How To Pick The Perfect Snowboarding Helmet?

When you’re out shredding a helmet can be your best friend. It’ll keep you warm, protect your head and there’s a place for epic stickers. What more could you ask for? A good helmet will literally take the hit for you. This might damage, break or destroy the helmet. But it’s better the helmet than your head. Our Snowboard Helmets Post will give you the most up to date information we can find. We do this, so you can shred in safety, comfort and relative style. (who can say 20 years from now you won’t regret it.)

Make every season epic, and shred in style.

Choosing The Right Helmet?

In the last paragraph, you saw a post that I place everywhere on my website, shred in style. The first rule about buying a helmet is safety. Style comes second to safety, if you don’t like the style find another helmet. Just make sure that one is safe as well.

There’s a lot of factors that go into choosing a snowboarding helmet. First and foremost, you’ll want to make sure the helmet will protect your head. Concussions are awful, and I’d never wish them on anyone.

Second, you’ll want something in a design that you like, maybe with a few features. Some helmets today have built in GPS, Speakers, and even a head warmer.

It’d be good idea to take a look around and see what’s available. I’ve added a few of my favorite pics from amazon to the site already. Don’t forget to check them out.

The Individual Parts Of A Helmet

Helmets aren’t like machines and don’t have any moving parts, but they do have some integral pieces that are important for safety and protection of your head. I’ve taken many hits to my head, and had multiple concussions from snowboarding and other stupid things I’ve done. Getting another one is not on my list of things to do.

The Outer Shell: 

The name describes it perfectly. It’s the outer part of the helmet, and it’s usually hard. Sometimes it will have a couple vents, and it’s where many people place stickers of shred companies that they like.

This is the part of the helmet that takes a hit and disperses the energy into the inner liner and away from your head. Obviously it can only do so much so shred in style, but ride safely.

Usually the outer shell is made of a hard but durable plastic of some kind. I’ve heard of people wearing a metal helmet but haven’t seen it myself. It seems crazy to wear metal outside on the mountain but I’d have to see it first.

The Inner Liner:

Typically this the inner guts of the helmet. It’s the area that acts like a shock absorber when your head hits something hard. The outer shell takes the hit, while the inner liner disperses the energy away from your head. It does this as much as possible and sometimes theres to much energy and the helmet only slows things down.

Keep in mind, something I’ve learned recently is that helmets aren’t meant to take multiple hits. If you’ve taken a hard fall. It’s better to be safe than sorry, get it checked out, and if needed I’d recommend buying a new one.

The inner liner is usually made of EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam (basically a thick styrofoam cup…crazy right?). When it takes a hit the foam will compress and it’s difficult if not impossible to see the damage without opening it up. Take it into a shop and have them look at it.

The Chin Strap:

 At first glance I thought chin straps didn’t ‘t matter, but they really do. A good chin strap will be comfortable and give you a perfect fit. A few seasons ago, I happened to be using a helmet where the chin strap kept toggling my ear bud on and off. It was annoying because every time I strapped in, I’d hear Siri ask a question instead of listening to my shredding playlist. How would you like to be on top of a mountain, listening to danger zone, and all of a sudden Siri is saying, “I didn’t get that.” I discovered later this was happening because it was loose.

Test the helmet sizing prior to a run, and make sure the chin strap fits perfectly.

Finding The Perfect Helmet Size?

With Snowboard Helmets, you’ve got some ambiguous sizes to choose from. They usually sell in Small, Medium, Large, Or Extra Large, but if you don’t wear one, how do you know its size? Below is the best way to find your helmet size other than trying them on (if you’re purchasing online this is your best bet).

Be advised, it’s a good idea to go into a store, and try on the helmet prior to purchase. Whether you buy it online, or in the store is up to you.

To find your size you’ll need a flexible measuring tape, or a shoelace, ribbon, or string. You’ll also need your head, but I assume you’ll have brought that with you.

When you begin measuring, wrap the flexible tape measure around the largest part of your head.  This is usually about 1 in. above your eyebrows.

Or if you have one of the other items instead of measuring tape, wrap the string, ribbon or shoelace around your head. Once you’ve got the length right. Measure it by placing it next to a straight-edge ruler. Now that you have the measurement, you can look for a helmet size that matches.

Helmet Sizing Chart.

Size Head Circumference (CM) Head Circumference (In)
S
Med

XL
<55
55-58
58-61
61-63
<22
22-23
23-24
24-25

When you purchase any snowboard helmets, make sure it’s snug but not tight. You want it to be comfortable, but not fly off when you hit something. Otherwise what’s the point? The chin strap should be adjustable and should fit underneath your chin, hence the name.

If the snowboard helmet is a good fit, check out how it looks, and if you like it. You’ll be shredding in style. I personally like mine to have a brim, mostly because it holds my goggles better when I put them up. I’ve been hit in the eye by rogue goggles before and that’s not fun.

Snow Helmet Attachments And Features

Helmets have a lot of features and I’m pretty sure I won’t cover them all here. As I come across others I’ll be sure to add them.

Audio Speakers:

I’ve been jealous of anybody who’s ever owned one of these helmets, some companies will have built in speakers to listen to music. They are usually situated in the ear pads, so you won’t have to make many adjustments.

You can connect a phone, or MP3 player and shred to your favorite tunes. From what I’ve seen they come with Bluetooth or you can plug the earphones in as well. If you want one over the other, It depends on the helmet style and brand.

Air Vents:

These are essential. My current helmet doesn’t have any vents. Which is fine on a day with temperatures hovering in the single digits or below, but once it gets into the 20s I am dying. Most helmets will also give you an adapter to plug those vent holes on colder days. My recommendation, go with the vents, it’s better in the long run.

Camera Mounting Points:

With a camera mount you can add a GoPro or camera to take some video of your next shredding session. Play it back later that night to impress or embarrass your friends.

Check with the manufacturer or salesperson to see how easy it is. To attach your style of camera to the helmet prior to purchase. It’ll save you a lot of headaches when you know how.

Helmet/Goggle Compatibility:

I wrote about this very thing recently in my goggle guide. You don’t want a gap in between your helmet and goggles. You’ll freeze up quickly on the mountain. My recommendation, bring your goggles with, when trying on helmets.

There’s also an additional issue where the googles might be to big, and they won’t fit with the helmet on, it’s a rarity but you wanna make sure your gear works prior to purchasing. Always double check your gear!

Safety Certifications For A Snowboard Helmet

I’m always confused by the different letter & number combinations added to helmets saying they’re safe. Below is a quick guide to the organizations that offer safety certifications and what they mean.

ASTM F2040: iThis is the standard specification settings for helmets based out of the US. Click Here For More Information.

En 1078: This is the European counterpart to the ASTM above. Click Here for more information on their Wikipedia page.

A Helmet Will Prevent Injury:

Skiing and Snowboarding are dangerous sports. An epic day on the hill can be ruined quickly because of a tiny mistake. Lessen the injury as much as possible by staying safe, and shredding smart. To learn more about how helmets can protect your head click here.

A few years back, I took a serious hit to my head, getting a concussion. Luckily, I was wearing a helmet, sometimes I wonder what would’ve happened without it. Then I stop myself from thinking further because I don’t wanna think about that.

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