycarbonate. The two parts are firmly fused and moulded together in a single step. Since the outer layer is very thin, the ski helmets weigh very little. Also typical of in-mold ski helmets are relatively large ventilation holes that do not impair the protective function in any way.

On very cold days, however, the air circulation can cause the head to cool down. To counteract this, many in-mold ski helmets have special sliders to close the holes. If you only ski once in a while, like to wear a breath of nothing on your head and enjoy the freedom, you should opt for such a model.

SKI HELMETS ONLINE - COMFORT & FEATURES

If you want to be as safe as possible on your skis, you know that there is no alternative to a ski helmet. It's part of the basic equipment and, thanks to the latest technologies, it's available in different versions so that you can choose the right companion for each of your adventures.

  • Effective head protection with a reduced risk of accidents
  • Excellent air circulation
  • Light weight
  • Comfortable padding
  • Good fit
  • Excellent moisture management

PROTECT YOUR HEAD

Ski helmets not only minimise the risk of injury, they also look great. Just browse through our extensive range and discover your new favourite model, which can now accompany you on the slopes. If your new helmet matches the rest of your equipment, nothing can keep you off your skis or snowboard.

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