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How to Choose a Snowboard Helmet

The Most Important Piece of Gear You'll Ever Own

Whether you prefer the park, powder or groomers, there’s always the risk of hitting your head during a crash. Although wearing a helmet does not guarantee protection from a head injury, it’s been shown that wearing one can reduce the incidence and severity of numerous types of head injuries. When choosing your helmet, fit should be the primary factor that guides your decision. After fit, the other element informing your choice is construction—how the helmet is made. Regardless of your ultimate decision, helmets are not designed to sustain multiple impacts. You should destroy and replace your helmet following a serious fall.

Fit:

If the helmet doesn't fit, it won’t offer the protection you need (and may become a potential source of injury). Slip on your new helmet and give your head a good shake. If the helmet moves independent of your head, it’s too big and it doesn't fit.

Construction:

Three types of helmet construction predominate the marketplace: injection-molded, in-mold, and hybrid. Injection-molded is often the least expensive option while in-mold helmets are often lighter and sleeker. Hybrid construction offers extended durability and it feels light atop your head.