For the 50+ Traveler

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Wildhorn Drift Snowboard And Ski Helmet

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Ski in style while protecting your head with the Drift helmet by Wildhorn. The Drift has a low profile front and a sleek design to reduce bulk while still providing the head protection you desire. It is endorsed by four-time Olympic freestyle aerialist skier Ashley Caldwell, who is known for completing many dangerous stunts in her runs. Helpful features include a fine tune adjustment system knob for a sure fit, a ventilation system that allows the user to control airflow for optimum temperature control regardless of the time of year, and Bluetooth compatible earpads that let you avoid wires. The helmet does not come with a dedicated storage bag and Wildhorn does not offer size extra-large for heads over 24 inches in circumference. That said, all in all, this helmet is a great value for the price.

Key Features

  • FTA (Fine Tune Adjustment) system
  • VNT adjustable air-flow ventilation system
  • Secure goggle strap
  • Bluetooth compatible earpads (Bluetooth device not included)

Specifications

  • Brand: Wildhorn
  • Weight: 1 pound
  • Safety: Meets ASTM F2040 and EN1077 standards

Pros

  • Removable earpads for warmer weather
  • 25% lighter than most competitors
  • Endorsed by 4x Olympian Ashley Caldwell

Cons

  • Does not come with a storage bag

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TurboSke Classic Ski Helmet

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The TurboSke Classic helmet offers protection at a fraction of the cost of most leading market brands. It meets both American and European safety standards and comes in three colors. Complete with adjustable ventilation system (on the classic model only), quick twist size-adjustment dial, and a removable liner, the TurboSke Classic includes many of the useful features found on pricier models without the pricetag. It will get the job done, and is potentially more cost effective than renting a helmet at most resorts depending on how long you will be using it. Once the ski trip is over, the earpads can be removed for warmer weather activities as needed. The snaps of the earpads can be tricky at times, and it does not come with a storage bag, but overall, this helmet is an excellent value for your money.

Key Features

  • Tightness adjustment dial
  • Adjustable air-flow ventilation system
  • Goggle strap clip
  • Removable earpads

Specifications

  • Brand: TurboSke
  • Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Safety: Meets ASTM F2040 and EN1077 standards

Pros

  • Inner liner is removable for washing
  • Removable earpads allow for use in warmer temperatures
  • Great value

Cons

  • No storage bag
  • Earpad snaps can be difficult to fasten

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AKASO Ski Helmet

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The AKASO ski helmet comes complete with many of the same features other premium brands have to offer including dial-to-adjust tightness, strap to hold goggles, and adjustable ventilation. This model also has detachable earpads for warmer weather use as well as a removable fleece liner which is convenient for cleaning. Some customers have noticed that the earpads are difficult to keep secure, so that is something to consider when deciding between the AKASO helmet over other brands, but most users have not found this problem to be a concerning one. If you are looking for a lightweight and affordable helmet, this AKASO option might be for you.

Key Features

  • Tightness adjustment dial
  • Adjustable air-flow ventilation system
  • Goggle strap clip
  • Removable earpads and inner liner

Specifications

  • Brand: AKASO
  • Weight: ~1 pound

Pros

  • Removable liner for easy cleaning
  • Adjustable ventilation
  • Lightweight and affordable

Cons

  • Earpads can be difficult to keep secure

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OutdoorMaster KELVIN Ski Helmet

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The OutdoorMaster KELVIN is certainly up to the task of keeping you safe while on the slopes. Equipped with a dial to adjust the tightness and fit, a clip to ensure your goggles stay in place, and removable ear pads and liner for warmer temperatures, it comes with everything you would expect from a ski helmet. Users warn that the earpads do require more pressure than you would expect to ensure they are tightly fastened, so don't be afraid to use the force needed to reattach them. Additionally, the ventilation system is not adjustable, so buying large enough to snugly fit either a beanie or balaclava underneath is a good idea. This is a good product for the price!

Key Features

  • Tightness adjustment dial
  • Goggle strap clip
  • Removable earpads and inner liner

Specifications

  • Brand: OutdoorMaster
  • Weight: 1.3 pounds
  • Safety: Meets ASTM F2040 standards

Pros

  • Built-in ventilation
  • Comes in multiple colors
  • Good value

Cons

  • Ventilation is not adjustable
  • Earpads take extra pressure to re-insert

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Odoland Snow Ski Helmet and Goggles Set

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One struggle with most ski helmets is getting ski goggles to fit snuggly enough to keep the lenses from fogging up. If you want to take the guess work out of determining if you have found a helmet that will work with your goggles, then try this Odoland helmet, which comes with a matching set of ski goggles. The helmet includes all of the normal amenities, like a dial in the back to ensure the right fit, a strap to keep the goggle strap from slipping, and a removable inner lining for easy cleaning. The helmet comes in a variety of colors as well if style is a factor in your final selection.

Key Features

  • Includes helmet and FDA-approved goggles along with storage bag
  • Tightness adjustment dial
  • Goggle strap clip
  • Removable earpads and inner liner

Specifications

  • Brand: Odoland
  • Weight: Not listed

Pros

  • Helmet/goggle combo ensures proper fit
  • Washable inner-lining
  • Comes with a storage bag

Cons

  • Ventilation is not adjustable

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SMITH Mission Ski Helmet

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The Mission from SMITH is a slightly heavier option than other helmets reviewed, but only by a few ounces. The extra weight can most likely be attributed to the Koroyd crumple-zone technology layer used in SMITH brand helmets, which is designed to reduce impact more efficiently than other materials such as EPS foam. Comes equipped with adjustable AirEvac ventilation system to regulate the air flow depending on the weather. Also comes with the goggle strap clip and tightness adjustment dial found on other brands.

Key Features

  • Tightness adjustment dial
  • Adjustable AirEvac ventilation
  • Goggle strap clip
  • Removable earpads
  • Koroyd crumple-zone impact protection

Specifications

  • Brand: Smith
  • Weight: 1.6 pounds

Pros

  • Removable earpads for warmer weather
  • Multiple color options
  • Has a decidedly sporty look

Cons

  • Heavier than other helmets reviewed

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Retrospec H2 Ski Helmet

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The stylish Retrospec H2 ski helmet comes with a goggle strap and what the manufacturer calls the ErgoKnob adjustable tightness dial. The ErgoKnob rests low on the back of the helmet and can impact range of motion with where it rests on the neck, so keep this in mind. Users report that the helmet seems to run small, so keep that in mind when deciding on a size as well.

Key Features

  • ErgoKnob adjustable dial
  • Air circulation vents
  • Goggle strap clip
  • Removable earpads

Specifications

  • Brand: Retrospec
  • Weight: Not listed
  • Safety: Meets EN1077 standards

Pros

  • Converts into a bike helmet
  • Earpads are removable based on temperature
  • Low price

Cons

  • No storage bag
  • ErgoKnob sits low and can irritate the neck
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Finding the best helmet for the skier or snowboarder in your life can be intimidating if you don't know what to look for. For a helmet, safety should be the foremost factor for consideration, but aesthetics and additional features are important as well depending on how you plan to use it. If making an informed decision is overwhelming you, make sure to review this buying guide.

Safety

Protecting the head during high speed activities is ultimately what a helmet is designed to do, so make sure you choose a helmet that meets at least the standard safety requirements. There are two agencies that provide safety certifications for snow recreation helmets for activities such as skiing and snowboarding, one in the U.S. and one in Europe. Ensure you see one of these two ratings, if not both connected to the helmet you choose: the U.S.-based ASTM F2040 certification or the Europe-based CE EN1077 certification.

Construction

Most helmets are designed with a high-impact plastic outer shell designed to spread energy from impact out over a greater area while protecting from objects that might impale. Outer shells are often made from either ABS, which tends to be harder and heavier but cheaper, making it a more cost effective material, or polycarbonate which is more flexible and light.

The inner liner is the key to head protection, as this inner layer works to absorb energy to lessen the amount of kinetic energy that makes its way to the head during an impact through compaction. This layer is often made from EPS foam designed to absorb energy efficiently, however other materials, such as Koroyd, can be used, too.

Rotational Impact

While helmets are designed to protect from linear collisions, it is often the falls that cause the head to twist or move that can cause the most damage. For that reason, many newer helmets are using technologies that help to reduce the damage from impacts that come at an angle. These technologies include MIPS, SMITH's Koroyd technology, WaveCel, and SPIN, among others. Koroyd technology actually replaces the traditional EPS foam and provides rotational impact as a byproduct of its design. Many products that use Koroyd also include a MIPS layer as well. MIPS is by far the most well-known and prevalent of rotational impact technologies, but other new technologies are worth researching to ensure the best protection for each use case.

Fit

Make sure to find a great fit! A helmet that is either too loose or too tight will provide less protection or become increasingly uncomfortable to the point that the user removes it or fails to use it properly. Most companies have a size chart provided to make the right choice, but this does require the user to take accurate head measurements as the helmet sizes are based on head size and not age or height. As most individuals don't have their head circumference memorized, make sure to get an accurate measurement before choosing a size. Additionally, head and face coverings are important for winter sports, so make sure to choose an option that will adequately adjust to make space for the additional material of a beanie or balaclava.

Features

Most ski helmets work best when used in tandem with goggles or a visor as these are designed to ensure your vision is not impaired for safer movement. Most helmets come with a clip to ensure the strap for snow goggles stays in place during a run to ensure a good fit. Additionally, it is important to ensure that your goggle/helmet combination will work well together to avoid any gap between the top of the helmet and the top of the goggles to reduce airflow and fogging. Other great features to look for include a secure fit system designed to easily adjust the size for various head coverings during colder weather. The helmet should be able to adjust to fit either your bare head or a head covered with a balaclava, beanie, or other covering.

In terms of temperature control, many helmets come with ventilation systems that allow hot air to escape during activity for greater comfort. It is helpful to find models that include an adjustable ventilation system that will allow you to open and close the vents as needed depending on the weather. If you want to get more use out of your helmet, look for one with removable earpads so that it can be used in warmer weather for biking as well.

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