Skiing is one of the most popular winter sports around. You have had the experience and have fallen in love. You have decided to take up the sport on a more serious level but realize that ski rentals on a regular basis can become quite pricey. Rather than rent skis every time you go out on the powder, you can own your own skis and save yourself some money in the long run.
Types of Skis
The way a pair of skis is made makes a huge difference in how the skis react in the snow. The size and shape also affect how the skis take curves and how fast they can go down a slope.
The waist of a ski can be narrow or wide. A narrow waist ski can work well in routes that are groomed and snow that is hard. An 85mm and below narrow waist ski with deep rocker tips and sidecuts will attack turns very easily. A ski with a wide waist can handle just about anything. Skis with an 84mm to 105mm waist will glide through soft snow and give the user a great deal of stability in varied snow types.
A ski’s camber will provide more contact with the snow, more responsive turns, stability, and faster speeds. The rocker provides more floatation in soft snow and the ability to turn faster.
The length of the ski is important for a number of reasons. The skier looking to make faster turns will want a shorter ski. The novice skier will also want a shorter ski. The more experienced skier might want to try a longer ski. A longer ski will also provide more stability in your turns.
There are skis made specifically for beginners and experts alike. Beginning skiers are advised to purchase skis for a level slightly higher than their current level. Skis at their current level will hinder their ability to grow. Skis at a slightly higher level will help a novice skier progress and improve their abilities over time.
Skis Made Specially for Women
Women who want to buy skis should be aware that there are special skis made for them. Due to the difference in a woman’s weight and body type as oppose to men, skis for women are made with more flexibility and lighter than skis made for men. They also have the bindings placed closer to the front to accommodate the fact that a woman’s center of gravity is lower.
It is also good to know where you are planning to ski. Though most skis are made for any type of terrain the manufacturers make each pair to work well in specific terrains. Some skis are made for well-groomed surfaces such as resort terrain and others are made for a little rougher terrain such as skiing in the backcountry. To get a smooth ski experience, knowing where the skis will be used will add in the decision process.
Skiing can be a fun, exhilarating sport to take up. Whether you are a beginner or a pro, knowing what type of skiing you want to do will help you determine what type of skis will be better suited for you to make your skiing experience an enjoyable one. Overall, you want to purchase skis that will fit your body type and fit you like a glove. They should become a part of you, working with you to make you the best skier you can possibly become. By choosing wisely, you will find skiing to be a fun sport you can enjoy for a lifetime.
Today we’re going to take a detailed look into how to choose the right sized helmet for you, what key points you need to keep in mind while actually fitting your helmet to get the optimal fit, and what key features to look out for.
Choosing the Right Size
Choosing the right size of helmet is something we get asked all the time, but it’s actually quite simple; all you need is a measuring tape – and your head!
So holding your measuring tape, simply rest it just above your eyebrows and measure the entire circumference all the way round. Also worth noting at this stage is to ensure you take note of your size in centimeters as most helmets are measured in metrics.
Now when choosing a helmet you may notice the measurements are categorized under heading such as small, medium, large and so on. Each heading will then contain measurement ranges, so for example the helmet I have here is a SMALL and ranges from 52 – 55.5cm. This range helps when wearing items such as hats or beanies underneath the helmet; so please keep in mind that if you plan on wearing an item underneath then you need to keep an additional centimeter or so free within the measurement range which you are looking at.
And that’s it – it’s that simple! Once you’ve got the measurements of your head you’re ready to get ordering!
Fitting Your Helmet
So there are a few key points to note while ensuring your helmet fits correctly:
Once the helmet is on you shouldn’t be able to slide the helmet from side to side or back and forth; if this is the case then the helmet is too big.
It also shouldn’t be too tight either, as this can cause a cut in the blood circulation around your head – the helmet should be comfortable and fit nice and snug around your head for the optimal fit.
The chin strap must also clip up properly, so make sure it is fastened up safely, isn’t so loose that the strap is dangling below your chin but again not too tight that it cuts off blood circulation, it should simply hug comfortably under the chin.
Once you have checked both of these points the last thing you would do is tighten the fit system. Different brands have different designs however these are usually situated on the back of the helmet, if I turn around you will be able to see mine – and you simply tighten this until you have the best fit for you.
There are a wide range of technical features to look out for when choosing your helmet, however we are going to look at the main areas to keep in mind when choosing the right helmet for you.
Firstly let’s take a look at the padding:
All modern helmets will feature some type of internal technical padding, this makes it fit very comfortably and acts as a shock absorber if you happen to bump your head.
The thing to keep in mind with padding is that different brands will design their padding in different ways, some helmets have more padding than others for added protection, whereas certain brands will technically design the padding to mold around the shape of your head for the upmost comfort.
Also incorporated into the padding is the earpads as you can see on either side here. They are designed to protect your ears from the weather and any knocks and bangs which you may encounter, and again for the upmost comfort. Some brands will also feature removable earpads which allows you to wash them and simply remove them if you do not wish to use them!
All helmets are made from highly protective shells which are both strong, durable and lightweight. Single impact ski helmets are the most common and as the name suggest are designed to take a single large hit then be replaced. Multiple impact ski helmets are a relatively new design that feature harder and more scientifically advanced protective materials so can withstand more amounts of impacts – although it is obviously not advisable to take too many bangs without replacing your helmet!
The helmet will also be designed with a specific type of ventilation system; Again there are many variations of ventilation types depending on which brand you choose, however they are all designed to allow the air to get inside the helmet, circulate around and keep you cool and dry whilst out on the slopes.
As you may have noticed on the back of the helmet, most will also feature a goggle clip. It’s not a feature which you MUST use as some people simply prefer to have their goggles strapped around their heads – however a common style is to have your goggles strapped around the outside of your helmet to keep them out of the way, and the goggle clip is just a great feature for piece of mind that your goggles will stay attached to the helmet as you simply slot them through here and clip it down, locking the goggles in place.
And finally most new helmet designs will feature some form of audio compatibility to ensure you can listen to your music whilst out on the slopes. Again, these come in many different variations depending on brands but are all designed to allow you to feed your headphones and the cables up inside the helmet to keep them out of the way and be inconspicuous whilst skiing or snowboarding.
To get the correct measurement for which helmet to choose simply measure the circumference of your head just above the eyebrows.
When fitting the helmet, ensure it’s not too loose but also not so tight that it cuts off blood circulation.
And key features will vary from brand to brand; however, the key areas to look out for are: Padding, Earpads, Protective Materials, Ventilation, Goggle Clips and Audio Compatibility.
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Shot 100% on the HD HERO® camera from GoPro®. Witness world-record holding, extreme skier Jamie Pierre cliff huck from an unbelievable elevation. We miss the amazing skier dearly and are grateful for all that he brought to this incredible sport.
Video from GoProCamera Channel.
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Regan Smith, NASCAR driver, and Jess McMillan, Spyder athlete, race to Telluride for a Warren Miller shoot. Now that my friends, is living the life. Check out the video and then get your own pro on with the amazing winter gear and sales at Ski Pro.
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You have got to love GoPro’s HD Hero2. In just moments you can share that feeling of whipping down the mountain or flipping in the half pipe at the X Games. GoPro takes us to the 2012 Winter X Games in Aspen as they rock out this weekend.
The fans, athletes and GoPro have been preparing all year to make this happen, here we go! Get your GoPro camera and all the winter gear you need at Ski Pro.
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Choking on snow in the Vail backcountry and East Vail Chutes. Hitting deep pow, fun rocks, cliffs, and face shots! Riders include Forrest Kleinman, Jonny Kohl, Jordan Kleinman, Sam Blethen, Matt Ensminger.
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It’s time to make some New Years Resolutions… our No.1 resolution is RIDE MORE!
We’re giving away a Contour Roam to one lucky winner on January 3rd, yeah it’s not the first but we’ve got lives too… we know you’re excited!
It’s the same details as our GoPro giveaway and they are as follows;
Entrant has to have these requirements in place for you to officially be entered into the drawing:
Must be a current resident of the United States (yup, even Alaska and Hawaii can get in on this fun).
Must be a fan of the SkiProRideShop Facebook Fan Page at the time of drawing.
Must have completed the email submission with a valid email (because that’s how we’re going to notify and get your info for shipping).
Only one entry per person.
That’s about it… No purchase necessarily, for more giveaways stay tuned to our FB Fan Page and also check us out on Twitter!
We give away stuff there too!
Oh yeah, and you have to post the videos you create and tag us! Feel free to post it on our page when it’s done!
Come on snow!