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Snowboard Helmets & Protective Gear Explained

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More and more snowboarders are 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 have made them less bulky, more stylish, and better ventilated.  As a result, helmets are continually becoming more and more common.


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.

You will also want to make sure that your goggles work well with your helmet and that both systems are compatible.

Wrist Guards

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

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.