In skateboarding, falls are to be considered, which is why you could use protective equipment. We therefore want to talk to you about new technologies and give you some advice on how to choose your helmet. This way, you have peace of mind knowing that everyone is boarding with their heads well protected.
Photo: Max Lampron
HOW TO CHOOSE A HELMET WELL?
When it comes time to choose your helmet, there are several things to consider. Size, certification, comfort and technologies are all aspects you need to pay attention to to ensure your safety.
The size of your helmet is the most important element. For optimal protection, your helmet must be neither too small nor too large. A helmet that is too small will automatically be uncomfortable. Conversely, if it is too big, it will move on your head during an impact. In either case, it's useless.
A properly sized helmet covers the top of your forehead and the back of your head. Before coming to see us, you can also measure the circumference of your head in centimeters. Place your measuring tape about an inch above your eyebrows and on the fullest part of the back of your head to get the most accurate measurement possible.
SIZES IN CENTIMETERS
To give you an idea of the sizes, here is a table that will tell you, to within a few centimeters, the size of helmet you will need:
- XS-S: 51-54cm
- SM: 53-57cm
- L-XL: 57-60cm
- XL-XXL: 60-63cm
CERTIFIED OR NOT CERTIFIED?
A safe helmet is a certified helmet. You should look for the following:
- Snell B90/B95
If these certifications are present, it means that the helmet meets the safety standards of a recognized organization and that you can wear it with peace of mind.
In quite a few areas of our favorite sports, things are moving fast: new tricks, innovations, new technologies… In this sense, we wanted to introduce you to two new helmet technologies that are making a HUGE difference. Because protecting your head when you practice your sport is important, here is MIPS technology!
Implemented by Swedish scientists, MIPS technology is a real revolution in the field of safety. You can start finding it everywhere with the most popular brands.
MIPS technology is 20 years of study and research: no need to tell you that it's ultra-safe. The principle is simple: imitate and play the role of the cerebrospinal fluid in which your brain “floats”. When you take an impact, the technology absorbs the energy of the impact by sliding the skull along the shell. The force is therefore better distributed and the brain will not hit against the cranial box. In this way, your brain is protected against oblique impacts.
WHY CHOOSE A MIPS HELMET?
The developers of this technology, originally designed for high performance cyclists, made sure that the safety system would be reliable and would not affect the comfort of the helmets. In addition, the technology goes almost unnoticed, since it only adds 25 to 45 grams to the helmet.
SWEATSAVER technology does not add anything to the safety of your helmet, but changes absolutely everything in terms of comfort! This innovation, signed Triple Eight, will guarantee you that not a drop of sweat bead on your forehead.
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HOW IT WORKS?
Triple Eight helmets are the first and only to have this technology. The SWEATSAVER is a foam lining that retains your sweat. The absorbent plush fabric gives you maximum comfort and certified double protection.
IS IT WASHABLE?
Do not panic! You don't have to put your sweat-soaked helmet back on every time! The foam liner is removable and machine washable. You practice your sport, you remove the liner, you put everything in the washer and you start again. If you don't want to wash every time, you can buy another set of liners to interchange them when one of them gets dirty.
Do not hesitate to come and see us for more advice when the time comes to choose your helmet! You can also view our entire section on online protections right here.