My perfect helmet

on Monday, 10 March 2014. Posted in Categories, Helmets

Learning More about Helmets
On the Right Path Nunavik has chosen to focus on helmet use in 2014. A new poster designed by Pirnoma Technologies Inc. of Ivujivik will be disseminated this spring in the communities and more than 120 youth between the ages of 14 and 20 will win snowmobile or ATV helmets through a regional contest. On the Right Path Nunavik is also working to have helmets stocked in community stores or, at the very least, available through Internet ordering. Here are some tips and information to help you choose your helmet.

Certified Helmets for Greatest Safety
Helmets must be approved by one of the following certification standards: CAN, DOT, ANSI, Snell, BSI, ECE. These standards may be designated differently in different countries. Certification is a guarantee that a helmet has been manufactured according to specific safety standards.

Finding a Helmet that Fits
It is very important to wear a helmet that fits properly. And the best way to know this is to try it on. A helmet must encompass your face and should not move when you shake your head. If there is a little pressure on your cheeks, this is normal. The inside padding will shape itself to your face after a few weeks. If a helmet is uncomfortable or painful to wear, or leaves a red mark on your forehead, it is probably not the right fit.

If it is not possible to try a helmet on, you will need to choose an appropriate size in advance. Measure your head and refer to the table below for the corresponding helmet size. You can determine your head size by measuring its circumference, one inch above your eyebrows and ears. If you expect to mainly wear your helmet in winter over top of a balaclava, you might want to pick a helmet one size larger.

Circumf. (cm)

49-50 51-52 53-54 55-56 57-58 59-60 61-62 63-64 65-66
Adult Size ... ... XS S M L XL XXL XXXL
Kid Size S M L ... ... ... ... ... ...


A Helmet Adapted to Your Needs
Would you wear a hockey helmet to go bicycling? A motorcycle helmet to go skating? Or a bicycle helmet to go snowmobiling? Helmets are adapted for specific activities and should be chosen according to how they will be used: open-faced helmet, integral, modular, motocross, with a visor, with a heated visor, etc. To operate a snowmobile in winter, it may be appropriate to choose a full-face design. Heated visors can reduce fogging; although when temperatures drop to -40ºC, even heated visors are not truly effective. At those temperatures, a warm balaclava can be worn under a motocross helmet with ski goggles to avoid a foggy and icy visor.

Choosing a New or Second-Hand Helmet
To save a little money, you might decide to buy a second-hand helmet. The law does not prohibit the practice, although it does stipulate that helmets must “be free of any modification to or deterioration of the external or internal structure”. Unless you can be certain that a helmet has never incurred a major impact, it is wise to choose a new helmet.

Colour and Accessories
Statistics show that brightly coloured helmets reduce the risk of accidents because they make operators more visible. So don’t be shy about being original and choosing a bright colour!
Accessories can be useful (lights that hook to your helmet, tinted visors, etc.) and decorative (ears, crest or anything that makes your helmet stand out). Most accessories are authorized as long as they do not affect visibility or the structure of the helmet.
The same applies to paint. So that a painted helmet complies with standards, it must be painted by a professional with the appropriate materials. For example, some paints contain solvents that can affect helmet structure.

A Helmet: What is the Cost?
The price of a helmet can start at $60 and go as high as $500, depending on the type of helmet and accessories. Does even the least expensive helmet seem too expensive to you? Then maybe you should also ask yourself about the value of your head and how you would replace it if ever you suffered a head injury! Protection for your head should not be a question of cost.

In any case regarding helmets, it’s better to wear one than not!
Although helmets do not protect against all injuries, they do prevent a large many and they save lives: Helmet use reduces injuries by 70 to 90%.

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For more information, refer to the links below: Sports et loisirs Avis, Aller à votre tête; Conseils pour choisir le casque parfait. (© Sports et loisirs Avis- in French); Protective Helmets Regulation (Québec); About Kids Health, Helmet for Injury PreventionCaring for Kids, Snowmobiles: Safety Tips for Families