All CP helmets (but the Camulino model) mount ear pads that are easy to remove and whose interior is made of the same material as the inner lining of the helmet, while the outer surface comes in different materials. The function of the ear pads is to provide protection against snow and wind, while allowing you to hear the noises of your surroundings. This is a very important safety feature that should not be overlooked, especially nowadays that skiing is an increasingly popular outdoor activity and more and more people find themselves on the slopes.
Since the shape of the head is not perfectly circular and each person is different, this very important feature allows you to fine tune the fitting of the helmet on your head, after you have found the right size for you. In order to allow its protective function to be fulfilled, a helmet has to fit snug but not too tight, as you must wear it for many hours a day and be able to enjoy your rides on the slopes.
CP all in one helmets' top quality visors don't just look good – the can easily be changed without any special tools.
Ventilation is a very important factor when choosing any modern ski helmets. Counting how many vents a certain helmet has is one way of getting to know how well-ventilated the helmet is. Adjustable or active ventilation involves a slider that opens and closes vents to regulate temperature at your will. Passive ventilations are built with optimally placed slits that are always open. Many static ventilated helmets feature removable plugs that can be used to close the vents, for example our Curako series.
Active ventilation allows you to actively control the air flow around their head, with separate sliders over the vents on top of the helmet that can be adjusted with the gloves on. This will give you the freedom to open the vents on warm days or when you’re steaming hot while hiking up to the top of the glacier or to shut them up when a chilly wind rolls in and you want to keep it nice and warm.
This involves a built-in system without adjustment. Basic but effective, it creates a constant, direct air flow over your head all day long, keeping you cool without making you freeze. There is no way to close these vents, unless they are provided with removable plugs.
Carbon fibre has many unique features that include extreme strength and durability, light weight, as well as a very distinguished look. Back in the days, this material was only used by military and aerospace research centres, but it grew increasingly appealing to other hi-tech industries such as Formula 1 car racing and more.
Technological progress made carbon gradually more affordable for manufacturers and allowed it to replace heavier metals on many applications. It was just natural for CP to look at this material for its top-of-the-range helmet: the Camurai Carbon series.
Producing carbon fibre top shells is however a very complex, time-consuming and costly process which also involves special tooling and methods that go far beyond ordinary manufacturing.
The term carbon fibre most often relates to textiles made from woven fibres. Each fibre contains between three thousand and twelve thousand filaments. The thickness of a single carbon fibre filament is 1/10 of human hair (0.005-0.010 mm). Carbon fibres are woven in different ways that determine the appearance and strength of the product, as well as the manufacturing process.
Unimpregnated carbon fabrics are as flexible as plastic sheets. It requires epoxy resin impregnation of fabric carefully lined – by hand - inside the mould to create a strong composite from carbon fibre. The carbon fabric sheets are then hardened by thermal processing in autoclave, which generates a working pressure of several bars and provides optimal strength of the finished products as well as perfect appearance, with no defects or air bubbles. The thermal vacuum cycle lasts two hours, which means that each mould can only produce two pieces every day. After “cooking”, the components undergo further coating processes such as varnishing and mechanical finishing by use of special diamond tools. The top shells are then painted to render the final shiny or soft touch effect that make our top line so unique. You can find our whole Camurai Carbon range here.
CP is always very attentive when it comes to select the most fashionable materials for its helmets. For its cashmere line, the choice couldn’t fall upon anything but the largest cashmere manufacturer in the western world: Loro Piana. The finest lots of this precious fibre come from Hircus goats, whose natural habitats include China, India and Mongolia. Cashmere comes from the under-fleece of these small and extraordinary animals.
In order to survive in their hostile habitat, through harsh winters and torrid summers, Hircus goats have developed an undercoat beneath their longer and rougher outer hair that consists of the softest and finest fibres - which have an average diameter of about 14.5 micron - whose countless tiny intervening spaces reduce thermal osmosis to a minimum. Once a year in spring, when the weather is milder, the goatherders harvest this under-fleece by means of a delicate combing procedure that is totally harmless to the animals. About 250 grams of this under-fleece is obtained from each animal every year which, after the coarser outer fibres are removed, becomes no more than 100 grams. That is why cashmere is so precious, although its value is also further increased by the difficulties in obtaining and controlling the fibre.
Because of the natural fibre’s job of keeping the animal comfortable in extreme conditions, cashmere has the natural ability to regulate temperature, adjust to high humidity levels and resist odour. Cashmere sweaters and cashmere scarves are coveted for their plush, lofty and airy-light feel, which is something you simply cannot get from other wools, like merino. Plus, cashmere fibre is more insulating and lightweight, making it the best choice for those looking for luxurious style that offers breathable warmth.
If you want a lush, warm and elegant feel caressing your face next winter just click here to discover our next Cuma Cashmere collection.
CP wanted to develop a gracefully elegant helmet, with a sublime and stylish decoration which could allow the wearer to stand out of the crowd and bring a unique style onto the slopes. The choice fell upon the Cuma series and no other printing process could allow the transfer of such an intricate, lace-like pattern on the top shell but the cubic printing technology.
The legend goes that cubic printing – also known as “hydro graphics”, “immersion printing” or “water transfer imaging” – was born by accident when a Japanese engineer was asked to decorate a hair dryer. At the time, printing technology was only able to decorate flat surfaces and not complex shapes. The engineer then started a long R&D process in order to find a solution to his problem. After weeks of failed attempts, the engineer fell ill. Back then, it was common for the Japanese to take powdered medicine by wrapping it in thin starch sheets, called oburāto, which made it easier to swallow. When the engineer was preparing his medicine, he accidentally dropped an oburāto into a cup of water. Dipping his finger into the glass to scoop it out, he found that the wet oburāto wrapped neatly around it, matching its shape perfectly. This was the eureka moment that gave birth to cubic printing.
But how does this amazing printing technology work?
The desired pattern is printed onto a water-soluble film, which is chemically treated to activate its inks and then fed out onto the surface of a thermally-controlled water tank, which makes the film malleable and gelatinous. The top shell is immersed into the softened film so that the liquid surface tension of the water impresses the ink onto its surface. The product then emerges from the tank beautifully decorated. Excess film is washed away from the shell and any remaining water particles are dried off. The final stage is to apply a topcoat to protect and provide durability to the product.
Cubic printing can decorate complex shapes, compound curves surfaces and rough surfaces like no other process. It can be virtually applied to any material and the design possibilities are endless. Furthermore, since the printed shell does not require any after-treatment, it does not contribute to water pollution problems and the clear coat applied at the end of the process – being automotive grade – is designed to withstand nature and time, hence extremely suitable for item that are used outdoor.
You can discover the elegant cubic pattern created by CP on our webpage.
For this special lines CP wanted to embed some Swarovski Elements into the top shell of its Cuma series and so the Cuma Swarovski model was launched, proving to be the helmet of choice for more and more fashion addicts over the years.The Swarovski non-hotfix flatback crystals used are loose components with platinum foiling on the back.
They have a flat underside, can be applied with glue to different materials and are very popular in the jewellery and fashion industries because of their diamond-like quality. They have a high lead content which makes them heavier than standard glass crystals and also increases the index of refraction, which in turn makes them sparkly like diamonds when they come into contact with light.
34 crystals of five different sizes are carefully laid by hand over a perforated template, which allows for the pattern to be identically arranged and proportioned on all the top shells of a production series. Of course, a special glue for applications on ABS is used to ensure maximum hold even in the most extreme outdoor conditions, so that your helmet will keep shining through many winters. You can discover the new Cuma Swarovski series here
The adjustable ski helmet ventilation system developed by CP guarantees a balanced climate at all times.
From bitter cold to spring-like warmth, the temperature and atmosphere inside your helmet always remains pleasant. This is achieved with a combination of a fully adjustable active ventilation slide and the breathable CP-TEX function membrane. This revolutionary climate control system provides optimal protection against wind, cold and damp whilst absorbing moisture inside the helmet. With our Cuma helmets on, you will look good and your head will always enjoy a comfortable climate. More on the Cuma series can be found here.
Being CP the market specialist of visor helmets, the wide range we offer include all types of build currently used by the ski helmets’ manufacturing industry. Each construction has specific features that differentiate them from one another and that you should be familiar with when choosing the best helmet for your snow activities. Let’s take a closer look at the 3 main types:
In-Mold shells are derived from the cycling world and use a relatively thin outer shell made of polycarbonate.
Inside the shell are EPS foam liners that absorb impact by collapsing under a high force and allowing for less rebound. The PC outer shell and the expanded polystyrene (EPS) are bonded together through a single moulding process. The result is a one-piece helmet, that is lightweight and can achieve a lower-profile look.
Hybrid Shells utilize a combination of a hard shell and an In-Mold shell for the benefits of both worlds: hard shell to provide maximum protection and an In-Mold component to provide high stability and keep the weight to a minimum, without sacrificing the wearing comfort.
Being more durable than In-Mold helmets, they can withstand a few minor bumps and bangs thanks to the hardened outer shell Hard Shell helmets are manufactured with a thicker, durable ABS plastic that is formed and then glued or bolted to a lightweight EPS lining, resulting in a highly effective safety combination: impact-resistant outside, shock absorbing and insulating inside. and are more cost-effective, at the expense of weight and number of vents.
Bright sunlight provides a luminance of approximately 100Kl on Earth’s surface. If viewed directly, the intensity of this energy will cause rapid and permanent photochemical damage to the eye. Even if viewed indirectly, nearly 80 per cent is still reflected by snow and 10 per cent by water. Activities that can benefit from mirror-coated lenses include skiing, sailing, climbing and flying. Applied as a coated layer of reflective molecules on the front surface of a lens, a mirror coating will increase the surface reflectance and so avoid the need for a very low transmission tint that might otherwise adversely affect the wearer’s visual acuity. A dark tint and/or polarising filter are normally specified at the same time.
Most of the glare that prompts a patient to ask for sunglasses comes from horizontal surfaces like wet roads, water and snow. Polarised filters are therefore set to an angle that blocks horizontally polarised light from passing through the lens, thus greatly reducing glare. These lenses offer greater protection from UV light and increase the contrast of the snow, making the contours sharper and more visible even in case of fog or on cloudy days. We at CP offer two different colourings – pink and brown - to better serve our customers and give more than just one option when it comes to choosing the preferred lens, because not all eyes are the same and different people might feel more comfortable wearing a different colour.
Photochromic lenses – also known as “light-adaptive lenses” or “variable tint lenses” - have the great feature of automatically adjusting their shade according to the light conditions: the sunnier it gets, the darker they will become and vice versa. The organic photochromic molecules embedded in the lens darken in response to the sun's ultraviolet radiation and will fade back to their clear state once the UV levels drop.
CP visors are classified as safety gears used in moderate moisture situation and this is one of the reasons why the anti-fog coating is used on our equipment. Hydrophilic anti-fog coating prevents fogging by reducing the surface tension of water and by forcing water to spread into a thin, uniform film with minimal optical distortion. This will allow for a comfortable sight while at the same time ensuring safety during the descent.
The patented fixing of our visors enables a precise and effortless flip upwards or downwards even while wearing gloves
The upper rubber shingle has been specifically designed so that, by simply pulling the visor down, you will be able to seal the gap between the helmet and the visor, preventing any snow or water from sneaking in
The three nylon clips on the lower part of the visor ensure a solid hold but are still easy enough to remove, in case you need to replace the foam support
The lower foam lip has been developed to guarantee a perfect sealing between the visor and your face, preventing annoying drafts or snow from flowing inside.In order to adapt to the shape of every face, CP has made three different thicknesses available for you to pick the most suiting one