The debate over whether or not wearing a helmet should be made compulsory has been brewing for a while, and it’s recently been reignited by the news that an insurance company has decided to make helmet use compulsory on their winter sports insurance policy. The move by Essential travel is bound to see other insurance companies follow suit, and may end up taking the question of whether or not to wear a lid, out of our hands. In Canada, certain resorts in eastern Canada have taken things a step further by making it compulsory to wear helmets on their mountain. To be honest, I rarely wear a helmet. It’s not because I feel invincible, as I’ve learned, to my peril, that I’m not. It’s more that I previously hadn’t found one that I felt comfortable in. I found them to be quite cumbersome, and while I knew that I really should wear one, I always found a way to convince myself I’d be ok without it.
Fortunately I have been, but that’s not to say that I haven’t had my fair share of tumbles. I’ve broken several bones and whacked my head on many occasions, so I’ve probably had a lucky escape… so far. There’s nothing worse than the hollow thud of your own head hitting hard packed snow (or is that just mine?!) and every time it happens, I vow that I’ll start wearing a helmet. I’m now starting to feel like a Cat (capital C intended) whose nine lives are rapidly running out. So, this season I’ve decided that I’m going to find a helmet that I feel comfortable in, and then wear it all of the time (well, on the mountain at least!) My mission got underway a couple of months ago, when the new kit started to appear in the shops, and I think I might have found a winner, the Salomon Poision. It feels super comfy, light, and doesn’t make me feel like I want to take it off the minute I put it on! Hell, I’m even comfortable enough in it to post a picture online, which is definite progress!
I also love Bern helmets, but just don’t think they‘re the right fit for me, as I have a pretty small (as well as hollow!) head. There are some great helmets out there, which not only feel comfortable, but look great too, so it’s easy to see why they are starting to become the norm, rather than the exception. Personally, I’m all for helmet use and can’t see many arguments against it, other than the comfort/vanity factor, or cost. I’ve used the latter as an excuse too, but seeing as I’ll happily shell out for yet another jacket that I really don’t need, that excuse really doesn’t hold much weight. I probably need the push of it being made compulsory, but then again, I do feel people should be able to make their own choices. It’s a tricky one… What do you think? Do you wear a helmet? How do you feel about the idea of them being made compulsory? Leave a comment below. I’d love to hear your views… Thanks, Cat