Lid users have never had it so good – modern snowboard helmets are techier than state-of-the-art farming equipment, and much more enjoyable to put your head into. Not everyone has been won over yet, but if this is the year that you ditch the bobble hat for something safer, our list of the best snowboard helmets for 2017/18 should help you make the right choice.
Impact-absorption systems continue to evolve, with some really nifty ideas changing the way we think about managing a crash. MIPS (Multi Impact Protection System) is more popular than ever, thanks to tried-and-tested performance that’s doubtlessly saved several lives. Then there’s an abundance of lightweight ‘in-moulded’ options, once exclusive to the costly models but now more affordable than ever.
“If this is the year that you ditch the bobble hat for something safer, this should help you make the right choice”
An ill-fitting helmet won’t be up to the job, so make sure it’s a good match for your head. Most have a degree of adjustment to them, so you can fine-tune things for an even better fit. The chin strap should be comfortable too – if it isn’t, you’ll know about it after a few laps – and the venting needs to be sufficient to prevent you from cooking, or your goggles from fogging.
Most snowboard helmets have removable ear flaps, which you can pop out to suit your style (or the temperature). Some also have liners that can be removed should you prefer to wear a beanie under your lid, and most can be worn with goggles either underneath or over the top.
Ideally, you want your snowboard helmet to feel anonymous. A good lid doesn’t make its presence felt until you need it to – at which point it needs to be up to the task.
For more info, check out our guide on How To Choose Your Snowboard Helmet – then head down to your local shop and try on as many of these as you can, until you find the one in which you have full confidence.
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