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The GO Outdoors Ski Helmet

Ski helmets are essential for anyone headed out to the slopes. Created to protect you from falls, hard ice as well as obstacles such as trees and other skiers, a ski helmet is an absolute essential. 

As well as being protective, modern ski and snowboarding helmets are lightweight and warming too. Ski helmets are designed from a rigid and hardwearing outer shell with an inner foam liner, usually made from EPS- (Expanded polystyrene). 

Whilst the outer takes impact and knocks, the inner foam protects your head by absorbing the shocks from the impact. 

The damage control zone that protects your head is based in the inner of the helmet rather than the main outer body. Usually created from foam cushioning such as polystyrene or similar, this is designed to take impacts.

Make sure that the helmet you pick meets Central European (CE) standard EN1077, an industry guide that assures you that your helmet is suitable for making it onto the slopes. 

All GO Outdoors helmets meet this standard.

In-mold helmets:

In-mold helmets are ski helmets that are made in a one mold process for a tough, almost unbreakable design. Just like in a shoe where the compartments are molded together, In mold helmets have a secure fit where the outer shell and inner foam are built as one component. In mold helmets are the lightest style of ski helmets but can be less durable than injection molded styles.


Injection-molded helmets:

Injection-molded helmets are built with the foam attaching to a plastic shell. These have the benefits as in mold of EPS foam, whilst the plastic shell (usually a hard, ABS style - Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) offers plenty of protection from multiple knocks. Injection molded helmets are durable in comparison to in mold helmets as they can withstand multiple hits.


Fitting Your Ski Helmet

A ski helmet should be perfectly aligned on your head and should not be wonky or able to move when nudged.

The best way to achieve this is to get the right measurement and size for your head, using the adjustable straps to make sure it sits directly on your head with rocking or wobbling. 

Look up and down and check it stays put. 

The helmet should start where the top of your goggles end so there is no skin showing in-between, without pressing down on the goggles. 
 Check that the chinstrap is also snug, but that you can still move your mouth open and shut with ease. 
Move the fastening so you get the most appropriate fit. 

Ski Helmets and Breathability

Simply, breathability is a fabrics ability to allow sweat and built up moisture to be released so it doesn’t sit next to the skin. This allows you to stay cool and dry, even in the heat. The more breathable the ski helmet, the better. 

 Ski helmets are designed to be able to cope with heated conditions from fast paced activity. Venting in the design of ski helmet allows air to flow through, so you stay cool.

Removable liners can also be found in ski helmets, which as well as adding padding, allow you to soak up excess moisture. These can also be washed to avoid a build up of bacteria, keeping your ski helmet hygienic. 

To read more on how breathability works, see our guide to breathability here.