- To protect my head.
- To keep my head warm.
- To set a good example for my kids.
- Because once I started wearing a helmet, I can’t imagine going back to a hat.
I think ski helmets are quite comfortable and I really like mine. I don’t find it particularly stylish and it certainly isn’t alluring, but as a functional piece of ski equipment, I’m satisfied.
Now, here are some of the reasons I’ve heard for not wearing helmets.
- Helmets are uncomfortable.
- Helmets are hot.
- Helmets don’t protect against concussion.
- Helmets are ugly.
If you’ve tried a helmet and found it uncomfortable (see excuses number 1 and 2), I can’t really help you, other than to suggest you try a different helmet.
But if you’ve resisted wearing a helmet because you think they are ugly, Helmet Huggers may be just what you need.
The brainchild (sorry) of the mom/daughter team of Melanie Stern, Stephanie Ryneveld and Natalie Ryneveld, the idea for Helmet Huggers came from a conversation Melanie had with her son. As she admired his devil horned helmet cover, he said “Mom, why don’t you get a helmet cover too?”
Melanie, Stephanie and Natalie did him one better. After searching in vain for covers and talking without result to major ski clothing manufacturers, they created a line of covers that combine spandex fabric in a wide variety of colors and patterns with faux fur.
Stephanie calls the covers “helmet lipstick” – the last thing you put on to finish of your ski outfit. Some of the words they use to describe Helmet Huggers are “elegant”, “glamour,” and “fashion.” They even suggest that wearing a Helmet Hugger can turn you from “boring ski bum to sexy ski bunny!”
Helmet Huggers Tested…By Me
- A purple cover with brandy fox faux fur (Les Violettes)
- A black cover with brown spotted faux fur (Lady Morgan)
- A bright pink multicolored cover with snow mink faux fur (Delirium Drive)
Based on these covers, here’s what I think:
- Overall, the covers look good – just like on the website. The spandex is lightweight but sturdy, and the fur is not overwhelming – an appropriate accent.
- The covers adjust via a bungee cord around the outside edge. This was easy to use and tightened quite effectively around my helmet. (FYI, these covers fit bike helmets, too!)
- One of the things I really liked when I saw these covers online is that wearers can still use their helmet’s goggle clip and secure their goggles. Or, so I thought. I have two helmets. One has a helmet clip that opens downward and one has a nylon loop that snaps. Helmet Huggers have a small opening at the back right above the fur brim for goggle clips. Be aware: it only works if your goggle clip opens upward.
- Once the cover was on my helmet, the fur looked great on the Lady Morgan and Les Violettes. These furs are rough and variegated. The Delirium Drive cover had a more uniform fur that parted along the edge of my helmet. I personally don’t like this look. (Apparently brushing this fur will help get ride of the “line.”)
The upshot: If you’re looking for a way to dress up your helmet and you like the faux fur look, definitely check out Helmet Huggers. They’re well-made and entirely functional if your goggle clip opens upward. With fabrics ranging from solids to plaids, from snake-skin to psychedelic, you can definitely find something you’ll love. Just be careful which fur you choose. I think the more texture, the better.
Helmet Huggers has graciously donated a helmet cover to one lucky reader of The Brave Ski Mom. Leave a comment to enter this giveaway. If your name is chosen in a random drawing on Tuesday, November 13th, you’ll win the cover of your choice!
And if you don’t win, Helmet Huggers will offer you 15% off if you sign up for their newsletter. Go to their site and at the bottom of the page sign up for sales alerts!
To facilitate this post, I reviewed three Helmet Huggers covers. I wore one and returned the other two (just call me Lady Morgan). As always, all opinions are my own and are exactly what I would tell my family and friends.
This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Deanna!
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