How to Size a Snowboard Helmet

How to Size a Snowboard Helmet
If you've made the decision to wear a snowboard helmet when riding, then getting the correct size is your most important objective. While that helmet with built-in audio system might look like the perfect purchase, you better make sure it fits. If not, you might as well not even bother wearing a helmet because a loose helmet won't provide the protection you're looking for.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Measure your head by wrapping a measuring tape around your forehead right over your eyebrows to get your helmet size. Be sure to use centimeters because this is how helmet size is denoted. The measurement number in centimeters is your size.
Step 2
Fit the helmet on your head. Don't just use your size as the sole basis of your purchase. Each helmet has different shapes and contours to fit different heads. Therefore, not every helmet in your size will fit correctly. Size it in person to be sure it does.
Step 3
Wear your goggles to ensure a comfortable fit. Put the helmet on, tighten the chin strap and lock it.
Step 4
Get a feel for the helmet. Determine if the helmet is too tight or too loose. The padding should be flush with your face without any space between. The helmet should extend from the lower back of your head (shouldn't touch your neck) to just over your eyebrows, leaving enough room to comfortably wear your goggles. While you want the helmet snug it shouldn't be so tight that it's uncomfortable. If there's any problems with fit, try a different size or different helmet.
Step 5
Check the snugness. Having determined that the helmet fits your head correctly, now make sure that it stays that way even if you shake your head from side to side, back and forth or upside down. Test out the helmet and make sure it stays securely on your head no matter what. In the event of a crash, you need to be sure the helmet stays on your head no matter what type of motion is going on.

Tips & Warnings

 
Check to make sure your helmet meets a safety testing guideline such as ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98. If you land on your helmet, you should check with the manufacturer to see if it needs to be replaced. Inspect your helmet regularly for any damage that could limit its ability to protect you.
 
Check to make sure your helmet meets a safety testing guideline such as ASTM F2040, CEN 1077, Snell RS-98.
 
If you land on your helmet, you should check with the manufacturer to see if it needs to be replaced.
 
Inspect your helmet regularly for any damage that could limit its ability to protect you.

Article Written By Joe Fletcher

Joe Fletcher has been a writer since 2002, starting his career in politics and legislation. He has written travel and outdoor recreation articles for a variety of print and online publications, including "Rocky Mountain Magazine" and "Bomb Snow." He received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Rutgers College.

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