Snowboard Helmets – The Difference Between Ski And Snowboard Helmets

Snowboard Helmets - The Difference Between Ski and Snowboard Helmets

The first time I heard someone say “that’s a pretty ski helmet”, I was awestruck. I never thought that helmets were a fashion statement. I mean, what else could you be wearing on your head? And just the thought of wearing something bulky and uncomfortable like that made me shudder.

Ski helmet

It’s hard to describe what a ski helmet is, but you can probably start by saying it’s like a ski mask for your head. That would be an accurate description, but the helmet goes a lot further than that. It protects your skull and your brain, too. To further increase the protection, the helmet must be equipped with a visor. The visor protects your eyes and prevents the fogging of the lenses.

It’s also common for the actual construction of the helmet to vary depending on what sport it’s for. I’m going to talk about three different types of snowboarding helmets, but there are some other unique ones as well.

Half-plunger

The most popular snowboard helmet is the half-plunger or ball-and-shoulder model. It has a thin shield over the eyes and a chinstrap that fits tight around the neck and holds it up. The helmet is lined with foam, and the strap holds it on tight.

Snowboard Helmets - The Difference Between Ski and Snowboard Helmets
Snowboard Helmets – The Difference Between Ski and Snowboard Helmets

If you’re using this type of helmet, you can expect to slide around a bit and you’ll probably have to stop frequently to avoid it hitting your face. This helmet was developed in Europe, but it’s been brought back over here to help us all get around the mountain trails. It’s very lightweight and can be worn with a visor or without.

The classic type of snowboard helmet is the full-face helmet. It’s got a thick shell and the chin strap goes across the top of the head. You would be hard-pressed to tell the difference between this helmet and the half-plunger version.

Varieties

There are lots of snowboard helmet options in both styles, but ski helmets are the only ones that are compulsory. They don’t do a very good job of protecting against the bumps and turns that you will likely encounter while riding your snowboard. These helmets are designed for outdoor use and are not used in any indoor snowboarding arenas.

If you are wearing one of these, your goggles and sunglasses will have a very difficult time fitting into them without a visor. Without a visor, you can’t see where you’re going, and when you do you’re in for a surprise.

Snowboard Helmets - The Difference Between Ski and Snowboard Helmets
Snowboard Helmets – The Difference Between Ski and Snowboard Helmets

Colors

Ski helmets also come in some fun colors. Pink has always been a favorite among ladies, but if you’re a snowboarder, orange and blue might be more in line with your personality.

The lightweight helmets on the market are very useful in that they allow your vision to be unrestricted. Another benefit is that it’s more comfortable to wear than a full-face helmet.

Some full-face helmets come with a built-in chin strap. Some even have a quick-release mechanism so you can get it off and put it back on easily. This helps you adjust the fit to your exact specifications.

Bottom Line

The snowboard helmet industry continues to grow and improve helmets for skiers and snowboarders. It’s a cool place to be a part of. All in all, I think you will agree that snowboarding helmets are a lot cooler than skiing helmets!