During the descent, the snowboard is able to develop high speed, and very often the equipment is the only thing that can protect the rider from injuries in the fall. This is especially true of a helmet that protects the head from hitting hard objects. The case of Michael Schumacher, who hit his head on a stone while skiing, is fresh in memory, and for this reason, close attention should be paid to choosing a high-quality and reliable helmet.
Choosing a snowboard helmet. Top manufacturers
Preference should be given to products of those manufacturers who responsibly approach the creation and conduct many stress tests of finished samples:
The products of the above-mentioned manufacturers are in great demand among professional snowboarders and fully comply with the requirements of functionality and safety. There is no doubt that such equipment will not only be stylish, but also will not let you down at the most crucial moment.
Snowboard Helmet Options
Almost any snowboard helmet is a multilayer structure consisting of three main elements:
The outer layer is protective, it is he who is responsible for ensuring safety in the event of a fall. It is made of plastic or polycarbonate, may have additional reinforcement with special nets;
The intermediate layer is made of soft material - PVC, polystyrene, EPS, EVA. This material takes the shape of a rider’s head and provides a snug fit while riding;
The inner layer directly in contact with the head is made of soft material that provides maximum convenience during pokatushki.
Without exception, all helmets for snowboards can be divided into two conditional groups:
Open helmets. Lightweight and compact models that protect only the top of the head. Easy to operate and relatively inexpensive. Among the shortcomings, a low degree of protection of the face and jaw when falling and contact with solid objects is distinguished;
Closed helmets (full-face models), the design of which resembles motorcycle equipment. They perfectly protect the head from injuries, but they cause some discomfort when riding - the overall dimensions and weight affect.
In the pursuit of maximum safety, issues of convenience, comfort and aesthetics should not be neglected. Pay attention to the following functional features:
Design features of the ventilation system. All snowboard helmets are equipped with two types of ventilation systems. The first is active ventilation, consisting of a list of dampers and special air ducts that can be manually adjusted. The second is passive ventilation, the design of which is devoid of adjustment;
The weight of the snowboard helmet. It is traditionally believed that the heavier the helmet - the more secure it is. However, this statement is not entirely true - there are a large number of helmets made of modern materials (for example, carbon), characterized by maximum strength and relatively low weight. For convenient operation, the weight of the helmet should not exceed 800-1000 grams;
The presence or absence of a visor and its design. The visor is an important aerodynamic element, and also contributes to reliable fixation of the mask during active driving. A negative moment of the aerodynamic visor can be the inconvenience created by him when riding in short sections of the route, when the mask has to be put on and removed very often.
How to choose a snowboard helmet size
In addition to the above parameters, close attention must be paid to the size of the snowboard helmet. In order for a novice to decide and really make sure that the helmet fits in the most optimal way, it is necessary to perform the following steps before trying on:
Measure the circumference of the head with a thread or a "meter";
Compare the received figures with the generally accepted classification of helmets, presented in the form of numbers. There are nine sizes of helmets, starting with the smallest 4XS (4 extra-small) designed for riders with a head circumference of 46-48 centimeters, and ending with 2XL models designed for "giants" whose head in circumference can be 63-65 centimeters. Between them are the following parameters:
3XS (head size 48-50 centimeters);
2XS (head size 50-52 centimeters);
XS (head size 52-54 centimeters);
S (head size 54-56 centimeters);
M (head size 56-58 centimeters);
L (head size 58-60 centimeters);
XL (head size 60-62 centimeters);
2XL (head size 62-64 centimeters);
In the event that the parameters you measure fit in two categories at the same time (for example, a 56-centimeter circumference falls under sizes S and M), you must try on each model and give preference to the one that will sit better and not cause discomfort.
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Attention! This material is the subjective opinion of the authors of the project and is not a guide to the purchase.