The Aeros, a new concept ski helmet designed by Christina Hsu, could save you in the event of an avalanche burial. Hsu’s novel idea is to design avalanche safety features right into the ski helmet. The Aeros a drop down full-face shield and dual oxygen tanks to deliver up to 25 minutes of oxygen in the event of burial. It would also feature a retractable neck brace to guard against trauma.
There are some challenges the Aeros ski helmet will need to overcome if they are to become common place. For one thing, the helmet would be anything but light. Another issue is that Oxygen canisters small enough to fit into the back of the helmet only hold enough air for a couple minutes of breathing. However, we like where Christina’s head is at. Don’t be surprised if you see some kind of avalanche specific ski helmets in the near future.