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The Ultimate Guide to Snowmobile Safety Gear

Snowmobile gear is designed to help protect the rider and allow as much movement as possible for high-speed, high-action riding. As with any motorsport, we recommend that you follow safety best practices when it comes to selecting, wearing, and using your equipment. 

Snowmobile Helmets

Snowmobile helmets are designed to serve multiple purposes. Beyond protecting the head from impact injuries, they also need to keep you warm while allowing for proper ventilation at the same time. Some snowmobile helmets also feature a heated helmet shield to help keep warm above the neck. 

The best way to ensure helmet quality is to look for the Snell Foundation seal of approval. This nonprofit organization dedicated to verifying helmet safety for countless manufacturers will grant its seal of approval to products they believe are constructed to the highest safety standards. 

When browsing helmet options, the Snell Foundation recommends you analyze the following features for safety: 

Look for the Snell Seal 

Inside every Snell-certified helmet, you will find a sticker with that product’s specific Snell Certification. This reassures the customer that the organization has thoroughly inspected this model to ensure that it was designed to meet rigorous standards for consumer safety. If you want to see a full list of currently certified helmets, browse their directory

Go for the “Goldilocks” Helmet that Fits “Just Right” 

Helmets that are too large or too small pose their own safety issues for riders. If the snowmobile helmet is too snug, it can limit your range of motion, distract you, and generally feels uncomfortable to wear. Similarly, a helmet too large may move around the head too much and could provide inadequate protection in the event of a collision. 

Instead, you want to try on as many snowmobile helmets as possible to find the “Goldilocks” one that fits “just right”. There are no standard sizes for helmets, so a medium for one brand might be larger or smaller than another.

Keeping this in mind, we recommend that you visit a brick-and-mortar snowmobile gear retailer to try on helmets. You should look for one that does not move on the head, fits comfortably but securely, and possess adequate padding to protect you. 

Helmet Shape Matters

Everyone has a different head shape, and the same can be said for most snowmobile helmets. Depending on how your own head is shaped, it can mean that one helmet that fits perfectly for your friend may not fit well at all for you. The Snell Foundation recommends that you select a helmet that fits snugly around the crown of your head. 

Get the Right Gloves

The next piece of essential snowmobile gear would be gloves. Unlike general winter gloves, ones designed for snowmobile riding are designed to provide extra protection in the event of an accident. 

Look for snowmobile gloves that fit snugly, will not fly off, and offer some outer padding or plating to protect the backside of your hand. This extra reinforcement will help protect your hands from injury. 

How to Pick the Best Snowmobile Boots

When shopping for gear, you should not overlook the importance of quality snowmobile boots. These are designed for optimal comfort and performance while riding. As with helmets, everyone has a different foot. What might feel comfortable for one person may not for another, so it is important to try on as many pairs as you are able to. 

Here are some key traits to look for in a snowmobile boot: 

Comfort 

First off, the boots that you ultimately select should be comfortable to wear. If they are pressing on the top or sides of your feet, this will become distracting when riding. 

Try on the boots at the store and walk with them for a couple of minutes. This will help you ensure that they are not pressing on a part of your foot or causing any other discomfort. 

Weight 

You want a boot that is not too heavy, but also not too light. A balanced boot weight will mean both protection and maneuverability as you cruise through the snow. 

Flexibility

Have you ever put on a pair of boots and found them to be completely inflexible? For most boots, breaking them in is an unavoidable part of using them. When trying on boots, ask a sales representative which ones offer the most immediate flexibility and/or least break-in time. 

Waterproofing and Insulation

When riding in your snowmobile, you want to make sure that no snow is accidentally kicked up and into your boots, but you also want something comfortable to wear. You should look for a pair of boots that are waterproof, insulated, and can still provide you enough flexibility to ride without distraction. 

We recommend that you try on at least three different pairs of boots before making your final decision. If it does not feel one hundred percent “right,” that could impact your riding when you are wearing them on your snowmobile for the first time. 

Snowmobile Apparel

When you are preparing for your next snowmobile adventure, you need to also select apparel that will provide protection, waterproofing, and warmth at the same time. Beyond helmets, gloves, and boots, you should also be wearing: 

  • Snowmobile jacket
  • Snowmobile pants
  • One-piece snowsuit (as an alternative to separate jacket and pants) 
  • Base and mid-layer shirts and pants 
  • Googles with spare lenses 
  • Face mask for additional protection 
  • A rolling gear bag that can comfortably hold any emergency items 

Emergency/Safety Gear when Riding Your Snowmobile 

Though we do not always want to think about what could happen if your snowmobile breaks down or is destroyed in a collision, we cannot rule out the possibility. You should always have some basic safety provisions with you in case of an emergency. 

Some emergency provisions to consider: 

  • Water and snacks
  • Blanket 
  • First-aid kit
  • Flashlight
  • Firestarter
  • Handheld saw or hatchet for cutting wood 
  • Hand warmers 
  • An extra pair of dry gloves and/or socks
  • Compass and paper map
  • Avalanche probe/transceiver 
  • Satellite phone 
  • Animal whistle to scare off aggressive wild creatures
  • Snowmobile shovel

Need Recommendations for Snowmobile Gear? We’re Here to Help 

Since our first days in business, we have helped many new and experienced snowmobile riders prepare for a fun, safe, and satisfying adventure across beautiful Idaho winter landscapes. We want to help you begin your next motorsports journey with confidence as well. 

To learn more about snowmobile gear, speak with a representative, ask questions, or look for recommendations, contact us anytime.

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