10 bad reasons for not wearing a helmet

TOP 10 bad reasons not to wear a ski helmet

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Your safety is our priority. Did you know that head injuries are the second most common injury on skiing holidays? However, only 56%* of adults wear a ski helmet even though all health and sports professionals strongly recommend it to protect your head in the case of a fall. So why don't we wear it? We have compiled the top 10 ideas on wearing helmets, and if you are not yet wearing one, I am sure that it is because one of these "reasons" is familiar to you. So, let's change our habits as current helmets are sure to oust all our theories on this essential accessory!


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Reason no.1: "It is uncomfortable, it annoys me"

The ski and snowboarding helmets include ergonomic foam and textiles which perfectly adapt to all body types. Light and with different tightenings to better suit individuals, this modern ski helmet is comfortable and you can even forget you have it on!


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Reason no. 2: "It doesn't look nice, it looks rubbish"

And yet... Helmets form part of the complete outfit of skiers and snowboarders. A large selection of colours, patterns and designs are available to suit your look and make you even more stylish on the slopes.


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Reason no. 3: "I will be too hot!"

Some helmets are equipped with ventilation systems, some adjustable, to effectively get in some air and keep cool during the day. It is up to you to select a comfortable level.


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Reason no. 4: "I am worried it will feel uncomfortable with my goggles"

On the contrary, the goggles and helmet make the perfect pair! The goggles cleverly attach to the edge of the helmet, where there is plenty of room to sit, it sticks to your helmet for optimal protection. We recommend you choose your ski helmet with your goggles so you can try the pair on.


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Reason no. 5: "It is too heavy on my head"

The new materials used to make the helmets tend to be lighter, whilst remaining rigid and strong...fundamental criteria. A standard helmet weighs 450 g  on average, which in essence, is not very much.


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Reason no. 6: "I never fall"

Regardless of level, practice or experience, a bad fall or collision is always possible. And if not for yourself, set an example to the children!


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Reason no. 7: "I do not know my head measurement and helmet size"

Head to the store, where a sales assistant will take your head measurement and help you find the correct size. You can try the different sizes and see which one fits best. Finally, select models which include an adjustable tab so you can adjust the helmet to your head for optimal comfort.


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Reason no. 8: "I am staying on the slopes"

There is still a risk when remaining on marked slopes! In essence, there are more skiers on the slopes, greater speeds therefore more falls and collisions.


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Reason no. 9: "I won't hear anything"

Presently, with the new ski helmets, you can hear very well! Need to make a call on the slopes? Helmets with built-in Bluetooth kit appear to be the best solution.


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Reason no. 10: "It is not easy to clean"

The helmets are easily cleaned. With those equipped with removable foam, simply remove it and machine wash at 30°. With older models, use a damp sponge and household soap and leave to dry naturally.

 

Do you wear a ski helmet? If not, why not? Share your comments on this article.

 

* source: site of the mountain doctors' association – winter sports accidentology – the figures

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