If you’re looking for optimum safety when freeriding, wear a ski helmet. After all, conditions in the backcountry are particularly rough. Falls are normal in off-piste terrain, just like on groomed slopes. And head injuries are among the most common consequences of skiing accidents.
Because you are aware of this, you have probably come here – to get a freeride ski helmet. On this page, you will find all the information you need to choose a suitable helmet. We have summarised what you need to consider.
What criteria does a good freeride ski helmet need to fulfil? Which features and technologies are particularly convenient and recommended? To start with, here’s an overview of the relevant facts:
First of all, it makes sense to look at the design of a ski helmet. Basically, there are two main components:
There is also a big difference in the way they are made. Most freeride helmets are made using the in-mould process. This involves fusing a thin outer shell with the inner shell. In-mould helmets are very light and slightly more expensive than their counterparts, the hardshell helmets. They are also characterised by good ventilation.
By comparison: Hardshell helmets have a thicker outer shell that is glued to the inner shell. They provide better protection but are significantly heavier than in-mould ski helmets. Yet another distinction is important in this context:
Even if you are better protected with class A freeride ski helmets – the more popular option among backcountry fans is the half-shell helmet. On the one hand, this may be because these helmets are lighter. On the other hand, earpads allow more ambient noise to penetrate, which can definitely be an advantage in avalanche-prone terrain.
Experts recommend not wearing a ski helmet for more than three to five years. The more you wear it, the more often you should change it. It is also better to replace it after a fall or if there are visible defects such as cracks.
Good ski helmets start at around 100 euros. Depending on the materials and technologies used, a freeride helmet can cost several hundred euros.
Do you already know exactly which helmet or equipment you want to rent at the most beautiful freeride ski resorts of Europe and Canada? Then go ahead and take advantage of our convenient online reservations! We will have the desired equipment ready for you at the shop of your choice on the day of your arrival.