Advice for Ski Helmets & Snowboard Helmets

Ski helmets and snowboard helmets aren't just accessories - they are a necessary part of your skiing wardrobe. As ski helmets and snowboard helmets can save you from serious injury or even death, there is no excuse not to wear a ski helmet or snowboard helmet. Also, snow helmets keep you warm and can look cool and sleek, too. Our ski helmets and snowboard helmets provide you with the perfect balance of safety, comfort and style. Below you'll find the basics to help you choose the perfect helmet for your activity and the prevailing weather conditions.

Ski Helmet Size

Finding your snow helmet size, or your "hat size", isn't very difficult. Most helmets are sized in centimetres, based on the circumference of your head. To get a measurement, use a tape measure around your head (just above your eyebrows). If your measurement is in inches, just muliply your measurement by 2.5 - or you could use a inches-centimetres converter.
    • Most helmets that have been designed for a winter sport are appropriate for both skiing and snowboarding.
    • The determining factors in choosing the right ski helmet or snowboard helmet are the terrain, the weather and the fit.


Ski Helmet Fit

It's essential that you try your helmet on before you ride with it. If your ski helmet or snowboard helmet does not fit you properly, it will not protect your head properly. As every model of ski helmet and snowboard helmet is different, we encourage you to try on a few different helmets (keeping them on for a few minutes each) to gauge which shape fits your head better.

    • A well-fitting ski helmet or snowboard helmet is snug, but not uncomfortablly tight or headache-inducing.
    • A good test for this is the eyebrow test: wiggle the helmet on your head, and if your eyebrows move with it, it's a good fit.helmet
    • For optimal protection, it shoudn't roll off backward when you have it on.
    • The ear pads should be snug against your ears.

Integration with Ski Goggles

One of the most forgotten considerations before buying a snow helmet is trying them on with your snow goggles. Often, ski helmets and snowboard helmets can affect the fit of your snow goggles, so it's important to try on your helmet and goggles together!
    • If the goggles fit your face well and feel comfortable with the snow helmet on, they should be fine.
    • Sometimes, an uncomfortable pressure can be changed by loosening or tightening your goggles - so before you put aside a particular model, adjust your goggles.
    • Ideally, there should be no gap between the top of your ski goggles and the bottom of your ski helmet or snowboard helmet. Most of our Giro helmets have an adjustment at the back to help close the gap between helmet and goggle.



Our two brands of snow helmets and snow goggles (Giro and Smith) manufacture their helmets and goggles to integrate seamlessly. So if you want to ensure a perfect fit, we recommend buying from the same brand.

Ski Helmet & Snowboard Helmet FeaturesGiro Battle Adult Snow Helmet with Hard Shell Construction

Ski & Snowboard Helmet Construction

There are two major categories of contruction of ski helmets and snowboard helmets: Hard Shell & In Mould.

    • Hard Shell involves a two-stage construction:
      • A hard ABS outer shell is stuck down over an EPS (expanded polystyrene) interior.
      • The hard outer shell protects against soft knocks without getting scratched, while the EPS interior absorbs the shock of harder knocks.
    • In Mould is a lighter construction than the Hard Shell:
      • The EPS liner is coated with a soft shell of polycarbonate (PC), making this category of ski helmet much lighter.
      • Similar to the Hard Shell, the EPS liner absorbs shock, while the soft PC shell allows for better ventilation systems.
    • Some Smith ski helmets and snowboard helmets feature a hybrid shell construction, which is essentially a Hard Shell construction on top with In Mould construction on the sides and back. This construction optimises the favourable traits of both types of construction, resulting in a low-profile, lightweight snow helmet to be worn by anyone!

Ski Helmet Ventilation

It's important to remember that as well as protecting your head, ski helmets and snowboard helmets keep you very warm. For some, non-ventilated snow helmets can be too warm, especially at temperate snow resorts like Mt Buller, Mt Hotham and Falls Creek. So here's a couple of tips on getting a well-ventilated ski helmet so that you can keep cool:

    • Ski helmets and snowboard helmets with good ventilation provide airflow through the helmet, keeping you from sweating excessively, and thus add to your overall comfort.
    • Most of our Giro and Smith ski helmets and snowboard helmets have multiple vents across the top and sides of the helmet.
      • Some of our snow helmets have shutters so that you can open and close the vents without having to take your helmet off! Check out the Giro Montane ski helmet!

Ski & Snowboard Helmet Extras

Some ski helmets and snowboard helmets come with added features that do not affect the fit or conditions in which you would wear the helmet. Below are just some of the extra features in our range of snow helmets!

Anti-Bacterial Lining

We all know that we tend to work up a sweat on the slopes, so often we can end the day with a sweaty helmet. This can become a bit of a smelly issue, as naturally-occurring bacteria that live on our bodies consume the sweat, producing odour. Thankfully, X-STATIC® comes to the rescue.

    • X-STATIC® liners contain silver, which oxidises in the presence of air and moisture to produce positively-charged silver ions.
    • These silver ions are attracted to the bacteria and penetrate the cell membranes of the bacteria. There, the silver ions prevent the bacteria from mutating and reproducing.
    • Thus, the X-STATIC® liner prevents your ski helmet or snowboard helmet from smelling after a long day's riding.

One of our favourite snow helmets that features X-STATIC® lining is the Giro Seam Unisex Helmet.


All of our adult ski helmets and snowboard helmets (from both brands, Giro and Smith) are compatible with drop-in headphones for music or other audio.

Compatibility with Ski Goggles and Snowboard Goggles

All of our adult ski helmets and snowboard helmets are compatible with any brand of snow goggle. That said, your helmet will better integrate with your goggles if they are the same brand.

    • Many of our snow helmets feature a Stack Vent, which allows for free-flowing ventilation between goggle and helmet.
    • Ski helmets and snowboard helmets that do not have a Stack Vent can cause your snow goggles to fog up more easily.

Full-Face or Open-Face?

    • Generally, full-face helmets are designed for competition--such as alpine skiing events like Downhill and Slalom--in which the wearer is at a higher risk of falling forward or hitting objects straight-on.
    • Open-face helmets are more common--and less cumbersome--for recreational use.

Giro Vault Kids Snow Helmet with Boa Fit System

Ski Helmets & Snowboard Helmets for Kids

Ski helmets and snowboard helmets are no different for kids, just smaller! Online and in-store, you'll find that our range of kids' ski helmets and snowboard helmets encompasses the same constructions and styles as the adult range. However, we do have one main recommendation:

                      • We highly recommend buying a helmet with the In-Form Fit System (Giro).
                        • This system involves a turn wheel at the back of the helmet to adjust the size and shape of the helmet. It is a brilliant feature for parents whose kids are growing fast, because the snow helmet can grow with them.
                        • Our favourite ski helmet like this in our range is the Giro Slingshot Kids Helmet.


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