How to dress up a helmet.

By Wendy Clinch •  Updated: 02/05/13 •  2 min read

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.

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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