Finding a helmet that provides the proper fit for your head is absolutely key. Here are a few helmets to look into this season that will both keep your noggin safe and garner the respect you deserve.
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Smith Vantage Helmet
If you already own Smith goggles, this is a no brainer. Smith’s helmets and goggles are designed to work together to provide the best fit and ventilation, which directly translates to a comfortable helmet/goggle combination that does not fog up. Year after year this is one of the best rated snowboard helmets on the market.
The Smith Vantage helmet is ideal for taking laps at the resort, and is one of the only helmets we tested that we could actually hike in without overheating thanks to a whopping 21 vents! $131
POC Fornix Helmet
If going far into the backcountry and stepping up to big lines is your thing a POC helmet could be the helmet for you. The Fornix is lightweight, strong, and has great ventilation. There’s a good reason big mountain legend Jeremy Jones (pictured left) trusts this helmet everywhere from Squaw Valley to the high peaks in the Himalaya.
And best of all POC has the MIPS system integrated into the helmet. MIPS essentially mimics your brain fluid, take a hard slam and the soft membrane inside the helmet is activated cutting down on brain trauma, which is a good thing. POC also makes goggles that are designed to integrate with their helmets. This is possibly the best snowboard helmet on the market $123
Ruroc Helmet Review
Ever had your knees slam into your face? Yah it sucks. To mitigate the possibility of knocked out teeth and broken noses look into RuRoc’s helmets. They feature a removable full-face protection without the “moto-cross” look. When you couple that with double shell protection, a jaw guard, and a storm trooper vibe, you have a bombproof helmet.
If you’re a boarder cross racer, gnarly big mountain dude or someone that just doesn’t care what other people think and a want the ultimate in protection, go with this system young Jeti..
Wearing a snowboard helmet used to mean some serious compromise in style. Many a bro has decided to pass on the safety of wearing a helmet, pursuing the street cred of a slouched beanie on the hill in its place.
Reason # 1001 why you should always wear a helmet
Fortunately, modern day snow helmets have made huge strides both in safety and in visual appeal. In fact, helmets have become an important part of serious snow enthusiast’s look. Don’t be a kook, read up on the best snowboard helmets, stay safe and live to ride another day!
Don’t rush into purchasing a helmet, try on a few that look promising and get the one that feels best.
See you on the hill..