Most Popular Ski Goggles

February 3rd, 2015

It’s difficult to ski if you can’t see… Having a trusty pair of high quality ski goggles with the right lens tint, that fit comfortably on your face and helmet, and don’t fog makes your day on the slopes that much more enjoyable and safe. Here is a list of top men’s, women’s and unisex ski goggles that fit the bill, and are highly regarded for unique tech features, style, quality and durability. When selecting goggles it is important to make sure they fit your face and are compatible with your helmet. With so many stylish options out there we hope this list of the best recommendations for 2015 is helpful.

 

Smith I/O (Unisex)

cool, modern styling – the standard in lens interchangeability – multitude of color/lens options ($$$)

Smith I/OX unisex ski goggles

Smith I/O

SkiGenie Recommendation: Even with new lens interchangeability technologies from other brands, Smith’s I/O sets the standard. Having one high quality goggle with a few different lenses is the best way to go, because it will always fit the same, yet it can adapt with you to what the day brings. Classic, modern styling in more color and lens combinations than you can wear in a season.

Description: When we created the I/O, it was a category killer.

What Skiers Say:

  • Such an attractive design that fits my helmet perfectly. Loved that it comes with spare lenses for low visibility days. Feels very high quality and the customer service is absolutely superb – they were very quick and helpful about replacing my frame after I broke it!
  • Works as advertised, rain or shine. The I/O fits great. So the website is correct in the sizing. The lens for both are the same technology, and I wore them in 50+ degree rain and -5 degree wind. The goggles did not fog in either. I’ve switched the lenses out multiple times, and they were a little tricky at first. But after a couple changes I figured them out and now they are easy to change quickly. I’d buy these again, and recommend them.

Find them on sale for $175 or less at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports, US Outdoor Store

 

Spy Trevor Goggle (Unisex)

simple style – standard tech features – great value ($)

Spy Trevor green tinted mirrored goggles

Spy Trevor

SkiGenie Recommendation: A great goggle option at a low price, fit with style and the tech features you need. The Trevor is a low profile, streamlined style goggle without flashy gimmicks, yet includes great venting, a comfortable, universal fit, and lens options that will keep you from squinting or fogging up.

Description: Retro-inspired styling meets modern technology. A flexible polyurethane frame conforms to any face for a comfortable fit, dual-lens system has anti-fog and anti-scratch protection, 100% UV protection, and is helmet compatible with most popular helmets.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale from $60 – $75 or less at Backcountry, Sun & Ski, The House, US Outdoor Store

 

Oakley Canopy (Unisex)

unique design – massive field of view – large fit – high tech features – helmet compatible

Oakley Canopy black and purple sick ski goggles

Oakley Canopy

SkiGenie Recommendation: The unique design of a large lens with a narrower frame in the Canopy goggle creates a viewing experience like none other. It’s like you’ve opened a window to the world. You won’t go back to a smaller, more traditional goggle design. Jam packed with technology from the lens treatment, pliable frame material and moisture wicking foam, this goggle has it all, plus a whole lot of style.

Description: Don’t settle for the tunnel vision of ordinary goggles. The razor-sharp optics filter out 100% of all UV, and with the combination of dual vented lens architecture and anti-fog coating, you’ll have superior protection against the threat of fog‑ups.

What Skiers Say:

  • These goggles are by far the best, most incredible pair I have ever had in over 40 years of skiing. They even fit over my glasses and do not fog up here in the Pacific Northwest where we get some pretty sketchy wet weather. The field of vision is incredible and the two lenses that come with the goggles cover the range.
  • The contrast that is provided when looking at snow during skiing really helps when going down the slope. Thank you for the great product.
  • The first time is skied in the Oakley Canopy it was game changing. The oversized lens in this goggle gives you an unreal field of view. After using this goggle, whenever I use a more standard midsize goggle it feels so small and all I notice is how much of the goggle I actually see while skiing. Once you use the canopy it will be hard to ever go back to a midsize goggle again.

Find it on sale for $130 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Evo, Mountain Gear, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House

 

Uvex Fire lite mirror (Unisex)

basic, classic styling – mirrored solar protection lens – lightweight – high value ($)

Uvex Fire all black classic cheap ski goggles

Uvex Fire

SkiGenie Recommendation: A basic yet classic goggle from Uvex that includes high tech features like mirrored solar protection with a wider footprint for greater field of view. With more masculine or feminine color options, guys and gals alike can enjoy a great value in this goggle as a backup pair to a higher end goggle, or as a trusty pair for the weekend warrior on a budget.

Description: Your burning passion for powder always shows in your eyes, so protect them with Uvex’s Fire Lite Mirror Goggle. Apart from its mirrored surface, Supravision’s coating resists reflection and glare. The lens also protects your eyes from UVA, UVB, UVC, and infrared rays.

What Skiers Say:

  • An in depth comparison of a low cost Uvex goggle to a higher priced goggle, with comprehensive pros and cons for each based on uses in various conditions here: http://www.skiingthebackcountry.com/ski-articles/Uvex_Goggles

Find it on sale for $80 or less at Backcountry and REI

 

Anon M1 (Unisex)

cutting edge lens interchangeability – wide peripheral view – fits face with or without helmet ($)

Anon M1 retro style hot ski goggles

Anon M1

SkiGenie Recommendation: Anon’s M1 goggle is for the skier on the go, who must stay at the front of the line in the latest and greatest technology. The ground breaking ease in changing out your lens is a game changer for skiers who experience variable conditions on the regular. This goggles is offered at an incredible value for its quality and technology.

Description: Anon’s proprietary Magna-Tech lens technology makes for the fastest, easiest lens interchangability ever. There are six magnets holding the lens in place, and while you can swap lenses in seconds without removing the goggles, Anon’s team hasn’t been able to knock them loose, no matter how harsh the cased knuckle, or how far the overshot landing. The goggle employ 3D shaping for crystal-clear optics. Between the triple-layer face foam and the pivoting hinged strap anchors, the M1 isn’t going anywhere, even if you wear a helmet.

What Skiers Say:

  • Compared to the competition, we’ve found that both the M1 and M2 undoubtedly offer the quickest, simplest interchangeable lens system on the market, and are two of the best goggles we’ve tested to date.
  • I think the build was bomb and the quality of the product top notch.
  • Check out another compehensive review here
  • Product Video

Find it on sale from $99 – $199 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House

 

Zeal HD2 Camera (Unisex)

capture every moment in 12-megapixel photos or brilliant 1080p HD video + photo goggle ($$$)

Zeal HD video camera in lens ski goggle

Zeal HD2

SkiGenie Recommendation: The techy skier’s dream goggles. Gone are the days of multiple Go Pro mounts getting in your way… Now you can capture your run and create a sick edit with your just goggles! There is a whole lot of technology built into these goggles including an HD camera, but also includes the tech features of a standard goggle that you need. Yes, the price tag is high, but so is the quality and multi-purpose optionality of this game-changer.

 Description: The camera shoots 12-megapixel photos and HD video with the use of glove-friendly buttons on the side of the frame, and in addition to the Micro SD memory card storage, the HD2 can also wirelessly transfer your data directly to your phone, if you’re into that sort of thing.

What Skiers Say:

  • I live in Colorado and decided to buy a pair of these on a whim – my best friend owned the HD Camera Goggles last year, and it made our season so much more fun! On the deepest of pow days we could get all of our cliff and pillow drops on film so easily! It was amazing! They’re even better than the last version!
  • Works great and stoked on the quality!
  • For more info and user videos, check this out

Find them for sale for $499 or less at Backcountry, Evo, Mountain Gear, Skis.com, SummitOnline, The House

 

Marker Big Picture (Men’s)

extra large field of view – superior optics – comfortable fit – helmet compatible ($$)

Marker Big Picture white strap with teal lens ski and snowboard goggle

Marker Big Picture

SkiGenie Recommendation: The field of view in the Big Picture goggles says it all… they have some of the largest lenses in the game, allowing for an almost IMAX visual experience, yet they don’t look huge on your face. Cushy foam lines the lens for a comfortable feel and will fit paired with most helmets.

Description: The big picture wins converts with top-notch engineering combined with stylish looks. The Superfit frames with V-Split nose adapt automatically to your face shape meaning the goggles fit comfortably and securely every time.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale for $128 or less at Backcountry

 

Giro Onset (Men’s)

large fit, large field of view – Carl Zeiss optics – venting & anti-fog – excellent fit with Giro helmet ($$)

Giro Onset blazing orange inexpensive price men's ski goggles

Giro Onset

SkiGenie Recommendation: New goggle trends for 2015 point toward a large field of view, and the Giro Onset is no exception. A wide field of view and a ton of cool color and lens options round out the tech features of this goggle as a great investment in a solid piece of gear.

Description: Crisp clear optics with a Carl Zeiss vision lens, a low profile spherical frame design, and unmatched field of view. The Onset offers a full array of premium features and lens options plus seamless helmet compatibility for superior performance, comfort, fit and function.

What Skiers Say:

  • They really do have an amazingly large viewport. Or rather, you don’t really see the goggles at all. You just see the world around you. I put back on my old goggles, and I felt like I was driving a tank or something.
  • Pay attention to the lens tints – I really wanted the cobalt blue lens, but I chose Amber Scarlet because I wanted a good all-day, variable-conditions choice. I’m really happy I did- a darker lens would have been too dark. These were just right. I wasn’t blinded in full sun, and I could still see where I was going in overcast afternoon conditions.
  • This is really a great goggle. I love everything about them. It’s basically like skiing without goggles since the field of vision is so big. They have a very comfy fit with or without the helmet. I haven’t had any issues with fogging. I mainly ski with the Persimmon lens. I can’t be bothered switching things around. This tint work great in all conditions and most importantly it allows you to see the terrain in difficult or flat light conditions.

Find it on sale for $149 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Eastern Mountain Sports, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Smith I/O7 (Men’s)

even easier lens interchangeability – large frame and field of view – lots of color and lens combinations ($$$)

Smith I/O7 ultimate men's ski goggle

Smith I/O7

SkiGenie Recommendation: A step up from Smith’s I/O, the I/O7 has streamlined the already super easy interchangeability of the I/O and created an even cooler looking frame. A large fit and large field of view looks like you’re sponsored and fits great with a helmet.

 Description: Introducing the next level in rimless interchangeability. Where others have chosen to sacrifice fit, flexibility, and ventilation to incorporate more parts, more weight, and more gimmicks, the I/O 7 is the ultimate in minimalist performance. Single-Pivot Quick Release, AirEvac Integration technology, and Facial Geometry frame design.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love the single toggle lens change. They are tight for OTG, over the glasses. So if you have to keep moving your goggles up, ski instructor, then you probably will want to go with the I/OX.
  •  I’ve been wearing Smith for many years. This is by far their best goggle ever! Fit, feel and ease of lens change is top notch. Go out and grab your I/07’s!
  • The goggles make a super comfy seal against your face (three different foam densities!). The lenses are crisp, clear, and look awesome (Steez is important!)
  • These goggles are great for medium faces, but I wouldn’t worry too much if you have a small or large face. They come with a great lens protector as well as good instructions!

Find them on sale for $225 or less at Backcountry, Tahoe Mtn Sports, US Outdoor Store

 

Bolle Duchess (Women’s)

small frame – comfortable foam – feminine esthetic – great value ($)

Bolle Duchess slim fit goggles for alpine women

Bolle Duchess

SkiGenie Recommendation: A great value for a simple goggle that will hold up to the performance you demand. Cushy foam surrounds a smaller framed goggle that fits a petite face perfectly. Feminine color options round out a high tech looking frame with lens options that perform double duty for varying light and weather conditions.

 Description: Bollé’s newest goggle for women is their best yet. The chic and sleek Duchess is packed with technology to keep you fog free and enhance your vision all day long.

What Skiers Say:

  • These goggles are amazing, particularly for the price. They arrived in excellent shape and fit my small face perfectly. I was very happy with how these performed on the two overcast and snowy days that we skied. We had no extremely bright sun, but I believe these would sufficiently reduce glare on a bright day. I loved the rose tint and the clarity. I had absolutely no fogging issues or discomfort from pressure points. These goggles are an amazing value.
  • I didn’t want enormous goggles so I thought these will do the job… and they are perfect for what I was looking for. They fit perfect, the quality is amazing, and they are not too big, so the look really cute. Ideal for a mountain princess!

Find it on sale for $80 or less at Backcountry

 

Giro Field Goggle (Women’s)

women’s version of the Onset – large field of view, smaller frame – Carl Zeiss optics – cool, feminine colors & design ($$)

Top value pick for women's ski goggles

Giro Field

SkiGenie Recommendation: Similar technology as Giro’s Onset, yet with a women’s specific fit. The Field goggle fits with a large field of view, yet doesn’t overwhelm your face with a whole lot of goggle.

Description: Combining stunning style with groundbreaking technology, The Field is an all new women’s-specific design that adds yet another amazing option to our EXV Collection. The clean aesthetic of this medium-size, helmet compatible design are highlighted by the vast view of its spherical dual lens by Carl Zeiss, a full array of fit and function features plus colorways with style for days.

What Skiers Say:

Find it on sale for $150 or less at Backcountry, Evo, REI, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Scott Dana Goggle (Women’s)

simple, feminine style and fit – helmet compatible – spherical lenses ($$)

Scott Dana purple and pink style first ski goggles

Scott Dana

SkiGenie Recommendation: A cute and simple looking goggle for the skier chick ready to shred anything, even if that’s just a green circle. These goggles will fit great with just a hat or helmet and provide a wide range of view even though they have a smaller, women’s frame size. They are packed with features you need like an anti-fog coating, great venting, and a variety of lens choices.

Description: If you’re sick of feeling like your entire face is covered by your goggles, check out the Scott Women’s Dana Goggle. Its women-specific design and fit will cover your eyes without swallowing your nose.

What Skiers Say:

  • These goggles are great – block out enough glare but not too dark even when things flatten out toward the end of the day or when it’s snowing. They’re comfortable on my face, don’t leave marks, and are a good size for my face…I also love the green color! Only down side is they fog a little too easily when your neck warmers pulled up high on your face.
  • I love these goggles! The field of view is great with these goggles I can see everything around me when I am skiing. I have had no issues with the lens fogging up, it is crystal clear all the time. They are so comfortable too, there are no weird pressure points, and they fit great with my helmet. These goggles are incredible.

Find it on sale for $120 or less at Backcountry, Berg’s Ski & Snowboard Shop, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

POC Retina (Women’s)

high quality optics & materials – mod style – lightweight – women’s specific fit ($$)

POC Retina goggles for wide scope of vision

POC Retina

SkiGenie Recommendation: POC is known for making a high quality goggle and the Retina Women’s is no exception, including mod styling and a sleek design. The premium lens treatment and material allows for a superior view in nearly all weather conditions. These are a great investment for the skier who takes their gear seriously, uses it in many conditions and values high style.

Description: The goggles have a soft PU mid-size frame with a triple-layer face foam for a optimal fit. The double lens is made of optical grade material and has the best anti-fog and anti-scratch treatment available to promote vision and resistance.

What Skiers Say:

  • I love the retina lens. I feel like I can see clearly! Which is always a plus when you’re on the hill. I’ve used them on sunny and overcast days with no problems. I have a medium sized face and they fit it pretty well. They’re super cushy too, due to the triple layer face foam (which makes them super comfy!) I am mostly happy with my purchase, however I do wish they were a little bit bigger.

Find them on sale for $124 or less at Backcountry, Skis.com, SummitOnline

 

Bolle Gravity – Photochromic (Women’s)

classic styling – articulated frame hinge for ease of use & fit – advanced lens technology ($$)

Bolle Gravity no frills highly durable and well regarded ski goggle for women

Bolle Gravity

SkiGenie Recommendation: A classically styled goggle that borrows its look from the Oakley crowbars of yester-year – it features extensions on the sides of the frame for ease of use popping the up onto your head or helmet and placing them back on your face. The photochromatic lens takes the guess-work out of your morning preparations for the hill as it adapts to changing light.

Description: The Gravity has it all – performance, comfort, and style. Its spherical lens delivers a wide field of view. Equalizer technology and Flow-Tech venting keep your goggle fog free all day long. The plush triple layer face foam and Bolle’s Forestay outrigger system provides a comfortable, perfect helmet fit. The Gravity has a medium to large fit, and will have you performing in style.

What Skiers Say:

  • Pretty good googles. They were a little small on my giant head but they did the job very well. I have only used them twice and they can start to get uncomfortable by the end of the day, but I think that’s the size issue.
  • They fit like most women’s goggles, so if you’re not especially small, like I am, you may love them. They appear well made.

Find it on sale for $180 or less at Backcountry

 

Find additional gear reviews for the best ski goggles of 2015 here:

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Ski Goggle Review Best of 2012 – 2013

November 22nd, 2012

If you are looking for a great pair of new ski goggles for yourself or as a gift, check out our reviews in this post. We’ve got something for all budgets, shapes and sizes.

Can’t find the perfect pair of goggles here?  Check out our 2013 – 2014 googles buyers guide (men’s and women’s).

#1 Anon M1 Goggle ($$$)

#2 Oakley Canopy Goggle ($$)

#3 Smith I/O Interchangeable Goggle ($$)

#4 POC Iris Bug Goggle ($$)

#5 Arnette Series 3 Goggle ($$)

 

#1 Anon M1 Goggle ($$$)

Description: Effortless lens change without the hassle. Spend less time fumbling with your goggles and more time riding with the Anon M1 Goggle. Its unique Magna-Tech design enables you to swap out your lens on the fly when the weather conditions change and you need a lighter tint lens to combat flat-light conditions. Plus, its stellar performance and fit has you more than stoked while you hunt for pow or perfect your mad pipe skills.

 

What People Say: The new M1 from Anon is one of the coolest new goggles in the market. There are 6 magnet connection points, and when all are fully bonded, the combined retention can hold up to 20 lbs. Pretty sure this is the easiest and fastest changing lens system out there! The M1 has a spherical lens that mimic the curvature of the human eye, so you can clearly in see in all directions. And all lenses have duel-lens construction and an anti-fog coating. The triple layer face foams makes these goggles fit like a plush pillow on your face. Highly recommend this goggle to anyone out there who wants technology, ease and style all in one. Bring on the snow!

 

Recommendation: New technology has this goggle leaps and bounds ahead of the rest.  The Magna-Tech feature allows you to easily change lenses and accommodate for all conditions.  Let me tell you, nothing better than actually being able to see on those variable winter days.  Grab a pair of these to make sure you are always a step ahead of your friends.

ON SALE HERE

 

#2 Oakley Canopy Goggle ($$)

Description: Oakley’s biggest lens yet to help you see everything on the mountain, with or without prescription glasses. Oakley’s brand-spanking-new model for winter 2012-13, the Canopy Goggle, is the first oversized goggle produced by Oakley so you can enjoy the same solid style with even more vertical and peripheral vision as you throw down on the mountain. With the same vented dual lens and XYZ Optics you depend on for going big in the park, this gog gives you the biggest field of vision yet and even lets you wear your eyeglasses underneath its big, flexible frame.

 

What people say: These are huge feakin’ goggles, I mean a giant windshield for your eyes! They do look ridiculous with a hat on but the Canopy really shines with a helmet. I use a Giro and the goggles fit seamlessly. Your field of vision is superb and there is the added bonus of keeping the upper part of your cheeks warm, which for me is a place that always gets exposed when using the Crowbars. The lens and frame are the normal Oakley quality. Very comfortable to wear with an average sized face.

 

Reccomendation: If you’re in to big goggles, the Canopy’s are your choice.  These babies offer an improved field of vision and superior comfort.  Perfect for spotting your lines in the park, avoiding boulders on the steeps or dodging joeys on the groomers.  You’ll be ready for whatever life throws at you.

ON SALE HERE

 

#3 Smith I/O Interchangeable Goggle ($$)

Description: Got to be good-looking because it’s so hard to see. Smith combined sleek styling with its easy-to-use quick release system to make the I/O Interchangeable Goggle your go-to all-season goggle. Smith uses its Vaporator lens technology on the I/O to keep fog off your lenses for crystal clear sight on the mountain.

 

What People Say: I have tried many different brands including Oakley and Anon but was never happy with them until I found these. I love the comfort level and how easy it is to switch out the lenses. Apart from great looks these works great in all conditions.

 

Recommendation: If you want one pair of goggles to do it all, keep reading.  The I/O provides great field of vision and includes two lenses that are very easy to swap out.  It is compatible with almost every helmet out there.  It’s an all-in-one type goggle, and a great choice for those who like to do it all.

ON SALE HERE

 

#4 POC Iris Bug Goggle ($$)

Description: The POC Iris Bug Goggle proves the buzz about POC is well deserved. Triple-layer face foam, a conforming polyurethane frame, and helmet-gripping straps make the Iris Bugs some of the most comfortable goggles around—with or without a helmet. POC tricked them out with fog-resistant polycarbonate/cellulose propionate lenses for distortion-free vision and superior optical clarity. NOTE: each colorway features its own specific lens. Get the Blue or White frame if you’ll be riding a lot in low-light/overcast conditions; pick up the Green or Beige for bright conditions.

 

What People Say: When it comes to a high quality, good fitting goggle, most people will start to look at something that is $150 and over. No real need though, these are a good fit and equally as good of quality without dropping unnecessary funds. If you have a bigger face you may need something a little wider as these are sized for a medium face.

 

Recommendation: A great goggle that comes in a variety of colors.  Great for younger skiers as they are bright, fun and durable.  Reasonably priced so you can have a spare.  A great gift idea for the kids.

ON SALE HERE

 

#5 Arnette Series 3 Goggle ($)

Description: You can see clearly now, the fog is gone. A hammer of a storm rolled through town and made the local shredding deep, like periscope-depth-only deep, so reach for the Arnette Series 3 Goggle and see clearly despite the steamy mess on the hill. Fleece keeps your face comfortable, ample venting means clear vision, and the helmet-compatible fit plays nicely with your brain bucket.

 

What People Say: I just got a pair of these and you can’t beat them for the price. They fit good and are helmet compatible. Lenses don’t fog up, and the colors are sick. Cool graphics too.

 

Recommendation: These are a solid choice and a great price point.  They provide everything you need without the bells and whistles of the higher priced goggles.  A great idea for those looking to hit the slopes a few weekends a year, and bring style and ease to their game.

ON SALE HERE

 

 

 



Ski Helmet Reviews Safe Best of 2012 – 2013

November 22nd, 2012

Can’t find the perfect brain bucket here?  Check out our 2013 – 2014 ski helmet reviews buyers guide here (men’s and women’s).

 

 #1 POC Fornix Helmet ($$$) —  Top of the line safety and super light this helmet is worth every penny for protecting your noggin
 #2 Smith Transport Helmet ($$) — comfort, versatility (fits many goggle types) and style make this a perfect fit
#3 Bern Baker EPS Visor Helmet with Knit Liner ($$) — hit the park with this comfortable, cool and colorful number
 #4 K2 Phase Pro Audio Helmet ($$) — GO BIG, top quality audio and comfort at a great price
#5 RED by Burton Trace Snow Helmet ($) — Great deal. very inexpensive but provides style and all-around performance
#6 Pro-tec Riot Boa Helmet – ($$) One of the best audio systems coupled with Pro Tecs legacy safety qualities and excellent ventilation
#7 Giro Montane Helmet ($$$) — everything you ask, durability, comfort and breath-ability

 

 #1 POC Fornix Helmet ($$$)

Recommendation: POC is known for its innovative take on helmets.  They definitely hit the mark with this one.  A top of the line ski helmet and great fit for everyone, beginner to advanced.

What People Say: Super lightweight, great venting and a perfect fit.  All around an awesome buy!  Only drawback is that the earpads aren’t great for earbuds. 

Description: The ultimate balance of supreme protection, lightweight construction, and adjustable ventilation. After the wild success of aramid bridge technology in its mountain bike helmets, POC integrated the same technology into the winter Fornix Helmet. Aramid bridge construction offers massive energy dispersion during impact while keeping the helmet shell lightweight and comfortable on your head. As a crowning touch, the Fornix helmet includes an adjustable venting system that pulls hot air and moisture away from your head with lightning speed and ultimate efficiency.

ON SALE HERE ($96 at backcountry.com)

 

 

 #2 Smith Transport Helmet ($$)

Recommendation: This helmet supports a range of goggle brands, looks great and is an excellent choice for all types of shredders.  No matter who you are, or how fast you are, you can’t go wrong with Smith.

What people say: I’ve used a Smith helmet for the past four years! There is no comparison to the fit, and comfort.  My goggles fit perfectly, no gaps. As an east coast skier, I really value the venting system that provides perfect temperature gauging in all conditions. 

Description: Smith is bringing helmet technology to the masses like no other. The Smith Transport utilizes Hybrid In-Mold technology to minimize mass and maximize ventilation without sacrificing one ounce of protection or style. The AirEvac 2 is the ultimate in goggle-helmet integration that connects shell vents and internal EPS channels to increase airflow and evacuate warm, moist air to prevent goggle fogging. Adjustable Boa Fit System allows you to effortlessly customize the fit of the helmet. Just turn the wheel to tighten or pull to loosen. X-Static performance lining fights the funk protecting you from the nasties.

ON SALE HERE ($75 or 42 percent off at skis.com)

 

 

#3 Bern Baker EPS Visor Helmet with Knit Liner ($$)

Recommendation: The hottest helmet to hit the park in years! Each year, this helmet gets better. EPS foam distributes force throughout the helmet so your brain doesn’t rattle inside your skull when things don’t go as planned, and the upgraded audio system lets you play your favorite song so you can tune everything else out and focus on stomping that 900.

What People Say: Really comfy and stylish. I will be rockin’ the black on black color-wise. The liner is super comfy and I won’t be tearing it out. Instead I’ll just wear a neck warmer as it tends to get breezy back there. I wear a 7 1/8 and got the large and it fit right outta the box. From experience, I know this helmet can take ‘serious’ impacts. The vents also definitely help reduce the heat factor.

Description: The Bern Baker EPS Helmet with Knit Liner was designed to make the helmet look, well, less like a helmet. A deep fit and super-thin ABS shell keeps it super low-profile so your head doesn’t look like a melon, and the subtle brim and wide range of colors gives it a unique look. The Baker also comes with a removable knit liner so when temps rise and it’s time to head to the skatepark, you can keep your dome safe.

ON SALE HERE ($130 at backcountry.com)

 

 #4 K2 Phase Pro Audio Helmet

Recommendation: The K2 Phase Pro Audio Helmet is Sean Pettit’s choice helmet. That should say enough for you daredevils and wannabe risk-takers out there.At this price point, it’s top of the class.

What People Say: I bought this helmet as a gift for my boyfriend and now need to get one for myself. My helmet was more expensive but not nearly as comfortable nor is the audio nearly as good.

Description: The Phase Pro is a lightweight, low profile helmet. It has the Active Matrix Ventilation system that with the flip of switch you can cool down or warm up. The Phase Pro comes with the Level 2 Baseline Audio System that as integrated headphones and volume control that you can hook to your music device, so you can rock out on the lifts, and tune out the gapers. The K2 Dialed Fit System will get the Phase Pro to fit perfectly on your dome. Depending on your style you can snap off the goggle strap without any tools. The Phase Pro also comes with poly blend bandana so you can keep your identity concealed, or hopefully you are getting some sick face shots and you will keep the snow out of your mouth, if you forgot your snorkel. No wonder the Phase Pro is the helmet that K2 Pro Sean Pettit chooses to wear.

ON SALE HERE ($79 or 20 percent off at skis.com)

 

 

#5 RED by Burton Trace Snow Helmet

Recommendation: Quality protection and a versatile helmet for all season, this park style helmet is perfect and very inexpensive so when you leave it on the table in the lodge you won’t lose your cool.

What People Say: I lie somewhere between an intermediate to advanced skiier. It is great protective wear & stylish. My skull candy earbuds fit as well, which makes for a fabulous, ski day when alone. Best I’ve owned!

Description: From winter rails to summertime grind, the RED Trace helmet does double duty as both a snow and skate/bike helmet. Removable earpads, goggles clip and goggles gasket convert the helmet from winter to summer fun. Injection-molded, high-impact ABS shell with expanded polystyrene foam liner enhances protection; short cut promotes wide-angle vision. NoAir™ Vent Plugs seal up for windproof and snowproof protection; soft fleece backing adds warmth and comfort, and is removable for adjusting interior microclimate

ON SALE HERE ($45 or 11 percent off at Proboardshop)

 

#6 Pro-tec Riot Boa Helmet

Recommendation: A new look to combat the Bern legacy.  The Boa is must have this season.  It has everything you want—the plush interior, sleek look, and high quality audio, superior ventilation—at a lower price point.

What People Say: Great fit, great feel, great look.  I just got this helmet and am psyched to try it out this season!  Very reasonable price for the quality.

Description: If you want a lightweight helmet without sacrificing features or style, the Pro-Tec Riot Boa Helmet may be the one for which you have sought these many, many moons. The Riot features plenty of ventilation so you don’t burn up and a removable, washable liner to reduce the mid-season funk. The most braggable feature, however, is the BOA fit system, which ensures a snug, comfortable fit that you can adjust on the fly, even wearing gloves.

ON SALE HERE ($71 or 45 percent off)

 

 

#7 Giro Montane Helmet ($$)

Recommendation: The top companies this season have found a way to create light, breathable and comfortable helmets without sacrificing durability.  The Giro Montane is a perfect example of this class of helmet.  The light weight also makes it great for those of you hiking or booting uphill frequently—backcountry, park, wherever…

What People Say: This is the most lightweight helmet I’ve owned. The result is that you will forget you are wearing it.  I end up hiking a lot, regardless of what I am doing and where I am.  This helmet breathes!  And I feel incredible safe all over the mountain.  Definitely recommend this!

Description: Warning: putting on the Giro Montane Helmet will turn you into an airhead. We don’t mean that in a bad way—it’s just so lightweight, you might think there’s nothing there. But there’s plenty of tech packed into its 13.4 ounces, ready to protect you on your in-bounds exploits or backcountry ventures without weighing you down. Giro even included a handy carabiner clip so you can hook the Montane to your pack before heading out on the skin track.

ON SALE HERE ($65 or 50 percent off at backcountry.com)

 

 

 

 



 

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