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Ski touring helmets: essential protection for skiers and mountaineers

Ski touring helmets are an essential piece of equipment for ensuring safety in the mountains. It offers protection against falls, impacts and debris, while being designed to be lightweight and well-ventilated, suitable for the intense efforts of climbing and technical descents. Whether you're an amateur ski tourer or an experienced mountaineer, choosing the right helmet is crucial to your safety and comfort. Here's a guide to help you select the right ski touring helmet for your needs.

Features of ski touring helmets: Lightness and ventilation

When choosing a ski touring helmet, there are a number of features to consider to ensure protection and comfort:

  • Lightweight: A lightweight helmet reduces fatigue during long ascents and offers optimum comfort. Modern materials such as polycarbonate, EPS (expanded polystyrene) and EPP (expanded polypropylene) enable us to manufacture helmets that are both lightweight and robust.
  • Ventilation: Good ventilation is essential to prevent overheating and wick away perspiration. Ski touring helmets often feature multiple adjustable ventilation openings to adapt to changing weather conditions.
  • Fit: A precise adjustment system adjusts the helmet to the shape of your head for a secure, comfortable fit. Look for helmets with knurled adjustment systems or adjustable straps.
  • Versatility: Helmets designed for ski touring should be versatile, offering protection for skiing, mountaineering and other mountain activities. Some models are certified for multiple standards (skiing, mountaineering, cycling) for multi-sport use.
  • Comfort and compatibility: The helmet must be compatible with other equipment such as goggles or masks, and offer maximum comfort with removable, washable linings.

Types of ski touring helmets: Choose according to your needs

  • Lightweight helmets: Designed for performance-oriented ski tourers, these helmets are ultra-light and well-ventilated, ideal for fast climbs and long traverses.
  • Versatile helmets: These helmets offer a good compromise between lightness, protection and ventilation, suitable for ski tourers looking to balance ascents and descents.
  • Ski and mountaineering helmets: Certified for skiing and mountaineering, these helmets are designed to offer maximum protection in a variety of environments, from steep slopes to rock faces.
  • Helmets with integrated visors: For extra protection against the elements and clear vision, some helmets feature integrated visors.

Recommended brands: Quality and innovation

Several brands are renowned for their high-quality ski touring helmets, offering solutions for all levels of skiers and mountaineers:

  • Petzl: A specialist in mountain equipment, Petzl offers helmets like the Petzl Meteor, certified for skiing and mountaineering, lightweight and well-ventilated.
  • Salomon: Known for its ski equipment, Salomon offers versatile helmets like the Salomon MTN Lab, designed for ski touring and mountaineering.
  • Black Diamond: Offers sturdy, lightweight helmets like the Black Diamond Vapor, ideal for demanding mountain activities.
  • Mammut: Renowned for its mountain safety equipment, Mammut offers helmets such as the lightweight and robust Mammut Wall Rider.
  • Julbo: Known for its helmets with integrated visors, Julbo offers models like the Julbo Sphere, combining protection and comfort.

Price and accessibility: finding the best deal

Ski touring helmets vary in price

depending on brand, materials and features:

  • Entry-level: For limited budgets, brands such as Salomon and Mammut offer affordable helmets starting at 80 euros.
  • Mid-range: Good-value helmets, such as those from Petzl and Black Diamond, are generally priced between 120 and 200 euros.
  • High-end: For those seeking high-quality materials and innovative designs, helmets from brands such as Julbo with integrated visors can cost between 200 and 300 euros.

Choosing the right ski touring helmet is essential to ensure your safety and comfort in the mountains. By taking into account lightness, ventilation, fit and versatility, you can find the ideal helmet for your ski touring and mountaineering adventures. Well-known brands such as Petzl, Salomon and Black Diamond offer a wide range of helmets to suit all budgets and conditions. Investing in a good ski touring helmet will enable you to enjoy your mountaineering activities to the full, safely and with confidence.

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