Buying a Snowboard Helmet

Wearing a snowboard helmet can be the difference between life and death on the mountain. With so many external factors in play (other people, obstacles on the trail), falls and crashes are inevitable when snowboarding. A snowboard helmet protects your head from injury in the event of an accident. Wearing a snowboard helmet is becoming much more commonplace than it used to be. Because of this, advancements have been made in snowboard helmet design. Now you have greater options when choosing your snowboard helmet.

There are two types of snowboard helmets to choose from: full and open-faced. A full helmet covers your entire head and face. These are commonly used by snowboarders who perform advanced tricks or travel at a high speed because they have a chin bar that protects your face and jaw in the event of a crash. More common among everyday snowboarders is an open-faced helmet, which is lighter yet still offers protection.

You may want to choose a helmet that offers ventilation. A ventilated helmet can keep your head cool when you're exerting yourself, especially in warmer weather. Otherwise, heat can get trapped in your helmet, making your entire body very warm. On the other hand, if your snowboarding locale tends to be very cold or wet, you may want to opt for a non-ventilated snowboard helmet.

Naturally you want your snowboard helmet to be durable. For this, choose a strong shell, preferably made of polycarbonate. This will make your helmet resilient in case of a crash yet lightweight enough to be comfortable for you to wear.

Look at the helmet's certification as well. Most snowboard helmet manufacturers abide by the ASTM standard, a tough means of grading a snowboard helmet's safety. Other certifications are the CE and Snell RS-98.
Another factor to take into consideration after safety and comfort is style. Choose a snowboard helmet that looks good to you. That way, you'll be more likely to wear it. Snowboard helmets come in a wide range of colors and designs, so it shouldn't be too difficult to select one that suits you.

When you try on a snowboard helmet, make sure it is sung around your head but not too tight. The front should fit just over your eyebrows to protect your forehead.

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