How to Size Ski Helmets for Kids

How to Size Ski Helmets for Kids
Getting the correct size helmet for your child is a very important safety goal. A poorly fitted helmet won't provide the full protection of one that fits properly. As is often the case with kids' clothing and accessories, sizing a helmet will mean that you have to get hands on and help your child establish that the helmet fits correctly.


Difficulty: Moderate

Step 1
Measure your child's head. Wrap a measuring tape around her head about a half inch over the eyebrows. Most helmet-sizing guides use centimeters, so record the measurement in centimeters. This will be a rough number to start out with.
Step 2
Size helmets at a local ski shop or sporting goods store. Refer to the manufacturer's guidelines to determine what size your child needs if the size isn't denoted numerically. Kids helmets usually fall between 49 and 56 centimeters.
Step 3
Pick out a model in your child's size and have him put it on. If your child wears goggles, have her put them on with the helmet to verify the right fit. Help your child get the helmet pushed down and the chin clip secured. The clip should be snug and sit against the throat, but it should not dig into your child's chin.
Step 4
Check the positioning of the helmet. It should sit no more than an inch above the eyebrows and should be above the neck in back. The goggles should sit comfortably under the helmet without leaving a gap or being pushed downward.
Step 5
Ask your child if the helmet is painful in any way. A ski helmet probably won't be "comfortable" for a child who has never worn one, but it's important that the helmet isn't squeezing the head or causing any pressure or pain.
Step 6
Check for gaps. The helmet should fit against your child's face without leaving any gaps between the padding and his face. Feel around the helmet to make sure this is the case. Also, verify that the helmet is touching the top and back of your child's head.
Step 7
Have your child shake her head back and forth in an exaggerated "yes" movement. Make sure the helmet stays put and doesn't slide back and forth. Try moving the helmet front to back; your child's forehead should move with the helmet. If it's loose, adjust the size or try a different helmet.
Step 8
Have your child shake his head from side to side. Then have him bend down with his head upside down. Be certain the helmet remains snug without any independent movement.

Tips & Warnings

Try on several helmets to see which fits best. Adjustable helmets are available.
Try on several helmets to see which fits best.
Adjustable helmets are available.

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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