Description: The POC Receptor Backcountry helmet is targeted towards advanced free skiers who find themselves off trail in exposed environments. The 2012 model is based off of the proven Receptor construction but where the Backcountry model separates itself from the rest is through the MIPS Protection system.
Recommendation: Go big or go home with this backcountry bucket from POC. This is one of the best helmets around for backcountry shredding. With a state of the art protection system, drop the biggest lines from coast to coast.
What people say: Really nice helmet, comfortable, not itchy, has excellent protection. The sizes might be a little smaller than what you’d expect from a helmet. The sizes are true to the tape though, so take the time to measure your head before ordering.
Sizing Information: Poc Sizing Chart (M-XL)
FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($249 at Backcountry.com)
Description: X-Ride is Uvex’s most popular recreational helmet series, and has been redesigned for this season. This version features an innovative air fitting system. The new sculpted shape is lighter, provides more ventilation, and features a slight brim and a more comfortable fit. A very comfortable and versatile helmet that’s a great choice for most skiers and riders.
Recommendation: Uvex never fails to produce a quality helmet. With a new shape, and lighter and more comfortable fit, this helmet is a great choice for all types of skiers and comes at a reasonable price.
What People Say: Very warm helmet for the cold days. Good ventilation for warmer days via top vent and detachable ear pads. Ordered for my son, he absolutely loves the helmet. The look, the feel and the fit, everything is just right.
Sizing Information: Uvex Sizing Chart
FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($138.95 at Altrec.com)
Description: The newly refined Receptor Bug Adjustable sticks with the Double Shell technology that allows for great flow through venting that is puncture proof and adjustable. Inside the hard outer shell EPS and Polycarbonate create the inner liner for excellent protection and comfort. Where the Receptor Bug Adjustable differs is by using two shell sizing (i.e. M/L) with an adjustable sizing system allowing the Receptor Bug Adjustable to fit head shapes the previous Receptor helmets could not.
Recommendation: Feels true to size and fits well all for a mid-range price. Lightweight and great airflow make this helmet a must have for anyone speeding down the mountain or throwing tricks in the park.
What People Say: Whether your riding through the park, or dropping cliffs, the Receptor Bug provides excellent protection and fits true to the sizing chart. One customer notes that it’s everything they needed in a helmet, it looks good, fits well, its light and provides warmth on those really cold days. Works well with goggles over or under the helmet.
Sizing Information: Poc Sizing Chart
FIND IT HERE ON SALE ($149 at Backcountry.com).
Description: Designed to be the first visor helmet with vents, the Bern Watts Carbon EPS Helmet has been improved with the top of the line, unbreakable Carbon Fiber shell. Plus with EPS hard foam, the Bern Watts Carbon EPS is lighter and more comfortable than traditional hard foam helmets. Use this high-tech piece of equipment any season; the Bern Watts Carbon EPS Helmet is ideal for all your adventures.
Recommendation: Perfect for Powder/Backcountry skiing demanding top safety. variable ventilation and comfort
What People Say: A perfect mix of style and functionality, it looks great and is well made with great ventilation and comfortable goggle integration
Sizing Information: Bern Helmet Sizing Chart
FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($249 at Backcountry.com).
Description: Position yourself at the front of the pack with the Smith Vantage helmet. Loaded with slick features the Vantage is the perfect blend of form and function for the ultimate competitive edge. The extremely lightweight, high impact Hybrid SL shell construction works effortlessly with AirEvac 2 Ventilation for the performance you need and expect.
Recommendation: This helmet has been drawing rave reviews. Definitely one of the best helmets on the market this year. A fantastic overall design and loaded with features.
What People Say: This is my favorite helmet I have ever owned. The Variant Brim was good but this is just a hair bit better. Lighter and a more comfy fit to my head. Low profile so you don’t look like a lollipop skiing down the hill. Works great with my IO goggles. If you are going to wear a helmet this should be the one.
Sizing Information: Smith Helmet Sizing Chart (S-XL)
FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($179 at Backcountry.com).
Description: The Smith Variant Brim helmet is always imitated but never duplicated. A leader in the marketplace for innovation the Variant Brim offers a lightweight, high impact Hybrid shell construction with a slew of features you have come to expect from Smith. The AirEvac 2 Ventilation system offers a seamless integration with your goggles that virtually eliminates fog by keeping the air circulating. The low profile Regulator climate control with 22 vents and the X-Static performance liner is the ultimate in thermo dynamic management technology that provides all day wear and comfort. An easily adjustable Boa fit system offers a custom feel with a spin of the dial even with gloves on. You’ll appreciate the well thought out design and dedication Smith put into the Variant Brim and wonder why you ever wore anything else.
Recommendation: Another great product from Smith. Lightweight, good value and protection.
What People Say: This helmet is lightweight and comfortable and can be warm or cool depending on the vent settings. The size adjustments give the helmet a custom fit for each person. This helmet also works great with smith goggles. The goggle vents on the brim of the helmet direct air into the goggle to prevent fogging of the lens. If you are looking for a great helmet, look no further…
Sizing Information: Smith Helmet Sizing Chart (S-XL)
FIND IT ON SALE HERE ($159 at Backcountry.com).
Description: Breakthrough comfort meets no-brainer safety in the Giro Seam Helmet. Giro has been making heads safe for years, and the Seam’s impact-absorbing polycarbonate shell and foam liner still do the trick when you lose an edge in your favorite stash of trees.
Recommendation: Great helmet, with a low profile look and excellent protection in all conditions, even bullet proof east coast ice. However, buyers note that their goggles fell off too easily.
What People Say: This would be perfect except when you put the goggles up they just fall off the back side held only by the goggle strap. The helmet has stellar adjustments that make it fit perfectly. And with the vent adjustments you can let your melon breath when it gets warm out. I was set on buying the Maze but when I tried them at the store there really wasn’t any comparison. The extra $60 is worth it for the Seam.
Sizing Information: Giro Helmet Sizing Chart (S-XL)