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Choosing the helmet that's right for you

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Whether you're a beginner or an expert, no skier is safe from a fall. The risk factors in falls are real: speed, trees, icy patches, other skiers, etc. But remember: adequate protection does exist to help prevent injuries!

If you have an accident, wearing a helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by more than 30%: although it's not mandatory, it's essential in skiing and snowboarding, and allows young and old alike to take to the slopes safely.

Helmet choice depends on 3 important criteria:
-size
-comfort
-ventilation


Size

To be effective, the helmet must fit the head perfectly. Too big and it won't offer effective protection; while too tight and it gets in the way of your skiing.

So the first step is to measure your head size. The measurements should be taken using a tape measure, passing it above your ears and eyebrows.
The size you get will be between 52 and 65cm.

Sizes may vary from one manufacturer to another, but most of the time they're as follows:
51-52 cm: XXS
53-54 cm: XS
55-56 cm: S
57-58 cm: M
59-60 cm: L
60-61 cm: XL


Comfort

Specially designed for skiing and snowboarding, helmets use innovative technologies that combine efficiency and light weight, offering you maximum protection and total freedom of movement.
Inner thermo-compressed EPS foam (expanded polystyrene) that fits every shape, rigid ABS protective shell, all done to ensure your comfort and safety, not forgetting the essential concept of lightness.

There are 2 types of helmet:
-The classic helmet, made of 2 layers: a hard protective shell that protects against sharp objects, and a lining that absorbs impacts
-The In Mold helmet, fusing outer shell and shock absorber into a single shell for improved lightness.

Depending on what you're looking for, several foam and material options are available:

  • Ergonomic foam and material to adapt to different head shapes
  • Thermoformed foam and material for greater softness

The advantage you get with Wed’ze

A helmet that's suffered an impact or fall must always be replaced: it's advisable to change your helmet every 3 years.


Ventilation

While you want a helmet that will keep you warm, all the effort you put in can lead to intense sweating. Some helmets offer air holes and adjustable ventilation systems, allowing you to regulate your temperature and eliminate perspiration.

To avoid air currents, you have to make sure there's no space between helmet and mask. That's why, when trying on a helmet, you should also wear your mask so that you can try them on together and check they work together.

Different types of ventilation are available, adjustable or otherwise:

  • « Air Cooling System » with 6 air holes for permanent ventilation
  • « Air Block» with 10 or 12 air holes for maximum ventilation. Air vents can be shut.
  • « Active Air Cooling System » to let you adjust the ventilation setting.

 

The advantage you get with Wed’ze

You don't need to wear a hat under your helmet, which provides enough warmth in itself.


Style & accessories

You can still look good when wearing a hat! Once abandoned by riders who preferred a hat, these are now becoming more and more a fashion accessory.

The fruit of true stylistic endeavour, helmets are now all about design, sober and fluid shapes, modern colours, decorated with graphic patterns; stickers to put on, helmet covers - it's all designed to let you personalise your gear and stand out on the slopes!

For riders who want to communicate with their fellow winter sports companions, make a phone call or listen to music, their wishes are now granted, thanks to a Bluetooth communication kit. But be careful - your primary focus must always be your skiing: a moment's lapse of concentration is all it takes!

The advantage you get with Wed’ze

To protect yourself from the sun and cold, you can replace your mask by adding a visor to your helmet.


Maintenance

If your helmet has detachable foam pieces, they can be removed and machine-washed at 30°C. If this isn't the case, it is advisable to prepare some lukewarm water with shampoo, and let your helmet soak a while. After a quick rub and rinse, wipe your helmet with a towel and let it dry outdoors; your helmet will be good as new!

Thierry PAULIN
Product manager
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