Saturday, November 22, 2014

My Favorite Hat is a Helmet!

I like hats - but I look terrible in them.  Something about the shape of my head and and my hair just means that they never fit right.  I rarely wear a hat.

But - - there is one exception.  My ski helmet!



When I learned to ski as a pre-teen, there was no such thing as a ski helmet.  About 15 years ago, you might have spotted a ski helmet worn in a ski resort terrain park; then parents gradually started buying them for their small children.  An article published by the International Skiing association, Ski Helmets, How We Got Here, states “from 1995 until 2010, helmet use increased from 5% to 76%. Over that period, the rate of serious head injuries dropped by about 65%.” That's a pretty impressive statistic!

Gradually, more and more skiers over the past few decades have begun to realize helmets are a good way to protect their brain power.  I was finally one of them.

It took a bit of convincing - I actually bought several, but returned them without ever wearing them. I just felt really ugly every time I tried them on! Finally, I found one that really fit, and I conquered my vanity. The label in my Giro 10 helmet has a manufacture date of May '07.  It has adjustable air vents for temperature control, a removable (washable) liner, warm ear muffs, and (my favorite) a dial to loosen or tighten the fit.  (Giro calls this their “in-form fit system.”)

Helmets are available in a wide range of prices.  Even the most expensive price tag would seem like pennies, however, compared to a hospital bill ...  or a casket. 

I don't think Giro still makes a helmet identical to the one that I own.  I did find a similar one on Amazon.com however.

                                      

The very first time I wore my ski helmet, I became a convert.  Instead of feeling like I looked silly, I felt “cool.” I was now one of the smart people on the slopes - protecting my head! My helmet was light-weight, comfortable all day, and kept me warmer than any other hat I had previously worn.

Now I never waste time looking for the right wool hat, while getting ready to ski.  I just grab my helmet.



Whether you plan to ski, snowboard, or sled, please put on a helmet before you slide down those snowy slopes! It's the smart, comfortable, safe thing to do!

So, what's my second-favorite hat?  My horseback riding helmet, of course!

Do you wear a helmet when you are doing any sports?

This post may be linked to one of the great link-up parties I follow and list on my blog. Check them out!  (For example, I linked up with the Style Me Bloggers: yesterday they asked bloggers to write about their favorite hats.)  

This post contains affiliate links. The opinions expressed, however, are entirely my own.

25 comments :

  1. How right you are. Even if the hat doesn't look stylish, and doesn't show off your beauty it looks sooooo much better than a head-injury.
    And the only helmet I have worn is a motor-cycling helmet - and I wouldn't be without it. Ever.

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    1. Good for you - it always makes me so nervous when I see someone on a motor-cycle without a helmet. I have taken care of too many patients with head injuries from motorcycle accidents!

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  2. You look great in your ski helmet :)! We always wear one when we ski as well - it's just the smart thing to do!

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    1. Smart - and i really do find mine comfortable and warm.

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  3. I can't even imagine skiing without a helmet...or playing hockey...it just seems so sillly. Thanks for linking up!

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    1. Right Deena - hockey is another really important sport to wear a helmet!

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  4. Smart. Smart. Smart. And smart-looking! I went snow-boarding with my daughter last winter. My first time. Oh, I had skied all my life, but snowboarding? Yikes! It was a blast. My only problem was I should have been wearing wrist guards. While my head was perfectly safe encased in plastic and foam, my wrists were woefully exposed. The good news is I got to choose a purple cast! :)

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    1. I've never tried to ski but I definitely wouldn't try it without a helmet. As my hubby says I am not a graceful faller!

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  5. I don't care what color ... A cast is no fun. Snowboarding is definately not on my bucket list!! Will you go again?

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  6. I can't image that hats would look bad on you. :) You do look great in a helmet, though!

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    1. Thanks Carrie - what a nice thing to say!

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  7. Great reminder! I don't go up on the slopes, or let my kids go, without a helmet! Have fun with the snow this year!!

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  8. Thank you for posting on Motivation Monday!

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  9. I look funny in hats... but I still wear them... I like the feeling of having a warmth enveloping my head :) Helmets are essential though...my son had a major concussion because he did not wear one while skiing...

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