So many helmets and goggles to choose from!

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If you missed the helmet and goggles clinic… this may help you sort it out!

 

Skiing and snowboarding have evolved and so did the helmets and goggles. The most important consideration when purchasing a helmet is the fit, many wear a helmet that is not a good fit for them. If a helmet doesn’t fit correctly, it may not be comfortable or perform to its ability in the event of an accident.

 

It’s also important to choose a helmet and goggles that will not impair your vision. Well fitting ski helmets seem to be constructed in a way that the margin of the helmet is out of the field of vision. Peripheral vision is an essential factor for safety in alpine skiing and snowboarding to avoid collisions with others. Needless to stay that it’s important to choose ski and snowboard goggles with good peripheral vision as well as lenses adapted to the different types of light and weather conditions you ski or snowboard in. Be sure to choose goggles that not only fit your face well but also have a great fit with your helmet.

 

Some important points:

  • Everyone’s head shape is different so try many models and brands until you find a helmet that fit your head shape.
  • When trying on a helmet, only wear a very thin balaclava, your helmet must fit you like a glove and protect you in any circumstances, no matters what your head movements are. Don’t wear toques or thick balaclava under your helmet.
  • Choose a helmet with great isolation and you will be so comfy that you may not even need to wear anything under the helmet.
  • You may also choose a helmet with ventilation vents and removable ear pieces if you get warm easily or want a helmet you can also wear during spring weather conditions or for ski touring, they even make lighter weight helmet for ski touring!
  • The straps must also be adjusted correctly in order to maintain the helmet in the correct position, about the space of a finger or less under the chin. Take the time to properly adjust the ear straps, you may want to use a mirror if you are adjusting yours by yourself.
  • Never buy a used helmet; it is difficult to know if it has ever received a shock and how old it is.
  • Make sure that a certification sticker is affixed to it (on the inside or outside wall).
  • A helmet is not a piece of equipment that you want to purchase too small or in the case of a child, too large to grow into. Make sure that the helmet covers well the forehead as well as the occiput.
  • Wearing a helmet has been mandatory in all Quebec snow parks since 2007.
  • Something new is the MIPS helmet technology (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System). The helmet’s shell and liner are separated by a low friction layer which allows the helmet to slide, noticeably reducing trauma to the brain in the case of oblique impacts. The AMID technology as well as the SPIN technology also serve the same purpose and set a new standard for helmet performance for skiers and snowboarders.<
  • Some helmets have an integrated visor that can be worn over regular eyeglasses, certain models have a retractable visor that slide under the helmet when you open it; they come in adults and children sizes so no more lost or scratched up goggles, they also never fog up!

 

When should a helmet be replaced?

  • After an accident or severe shock.
  • When it got too small.
  • When it’s cracked or bumpy.
  • When the straps are frayed or torn, or no longer attached.
  • Every five years: The lifespan of a helmet is 5 years.

 

Goggles… a few tips from the pros!

  • Goggles that have a very great fit with the helmet will never fog up! You should have near perfect fit between top of goggles and helmet or very thin space line.
  • Step outside the store to try your goggles with your helmet so you can actually test how you see depending on light intensity. Every one has a different vision.
  • New goggles’ models tends to be more voluminous therefore you can wear them over regular eyeglasses and they will not fog as much as goggles that have lenses closer to your face, they will also provide a better peripheral vision.
  • Choose goggles with a photochromic lens technology so they adapt to light intensity.
  • Many great quality goggles comes with interchangeable lenses that are magnetized so very easy to change them. It’s also wise to have different lenses so you can change them depending on the light conditions and can also buy an extra lens to have a spare one in case you scratch the lens or break it. It also will be less costly then buying two pairs of goggles.
  • Never leave your goggles on the helmet for a long period of time or to dry them overnight, the foam will loose its ability to recuperate its shape if it’s compressed over a long period of time and won’t last as much and could tend to fog more.
  • Let your goggles dry out in the ambient air, don’t let them dry inside the protective bag, it will prevent fogging up next time you use them.
  • Never dry or scrub lens with abrasive material or use cleaning lens product, let them dry then only use the protective pocket or cloth that came with your goggles.
  • Oakley as well as other brands make goggles that are designed to absorb impact if ever you crash face first, quality goggles have many important benefits so best to choose great ones!

 

 

Stop by at the Boutique experience SUTTON and take advantage of the 20 % off discount when buying a combo of helmet and goggles until January 26. Our well trained and experienced ski shop staff will assist you to choose the best brand helmet and goggles for your head shape and face as well as confirm a proper fit and show you how to adjust it all correctly.

 

That new combo of helmet and goggles will not only improve your comfort but it will also pimp up your looks!

Nathalie Pouliot
Nathalie Pouliot, Coordonnatrice aux communications

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