Skiing is an outdoor adventure activity that combines the thrill of going down a snowy slope and the enjoyment of nature’s snow white beauty. However, like all adventures, accidents do happen. And as skiing often involves speed, the last thing you will need is to fly through the air and land on your head. It is for this reason that you need ample head protection – the helmet.
Here are a few things to consider before actually visiting a ski shop in Brisbane to buy helmet:
Always Measure Your Head
Instead of trying the different ski helmet from the store, why not measure the circumference of your head instead? This should give you a fair estimation of the size of the helmet that you need to purchase or rent. Make sure to line the tape measure on the widest part of your head, usually just 2.5 centimetres above your eyebrows. Always measure in centimetres. If you use inches, make sure to convert that into centimetre by multiplying the measurement by 2.54 to get the right measurement.
Always Try the Helmet On
With this knowledge, go to the store and ask for the helmet that corresponds to your head circumference. Try it on. It should be neither too tight nor too loose. It should sit perfectly snug on your head. Take note of any pressure points as this is often a sign of unevenness in the helmet.
Perform a Shake Test
If you are not sure if the helmet is your correct size, try to perform a shake test. Shake your head from side to side, up and down, and in circular motion to check whether your helmet moves with your scalp or moves separately. If it does move separately, it may be too big for you.
Always Check the Features
Every ski helmet will come with different features. However, it is important that it is made of a tough outer shell with an interior layer of shock-absorbent material, mostly an expanded polystyrene foam. Check for vents, liners, chin straps, and goggle security. If you intend on video recording your skiing, make sure that there is a camera attachment to the helmet. Lastly, it is important to check for safety certification.
Going up the hill to ski means that you have to be prepared for any eventuality. Making sure that you have the correct helmet can be life-saving in many instances.