When it comes to wearing helmets for skiing and snowboarding, I am an unabashed advocate.
I believe helmets are a necessary piece of equipment, for safety and comfort, for both children and adults.
So today, I am thrilled to be working with Bollé on a gear review and giveaway.
Because, just like me, Bollé is all for putting lids on our skiing kids.
Why Helmets Matter
Skiing and snowboarding safety is multi-faceted. Wearing a helmet won’t prevent your children or you from making poor decisions. Thus, it’s important that all skiers and snowboarders understand the basics of staying safe on snow.
Start with the NSAA Skier and Snowboarder Responsibility Code.
Review it with your kids. Make sure they understand the importance of skiing in control and in a manner appropriate to the weather and terrain.
Next, make sure everyone in your family has well-maintained, properly fitted and tuned gear. While this clearly applies to skis, boards and bindings, it’s also important to wear snowsports-specific helmets and to replace helmets as they age or if damaged in an accident.
Snowsports helmets are not foolproof, and they don’t offer 100% protection, especially at higher rates of speed.
But they will lessen the impact of falls and collisions. According to the National Ski Areas Association (NSAA), helmets can reduce head injuries by 30-50%. And while helmets offer the most protection at speeds less than 14 m.p.h., wearing a helmet can mean the difference between a minor mishap and a serious injury, at any speed.
Bollé Junior Helmets and Goggles
Today, we’re reviewing Bollé junior helmets and goggles. My friend Sarah, and her children helped with this, using the helmets and goggles on sunny, snowy and slushy days, on days when the everyone was happy, and on days when there were tears.
And while all brave ski moms and dads know that you can’t always control the tears, Sarah was happy to report that none of the tears were related to anything Bollé.
The helmets reviewed are the B-Free (size 53-57 cm) and the B-Kid (size 49-53 cm).
Before passing the gear onto Sarah, I took a careful look at both helmets (actually three of them, as we also received a larger B-Kid).
What I saw was impressive.
Protection. Just as in many of Bollé’s adult helmets, the helmet shell is made of polycarbonate bonded to an interior foam liner. This combination is lightweight, comfortable and seriously impact resistant.
Comfort. The interior padding for both helmet models is plush, comfortable and hypoallergenic. While the B-Kid helmet has soft, fixed ear pads, the B-Free helmet has soft ear pads that can be removed for washing. Both helmets are also ventilated from the top and rear, providing air flow for greater comfort.
Sizing. Helmet sizing can be adjusted using the padded chin strap and a Click-to-Fit dial on the back. This dial allows precision sizing and adjustment in the easiest way possible.
Cute. The helmets are adorable and easy to coordinate with children’s ski outfits. In addition to the B-Free Helmet, Henry tried coordinating Bollé goggles. He demoed the Explorer goggles with dual lenses, an anti-fog inner lens, multi-layer foam, integrated fit strap and flow tech venting.
And yes, they too, were quite functional and cute.
Straight from Brave Ski Mom Sarah
Here’s what Sarah reported after her son and daughter had used the helmets a few times.
“The kids both LOVED the helmets and goggles. There was only one pair of goggles, but in a happy coincidence, we had bought our daughter some Bollé goggles at the beginning of the season so we were able to use those with the helmet!
“Both kids loved the designs and the helmets are very plush, cozy and provide a lot of warmth while still being very lightweight.
“The matching style on the boy’s helmet and goggles is extremely “hip” and the matte black finish on the boy’s helmet is particularly sharp-looking. The two girl’s helmets are both super cute and my daughter loved the butterflies on them.
“The only thing that is awkward to adjust is the length of the chin strap. It seems like the plush protector on the strap was too long so it was difficult to adjust the chin strap tight enough. (From BSM: I checked with Bollé, and if the protector is too long, it can be trimmed to fit better without compromising performance or comfort.)
“Overall the kids (and parents!) love the helmets and goggles.”
More About Bollé
Bollé has been in business since 1888, when the French company began manufacturing combs and hair ornaments (who knew?). They started manufacturing safety glasses and goggles in 1950 and made their mark with “cat-eye” sunglasses in 1956. With the introduction of ski goggles in 1960, business boomed and today Bollé is a leader in the manufacture of athletic eyewear, cycling helmets and ski helmets.
As mentioned above, Bollé is all in on ski and snowboarding safety. As part of their commitment to on-snow safety, Bollé is generously giving away a B-Lieve kids’ helmet and coordinating Explorer goggles.
The B-Lieve Helmet comes in either 51-53 cm or 53-58 cm. I’m partial to the Anna Fenninger Signature Series helmet (shown below), but you can choose from amongst four helmet designs and five coordinating goggle designs.
To enter, please leave a comment about how you keep your family safe or why you and your children wear helmets.
We’re doing a quick turnaround on this giveaway, with one winner chosen randomly from all comments on Friday, March 18th.
Many thanks to Bollé for sponsoring this giveaway. As always, all opinions, unless attributed to someone else, are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
More Helmet Safety:
- Ski Helmet Safety Tips for Kids and Families, October 20, 2014.
- Ski Helmets: Should Kids Have a Choice? October 17, 2011.
- Kids, Safety and Ski Helmets: Some Questions and Answers, October 15, 2012.
- Of Course You Should Put A Lid on Your Kid (Helmet Fitting Tips) November 18, 2010.
- Ski Helmets: True Stories, Safety Campaigns and a Junior Helmet Giveaway, October 14, 2013.
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