Cool kids like cool designs. This is what the Carat, a classic and loyal companion to countless beginning skiers, offers. Despite the entry-level price, the Carat offers maximum safety and many features. The helmet is very lightweight yet sturdy thanks to the Inmold design. The polycarbonate shell connected to the Hi-EPS is unbreakable and scratch-proof, as well as UV-resistant and antistatic.
The helmet can be adjusted to the child’s head using the Run system. A central dial allows the headband to be adjusted more loosely or more tightly. To keep the helmet from slipping off the head, the helmet’s strap is secured under the chin with the Ergomatic strap buckle with red button and multi-step automatic adjustment. The system can easily be used even while wearing ski gloves, and can’t open by itself in case of a fall. Thus the Carat gives parents a sense of security too when the children set out for their first turns on the piste.
Inmold ski helmets by Alpina are very light as well as extremely sturdy. This is achieved by a production process in which the helmet’s polycarbonate upper shell is fused with the EPS granulate under high heat and pressure. The result is an inseparable bond between the upper and lower shells across a large area.
This impact- and scratch-resistant polycarbonate shell is fitted to all Alpina helmets manufactured using the Inmold procedure. The blank work pieces are shaped at high temperature onto the form of the helmet design and the shells are then pressed onto the helmet‘s Hi-EPS body. The material combines a number of distinct advantages: it is impact and scratch-resistant, it contains UV stabilisers and is anti-static.
The inner shell of every Alpina helmet consists of HI-EPS (High Expanded Polystyrene). These microscopic air pockets absorb the forces that act in an impact and provide the protective damping. HI-EPS allows extra-thin wall thicknesses and slim helmet shapes to be achieved. As HI-EPS absorbs neither water nor perspiration the protective effect is retained for a long time.
Run System Ergo
Alpina ski helmets rely on the time-tested Run System Ergo Snow, a flexible head adjustment system with a central rotatable control knob. The top-end model has two large pads to the left and right of the redesigned control knob that distribute pressure. The large control knob is made of a two-component mix that grips well and can be perfectly operated even when wearing ski gloves.
Proven a hundred-thousand-fold and used in all Alpina ski helmets: Our famous strap buckle with a red push button and multi-step automatic locking mechanism. Ergomatic can be operated when wearing ski gloves – the strap can be loosened while using the ski lift and tightened again before the downhill run – and is prevented from opening on its own in a crash.
Freecarve or freeride bonanzas can be sweat-inducing affairs! Especially the head acts as a veritable “heat exchanger.” That’s why Alpina ski helmets equipped with Changeable Interior allow you to quickly remove the interior lining, handwash it in tepid soap water, let it dry and simply insert it again.
The Alpina Neckwarmer is pulled down low at the back of the helmet and consists of a comfortable, soft micro-fleece material. This “heat collar” also prevents the neck from being hit by air draft at high speed and Siberian temperatures. Thanks to its clever construction there are no pressure points.