Which helmet is the best one for skaters and what size to choose?
Once, helmets were associated with children and a huge, uncomfortable jug on their heads. Fortunately, this stereotype has already died. On the streets, we often see inline skaters, with different levels of skills and age, using a head protection. We decided to dispel the doubts regarding helmets and responded to the most frequently asked questions by customers.
A helmet consists of:
- EPS foam or styrofoam
- outer shell, made of plastic
- internal padding
- clip buckles running on the sides, fastened under the neck
- depending on the model of the helmet, the knob on the back allows for a more accurate adjustment of the size
How does a helmet work?
The most important element is EPS foam, which is responsible for damping the impact of the impact. The padding absorbs and spread down force of the impacts. Helmets are disposable, since the foam / foamed polystyrene does not recover. That's why you should replace your helmet after each collision, even if you can not see changes with your bare eye.
How to choose a helmet?
Above all, it is worth considering what how are we going to skate. We can distinguish two main types of helemets for inline skaters: the so-called "nuts" and the bicycle type. The first is the most popular among skaters and skateboarders. The main feature is the protection of the largest head surface. The perfect helmet not only for people raving in skateparks and around the city, but also suitable for beginners. The bicycle helmet type is mainly chosen by people in speed skating and fitness. The key difference is the aerodynamic shape of the shell and larger air-vents.
The choice of size and more details later in the article.
Are bicycle and ski helmets suitable for inline skaters?
At the first glance ski helmets are similar to skate helmets. In practice, however, they differ in several aspects. First of all, the ski helmet is designed for low temperatures and high humidity with small number of ventilation openings, which disqualifies it for using it during the hot days, summer etc.
Bicycle helmets come in many varieties, among others as a road helmet or MTB. The first one has an aerodynamic shape with a dozen or so ventilation holes and an open occiput. In practice, it will be airy but less secure at the back of the head. MTB helmets, like road bikes, have many air intakes and an additional visor at the front, which aims to protect against protruding branches. These helmets have a different built-up around occiput area depending on the specific model. Probably not many people have consider it, because in most accident cases, cyclist flies forward, in contrast to the skater, who usually falls backwards (hence the difference in the construction).
Looking for an alternative to good ventilation and protection of the occiput, Powerslide has created a series of ELITE helmets, which are characterized by a built-up around back and 21 holes, ensuring comfort at high temperatures.
To sum it up, we recommend helmets designed for skating, because of their protective properties.
Each helmet has a size, given in centimeters (CM), corresponding to the perimeter of the head. The head should be measured 1 centimeter above the eyebrows, so that the tape is horizontal / parallel to the ground.
Do not forget that even if teh size is correect the helemet can still not fit on us. Each of the collection is slightly different. One will contain helmets more oval, the other round, the third deeper, etc. The moment determining the correct size is the trying it on.
In our store you can return the helmet (14 days).
How should the helmet fit?
- light head resistance while putting it on
- hold still when moving your head from side to side and front to back
- cover half of your forehead, do not cover your eyebrows
- the straps should be fastened under the neck so that the two fingers fit between the strap and the chin
- clip buckle must always be fastened!
Loose clip buckle will cause the helmet to fall on the eyes or shift during the impact, and as a result giving insufficient protection. Too tight helmet will cause a headache after a dozen or so minutes.
ATTENTION! Even the most expensive helmet with several certificates will not have a protective function if it is incorrectly fitted or put on.