Over the years, it’s become much more commonplace for snowboarders to rock a helmet. Nowadays riders are wearing them on the slopes, in the park, in the backcountry and on the street. The debate will rage on , but we’re not here to get into all that. We’re here to talk you through the best lids that money can buy, and help you try and choose the right snowboard helmet for you.
There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a snowboard helmet. For a more in-depth guide, you should check out our ‘How to choose your snowboard helmet’ guide. However, if you haven’t got time to do that we’ve listed a few of the key features to look out for below. And no, you shouldn’t just throw your cash at the ‘nicest looking’ one.
“The helmet should feel snug around your skull but not so tight that it’ll squeeze it”
Whatever snazzy new tech and features the helmet has, the most important thing is that it fits you properly. You physically need to try it on, with or without a beanie (whatever is most comfortable for you), to see if it actually sits on your head. The helmet should feel snug around your skull but not so tight that it’ll squeeze. Most of the modern-day helmets have got a tightening system, of some description, to adjust the fit. Alternatively, you can add / remove the helmet’s padding in order to resize the fit to your liking.
On your helmet journey, you may come across helmet’s labelled with a MIPS sticker. MIPS (Multi Impact Protection System) is one of the most advanced helmet technologies around, and has been adopted by multiple companies in order for them to offer better protection for certain kinds of impacts. Have a read through our in-depth article on ‘What is MIPS?’ if you’re keen to find out more.
Additionally, you should also make sure the chin strap is comfortable and easy to use. If you’re afraid that the helmet may get too hot when spring comes along – try and find one with removable ear flaps. Make sure there are plenty of vents too as these will both keep your head from overheating, and also make sure your goggles don’t fog up.
One final thing to note, many modern-day snowboard helmets offer anything from built-in speakers to Bluetooth walkie talkies. Not the most essential part of a helmet, of course, but something to think about.