Snowboard Helmets & Protective Gear Explained
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We're hyped that snowboarders are now wisely using helmets and other snowboard-specific protective gear. Helmets in particular can be a life saver. Chance of injury is inherent in snowboarding. Naturally, helmets and protective gear minimize this chance of injury.
Crashes have the potential to cause serious head injuries. As a result, helmets are an essential component of any snowboarder's setup. Regardless of your ability and skill level, you should wear a helmet at all times. With each year, improvements in snowboard helmet design continue to make them less bulky, more stylish, and better ventilated.
You should replace your helmet every 3-5 years and/or after a major impact that could affect the helmet's ability to protect you.
The most important thing when it comes to selecting a helmet is the fit. Helmets should be comfortable while offering you the best possible protection. Size charts for each style is available on each helmet's individual product detail page. Make sure that there are no unwanted gaps between the helmet lining and your head. In addition, make sure the back of the helmet does not touch the back of your neck. A helmet should fit snugly and should never move around on your head. If you're unsure, do the shake test by shaking your head around with your helmet on. If the helmet moves around, it's too big. If there is any pressure or pain points, it's too small.
You will also want to make sure that your goggles work well with your helmet and that both systems are compatible. Your goggles should fit comfortably with your goggle strap over the helmet (why people run their goggles under their helmet is beyond me). There should be no gap between the top of your goggles and your helmet. Mind the gap!
Wrist injuries are by far the most common snowboarding injuries, particularly for those who are just learning to ride. Snowboard-specific wrist guards are the best method of preventing wrist injuries.
Hip pads are used to cushion your falls and keep your seat warm and dry. They are stretchy and pull on like shorts and have extra padding in the backside to prevent tailbone bruises. Most hip pads these days feature a low-profile fit to reduce bulk. Hip pads are commonly made out of breathable, moisture-wicking materials so that they seamlessly integrate with any three-layer cold weather clothing system.
Vests protect your spine and back while still allowing you the freedom of motion to ride hard and push the envelope.