As we have already established, to wear or not not wear a helmet is one of the biggest debates in snowboarding. There are riders on both sides of the argument willing to vent spleen and bile, smash their keyboards in dismay and roar down the black hole of nothingness that is their Facebook feed.
However, there is one thing we can all agree on: no one should be put off from wearing a helmet because of style or that often intangible thing - 'coolness'. Helmets can be cool, but very often the smallest of details in how they are worn can be far from that.
Now it's always a slightly risky area - stepping into the realms of prescribing what's 'cool'. But we had a kindly worded email this morning asking us to do exactly that. So here's us giving it a shot - or at least conveying some of the norms.
If you're struggling with your own helmet demons; and like the concept of noggin-protection, but still want to look as cool as those kids in fishing hats - here's a few guidelines that should help.
And don't worry, you're not alone - with compulsory lids in domes (and now all I Ride Park City edits) chances are you'll have to don one at some point...
Get a Helmet That Fits
It shouldn't be underestimated how much the fit of your helmet counts.
For starters, an ill-fitting lid will do significantly less to help you out when you need it. But more to the point for our argument you'll also probably find that certain helmets make your head look like a bowling ball, or give you the appearance of one of those tiny big-headed football figures from back in the day.
As with every year, we've already given some suggestions of great helmets here for you to try this season. But don't just take our word that these will work for you. Whatever you're choosing, you should go to a shop and try it on for yourself - and if you want extra tips on what to go for, try our handy guide.
Avoid Twat Gaps
It goes by many names - and it's even got it's own rap, the gaper gap is widely regarded as the cardinal sin of oblivious helmet wearers everywhere.
If you're not in the know - this ever-so-important (!) factor in style is the gap between your goggles and your helmet, and more specifically, the fact that there shouldn't be one.
Easily fixed by a combination of the preceding point (good helmet fit) and some careful goggle selection - you can also amend your contraband forehead with the use of a beanie. But more on that later...
Goggles - Over or Under the Helmet?
This one's a bit more of personal preference - but many riders prefer to wear the strap of their goggles under their helmet. In fact, it's become so popular that some helmets (like anon's Talan above) are now designed to accommodate for that style specifically.
If you're looking to wear your strap underneath, it's worth having a try with the goggles you intend to use before you buy your lid. Some might fit so snugly that there isn't space - some might allow you to remove padding to make it work, and some models may have adjustable sizing which could give you the option to go either way.
Thug Rugs - The Dome Solution
Over here in the UK, the fact that helmets are compulsory in domes and a need for extra warmth have aided the successes of a new breed of headwear/accessory - the Thug Rug.
This fleece-lined hood/neckwarmer hybrid has the effect of bridging the gap between your shoulders and helmet, therefore lessening the bobble-head sydrome we mentioned earlier.
Unlike many other facemasks, they've been designed to fit over your helmet too, giving your bonce a nestled warm space to sit in, instead of sticking out like a sore thumb.
Keep It Simple
Preferably not like this...
Marmite Topic - Helmets With Sunglasses
Causing great rifts between friends, splitting families apart (or not...) the helmet/sunglasses combo is controversial.
When done right (see above) and with a bit of gusto, it can work well for spring sessions. But the practical shortfalls, and a tainted history (see below) are just too much for some onlookers to handle.
Probably not advisable if it's blowing a blizzard and you want any visibility, but at the end of the day it's your choice.
Throw In A Beanie
Beanies are a bit of a cure-all when it comes to helmets. Pick one that fits you pretty nicely, preferably without a large bobble, and it will cover for all manner of sins.
Gaper gap troubles? A well worn beanie can help fill that in.
Lid a little bit too large? Pad it out with a beanie.
Padding uncomfortable? Take out the extras (not the essentials) and fill the gap with a hat.
Avoid the 'Radical Unicorn' Look
We've gone into quite a lot of detail in the past when it comes to getting the best GoPro shots. But for the sake of this argument there are a few things to remember.
1. The top of the helmet is not the most effective place to shoot POV footage from.
2. Stick-on GoPro mounts are for life (or at least bloody annoying to get off).