Helmet usage is growing among skiers and snowboarders, and some ski resorts insist on their use for children. It's a vital piece of head protection, but it isn't 100 percent accident-proof. Buyers should look for a helmet that conforms to the U.S. safety standard ASTM F2040 or the European standard CE EN1077. Some helmets have certificates from both organizations.
Top Brand for Top Athletes
A quick look at the helmet market will show you that as of 2014 there are a mere handful of manufacturers at the top of this market. Brands used by the top athletes and by national teams is a good indication that the products are highly rated by experts. Top-rated brand names to look for are POC, Anon, Bolle and Smith. Swedish company POC's snowboarding helmets are worn by Jeremy Jones, a U.S. snowboarder elected "Big Mountain Rider of the Year" by "Snowboarder" magazine. If you want to stick with an American brand then Smith is the one to go for. Although Smith was bought by Italian eyewear group Safilo in 1996, Smith still designs and tests its products in the United States. American freeskier, Maddie Bowman wears a Bolle extra-light helmet. Anon supplies the national winter sports teams of several countries, including the United States, with eyewear and helmets. The company's website provides buyers with methods of finding design combinations to suit your personal taste.
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- POC: Jeremy Jones
- American Alternative: Smith Helmets Review
- Bolle: Maddie Bowman
- Anon: Global Pro Snowboard Team