How to dress up a helmet.

My husband had a nasty fall on Friday. I knew it was bad when I heard  a crack as his head slammed down on the hard pack.

Luckily, he was wearing a helmet, and except for a little neck and shoulder soreness, he came out of it okay. Phew.

I don’t mean to turn this into a piece about whether or not helmets makes sense. People seem to feel pretty passionately about this one way or the other, so I’ll just direct you to a recent article in the NY Times on the value of wearing a helmet.  (Go here.)  Me, I’m definitely in the pro-helmet camp. Hey, I’d wrap myself in bubble wrap if it’d keep me from getting injured.

One of the objections some people have about helmets is that they’re not very attractive. I think that’s become less of an argument now that they’re more common. But there are things you can do to make your helmet look a little bit less like a bowling ball. A friend of mine decorates hers with stickers.

Hey, isn’t that a SkiDiva sticker I see on there?

But stickers aren’t for everyone. For those who like a bit more style, here’s another option: A helmet band from Helmet BandIts. This is a velcro strap you can fasten around your helmet to turn it into a real fashion statement.

Here I am wearing one at Wildcat (NH), on my recent Ski Safari:


What I like about it is that it’s easy to put on and take off, so you can either wear it or not, depending on your mood. It stays on, too. I wore it up the lift in a pretty stiff wind, and skied down without it coming loose or falling off. The BandIts come in a variety of fur options. But don’t worry — this is faux fur, so no animals were harmed. Another cool thing: apres ski, you can take it off and use it as a scarf to dress up your jacket or sweater. There are matching wrist cuffs, too.

What you do with your helmet is up to you. Leave it alone, plaster it with stickers, dress it up with a Helmet BandIt. But really, the most important thing is to wear one. I do. And I’m sure glad my husband does, too.


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4 Responses to How to dress up a helmet.

  1. Mike February 5, 2013 at 12:35 pm #

    Of all the times a helmet has saved me serious problems, I never ski without one. I prefer stickers myself over the hideous BandIt (sorry :( ) But whether you wear a horrifyingly decorated helmet, an astronaut shaped helmet or a classy sticker helmet, it’s still better than nothing

  2. braveskimom February 5, 2013 at 1:04 pm #

    While the Ski Diva sticker is clearly awesome, it could only be enhanced with a Brave Ski Mom sticker! Happy to send you some to share, use or pass around! They’re free!

    Cheers! Kristen

  3. Jessica February 13, 2013 at 2:24 am #

    To be honest, I think ski helmets look really great – I don’t understand the fuss people make about not wearing one – also a great idea with the stickers, esp. when you can promote your site 😉

  4. De February 24, 2013 at 8:15 am #

    I love the bandit! I want my ski helmet to be just another way to add more COLOR to my outfit, but that bandit looks like too much fun, dahling. Might have to look for one of those.

    My daughter has one of those fluorescent orange helmets. On a foggy day we could see NOTHING at the top of the slope, until, off in the near distance, an orange orb was bobbing in the air towards us. Now, that’s a cool benefit to have a bright helmet, too.

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