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Helmet or no helmet - Is snowboarding safe without it?

Posted Oct 17 2009 6:04pm

Really, how many snowboarders do you know who really wear a helmet?

Do you look up on the slopes and see a sea of helmets?  I don't think so. Still, there are a growing number of young people who do wear the helmet, and they do not care how nerdy they look.  Usually they have seen a bad head injury, or they have had an injury that amounted to a "close call" or a "miracle save", and now they wears the things.

Now think about this a bit; Do you see snowboarders on Warren Miller Films who are NOT wearing their helmets?

There is a good reason for wearing a helmet younguns;  Saving your life!

About 25% of snowboarding injuries occur during a snowboarder's first experience and almost one-half occur during the first season of Snowboarding.  Perhaps this is the most important time to wear one, but I really think always wearing it is more intelligent.

Fact:  If you hit a tree, the helmet will save you from having the fatal crash in almost all cases. Hitting the tree is going to hurt bad, but without the helmet it will be potentially fatal. Helmet on? Reduces that fatality risk by 90%!

A snowboard helmet should be fitted by measuring the circumference of your head, with your hair out of the way, JUST above your eyebrows. Not all helmets fit the same -- every manufacturer has a different idea of head shapes, so make sure your snowboard helmet is approved AND comfortable, no matter what. Make sure you try on your snowboard helmet WITH your goggles ( snowboarding rants )

How much to pay?  Really, it is like a lot of other important things in that some are more expensive than others, and some companies offer lower prices that others.  On average a helmet can equate to 2 day passes at a ski/snowboard area.

Here are some that are available at The House Boardshop, and trusted online supplier of top quality snowboarding helmets. This is just a small sampling of their helmets, priced from high to low (higher at the top, lower at the bottom)

Just to make things clear, the most common kind of snowboarding injury is to the WRIST (wrist pads are also available here) 


Red Frequency Snowboard Helmet Black - Men's

Full throttle function and fit. Superior fit and ultra lightweight with human suspension, there's no need to downshift your riding or comfort on this rig. Key Features of The Red Frequency Snowboard ... more info.


Red Aletta Snowboard Helmet Black Plaid - Women's

Polished lines and a smart venting system set a new standard in the first women's low profile package. Key Features of The Red Aletta Women's Helmet: Women's Specific Design Ultra Lightweight in ... more info.


Red Aletta Snowboard Helmet White Plaid - Women's

Polished lines and a smart venting system set a new standard in the first women's low profile package. Key Features of The Red Aletta Women's Helmet: Women's Specific Design Ultra Lightweight in ... more info.


Protec B2 Scotty Arnold Plantronics Snowboard Helmet Black Canvas - Men's

Want a skate-styled helmet to wear on the snow? The B2 is it. Multi-impact, so it's perfect for getting that new trick dialed in the park. The same distinct classic Pro-tec styling you've come to ... more info.


Red Shaun White Hi Fi Snowboard Helmet Black - Men's

Getting this good hurts. Shaun, Keir, Danny, Mason, Mikkel, Kevin and Luke have won more than a few contests. Key Features of The Red Hi Fi Snowboard Helmet: Ultra Lightweight in Molded Polycarbonate ... more info.


Protec B2 Scotty Arnold Plantronics Snowboard Helmet Matte Pld White - Men's

Want a skate-styled helmet to wear on the snow? The B2 is it. Multi-impact, so it's perfect for getting that new trick dialed in the park. The same distinct classic Pro-tec styling you've come to ... more info.


Giro G10 Peter Olenick Snowboard Helmet White/Red

The G10 is light weight, low profile shape makes it one of the best all mountain helmets on the market. Three ventilation settings and clean lines make if perfect for whatever the mountain throws at ... more info.


Giro G10 Mx Snowboard Helmet Matte Grey - Men's

As riders refuse to be contained to one type of terrain the demand on their equipment increases. With a removable visor, the G10 MX meets the challenge offering all mountain versatility and ... more info.


Red Hi Fi Snowboard Helmet Black - Women's

Hannah, Kelly, Elena, and Molly all believe in the women's Hi Fi. Enough me. The Red Hi Fi Women's Helmet: Women's Specific Design Ultra Lightweight in Molded Polycarbonate Shell Vent Mesh Removable ... more info.


Red Hi Fi Snowboard Helmet Jonboy Camo - Men's

Getting this good hurts. Shaun, Keir, Danny, Mason, Mikkel, Kevin and Luke have won more than a few contests. Key Features of The Red Hi Fi Snowboard Helmet: Ultra Lightweight in Molded Polycarbonate ... more info.


Red Hi Fi Snowboard Helmet White Tie Dye - Men's

Getting this good hurts. Shaun, Keir, Danny, Mason, Mikkel, Kevin and Luke have won more than a few contests. Key Features of The Red Hi Fi Snowboard Helmet: Ultra Lightweight in Molded Polycarbonate ... more info.


Red Hi Fi Snowboard Helmet White - Women's

Hannah, Kelly, Elena, and Molly all believe in the women's Hi Fi. Enough me. The Red Hi Fi Women's Helmet: Women's Specific Design Ultra Lightweight in Molded Polycarbonate Shell Vent Mesh Removable ... more info.


Giro Shiv Snowboard Helmet White Kleinsmith - Men's

Developed in conjunction with riders Antti Autti, Risto Mattila, Gretchen Bleiler, Andy Finch, Steve Fisher and Wyatt Caldwell the Shiv is the ultimate park and pipe helmet. It's light weight, low ... more info.


Giro G9 Snowboard Helmet Matte Black - Men's

How do you replace the best selling snow helmet ever made? Preserve its core and make it better by bringing it up to date with clean lines and a hint of attitude. The G9 represents the future of Giro ... more info.


Giro Ember Snowboard Helmet Matte Titanium Vines - Women's

Beautiful graphics and top level performance make the Ember an easy pick for women who are looking for all mountain versatility. Our In Form fit system insures a great fit with seamless goggle ... more info.


Bern Baker Snowboard Helmet EPS TJ Schneider Matte Black W/Aud - Men's

The Bern Baker Snowboard with EPS Helmet. 18.5oz. An all season year round helmet. One lid for all action sport.

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