Best Ski and Snowboarding Helmets for 2017-2018

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Best Ski and Snowboarding Helmets for 2017-2018

First things first. Wear a Helmet. The great debate between all Snowboarders is to Helmet or not to Helmet? And this debate gets answered perfectly by one of our very best riders: “I used to think helmets were lame, until I ran into a tree and got a concussion. Concussions are lame; helmets are not.” Below you will find our staff’s current Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets for 2017-18.

It’s important for every Skier and Snowboarder to find the perfect helmet to suit their needs. It’s also important to know that not all helmets are alike. That means, don’t think that a Bike Helmet or a Skateboarding Helmet will suffice. Just like you wouldn’t wear flip flops to a gym, you shouldn’t wear anything other than a ski/snowboarding helmet when you’re on the hill because they have specific features like ear coverage, moisture wicking, and temperature-sensitive materials.

The same rules apply for our Helmets as they do our Snowboarding Goggles in our Top 10 Best Goggles for 2017-2018. We reviewed all of these helmets with comfort, durability, construction quality and design in mind. These are among the best Helmets out there, and anytime something better comes along, we will definitely alter this list with the most up-to-date knowledge our team has. Choosing a helmet that’s right for you can be somewhat intimidating, but this Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets list is here to help you find the best helmet for your needs. Enjoy, and of course. . .always wear a helmet!

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Anon Endure Helmet

1. Burton Anon Endure Snowboard Helmet

 

The Burton Anon Endure Snowboard Helmet is designed to take a lot of hits.  The helmet comes equipped with G-Form RPT (Reactive Protection Technology) high-density Foam padding which is a soft, flexible material that stiffens to absorb and redistribute impact energy and then becomes soft again. On top of that is HDPE Foam covered with hard injection-molded ABS.

Also, the ear pads pop off easily for more ventilation during spring riding and the chinstraps feature the Fidlock magnetic fastening system that allows you to quickly open and close the straps with one hand, even when you’re wearing gloves.  You’ll no longer have to spend time taking off your gloves or fiddle with a clip when you’re wearing one these.

Specs

Shell MaterialFlex-Shell injection-molded ABS
Impact Foam LinerG-Form RPT high-density Foam
Fit AdjustmentBOA, Standard
CertificationCE 1077B | multi-impact CSA Z263.1-14
VentilationFixed, Passive
LiningExpedition Fleece
Audio CapableYes
Weight585g

 

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 Stars

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Burton Anon Striker Snowboarding Helmet

2. Burton Anon Striker Snowboard Helmet

 

The Burton Anon Striker Snowboard Helmet is the little brother to the Anon Endure. The Endura-Shell two-piece construction features injection-molded ABS and High Density Foam. It’s designed to take some hits over and over again while you build your arsenal of tricks during a park session while listening to music with your Skullcandy ASFX headset.

The passive ventilation (similar to the Anon Endure) draws air from the front and pushes moisture to the back, keeping you warm and comfortable, and most importantly dry while you build up a sweat. The flow of air from front to back will also help reduce fog from reaching your goggles. And like the Endure, the Expedition Fleece Liner and Ear Pads are removable for those who like to wear a beanie under their helmets.

Specs

Shell MaterialEndura-Shell injection-molded ABS
Impact Foam Liner High-density Foam
Fit AdjustmentBOA, Standard
CertificationCE 1077B | ASTM 2040
VentilationFixed, Passive
LiningExpedition Fleece
Audio CapableYes, Skullcandy ASFX
Weight520g

Powderheadz Rating

3.5 Stars

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Bern Watts Snow Helmet

3. Bern Watts EPS Snow Helmet

 

One helmet to rule them all. An exception to the what we said earlier, the Bern Watts EPS Snow Helmet is the fully CE certified, original visor helmet that offers style, comfort, and protection for when you’re riding on a bike, skateboard, snowboard, or wakeboard. Evolved from the original Bern Baker Helmet, this helmet features the same fit and style, but includes a series of vents on top and back of the helmet to keep you cool running laps in the park or during easy spring riding conditions.

The helmet’s best feature is how highly customizable it is. Bern Helmets are compatible with Summer or Winter liners (this model has one that is included). They also come with audio liners for music that can be changed easily with a quick pull of the velcro. If you’re a very active action-sports athlete, you’ll only need this helmet and a few upgrades to keep you protected year round.

Specs

Shell MaterialEPS Thin Shell
Impact Foam LinerEPS Hard Foam
Fit AdjustmentBOA | Sink Fit
CertificationCPSC | EN 1078 | EN 1077B | ASTM F 2040
Ventilation7 top vents | 4 back vents
LiningInterchangeable Fleece Winter Liner
Audio CapableYes, included in some models.
Weight500g

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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Smith Vantage Unisex Snowboarding Helmet

4. Smith Optics Vantage Snow Helmet

 

This is Smith Optic’s hardcore, top of the line helmet. The Smith Vantage Snow Helmet has a hybrid shell construction that combines a tough ABS shell on top with a lightweight in-mold shell for the back and sides.

The inside of the helmet offers an Aerocore construction that is a combination of EPS and revolutionary Koroyd technology – a series of extruded tubes in a honeycomb formation that crush in a controlled manner upon impact that decelerates the energy that helps reduce the risk of injury.

The Air Evac ventilation system combines two independent regulators that open and close 21 front and rear vents which exposes internal channels and the Koroyd tubes to allow cool air in and expel hot air out.

Specs

Shell MaterialHybrid SL Shell | Combined ABS and Koroyd
Impact Foam LinerKoroyd Aerocore Top/Front | EPS Bottom/Rear
Fit AdjustmentBOA FS360, Regular Fit
CertificationEN 1077B | ASTM F 2040
VentilationAir Evac | 21 Dual Regulator adjustable vents
LiningNanosilver performance lining
Audio CapableYes
Weight500g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 Stars

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Giro Range Snow Helmet

5. Giro Range Snowboarding Helmet

 

The Giro Range MIPS is a beast of a helmet loaded with features. Unlike most helmets that use a BOA system to tighten or loosen around you head, the Giro Range Snow Helmet utilizes Conform Fit Technology. By using a two-piece, durable shell and a semi-flexible design, the entire helmet is able to expand or contract to every rider’s individual head shape, giving them a truly integrated, custom fit and the lowest profile possible.

This quality, high-end, performance helmet features MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) which allows the exterior shell to rotate independently from the interior foam liner to help disperse energy from linear and rotational crashes. It’s suited for those who bring it hard and strong on the mountain.

It also comes with adjustable venting with a Thermostat Control system to help keep you cool, Fidlock buckles for quick access, and an integrated but detachable camera mount for you GoPro. This helmet has it all.

Specs

Shell MaterialArticulating Hybrid 2-piece Shell
Impact Foam LinerMIPSMulti-Directional Impact Protection System | Interior Foam Liner + Low Friction Liner + Elastomeric Attachment System
Fit AdjustmentCONFORM FIT system, Low Profile Fit
CertificationCE EN 1077 | ASTM F 2040-11
Ventilation12 Vents | Adjustable Venting with Thermostat Control System
LiningX-Static anti-bacterial lining
Audio CapableCompatitble with all Giro aftermarket audio systems
Weight1088g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 Stars

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POC Receptor BUG Adjustable 2.0 Ski Helmet

6. POC Receptor BUG Ski Helmet

 

I heard you like safety, so I put a helmet inside your helmet. The POC Receptor BUG Helmet combines an external ABS hard shell with an internal polycarbonate shell that creates an exceptionally strong, yet lightweight helmet. With VDSAP (Ventilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration), air flows freely between both layers while still protecting your head from sharp objects with its double-shell system. This helmet is for those who like to push the limits of their abilities without the fear of a wipeout.

Need to listen to music while you’re ripping it down the mountain? Purchase the POC Communication Neckroll made with Beats by Dre for unrivaled sound and audio quality.

Specs

Shell MaterialVDSAPVentilated Double Shell Anti-Penetration System
Impact Foam LinerEPS inner shell
Fit AdjustmentSidelock Chin | Low Profile
CertificationEN 1077B | ASTM F 2040
Ventilation8 large, adjustable vents from VDSAP
Liner None
Audio CapableCompatitble with Communication Neck Roll with Beats by Dre.
Weight550g

Powderheadz Rating

3.5 Stars

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K2 Diversion Ski Helmet

7. K2 Diversion Ski Helmet

 

Similar to the Smith Optics Vantage Snow Helmet, the K2 Diversion Ski Helmet is built with hybrid construction (a hard ABS front and top with a flexible side and back) that offers maximum protection while remaining lightweight and accommodating for different head shapes. This helmet will definitely protect your head during any crash. The Diversion lets you regulate airflow easily with Dual Active Matrix Venting Technology, allowing you to adjust the vents with just a touch of your finger.

Also included is its K2 Baseline Audio System that seamlessly connects you with your blue tooth compatible audio systems. You can listen to your music with its minimal low-profile speakers inside the Baseline Audio Earpads and have full control of your smartphone with a detachable cord that offers on-the-go pause/play and answer/hang-up functions.

Specs

Shell MaterialHybrid In-Mold
Impact Foam LinerHybrid In-Mold
Fit Adjustment360 K2Dialed System
CertificationCE EN 1077:2007 | ASTM F2040
VentilationDual Active Matrix Venting
LiningWashable full-wrap liner system
Audio CapableIncluded, K2 Baseline Audio
Weight430g

Powderheadz Rating

3.5 Stars

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Shred Slam Slash Cap Snowboarding Helmet

8. Shred Slam Slash Cap

 

For those who want to snowboard all winter and mountain bike all summer, the Shred Slamp Slash Cap is the helmet for you. It exceeds safety standards in both sports and underneath the tough, in-mold polycarbonate is Slytech’s NoShock technology: a liner that dissipates forces from impacts in multiple directions by spreading the force laterally and limiting the transference through the helmet to your head.

Because you’ll be using this helmet year-round, it comes equipped with a foldable vent cap that opens/closes each vent for a customized airflow as well as multiple switches for the top vent. It’s also a good thing that the helmet is lined with a removable, odor-resistant X-Static fiber lining, because hopefully, you’ll make this helmet stink from overuse.

Specs

Shell MaterialIn-Mold Polycarbonate
Impact Foam LinerSlytech NoShock EPS Foam
Fit AdjustmentShred Fitting Wheel
CertificationCPSC | ASTM F2040 | EN 1078 | EN 1077
VentilationShredVent | Foldable vent Cap
LiningX-Static Lining
Audio CapableYes
Weight450g

Powderheadz Rating

4.5 Stars

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Bern Macon Snowboarding Helmet (Wu-Tang Edition)

9. Bern Macon Helmet (Wu-Tang Edition)

We don’t think we really have to tell you why this is in our Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets list. The picture below should say enough, but if that doesn’t the features definitely will. The Bern Macon Helmets is an ultimate all-season helmet certified for biking, skateboarding, snowboarding, and skiing. The 13 passive vents help keep your head temperature just where you want it and the winter interior liner is replaceable with a summer version.

Like the Bern Watts EPS Snow Helmet, the fit is adjusted with a BOA dial and comes with audio-compatible ear pads to listen C.R.E.A.M. on repeat. Seriously though, It’s a Wu-Tang helmet. That should be more than enough.

 

Bern Macon Snowboard Helmet (Rear View)

Specs

Shell MaterialABS ThinShell
Impact Foam LinerEPS Foam
Fit AdjustmentBOA | Sink Fit
CertificationCPSC | ASTM F2040 | EN 1078 | EN 1077
VentilationPassive | 7 Top | 4 Back | 2 Front
LiningInterchangeable Fleece Winter Liner
Audio CapableYes
Weight495g

 

Powderheadz Rating

5 Stars

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Smith Gage Snowboarding Helmet10. Smith Gage Snow Helmet

 

Another multi-sport certified helmet, the Smith Gage Snow Helmet comes with a Bombshell ABS shell and EPS foam liner that will protect your dome from hard impacts, and the self-adjusting Lifestyle Fit System gives you a tight, comfortable fit whether you’re wearing it on its own or using a toque underneath. There are twelve Airflow vents keep your head from getting too hot, and the AirEvac 2 ventilation system is designed to work with Smith goggles such as the Smith Optics I/0 7 to keep them fog-free.

The helmet is also compatible with Skullcandy audio systems (sold separately) into the ear pads if you want to listen to music while you ride, or you can remove the earpads off entirely for a real breezy feel.

Specs

Shell MaterialBombshell (ABS Plastic)
Impact Foam LinerEPS Foam
Fit AdjustmentLifestyle fit | Elasticated Auto Adjuster
CertificationCPSC | ASTM F2040 | EN 1078 | EN 1077:2007
VentilationAirflow Climate Control | AirEvac 2 system
LiningBeanine Compatible
Audio CapableSkullcandy Audio System Compatible
Weight500g

4 Stars

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This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets of the 2017-2018 Season.  However, there are tons more of snowboarding helmets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information.  Think we missed a Snowboarding Helmet or there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snow Helmets List?  Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  Need more tips?  Look below for a thorough guide on how to determine which helmet is right for you.  As always, happy riding!

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How-To:  Buy Snowboarding Helmets


One of the most important, but often overlooked pieces of Snowboarding Equipment one needs is a Snowboarding Helmet.  Even taking a tiny hit to the head without a helmet can completely derail your season.  It’s best to not take a chance.  There are a number of key things you should look for when you are choosing the right ski helmet.  Here are a few features to look out for in your helmet:


Helmet Construction: 

Snowboarding Helmets are usually made with EPS (Expanded Polystyrene).  However, brands are coming up with more unique structures and below are a few examples:

EPS (Expanded Polystyrene) – This tough, rigid foam is the most popular construction material used in snowboarding helmets.  It’s a versatile material that is able to take high force impacts and have hard ABS shells easily attached to them.  The foam usually receives a certification of  CPSC, ASTM 2040, EN 1077, and EN 1078.  However, most EPS helmets are designed to take a large, single impact, which means they often need to be replaced after any major fall.

EPS Foam Material
EPS Foam

 

G-Form RPT (Reactive Protection Technology) – G-Form Helmets comprises of a material that changes its state when it takes an impact to dissipate energy.  In it’s resting state the material’s molecules slightly repel each other that make it soft and flexible.  An impact causes the the molecules to instantly connect together to absorb the energy before returning to its soft and flexible state. G-Form RPT Helmets are incredibly durable and able to take multiple impacts.

 

G-Form RPT
G-Form Reactive Protection Technology

In-Mold – Popular In-Mold Helmets are considered the alternative to traditional EPS helmets and are created in one of two ways: 1.  An EPS liner without the usual hard ABS shell attached to it is dipped or sprayed with a thinner PVC plastic or 2. A PVC shell is injected with polyurethane foam.  Both methods create a lighter, thinner, and lower profile helmet that achieves CPSC, ASTM 2040, and EN 1077 certification.

Koroyd – Koroyd is constructed with co-polymer thermally welded extruded tubes that absorbs and dissipates energy efficiently, creating a helmet that is more breathable than more traditional helmets while offering maximum protection and minimal weight.

 

Koroyd Tubes
Koroyd Liner Construction

 


Fit Adjustment:

Snowboarding Helmets come with two styles: Standard and Adjustable.  The three most common adjustable helmet types are:

BOA – a dial ratchet system that offers powerful, on-the-fly micro-adjustability and a glove-like fit around the head.  This feature is offered on higher end models and definitely worth the price.

BOA Adjustment
BOA Dial Adjustment

Foam Pads – These helmets have series of foam inserts of varying sizes that can be swapped inside the helmet to change the fit quickly and easily.  This is a much cheaper option then the BOA system and perfect for those who like to wear a beanie under their helmet.

Sliders – These helmets come with an adjustable band within the helmet that you can adjust to make the helmet feel more snug.


Certification:

Helmets are constantly tested to ensure their level of protection and your safety.  There are a number of different certifications that each helmet can receive, and many helmets have multiple certifications attached to them:

ASTM 2040 (American Society for Testing and Materials) – standard specification for non-motorized recreational snow sports.

CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) – certification is found on BMX, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Ice Skating, Roller Skating, Scooter, and Sledding Helmets.  These helmets are tested to sustain more than one impact but should be replaced if there is any visible damage.

EN 1077 – This is the European standard for non-motorized recreational snow sports such as skiing and snowboarding helmets.  Class A helmets protect the top, rear, ears, and sides of the head and able to withstand an impact from a drop of 75cm.  Class B helmets must protect the top and rear of the head and withstand the impact from a drop of 27.5cm.  Most of these helmets are made with EPS or In-mold liners and ABS or PVC outer shells.

EN 1078 – This is the European standard for biking, rollerskating, and skating helmets.  Most these helmets are made with EPS or In-mold liners and ABS or PVC outer shells.

Snell N-94 – US standard for non-motorized sports such as skateboarding and rollerskating.

Snell S-98 – US standard for skiing and snowboarding.

EN-1080 – Similar to E 1078 but specifically for children’s cycle helmets.

Snell B 90A | B-95 | B-90 | B-90TT | B-95TT – US standards for different cycling activities.

 


Ventilation:

Vents are needed to help your head stay cool after a long day of skiing or snowboarding.  It may sound counter-intuitive being in cold weather, but eventually your head gets hot and sweaty from wearing a helmet.  Most helmets will have passive vents that will allow air to flow freely through the helmet as you ride.  The best helmets will have adjustable vents with lever that allow you to customize the amount of air coming in.

Another key feature to pay attention to is to see if your goggles line up with your helmet vents.  Most manufacturers will make sure that their helmets and goggles work in sync with each other by creating channels that meet between the goggles and the helmet to keep a constant flow of air between them, preventing fog.


Other Features | Accessories:

Audio – Some helmets will come with the ability to have speakers to be placed in their ear pads.  A select few, such as the K2 Diversion Ski Helmet, will already have them included.  If some helmets don’t have audio-capable ear pads, its fairly easy to replace them with those that are.

Skullcandy Helmet Audio Kit
Smith Skullcandy Single-Shot Helmet Audio Kit

Camera Mount – With the rise in popularity of helmet-mounted action cameras such as GoPro, some helmet styles will have built-camera mounts for the GoPro to attach to, such as the Giro Range Snowboarding Helmet.

Goggle Clip – Most helmets will have a goggle clip in the back of the helmet that locks in the strap of the goggles to the helmet.  Many of us at powderheadz.com have taken a few tumbles here or there and it is nice not to ‘yard-sale’ all of your equipment when you fall.

Liner – Some helmets will have detachable liners and/or ear pads which are usually washable.  And please, wash them.  If you’re snowboarding or skiing often, they end up pretty funky.


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This is our current Top 10 Best Snowboarding and Ski Helmets of the 2017-2018 Season.  However, there are tons more of Snowboarding Helmets out there and we will be updating this list often with the most current information. Think we missed a Snowboarding or Ski Helmet and that there’s one that deserves a spot on the Top 10 Best Snowboarding Helmets List? Let us know!  E-mail us at info (at) powderheadz.com.  As always, happy riding!

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