Best Overall Ski and Snowboard Helmet
Smith Vantage MIPS
For the second year in a row, the top-of-the-line Smith Vantage
won Editors' Choice. Solid, stylish, modern, innovative, and safety rated, the Vantage
is the finest snow sports helmet on the market. Its easily adjustable Boa dial, adaptable ventilation system, and tight construction make it an easy choice for any die-hard skier. Although Smith isn't giving the Vantage away for free, if you're looking for a lid that will perform in all conditions, you'll find this worth the pricetag.
Best Bang for the Buck
Fixed open vents
Limited goggle compatibility
The Best Buy Award goes to the Giro Ledge
for accomplishing good-to-great scores at an excellent price. Giro strikes this balance by creating a useful, simple, stylish ski helmet that is functional and affordable. Its construction is solid and doesn't feel like they sacrificed quality for the price tag. It is also available with MIPS technology for an extra $20.
Top Pick for Backcountry Use
Smith Maze MIPS
Tricky size adjustment
The Smith Maze
is the most functional and diverse helmet in our test group. It performed well in many conditions, from cold and snowy to warm and sunny, from sidestepping for distant terrain at the resort to strapping it to a pack for long backcountry tours. This helmet is stripped down and simple; it's got enough features to be effective and user friendly without being busy and overbuilt. The Maze
had a lot of competition during this review but came out on top for its affordability, versatility, and, most importantly, its status as a lightweight lid for the all-around skier.