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post #1 of 22
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I've never worn a ski helmet before, grew up wearing my Smiley hats, and now wear a Columbia hat in the Smiley style. With that said I recently bought helmets for both of my kids and I'm debating getting one for myself. However, I've never been a google person - I've always worn my sunglasses instead. Anybody out there a sunglasses person that wears a helmet that can answer some questions? 

 

I'm curious if the ear flaps and straps mess with the fit/placement of the glasses or cause irritation/pain due to extra pressure on the ears?

Also, do the sunglasses cause the ear flaps to bow outwards, which then causes wind to go under the flap causing noise/coldness issues?

 

If it helps I'm looking at the Giro Nine or Montane models, based on wanting to have quick adjust vents and not wanting to spend more than $100 max. My sunglasses of choice are currently Oakley Flak Jackets, before that it was Half Jackets and M-Frames.

 

Sorry what may seem like dumb questions, but the nearest ski shop/REI is 90 miles away from me, so not a lot of opportunity to just try helmets on to figure this out. With the kids I just measured and ordered helmets from Amazon and got lucky that we got good fit for both kids the first go around.

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 22

I have worn a helmet for the past 10 years or so - most of the times with sunglasses - not goggles.

 

I have no issues at all with the fit or ear flaps bowing.

 

The only small annoyance I can think of is if I am listening to music with earbuds and want to take the buds out.

 

Good luck,

 

Jonathan

post #3 of 22

I started wearing a helmet 5 years ago. My friends told me I should get one before then, but I only got around to it when my dad got me a helmet camera. The ski hill I work on is prone to temperature inversions so it gets to be 50 degrees and sunny quite often, so I tend to wear sunglasses a lot more than goggles. Never had a problem with rocking the shades under a helmet. 

 

There are also a lot of models that you can remove the flaps on. As Alfordjo says, the worst problem is wearing earbuds under the flaps. But since you're a parent, you probably won't be listening to much music. Or maybe you'll want the ear buds to drown out your kids! ;-)

post #4 of 22

I guess it depends on the model..I have a Salomon Patrol helmet and I do find the ear pieces hurt my ears over a few hours of use.  Otherwise, I do like it.  Keeps the head warm, has a vent if needed, holds the goggles up nicely.  I can't say if they work well with glasses though.

post #5 of 22

I wear sunglasses most of the time, but I've got a racing style helmet - hard sides all the way down. (Giro Talon)  The helmet doesn't interfere with them at all.

post #6 of 22

I went from wearing a beanie to a helmet last year

First thing I noticed was a lot of wind noise

It is a Smith Variance 

Any remedies?

post #7 of 22
I've been wearing a full helmet since my son was 5y/o, he's 27y/o now. I figured if he had one, I should too.

Never had an issue with sun glasses.
post #8 of 22
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Originally Posted by Eagle93 View Post
 

I've never worn a ski helmet before, grew up wearing my Smiley hats, and now wear a Columbia hat in the Smiley style. With that said I recently bought helmets for both of my kids and I'm debating getting one for myself. However, I've never been a google person - I've always worn my sunglasses instead. Anybody out there a sunglasses person that wears a helmet that can answer some questions? 

 

I'm curious if the ear flaps and straps mess with the fit/placement of the glasses or cause irritation/pain due to extra pressure on the ears?

Also, do the sunglasses cause the ear flaps to bow outwards, which then causes wind to go under the flap causing noise/coldness issues?

 

If it helps I'm looking at the Giro Nine or Montane models, based on wanting to have quick adjust vents and not wanting to spend more than $100 max. My sunglasses of choice are currently Oakley Flak Jackets, before that it was Half Jackets and M-Frames.

 

Sorry what may seem like dumb questions, but the nearest ski shop/REI is 90 miles away from me, so not a lot of opportunity to just try helmets on to figure this out. With the kids I just measured and ordered helmets from Amazon and got lucky that we got good fit for both kids the first go around.

 

Thanks!


Helmets for adults are shaped slightly differently inside because people's heads come in different shapes.  If you order something that doesn't feel right, might as well send it back and try something from a different brand.

 

I have a friend who didn't get a helmet until a few years ago (he was over 55 then, advanced skier by high school).  Always wears sunglasses.  Happy with a helmet but can't stand goggles.

 

I also got a helmet when I bought one for my daughter.  Found it useful when skiing under snow guns in the southeast.  Better than a hat.

post #9 of 22
Helmets are the best hats ever. My wife knits and made me all sorts of hats over the years from light beanies to heavily insulated and lined versions. all in a big bag in the barn since I started wearing a helmet in the 1980s. I wear glasses and goggles almost always. A well vented helmet will keep you cool in the sun and warm in the cold.
post #10 of 22
We don't have many options for ski equipment in KC either, but if you have a Dicks Sporting Goods nearby they had a decent selection of helmets to try on last time I checked.
post #11 of 22

Buy online from a store with a return policy (even if it means like $10 return shipping).  That's cheaper than the gas you need to drive.

Order  a few to check out fit, and return if you're not happy-even if it means returning all of them.


The online vendors want you to try and buy, it's their cost of business for not having a retail store.

 

It's not really a shady thing to do to do a return if you are indeed being respectful and careful to keep it brand new and in sale-able condition

post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll be in Minneapolis this weekend and will make it a point to get to REI or somewhere to try some on. Glad to hear there are no major issues with the sunglasses and ear flaps!

post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by Eagle93 View Post
 

Thanks for the advice everyone. I'll be in Minneapolis this weekend and will make it a point to get to REI or somewhere to try some on. Glad to hear there are no major issues with the sunglasses and ear flaps!

Better off at Hoigaards or Joes if you want a good selection to choose from.

post #14 of 22

It took me about 25 different helmets to find my current one that I absolutely love.   I don't know if I'll find another helmet that will ever fit as nice.   Ordering online seems like it could be an issue with helmets for adults, FYI.

 

I recommend Joe's, but I actually got mine at Sports Authority several years ago.

post #15 of 22

Props to @Eagle93 for a constructive, intelligent and useful helmet thread!  Nice Thumbs Up 

post #16 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks @Finndog! Not sure how useful it will be to others, but helps me out a lot. I'm a bit of a late adopter on helmets I guess - if I do make the switch. If it weren't for buying them for my kids, I probably wouldn't have given it any thought. But since I have, I recognize that I'm not as young and flexible as I once was, but my love for tree skiing hasn't decreased at all. ;-)

 

My biggest issue with helmets is the fit/comfort/weight. I wear one while snowmobiling where the warmth counteracts any weight issues, and it's saved me already. Last year I cracked the windshield when a drift threw me and I came down face first on top of it - that would've been messy without a helmet. However, on the flip side I only wear my motorcycle helmet when required by law - mainly due to heat and the way the straps mess with my sunglasses - thus my concern with a ski helmet.

 

@oldjeep and @focker I'll keep my options open and swing into Hoigards, Joe's or a Dick's Sporting Goods if I find myself closer to one of them. I'm in Minneapolis to see Garth Brooks, so helmet shopping isn't the priority, but definitely want to try some on given what everyone has said regarding adult helmet size/shape differences.

 

Thanks again everyone!

post #17 of 22
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Originally Posted by Eagle93 View Post
 

Thanks @Finndog! Not sure how useful it will be to others, but helps me out a lot. I'm a bit of a late adopter on helmets I guess - if I do make the switch. If it weren't for buying them for my kids, I probably wouldn't have given it any thought. But since I have, I recognize that I'm not as young and flexible as I once was, but my love for tree skiing hasn't decreased at all. ;-)

 

My biggest issue with helmets is the fit/comfort/weight. I wear one while snowmobiling where the warmth counteracts any weight issues, and it's saved me already. Last year I cracked the windshield when a drift threw me and I came down face first on top of it - that would've been messy without a helmet. However, on the flip side I only wear my motorcycle helmet when required by law - mainly due to heat and the way the straps mess with my sunglasses - thus my concern with a ski helmet.

 

@oldjeep and @focker I'll keep my options open and swing into Hoigards, Joe's or a Dick's Sporting Goods if I find myself closer to one of them. I'm in Minneapolis to see Garth Brooks, so helmet shopping isn't the priority, but definitely want to try some on given what everyone has said regarding adult helmet size/shape differences.

 

Thanks again everyone!


Hey Eagle93,

 

I think you can save 25% this weekend at Joe's.  At least that's what the postcard I got in the mail leads me to believe.  It will be crowded though, just an FYI.

 

If you are going to wear sunglasses, you will want a smaller profile, most likely with soft ears, like a POC Bug, Receptor, or Fornix.  Other brands make them like that too, but I know those models from POC.

 

Good luck.

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by Eagle93 View Post
 

Thanks @Finndog! Not sure how useful it will be to others, but helps me out a lot. I'm a bit of a late adopter on helmets I guess - if I do make the switch. If it weren't for buying them for my kids, I probably wouldn't have given it any thought. But since I have, I recognize that I'm not as young and flexible as I once was, but my love for tree skiing hasn't decreased at all.

;-)

 

My biggest issue with helmets is the fit/comfort/weight. I wear one while snowmobiling where the warmth counteracts any weight issues, and it's saved me already. Last year I cracked the windshield when a drift threw me and I came down face first on top of it - that would've been messy without a helmet. However, on the flip side I only wear my motorcycle helmet when required by law - mainly due to heat and the way the straps mess with my sunglasses - thus my concern with a ski helmet.

 

@oldjeep and @focker I'll keep my options open and swing into Hoigards, Joe's or a Dick's Sporting Goods if I find myself closer to one of them. I'm in Minneapolis to see Garth Brooks, so helmet shopping isn't the priority, but definitely want to try some on given what everyone has said regarding adult helmet size/shape differences.

 

Thanks again everyone!

It's already useful by not being 20 pages long debating whether you should wear one or not.

 

I was skiing with my dad and some of his friends a couple years ago when one of them totally tore apart his ear on a branch, he wears a helmet now just for that.

 

Out of curiosity when was the last time you tried goggles? A lot of companies have helmets specially designed to integrate with their goggles now that might be worth taking a look at. If you just like not having to carry two sets of eye ware around then as others have said most helmets won't interfere  

post #19 of 22
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the headsup @msprace, I've already settled on a Giro Nine after stopping in at REI and trying on a few different brands/models last weekend. None of the ones I tried seemed to pose any problems whatsoever with sunglasses - at least not in the store. The real test will come when I actually ski with it the first time.

 

As for @lonewolf210 's question about last time I wore goggles... it's been 20ish years or so. I'm rather sensitive to light and need to have very dark lenses or I end up with splitting headaches. Thus my history of Oakley MFrames, Half Jackets and now Flak Jackets. I can have a Black Iridium lens in all day and when it gets dark quickly swap to a yellow lens for night skiing. I wear the same glasses for Mountain Biking, motorcycling, etc.

post #20 of 22
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Originally Posted by Eagle93 View Post
 

Thanks for the headsup @msprace, I've already settled on a Giro Nine after stopping in at REI and trying on a few different brands/models last weekend. None of the ones I tried seemed to pose any problems whatsoever with sunglasses - at least not in the store. The real test will come when I actually ski with it the first time.

 

As for @lonewolf210 's question about last time I wore goggles... it's been 20ish years or so. I'm rather sensitive to light and need to have very dark lenses or I end up with splitting headaches. Thus my history of Oakley MFrames, Half Jackets and now Flak Jackets. I can have a Black Iridium lens in all day and when it gets dark quickly swap to a yellow lens for night skiing. I wear the same glasses for Mountain Biking, motorcycling, etc.

 

You can do the same thing with goggles now a days. Takes about 1 minute for me to switch out lens and you can get a lens in pretty much any tint imaginable but it was just a note. If you have something that works then by all means keep doing that.

post #21 of 22

What the heck is a Smiley hat?

post #22 of 22
Thread Starter 

@lonewolf210 I don't see myself changing, but that's good to know in case my kids decide they want to try goggles instead.

 

Smiley is (was?) a brand of ski hats back in 80s and 90s. They may still be around, but I've not seen the brand for quite some time. Their typical style had "flaps" that covered the full ear and had strings/ropes that dangled down from the ear flaps. In theory I suppose you could've tied these under your chin, but I always just let them flap.

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