Kids Helmets 101


January 28, 2015

Kids ski helmets have come a long way in the past five years. You can find helmets with lots of venting, lots of graphics and lots of expense. But the only thing that really matters when it comes to choosing which helmet goes on your kids head is how it FITS.

There are a few different head shapes in the world. There are oval and round shapes. And there are also heads that have a lot of height to them. All of these shapes have to be addressed when we start the process of fitting a helmet to lil Johnny or wee Mary Lynn.

First of all - -choose the right shape of helmet for the shape of head your trying to fit. Smith helmets and Giro helmets fit different, just like Nike and Adidas. Just because the parent bought a POC helmet  - doesn't necessarily mean that POCs' are going to fit your kid's head. Try on a few different brands and a couple of different models within those brands. Your kids aren't going to wear it, if its not comfortable.

A snug fit is what your going for on the helmet. Using a cloth measuring tape is a good idea. Try and position the tape around the largest part of the head, with the tape just above the eyebrows in front. Once the helmet is on, try and move the helmet on the head. Grab the helmet with both hands and ask your child to slowly shake their head YES and then NO. During this test you should see the skin on the forehead move slightly. You don't want the helmet to just wobble around on top of their head.

The gap on the forhead should be very minimal. Try to find a helmet that comes down low on the brow, with the natural position of the helmet resting just above the eyebrows. Any more than this, and your child risks getting frostbite on his/her forehead will out skiing. The exposed skin will numb out quickly and start to damage in the cold weather.

If your trying to use your old 1990's college goggles for junior, your probably out of luck. Goggles have changed over the past few years to fit better with helmets in general. The top of the goggles are a bit flatter, to better mesh with the shape of the helmet. And the straps have been moved to a different position, to avoid pulling the foam of the goggle away from the face as it stretches around the helmet.

And make sure the lens on those goggles have a decent tint on them. Don't go thru all the steps of helmet and goggle fitting only to miss the fact that lil Johnny is using yellow lens goggles on a bright bluebird day. Amber or Rose tinted goggles are much better for most conditions that you'll find out on the hill.

Hope these few tips help.

 

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