New Ski Helmet Reviews – Best of 2011

December 6th, 2010

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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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