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Helmets - hire or buy?

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chicaguapa Tue 06-Oct-09 16:02:08

We need 4 helmets in total and I'm balking at the cost when they'll only be worn for a week. At least ski jackets, snow boots can be worn here if it snows. So I wondered about hiring them? We are going to Morzine.

MmeGoblindt Tue 06-Oct-09 16:05:55

Do you ski a lot? If you do then it would be worth it in the long run.

We were in Morzine at the weekend. It was dead as a dodo.

LIZS Tue 06-Oct-09 16:29:49

Most ski shops will hire them out. One less thing to pack although we usually put ours inw ith skiboots.

chicaguapa Tue 06-Oct-09 16:36:27

No. We probably won't go again for a few years at least. My dad's taking us grin but he is insisting on brand new ones. I was wondering what was wrong with the hired one? We are happy to use the ones at the Snowdome and local ski slope.

piscesmoon Tue 06-Oct-09 16:55:43

I would hire them-by the time you go again they are likely to have grown.

madwomanintheattic Tue 06-Oct-09 17:05:44

if you are going regularly, buy (they can get passed down the line lol). if not, hire.

dh and i have our own. we have 3 kids helmets that we bought initially, but as they have grown out of them we have just hired. this year we might buy, but only because we have just moved within driving distance of the slopes, and so can't be doing with the faff of having to spend half our lives in the hire shops. tis going to be an expensive season i fear.

have a lot of fun!

jicky Wed 07-Oct-09 19:53:19

dh & I own helmets. ds1 & 2 started with rental (well in Canada kids helmets are always free) but when I saw how much it would cost to rent in Morzine we brought them their own. ds3 got brought one on sale, but out grew it - so only got a a weeks use. He is back to the free Canadian ones. When ds1 and 2 out grow theirs I'm not sure we will buy again, depends where we ski.

alypaly Thu 08-Oct-09 15:50:21

buy one ,so that you are sure they have not been damaged previously.Ifr they have had an impact or been dropped heavily ,they could be cracked.

CaurnieBred Fri 09-Oct-09 10:16:25

And get onto the Lidl mailing list - we got DD's helmet from there last year - cost £13 and they cover quite a range (I think is around a 4-5 cm change) so will do for at least 2 years and you have the security of knowing how they have been treated.

LunarSea Fri 09-Oct-09 10:29:29

If you go to the snowdome, have a look at Ski Warehouse (online here).

Or if there's one anywhere near you Decathlon are also reasonable.

chicaguapa Sat 10-Oct-09 11:42:59

Thanks for all your replies. I will probably buy then if Morzine is expensive to hire them.

LIZS Sat 10-Oct-09 11:53:28

Check the website, it shodul give you an idea of cost - the prices are normally standard within the chain.

LIZS Sat 10-Oct-09 12:15:24

chekc here for an idea of cost. You will struggle to find a child's helmet to buy in uk under £35.

LunarSea Sat 10-Oct-09 13:52:49

Actually Aldi, Lidl, Tchibo, Decathlon, Ski Warehouse as mentioned above will all do childrens's ski helments in the uk for less than half that.

CaurnieBred Sat 10-Oct-09 23:32:24

Have just checked DD's Lidl helmet - has a 3 cm expansion range so should last for at least 2 years. They just aren't "pretty" - light or dark grey were the choices last year.

frottie Mon 12-Oct-09 12:45:31

i've just bought mine from for £20 and they are an adjustable size from 48cm - 52 cm so i am hoping it will last quite a few years so cheaper than renting. also i was worrie dtoo about how the helmets had been treated when renting, if dropped or years old how do you know how well they will protect? I also bought a little flower helmet cover to pretty it up as my little girls wants pink on everything!smile

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