✅ TOP 5: Best Ski Helmet 2020

✅ TOP 5: Best Ski Helmet 2020


Are you looking for the best ski helmet? In this video, we will top ski helmets on
the market. Before we get started with our video detailing
the best ski helmets, we have included links in the description for each product mentioned,
so make sure you check those out to see which is in your budget range. Starting off at number 1 we have the Smith
Vantage MIPS. We’ve tested a lot of ski helmets, and none
is more impressive than the Smith Vantage. The quality and attention to detail are clear,
with a soft but supportive liner, excellent coverage all around your head, and an easy-to-adjust
Boa dial for fit. You simply put on the helmet and forget that
it’s there—the Vantage feels that comfortable and light. You also get superior ventilation with a total
of 21 vents controlled by two separate sliders for easy customization. All in all, you won’t find a helmet that
is so comfortable and universally capable of frontside and backcountry use. The Vantage also comes with all the safety
bells and whistles in the Smith arsenal. Their distinctive honeycomb Aerocore construction
is visible through the vent openings and intended to improve energy absorption in a crash. And the popular MIPS liner, designed to protect
your brain in an angled impact, is optional. These safety features are tough to quantify,
but it’s worth noting that the extra tech is integrated very well into the low-profile
design. Whether the whole package is worth the steep
$260 price tag is up to you. If you opt for MIPS, we’ve found it does
run a bit smaller than the regular helmet, so those on the high end of the fit range
may have to size up. At number 2 we have the Oakley MOD 5. Oakley makes some of our favorite ski goggles,
but the company only recently jumped into the helmet game with the MOD series. From the current collection, we prefer their
top-end “5,” which has panels of tough ABS plastic for extra protection and adjustable
ventilation. Further, its unique Modular Brim System (MBS)
does a nice job eliminating the dreaded gaper gap by including two brim sizes (small and
large). It’s not a perfect answer—it favors Oakley
brand goggles others—but the option to swap out the brim makes it the most universal solution
on the market in 2020. The rest of the MOD 5 is typical Oakley quality. The helmet feels light on your head and comes
with premium features like a magnetic chinstrap, Boa dial at the back, and removable liner. The ventilation design does rely on a chimney-like
effect—drawing air up through the goggle and out the top—which means it can’t dump
heat as quickly as a helmet like the Smith Vantage. We also found that the liner is a little less
cushioned and the cutout ear pads make it difficult to wear headphones. But these complaints aren’t deal breakers
for most folks, and the design is very solid overall. The MOD 5 is available with or without MIPS,
and the extra safety technology increases the price to $240. At number 3 we have the Smith Holt. Top to bottom in their snow helmet lineup,
Smith just gets it. At $70, the Holt is their true budget offering
and our favorite helmet in its price range. It’s an exercise in smart design, and one
of the Holt’s biggest accomplishments is avoiding the bulky and off-putting mushroom
look associated with cheap helmets. While not as low profile or techy as the premium
Vantage or Level, it’s a notable improvement over the rest of the budget field. A really nice touch is the Holt’s adjustment
system. You don’t get a dial adjuster, but an elasticized
band at the back of the helmet stretches to accommodate your head surprisingly well. Warmth and comfort also are competitive, although
the foam, while thick and warm, feels cheaper and muffles sound more than we prefer. On the whole, we’ve found that it’s often
worth upgrading to a mid-range or premium ski helmet, and particularly for those who
get in a lot of days on the mountain. But as long as you’re willing to compromise
a bit in comfort and aren’t prone to overheating (the fixed ventilation is only mildly effective),
the Holt is a real winner. At number 4 we have the Salomon MTN Lab. Rated for both downhill skiing and climbing
use, the Salomon MTN Lab is a backcountry standout. The helmet’s feathery 13.3-ounce weight
(our medium size with the heavier winter liner) is the lightest on our list and makes it easy
to wear all day or attach to a pack. Ventilation is also a strong point with 12
large cutouts distributed along the top and sides of the lid. And Salomon didn’t skimp on features with
the MTN Lab: the helmet integrates well with our Smith I/O Mag goggles, the adjustment
dial at the back is easy to use, and the two included merino wool liners (one lightweight
and one winter-weight) are soft and cozy. Where the MTN Lab falls short is as an everyday
helmet. Unlike the plush, resort-ready options, the
Salomon’s minimalist padding is less comfortable and doesn’t protect you as well from the
cold. In addition, the vents are non-adjustable,
and we found that moisture can work its way through the openings in heavy snowfall (putting
our hardshell’s hood over the helmet did alleviate this issue). These compromises make it a less than optimal
choice for lift-assisted days, but it’s as good as it gets when you head into the
alpine. And at number 5 we have the Smith Level MIPS. Smith has replaced the popular Variance—one
of our all-time favorite resort lids—with the Level MIPS for 2020. Right away, you can tell the latest model
is a thoroughly modern helmet: its sleek looks, generous ventilation, and hybrid shell construction
closely resemble the pricier Vantage. It also borrows that helmet’s Aerocore design
and includes a MIPS liner (a non-MIPS Level is also offered at $170) for solid crash protection. Throw in a soft and warm interior, and the
Level (and women’s Liberty) has all the right ingredients to pick up right where the
Variance left off. In saving $60 compared with the top-rated
Vantage, you do make a few compromises. To start, the Level is a little heavier (by
about 1 ounce) and has only a single adjuster for the top vents (the Vantage has two). Further, they’ve swapped the Vantage’s
premium Boa fit system for an in-house VaporFit design. That said, the level of customization is very
similar, and we’ve had no complaints with our other VaporFit-equipped helmets. Overall, the lighter and airier Vantage is
the better all-rounder, but we see little to complain about with the Level for lift-assisted
use. So that sums up the top ski helmets. We hope you enjoyed. If you did please leave a like on the video
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Antonio Breitenberg

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