A person who snowboards and doesn’t wear a helmet ought to have someone tell him or her to go find another hobby. Snowboarding is not for the faint of heart. It’s not like golf - this sport is about taking it to the extreme. You need guts. You need balls. You need to survive the thrill of zooming down the slope at 50 km/h with nothing but your maneuvering skills to keep you from hitting the nearest tree. You need a helmet.
Snowboard Helmet Tips
Here are some basic facts about snowboard helmets:
- Older designs used to be uncomfortable and itchy around the ears. Thankfully, that isn’t the case anymore. Today’s snowboard helmets are padded so they’re soft and comfortable on the inside, tough and durable on the outside.
- It doesn’t matter whether you’re from Canada or Timbuktu: snowboard helmets are a must. Children and beginner snowboarders tend to slip or fall over a lot. Pro snowboarders, on the other hand, perform crazy stunts that send them 10-20 feet up into the air, so they definitely need helmets, too.
- One cool feature of modern snowboard helmets is the built-in earphones for mp3 player or cell phone users. Now you can get sentimental listening to Simon & Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence” while navigating the Alpines, or even talk to your mom while you’re at it.
Snowboarding: it’s an extreme sport taken to the extreme. Never stray on the wrong side of caution, and always a helmet. You never know the next time you’ll hit a fir tree face first, or when the next piece of stone in the snow will send you flying across the ravine. You need a helmet.
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