Ski racing helmets are designed to protect racers while gate training and racing. Race ski helmets undergo extensive safety testing to insure optimal comfort, performance and safety. Most ski racing helmets utilize a traditional full shell design with a hard plastic outer shell that covers the ears and a liner of softer expanded polystyrene (EPS) which has good penetration resistance and energy distribution properties.
Slalom guards or "chin guards" can only be utilized with a race helmet, most of which are full shell helmets, although as of late there have been some new "soft ear" Slalom specific helmets introduced to the market. Chin Guards are made of metal or plastic and attach to the helmet to protect a racer's face from gates in the event that a cross block is missed or a gate wraps around the cross block and hits the racer. Most racing organizations require chin guards be worn for slalom racing. Some athletes take the chin guard off for skiing Giant Slalom, while others have two ski racing helmets so they can change quickly between events without the risk of losing screws or the chin guard itself. Chin Guards should be removed for speed events such as Super G and Downhill.
There are many companies producing ski racing helmets in a variety of colors and patterns to offer more cool options to ski racers. These manufacturers are also typically producing a full line of ski goggles to coordinate with the various ski racing helmet options they provide.
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for USSA Juniors, Masters and FIS and ACA racers
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