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Top five ski helmets for kids
Kids should be safe when playing outdoors and that includes winter time sports and outdoor activities. Any child who loves to ski or enjoys playing outside during winter needs a good quality helmet.
More than anything else ski helmets help protect children from serious injury. When it comes to kids, trips, falls, bumps and bruises are a fact of life. This is never more true than during winter because of the slippery surfaces produced due to snow and ice.
It only takes a brief miscalculation or inadvertent accident for a child's head to hit the ground or slam into a tree. A quality ski helmet can make the difference between a near-miss catastrophe and a fast trip to the emergency room.
While ski helmets help prevent injury, it's important for kid's winter gear to be comfortable so as to ensure a child will actually wear the safety equipment as they ski or play outside. For children, selecting a helmet model with a secure chin strap, additional earmuffs and a breathable cap with the ability to wick away moisture, is ideal.
Companies offer ski helmets in a wide variety of styles, with numerous extra features and comfort levels for both boys and girls. Here's a sampling of some of the best high-tech ski helmets for children in 2011.
Giro's Tag helmet comes in six fun styles for boys or girls and features a goggle channel with vents to keep goggles fog-free. Air pockets in the top and back help wick away moisture while built in earmuffs keep little ears warm. Giro's retail price for this great helmet is $60 .
K2 is a great ski company with many fantastic product lines. For kids there is the K2 Shadow helmet in white with black prints across the back. Goggle retention straps and earmuffs add to the comfort level of this superior helmet for boys. Skis.com retails the K2 Shadow for $70.
Smith's Upstart ski helmet is the ultimate in child safety gear. Molded plastic protects the earmuffs and a removable lock ensures goggles remain securely in place. A lush cloth lining is added for comfort while keeping a child's head protected. The Upstart comes in five varieties for both boys and girls and sells for $60 on Skis.com.
R.E.D. sells a wonderful Avid Grom kids ski helmet which is available in three colors. Similar to a high-quality hockey helmet, this beauty features additional padding to keep little ears warm while being extremely lightweight. The lining can be removed and the helmet may be easily used for skateboarding in warmer weather. Skis.com offers this excellent helmet for $65.
Bern's new Nino helmet for 2011 is available with ultra-warm padding which can be easily removed for summer skateboarding. The top is vented to keep the head dry and help evaporate moisture. This fantastic all-weather helmet sells for $70 on Skis.com and is available in two varieties for boys.
Local sporting goods stores and pro shops typically offer a great selection of quality kid's ski helmets. Online retailers also provide a wide variety of styles, colors and features in children's ski helmet wear. With so many choices available, parents are sure to find a quality helmet which both protects and pleases any child who wears it.
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