Top 10 Best Snowboard Helmets

A Guide To The Best Snowboard Helmets

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Saas Fee, Switzerland is an ideal course for beginners

Snowboarding without a helmet is like snorkelling without a snorkel and mask.  A snowboard helmet as most people would know provides safety and protection to the user’s head in the unfortunate event of an accident.

Although wearing a helmet is not compulsory by law in most snowboard resorts, it is highly recommended especially if you’re a beginner.  Having a major knock on the head can cause permanent damage and wearing a helmet would likely reduce the impact and damage caused.

The best snowboard helmet will be different for each user as one of the most important aspects is finding one that fits your head.  Having the right size is one thing, but other things you can look for are features such as what material is the outer shell made from?  Does it have multi-angle impact protection system (MIPS)?  We’ll go into further detail below.

 1) Trespass Sky High Snow Helmet2) Ultrasport Snowboard Helmet Race Edition3) Smith Helmet Holt 2 Ski4) Smith Men's Camber Helmet5) Smith Vantage Ski Helmet
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Average User Rating (4.5 / 5) (4.1 / 5) (4.7 / 5) (5 / 5) (4.7 / 5)
Safety StandardEN1077EN1077EN1077EN1077
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Outer ShellABSPolycarbonateABSPolycarbonateHybrid SL
Shock Absorbent LayerTickTickTickTickTick
MIPSCrossCrossCrossCrossTick
Inner LiningEPS core foamPolyesterPolyesterEPSEPS
Ventilation FlowTickTickTickTickTick
Removable Ear PadsTickTickTickTickTick
Goggle ClipTickTickTickTickTick
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 6) Salomon Brigade Helmet7) Ultrasport Women's Snowboard Helmet8) Anon Raider Men's Snowboard Helmet 9) Sweet Protection Igniter MIPS Helmet10) Trespass Women's Davenport Snow Helmet
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Average User Rating (5 / 5) (4.2 / 5) (3.9 / 5) (5 / 5) (4 / 5)
Safety StandardEN1077EN1077EN1077
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Outer ShellABSPolycarbonateABSABSABS
Shock Absorbent LayerTickTickTickTickTick
MIPSCrossCrossCrossTickCross
Inner LiningEPSPolyesterFleeceImpact shieldsEPS core foam
Ventilation FlowTickTickTickTickTick
Removable Ear PadsTickTickTickTickTick
Goggle ClipTickTickTickTickTick
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Safety Features To Consider

If you’re searching for snowboard helmets then the chances are you care about your own health & safety.  Below we’ll go through a list of safety features a snowboard helmet can potentially offer, depending on the model you choose.

Safety Standard – There are European safety standards set which the manufacturers will confirm if it meets this standard, you might notice a CE logo which confirms it meets the standard.  The safety standards which can apply to the helmets are as follows:

  • EN1077 – For non-motorised snow sports such as recreational skiing and snowboarding.
  • EN1078 – European standard for cycling, skate and roller skating helmets.

Outer Shell – The outer shell is designed to protect your head against falls and knocks.   Depending on the material, each shell will have their own way of reducing the shocks from the impact. 

If the helmet does suffer heavy impact then it may need to be replaced as the shell and lining will be damaged and won’t offer the same protection as if it was brand new.  For more guidance on when you should replace your helmet even if you haven’t suffered from a collision, then check out this guide.

Shock Absorbent Layer/Inner Lining – This layer absorbs the impact suffered from a collision, reducing damage to the user.  After a hard collision the liner foam can get compressed as it’s absorbed the impact, in which the helmet should be replaced after.

MIPS (Multi-direction Impact Protection System) – During a crash, your head can rotate quickly then come to a sudden stop which can result in severe brain injury.  MIPS technology uses a low friction layer underneath the interior foam liner, in the event of a crash the MIPS system allows the helmet to rotate around your head redirecting the force of the impact.

A MIPS snowboard helmet will cost more on average but it offers solid safety and protection, check out our table above to see what helmets offer MIPS technology. 

 

How To Choose The Best Snowboard Helmet

Our table shows both men’s & women’s snowboard helmets.  Other than safety when buying a snowboard helmet there are other factors to look out for, we’ll explain what to look out for with each of these functions shown below.

Size – Helmets will be available in different sizes, most models will provide the size in centimetres so it might be worth measuring the circumference of your head to determine what size you’ll require.  To measure your head place a measuring tape about an inch above your eyebrows and ears and measure around your head.

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Remove the ear pads to encourage air flow

Once you receive your helmet it shouldn’t be too big or too small, to check it’s the right fit shake your head back and forth if the helmet moves it’s too big, if it starts to hurt it’s too small.

Ventilation Flow – Having a flow of fresh air into your helmet is really important as overheating can affect your concentration which might lead to more mistakes.  Ensure you choose a helmet with enough ventilation vents to keep you cool when you’re on the track.

Removable Ear Pads – On certain days the temperature might be quite warm or sometimes you might get too hot from snowboarding, helmets with removable ear pads will allow you to control the temperature a little bit as you can remove the ear pads so you don’t overheat as much.

Goggle Clip – This allows you to securely attach your snowboard goggles to the outside of the helmet, although some people would wear the goggle strap inside the helmet.

 

Buying vs Renting

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Deciding whether to buy or rent your snowboarding helmet can be a tough decision, but we’ve compiled a list together of the pros and cons of both buying and renting so it’ll be easier for you to decide what’s the best option for you.

Buying Pros:

  • More hygienic.
  • You can pick a size that fits you properly.
  • You can choose the style and model you prefer.
  • Reassurance that the helmet hasn’t been involved in any crashes, which weakens the shell and may not offer the same level of protection.
  • Will save you money in the long run if you plan to go snowboarding more often.

Cons:

  • You’ll have to pay a larger cost up front.
  • Takes up space in your luggage.

Renting Pros:

  • Won’t take up room in your luggage.
  • Works out cheaper if you only want to try snowboarding.
  • There might be renting/hire shops available so you can choose your helmet beforehand.

Cons:

  • If you hire onsite you might be left with an old or unsuitable helmet.
  • Will be less hygienic as other people would have used it before.
  • Takes time gathering all your equipment together in the rental shop.