2015 Backcountry Ski Gear Trends

January 5th, 2015

Backcountry and “sidecountry” skiing wins in 2015 with an array of new gear that is

lighter, more comfortable, and user friendly. Being properly prepared with the right

backcountry ski gear for fun and safety is critical. Although

considering your activity “sidecountry” may seem a little safer due to its close

proximity to ski area boundaries, light, bombproof equipment such as avalanche

beacons, trekking poles, bindings and boots will be to your advantage for a safe and

enjoyable time out of bounds.

 

However, before anyone crosses a ski area boundary, even just for one run, he

or she needs a working avalanche beacon or transceiver. New in 2015 is the

Backcountry Access is introducing the Tracker3 —a smaller, lighter version of the

best selling avalanche transceiver in America, the Tracker2. The Tracker3 is 20%

smaller than its predecessor and claims to be the thinnest multi-antenna beacon on

the market. It is sleek, streamlined, and even easier to use in a worst-case scenario.

While investing in an avalanche beacon (or better yet, an airbag) is absolutely

necessary for any kind of side/backcountry adventure, becoming familiar with

how it’s used is vital.

Backcountry Access Tracker3

Backcountry Access Tracker3

 

A good pole plant is key to any skier’s technique, and the new G3 Via trekking poles

are just the tools to get you there. This year they have surprise improvements that

will help you when you’re out on the skin track as it starts to get steeper and you

want to adjust the hike assist on your touring bindings from one level to the next.

To date, the easiest way to change the ladder on your binding has been to flick it

up, down or to the side with your ski pole. Now, with the Via, G3 has created a

trekking pole with a built in “QuickFlick Utility Tab” to assist in this move. Gone are

the days of struggling to flick your binding heel lift with a flimsy pole basket or

bending over to manually adjust with your hand. Just simply use the Utility tab on

the end of Via’s pole grip to flick and go. In addition to the handy “QuickFlick” utility,

G3 Via poles feature ergonomic, comfortable grips with removable straps. The

durable connection between pole sections has simple to use aluminum levers for

adjustments. At the pole’s base is an asymmetrical powder basket and a carbide tip

for secure grip on hardpacked snow.

G3 Via Trekking Pole

G3 Via Trekking Pole

 

A key piece of equipment in any skier’s quiver is his or her boots. Ski boots link

you to your skis and their design and fit should respond sensitively to changes in

pressure and direction. Using their patented “Vacuum” technology and ergonomic

“Soma-Tec” concept of “ducked feet”, Fischer has created a knee-saving touring

boot with the Transalp Vacuum TS that feels natural, fits comfortably, and responds to a skier’s

pressure and power transmission from boot to ski performance on the snow. Fischer also offers

a “Lite” and a Women’s version of the Transalp Vacuum TS. In addition to “Soma-

Tec”, the Transalp Vacuum features padded, motion supported liners built to move

the way you move uphill, customary Dynafit tech inserts, and a shell that fits the

anatomy of the ankle for more direct control on the downhill. And with all this, the

Transalp touring boot is still 15% lighter than Fischer’s alpine boots.

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS

Fischer Transalp Vacuum TS

 

Touring bindings are crucial to a set-up and brands across the board are jumping

on the alpine touring band-wagon to compete for the next big thing in bindings.

Tyrolia and Look have joined with their longtime ski brand partners to develop

DIN touring bindings, the Adrenalin and XM 13 respectively. Yet Marker has moved

away from the traditional DIN touring binding of years past to, arguably,

the most exciting new piece of gear for 2015. Marker’s Kingpin 13 is the first of its

kind. It combines the classic “pintech” toe insert like Dynafit with a more traditional

alpine-like heel piece— free from pins. According to Marker, the new combination

of the Dynafit-esque toe with the traditional alpine heel piece allows for a more

versatile setup capable of both skiing hard in-bounds and going uphill out of

bounds. Although the Kingpin 13 improves upon the old Marker Duke or Baron in

terms of weight and ease of use, the more burly heel piece makes this set-up slightly

heavier than its traditional tech binding counterparts.

Marker Kingpin 13

Marker Kingpin 13

 

Marker Kingpin in action

Marker Kingpin with crampons in action

*Check out a thorough review of the new Marker Kingpin here.

 

*For more on skiing in the backcountry and details on all the new gear, check out

these links:

Powder – “Sidecountry” is Dead

Unofficial Networks – “Sidecountry Skiing Essential Equipment – 10 Items YOU Should Have”

Backcountry Magazine – “What’s Next: 2015 Gear Primer”



How Andrew Weibrecht Got to the Podium

February 24th, 2014

Needless to say, Andrew Weibrecht had to get through some icy patches getting to Sochi; but with lots of hard work and the right gear, he found himself on the podium at the Olympic games. Weibrecht left Whistler Blackcomb in Vancouver four years ago with a bronze and with the determination needed to up his game in Sochi. Over the last four years, there was quite a bit the “Warhorse” had to overcome.

The 28 year old from Lake Placid, New York has had 4 major surgeries since the last Olympic games (both shoulders, both ankles) and has been said to have had “more body work done than a rent-a-wreck”. After nearly losing his funding from the U.S. ski team and narrowly making the cut to get to Sochi; his one goal was to exceed expectations and defy skeptics. Andrew Weibrecht has never finished in the top 3 (yet) of any world cup skiing race, but if it’s time to turn up the heat, it’s at the Olympics.

His goal was realized in the Super-G when he outperformed teammate Bode Miller to capture the silver medal after posting a time of 1:18.44, less than a half second away from the best time despite starting bib 29. Some say the success of Andrew Weibrecht in Sochi can be attributed to the perfect run; others say it’s the dedication and determination of a champion that can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds.

So what was Andrew Weibrecht wearing when he took an Olympic medallion? He was skiing on the Head World Cup Rebels i.DH Skis and Head Raptor 130 boots with Komperdell poles. The majority of his ski wear is based on high performance. Constantly looking for the perfect mix of comfort and performance, Andrew Weibrecht has narrowed in on some of the best gear that works for him. Check out everything Andrew Weibrecht recommends.



The Ski Gift List Idea Guide

January 12th, 2012

Some of our favorite accessories and must-haves for the skier you know.  From stocking stuffers to global rescue insurance, have a look:

 

#1 Contour HD Video Camera 

#2 Global Rescue Emergency Insurance

#3 Hotronics Boot Heaters 

#4 SNOCRU: Connect to the Mountains (FREE!) 

#5 Smith’s Diamond Sharpening Stones Combination: Coarse and Fine Grit

#6 SmartWool PhD Ski Light Sock

#7 Reusch high-tech ski gloves

#8 Skullcandy GI Headphones

#9 Osprey Kode 30 Backpack

 

 

#1 Contour HD Video Camera 

Description: The ContourROAM is the ideal camera for a fun and easy experience capturing your adventures anywhere life takes you. Just slide the record switch and you’re instantly filming beautiful HD video. The award-winning design is tough, compact, waterproof to one meter, and versatile which means you can use your ContourROAM anywhere, anytime and capture all the action you want.

What People Say: I have had nothing but great experiences with this Camera. I am very passionate about adventure media and ski films and It is great to have a camera that is easy to use, goes everywhere and takes great videos. I love the low profile helmet mount. It is simple and positions the camera in a safe place while skiing trees and ducking branches. This is my favorite camera to date and I cant wait to see what I can do with it this season.

Recommendation: If you want a low profile, sleek, and amazing helmet cam, the contour is for you!

BEST PRICE HERE ($199.99 at Contour.com)

 

 

#2 Global Rescue Emergency Insurance

Description: Grab a Global Rescue membership before your next ski trip, and put any medical emergency fears aside. A membership with Global Rescue (starting at $119 for 7-Days) covers all medical evacuation and transport expenses from the point of injury or illness, to a home hospital of choice, if the member is 160 miles or further from home and has a condition that requires inpatient hospitalization.

What People Say: I can’t tell you how comforting it was to be able to speak to Global Rescue medics and hear that safe transport would be arranged for us.

Recommendation: Travel insurance saves you wallet, Global Rescue saves your life. Check out their exciting new video highlighting recent Global Rescue operations.

ON SALE HERE (Starting at $119 at Globalrescue.com)

 

 

#3 Hotronics Boot Heaters 

Description: The Hottronic Footwarming System easily installs in all types of footwear. Use while skiiing, snowboarding, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, and during other general cold temperature activities.

What People Say: These things kept my toes warm as promised. So much better than the disposable toe warmers. My feet felt like they were in July, though my face felt like February.

Recommendation: A perfect solution to those cold mid-winter days. The Hotronic allows you to fully enjoy those crisp winter days on the slopes.

BEST PRICE HERE ($239)

 

 

#4 SNOCRU: Connect to the Mountains

Description: SNOCRU is a pioneer of the ‘micro-social’ experience that delivers a customized social lifestyle network for its Users. Find, connect and chat with friends in real time. Check global snow conditions. Track your runs, speed, distance and elevation. See the nearest bar, shop, ATM or gas station. Post photos and updates. Share the whole experience on Twitter and Facebook.

It is the first ‘micro-social’ App built for the entire snowsports industry. It is the most powerful global snow resort App ever created.  It is the ultimate snow vacation and road-trip companion.

What People Say: They’ve got everything you want to do on the mountain under one roof.  Compare notes on vertical at Apres, check the new snow report in the morning or just see who is around.  I tried it out in Beaver Creek and once all my friends are converted (they just released the Android platform as well) it will be a blast.

Best of all it’s FREE: Turn the mountains ON!

 

 

#5 Smith’s Diamond Sharpening Stones Combination: Coarse/Fine Grit

Description: Coarse and fine sharpening stones each feature multiple layers of micron-sized monocrystalline diamonds securely bonded to a flat metal surface. Keep it in your pocket and throw an edge on your skis anywhere!

What People Say: Whenever you need to sharpen a blade whether it be in the kitchen or out camping, this tool works quickly. It sharpened our blades incredibly fast and better than other sharpening tools we have used.

Recommendation: A great tool for the eastern skier/boarder who likes to keep their speed sticks sharp!

BEST PRICE HERE ($20)

 

 

#6 SmartWool PhD Ski Light Sock

Description: The Smartwool PhD Ski Light Sock is lightweight without skimping on comfort and support; Smartwool added an extra layer of wool on high impact zones to increase durability and sustainability. Factor in wool’s anti-odor and moisture-transporting properties, and your feet will be up for as many runs as you are.

What People Say: I’ve tried synthetic and other wool socks but always come back to the smartwool socks. They stand up great and wick moisture like crazy. Also the stink is almost non-existent after a hard day on the slopes. Thank you, SmartWool. This is without a doubt the most comfortable sock that has ever been pulled over my feet. I’m in love.

Recommendation: For years, SmartWool has been leading the pack when it comes to winter sock design and function. This is just another premier product from the smartest socks around.

BEST PRICE HERE ($21.90)

 

 

#7 Reusch high-tech ski gloves

 

Description: Bury your fingers into the Reusch Martock R-Tex XT Glove and suppress the cold weather while you carve up the frontside. The all-leather design features a highly water-resistant, breathable R-Tex XT membrane to keep out the melting snow and a Micro Bemberg lining to help wick your palm sweat that develops at the top of an ungroomed double-black run.

What People Say: Best gloves I’ve ever seen, very warm. Any warmer and they would be mitts. Well insulated around fingers. I skied them with temps in the teens and they were excellent. The leather is super soft, no breaking in required. Excellent!

Recommendation: Combo these babies with the Hotronics and you’ve got all the equipment you need to tear up the slopes!

BEST PRICE HERE ($149.95)

 

 

#8 Skullcandy GI Headphones

Description: These are my Skullcandy G.I. Headphones. There are many like this pair but these ones are mine. My G.I. Headphones are my best friend. They are my life. I must listen to them loudly as I live life loudly. Without me my headphones are useless. Without these colorful, premium-sound headphones, I am useless.

What People Say: I love these headphones. Sound is big and they look super cool too. Can’t even hear my wife when she is telling me what to do. Love em!!

Recommendation: Rock out to the latest ski movie soundtracks while dropping epic lines with the Skullcandy GI Headphones!

BEST PRICE HERE ($59.46)

 

 

#9 Osprey Kode 30 Backpack

Description: Inbounds, out the gate, or full-on backcountry—the Osprey Kode 30 Backpack doesn’t discriminate when it comes to a day out on the snow. This mid-sized ski pack holds your avy tools and other essential equipment for short tours or shredding the sidecountry.

What People Say: Hands down, this is by far the BEST ski touring/mountaineering pack I have ever used. No doubt. For years I have been using a BD avalung pack, and well basically those things carry/wear very poorly. This pack fits so snug and tight, rides really clean, I forget its there. The huge back panel opening is brilliant for ski touring, making gear organization a dream and the back panel never gets snowy when you put it down to get things out. There is no better ski touring pack on the market as far as I am concerned.

Recommendation: If you’re planning on exploring those backcountry stashes this winter, this is the pack for you. Voted the best touring pack by all reviewers.

BEST PRICE HERE ($125.06)



Equip Thyself; SkiGenie Ts Now Available with FREE SHIPPING

December 22nd, 2011

Its about time, but we’ve designed our first t-shirt and its awesome.  The fashion soft cotton and hand silkscreening make it a fun addition to the wardrobe.  Whether its out at a bar in NYC or the Red Lion in Vail, its starting to pop-up everywhere.  Grab one for yourself or the skier you know.  All proceeds go toward defraying the cost of offering free advice to millions!

 

 

The bigger picture:



The Ski Gift List Idea Guide

December 18th, 2011

Some of our favorite accessories and must-haves for the skier you know.  From stocking stuffers to global rescue insurance, have a look:

 

#1 Global Rescue Emergency Insurance

#2 Hotronics Boot Heaters 

#3 SNOCRU: Connect to the Mountains (FREE!) 

#4 Smith’s Diamond Sharpening Stones Combination: Coarse and Fine Grit

#5 SmartWool PhD Ski Light Sock

#6 Reusch high-tech ski gloves

#7 Skullcandy GI Headphones

#8 Osprey Kode 30 Backpack

 

 

#1 Global Rescue Emergency Insurance

Description: Grab a Global Rescue membership before your next ski trip, and put any medical emergency fears aside. A membership with Global Rescue (starting at $119 for 7-Days) covers all medical evacuation and transport expenses from the point of injury or illness, to a home hospital of choice, if the member is 160 miles or further from home and has a condition that requires inpatient hospitalization.

What People Say: I can’t tell you how comforting it was to be able to speak to Global Rescue medics and hear that safe transport would be arranged for us.

Recommendation: Travel insurance saves you wallet, Global Rescue saves your life. Check out their exciting new video highlighting recent Global Rescue operations.

ON SALE HERE (Starting at $119 at Globalrescue.com)

 

#2 Hotronics Boot Heaters 

Description: The Hottronic Footwarming System easily installs in all types of footwear. Use while skiiing, snowboarding, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing, and during other general cold temperature activities.

What People Say: These things kept my toes warm as promised. So much better than the disposable toe warmers. My feet felt like they were in July, though my face felt like February.

Recommendation: A perfect solution to those cold mid-winter days. The Hotronic allows you to fully enjoy those crisp winter days on the slopes.

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#3 SNOCRU: Connect to the Mountains

Description: SNOCRU is a pioneer of the ‘micro-social’ experience that delivers a customized social lifestyle network for its Users. Find, connect and chat with friends in real time. Check global snow conditions. Track your runs, speed, distance and elevation. See the nearest bar, shop, ATM or gas station. Post photos and updates. Share the whole experience on Twitter and Facebook.

It is the first ‘micro-social’ App built for the entire snowsports industry. It is the most powerful global snow resort App ever created.  It is the ultimate snow vacation and road-trip companion.

What People Say: They’ve got everything you want to do on the mountain under one roof.  Compare notes on vertical at Apres, check the new snow report in the morning or just see who is around.  I tried it out in Beaver Creek and once all my friends are converted (they just released the Android platform as well) it will be a blast.

Best of all it’s FREE: Turn the mountains ON!

 

#4 Smith’s Diamond Sharpening Stones Combination: Coarse/Fine Grit

Description: Coarse and fine sharpening stones each feature multiple layers of micron-sized monocrystalline diamonds securely bonded to a flat metal surface. Keep it in your pocket and throw an edge on your skis anywhere!

What People Say: Whenever you need to sharpen a blade whether it be in the kitchen or out camping, this tool works quickly. It sharpened our blades incredibly fast and better than other sharpening tools we have used.

Recommendation: A great tool for the eastern skier/boarder who likes to keep their speed sticks sharp!

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#5 SmartWool PhD Ski Light Sock

Description: The Smartwool PhD Ski Light Sock is lightweight without skimping on comfort and support; Smartwool added an extra layer of wool on high impact zones to increase durability and sustainability. Factor in wool’s anti-odor and moisture-transporting properties, and your feet will be up for as many runs as you are.

What People Say: I’ve tried synthetic and other wool socks but always come back to the smartwool socks. They stand up great and wick moisture like crazy. Also the stink is almost non-existent after a hard day on the slopes. Thank you, SmartWool. This is without a doubt the most comfortable sock that has ever been pulled over my feet. I’m in love.

Recommendation: For years, SmartWool has been leading the pack when it comes to winter sock design and function. This is just another premier product from the smartest socks around.

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#8 Reusch high-tech ski gloves

 

Description: Bury your fingers into the Reusch Martock R-Tex XT Glove and suppress the cold weather while you carve up the frontside. The all-leather design features a highly water-resistant, breathable R-Tex XT membrane to keep out the melting snow and a Micro Bemberg lining to help wick your palm sweat that develops at the top of an ungroomed double-black run.

What People Say: Best gloves I’ve ever seen, very warm. Any warmer and they would be mitts. Well insulated around fingers. I skied them with temps in the teens and they were excellent. The leather is super soft, no breaking in required. Excellent!

Recommendation: Combo these babies with the Hotronics and you’ve got all the equipment you need to tear up the slopes!

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#9 Skullcandy GI Headphones

Description: These are my Skullcandy G.I. Headphones. There are many like this pair but these ones are mine. My G.I. Headphones are my best friend. They are my life. I must listen to them loudly as I live life loudly. Without me my headphones are useless. Without these colorful, premium-sound headphones, I am useless.

What People Say: I love these headphones. Sound is big and they look super cool too. Can’t even hear my wife when she is telling me what to do. Love em!!

Recommendation: Rock out to the latest ski movie soundtracks while dropping epic lines with the Skullcandy GI Headphones!

BEST PRICE HERE

 

#10 Osprey Kode 30 Backpack

Description: Inbounds, out the gate, or full-on backcountry—the Osprey Kode 30 Backpack doesn’t discriminate when it comes to a day out on the snow. This mid-sized ski pack holds your avy tools and other essential equipment for short tours or shredding the sidecountry.

What People Say: Hands down, this is by far the BEST ski touring/mountaineering pack I have ever used. No doubt. For years I have been using a BD avalung pack, and well basically those things carry/wear very poorly. This pack fits so snug and tight, rides really clean, I forget its there. The huge back panel opening is brilliant for ski touring, making gear organization a dream and the back panel never gets snowy when you put it down to get things out. There is no better ski touring pack on the market as far as I am concerned.

Recommendation: If you’re planning on exploring those backcountry stashes this winter, this is the pack for you. Voted the best touring pack by all reviewers.

BEST PRICE HERE



New Ski Helmet Reviews – Best of 2011

December 6th, 2010

Can’t find the perfect ski helmet for you here?  

Check out the WOMEN’S 2012-2013 or 2013-2014 best of ski helmets reviews here. And MEN’S 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 here.

 

Freeskiing/Backcountry:

All-Mountain/Carving:

Racing:

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Seam

Company: Giro

Size: S-XL

Recommendation: A step above the Smith Maze but with a higher price point—SUPERIOR adjustment capabilities to fit all head shapes/sizes but not the lightest helmet on the market—MEN’S ($$)

What people say: Best fit with the lowest profile look and stellar adjustment capabilities.  One customer notes that they were set on buying the Maze until they tried on the Seam and the extra cost is money well spent.  Not the lightest helmet on the market but its warm.

Description: The Giro Seam helmet features a new and improved Thermostat vent system, Giro’s new Stack Vent, and a feather light weight. What does all of this mean? It will keep your temp under control, your goggles clear, and your comfort level at an all time high. Finish it off with the best fit system ever made for a snow helmet and you are ready for a full day on the mountain.

Sizing Information: Giro Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($127.95–20% off at Skis.com)

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Maze Snow Helmet

Company: Smith

Size: M-XL

Recommendation: MEN–Good value and protection but recommended for the warmer regions as users cite a lack of insulation ($)

What people say: Great overall helmet, really light and good ventilation but not well insulated.  Good visibility is a plus.

Description: The Maze helmet is the new go-to. Clean, modern, minimalist-designed all molded into the worlds lightest certified snow helmet. With its modern and hip style, you will love this helmet. It is created with AirEvac 2 ventilation in order to keep airflow going. The end result of this feature is to reduce fogging and control temperatures. The in-mold construction of the Maze Helmet will keep your head warm and comfortable. The removable goggle lock on the Maze helmet is a nice touch allowing your goggles to stay secure for optimal comfort and performance. The Maze helmet is another in the long line of amazing Smith helmets.

Sizing Information: Medium (22-22.8”); Large (22.8-23.6”); X-Large (23.6-24.4”)

ON SALE HERE(20% off at Skis.com)

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G2 Ski Helmet

Company: Bern

Size: XS-XXXL

Recommendation: Perfect for Powder/Backcountry skiing demanding top safety. variable ventilation and comfort—MEN’S ($$)

What people say: A perfect mix of style and functionality, it looks great and is well made with great ventilation and comfortable goggle integration

Description: This men’s ski helmet has an Air Evac 2 ventilation that helps reduce fogging and control temperatures. The Smith Maze helmet has in-mold construction that keeps the head warm and comfortable. This men’s ski helmet has a removable goggle lock on the helmet that helps the goggles stay secure.

Sizing Information: Bern Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($111.95—20% off at Skis.com)

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Avid Grom (Kids)

Company: R.E.D.

Size: S-XL

Recommendation: Stylish 3/4-shell with top safety certifications at bargain prices—KIDS ($)

Description: It’s never too early to keep your kid safe when they hit the hill or pavement. Red’s lightest weight kids’ helmet, the Avid Grom, comes equipped with features that easily adjust to varying head shapes and weather conditions. Ready for year-round protection, the Avid Grom is armed with an ultra lightweight in-molded polycarbonate shell that is ASTM 2040, CPSC and CE 1077B certified.

Sizing Information: RED Sizing Chart

Boys: ON SALE HERE ($51.95—31% off at Skis.com)

Girls: ON SALE HERE ($50.99—21% off at REI.com)

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Venom

Company: Salomon

Size: XXS-L

Recommendation: Style and dependability—great looks don’t have to be expensive—WOMEN’S ($)

What people say: Excellent product at a great value, this Salomon helmet is both warm and allows for my pony tail to escape.  Stays on the head well.

Description: The Salomon Venom Helmet bursts on the scene like a riot with features like Active ventilation, an Injected ABS shell that is ready to rumble, and even a women’s specific liner that allows space for long hair and pony tails. C’mon ladies, giddy up!

Sizing Information: Small (55-56cm);Medium (57-58cm); Large (59-60cm); X-Large (61-62cm)

ON SALE HERE ($70—Evo lowest price guarantee)

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Vibrant

Company: Smith

Size: S-XL

Recommendation: Best in class All-Mountain/Carving helmet that provides great protection and a custom fit, however, the visor is difficult for skier’s who like to remove their goggles often—MEN’S ($$)

What people say: The general consensus is very positive—customized fit with adjustment capabilties and its extremely war.  The cons listed are weight and the visor when goggles are removed.

Description: The award winning Variant Brim showcases Smiths helmet technology in its finest form. A full performance helmet veiled under a Hybrid Shell construction and finished with distinctive style. The Variant Brim ski helmet has several useful features. It is the perfect helmet for anyone looking for comfort, durability, and cool technology. The Variant Brim helmet is made with polycarbonate and ABS shells to ensure protection.

Sizing Information: Small (20-21.6”);Medium (21.6-23.2”); Large (23.2-24.8”); X-Large (24.8-26.4”)

ON SALE HERE ($127.95—20% off at Skis.com)

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Ember

Company: Giro

Size: S-M

Recommendation: Versatile and super-warm this helmet is a great value choice for skier’s looking for an all-around helmet that works on-piste and off—WOMEN’S ($)

What people say: Great fit for small heads.  Good ventilation and earflaps allow for headphones.

Description: After more than a decade of innovation and proven protection, the Giro Women’s Ember Helmet proves that performance doesn’t have to be synonymous with a techy look. The in-mold construction provides the durability you need and excellent ventilation while reducing overall weight. When the temps rise, remove the vent plugs, and stash them in your pocket for future powder and bulletproof days.

Sizing Information: Giro Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($79.95—20% off at Skis.com)

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G9 (Kids)

Company: Giro

Recommendation: All-purpose protection and durability at a great price—KIDS ($)

What people say: Flames are awesome

Description: Helmets offer protection and durability. The G9 ski helmet for kids by Giro offers protection, durability and style. This sleek and clean helmet with fierce flames is created with In-Mold shell construction and an EPS mold. In-mold construction fuses a tough polycarbonate outer shell with the helmet’s impact-absorbing foam liner for extra durability without adding on any weight and with the usage of the EPS liner; your kids will get the most consistent performance across a wide range of conditions.

Sizing Information: Giro Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($31.95—60% off at Skis.com)

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Skull Comp 2.0 Race Helmet

Company: POC

Size: M-XXL

Recommendation: A top safety pick full hardshell for Racing—UNISEX ($$$)

What people say: Superior warmth and comfort without sacrificing visibility—close fit and padding makes hearing difficult but its all in the name of safety

Description: The Skull Comp 2.0 Race Ski Helmet is the ultimate race helmet – upgraded! The fact that it is 2.0 means that it is created with a new unique safety system. Who doesn’t want a great helmet that looks cool and offers on-point safety features? Because many ski racers hit gates pretty hard, risking the damage of the liner of the helmet, POC came up with the idea to shift the core material to multi impact EPP.

Sizing Information: POC Sizing Chart

ON SALE HERE ($271.95–28% off at Skis.com)

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