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How to Measure for a Ski Helmet

Ready to hit the slopes and experience the thrill of skiing this winter? From the crisp mountain air to the fresh powder under your skis, it's an experience like no...

Ready to hit the slopes and experience the thrill of skiing this winter? From the crisp mountain air to the fresh powder under your skis, it's an experience like no other. But no matter your skill level, safety should always come first. Protecting your head from unexpected spills, bumps, and crashes means the fun goes on for longer anytime you start shredding.

With so many options out there, finding the perfect fit may seem overwhelming. But not to worry, whether you are picking up your first helmet, going up a size, or feeling like changing to a style that fits you better, you can always find a high-quality helmet at Craniologie.

We've got some tips to help you find a comfortable, secure, and stylish helmet. With a helmet that fits just right, you can confidently ski and enjoy every moment of your winter adventure. So get out there and carve up the mountain - your head will thank you.


How Do You Measure for a Ski Helmet?

Measuring for a ski helmet is essential to ensure maximum protection while enjoying winter sports. Finding the right size helmet is quite a fulfilling process, and luckily, it's a simple process that we can help you with in-store or online.

Whether you're shopping online or in-store, we have a range of tools and resources available to ensure that you get the best possible fit. Our headucators can assist you with personalized fittings, answering all of your questions and concerns through our chat link or email.

For in-store shoppers, we use a fabric tape measure to measure your head, taking into account four specific areas for the most accurate sizing. We'll then guide you through our selection of helmets, highlighting the features and benefits of each one to help you make an informed decision.

All you need is a fabric tape measure to get started. It will be easiest if someone else can assist in the measuring process. We are looking to measure the widest and longest parts of your head. A good way to think of it is to start about 1-2 inches above your eyebrows and from there measure across your temples and around your occipital bone (where the back of your head sticks out a bit).
Helmet sizes are measured in centimeters, so be sure to look at that unless you are good at conversions! For example, most small helmets range from 52-55cm, mediums range from 55.5-59cm, larges range from 59.5-62cm and extra-large ranges from 62.5-65cm.
Once you get your size dialed down, the next step is to generally analyze your head shape. Some heads are rounder versus an oval shape. If your head is more ovular, Giro, Pret and Sweet Protection tend to work the best. For rounder head shapes, Smith, Oakley and POC work best.
If you're shopping online, we offer an online helmet assessment to help you determine your size and multiple helmet options with the features you're looking for. There isn’t an exact science to finding the perfect helmet, but that’s why we offer free returns or exchanges and are available to ‘chat’ anytime via the feature on our website.
And, of course, we have a variety of stylish colors available to choose from, so you can look good and feel confident on the slopes. Follow us on Instagram for seasonal discounts, special offers, and new product updates.


How Do You Know If Your Ski or Snowboard Helmet Fits?

Your helmet is one of the most important pieces of equipment you'll wear while skiing or snowboarding. A properly fitting helmet not only ensures your safety on the slopes but also enhances your overall performance and enjoyment. Follow these guidelines to make sure your helmet fits perfectly.

  • When trying on a helmet, make sure that it fits snugly but not uncomfortably tight. If the helmet moves or shifts when you shake your head, it's too loose.
  • The front of the helmet should sit just above your eyebrows, and the back should cover the back of your head. Your head and the helmet should be level, with no gaps or spaces between them.
  • Adjust the chin strap to fit snugly under your chin but not too tight. You should be able to open your mouth comfortably while wearing the helmet.
  • Check that the buckle is secure and sits flat against your skin. Make sure that you can see and hear clearly while wearing the helmet.

If your helmet does not fit properly, exchange it for a different size or try on different models until you find one that fits comfortably and securely. Remember, you must be absolutely comfortable with your helmet before venturing onto the snow–that's the peace of mind you need to have a good time.


How Often Do I Have to Change My Ski Helmet?

Keeping your ski helmet in good condition guarantees its rated safety whenever you use it. But just like any other piece of gear, they don't last forever. This is because the materials used in the helmet can degrade over time, particularly if the helmet is exposed to sunlight, moisture, or extreme temperatures. The foam liner inside the helmet can also compress over time, which reduces its ability to absorb impacts.

Manufacturers generally recommend replacing your ski helmet every five years, depending on usage and care. However, several other factors can also impact the helmet's lifespan, including:


If your helmet has been significantly impacted, you should replace it immediately, even if there is no visible damage. The foam liner inside the helmet may have been compressed, reducing its ability to absorb impacts.

Wear and Tear

If your helmet shows noticeable wear and tear, such as cracks, dents, or scratches, it may be time to replace it. These signs can weaken the helmet's structure and reduce its ability to protect your head.


A helmet that no longer fits properly may not provide adequate protection. This can happen if the foam liner has compressed over time or your head shape has changed. Always try on a helmet to ensure a proper fit before purchasing it.


Helmet technology is continuously evolving, and newer models may offer improved protection compared to older ones. If you've been using the same helmet for several years, it may be worth considering upgrading to a newer model with better safety features.

It's essential to take proper care of your helmet to maximize its lifespan. Always store it in a cool, dry place when not in use, clean it regularly with mild soap and water, and avoid exposing it to extreme temperatures or sunlight.

Get the Perfect Fit for Peak Performance: Trust Craniologie to Help You Look and Ski Your Best

At Craniologie, we're dedicated to providing you with the perfect fit for peak performance on the slopes. Trust our knowledgeable headucators to help you look and ski your best with a properly fitting helmet from top brands like Smith, Giro, and POC.

Accept nothing but the finest. Visit Craniologie and experience the difference a properly fitting ski helmet can make.



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