WHEN SHOULD YOU CHANGE YOUR SKI HELMET?

To have fun on the slopes in complete safety, wearing a helmet is highly recommended and even essential! But a ski helmet wears out over the years and may not protect you as well in the event of an impact. It is important to know when to change a ski helmet so that you can continue to enjoy the fun of skiing serenely.

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CHANGE YOUR HELMET EVERY 5 YEARS

Although there is no legal obligation of the specific moment, ski helmet manufacturers and resellers will encourage you to change your equipment every 5 years, depending on your level and frequency of skiing.This is not a new sales technique to push consumption but a warning to ensure your protection on the slopes.

Ski helmets are made from materials that wear and weaken over time. This is the case with the EPS foam that makes up the inner part of your helmet. Its role is to absorb shock in the event of a fall or collision. But over time, storage conditions and small daily shocks can alter the initial characteristics of EPS. Of course, it all depends on how often you go skiing or snowboarding and your level. If you are a regular skier or snowboarder, your helmet will wear out faster.

CHANGE YOUR HELMET IF IT HAS RECEIVED A SHOCK OR A COLLISION

In a fall or collision resulting in a shock to the head, it is essential to change your helmet, even if the outer part seems intact.

In the case of a shock, the EPS foam which provides your protection crashes to absorb part of the energy caused by the impact and thus protect your head.Once crushed, the EPS foam does not reconstitute and if a new shock occurs, the helmet will no longer provide the same level of protection.

Also remember to take care of your helmet when it's not on your head! Falling on hard or frozen ground can damage your helmet without you even noticing it.

ADVICE

Never buy a second-hand helmet. It could have suffered an imperceptible shock on the outside and therefore put you in danger.

CHANGE A CHILD'S HELMET MORE OFTEN

The growth of the skull evolves up to the age of 16 years of age on average. Changing helmets before the stabilization of the head circumference is therefore much more frequent for children. Because a helmet will protect only if it is perfectly suited to the shape of your head.    Too small, it will be uncomfortable. Too big, it will not protect properly in the event of impact.

A well-fitted helmet does not move when you shake your head and does not compress your face. Remember to check that your child's helmet is always suitable for their head size before going skiing!

As a reminder, wearing a helmet is compulsory for children taking lessons in ski schools.

DID YOU KNOW?

You will be required to wear a helmet if you want to practice skiing in competition, but also for passing technical and level tests!

And in addition to ensuring your safety on the slopes, the helmet will help insulate you from cold and bad weather conditions! No more doubts, it is your best ally to ensure safety and comfort for a great day skiing!

When to change your helmet

Chloé

Wedze communication team, made up of skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts