Helmets + Protection
Stay safe with our protective equipment
Skiing and snowboarding are awesome sports that we all get a buzz from – young or old, newbie or professional – but they wouldn’t be what they are without the element of risk. Sadly, however, you don’t need to be 14ft out of the half pipe or throwing yourself off a cliff to be at risk of injury. Often being less experienced, less physically capable, and just learning or skiing recreationally can be equally as likely to injure.
But fear not, you don’t have to face this risk alone. There are plenty of clever products out there to help make sure that if you do have a mishap, you’ll be properly protected.
Here at Freeze we care about your safety – we want everyone to keep doing the sports they love for as long as possible. That’s why we’ve put together this range of carefully-selected helmets and protective equipment. Whatever level you’re at, whatever your style and budget, you can choose from a huge selection of helmets, back protectors, wrist guards, knee pads and impact shorts.
So, what do you need?
At the very least you’ll need a helmet. Something good quality with the right size and fit. Every helmet we stock has the relevant EU or US safety certification that means you can be certain that it won’t let you down when you need it. Of course, there are cool kids out there who will tell you that you don’t need to wear a helmet. But then again, there are also people out there with traumatic brain injuries who, if they still could, would absolutely tell you to wear one. And we know who we’d rather listen to!
Back injuries are also very common, especially if you’re venturing into the park or out into the back country, so a good back protector can be very effective at preventing blunt impacts from falling across hard objects like rocks and rails. They're also great at protecting your spine from the crushing and bending injuries you might get from falling hard on your ass on ice, ragdolling down a hill or being engulfed in an avalanche.
Another common park injury that can just as easily happen on any flat icy slope is the bruised hip or tailbone. In our experience, the humble bruised tailbone is super easy to do and can be a real 'pain in the ass' for weeks or even months – so it’s not one to be underestimated.
If you’re a beginner snowboarder then falling on your ass is something you’re going to do a lot, another time when impact shorts are really effective. Likewise, as any keen gardener, skater, BMX or MTB rider will tell you – a set of knee pads will help to greatly reduce the effect of constantly kneeling or landing on your knees while you're learning.
Wrist guards often get a bad rep from some, who claim that they’re not effective at preventing injury and simply cause the wrist to break further up, but studies have shown that with the right design they can significantly reduce the chance of breaking a wrist. They can be a solid choice of protective gear, particularly if you’ve got any sort of history of weakness or injury in your wrists.
Anything we can help with?
If you need some advice on which helmet to buy, what features to look out for, what size you need and how to tell if it fits, check out out helmet buyer’s guide.
If you’ve got a question about any of our protective equipment or you’re not sure what you need, we’d be happy to help. Just get in touch with one of our friendly and knowledgeable team and we’ll be glad to talk you through it.