Smith Optics Maze
Smith Optics Maze

Best snowboarding and ski helmet

Reviewers say the Smith Maze is an extremely lightweight, well-ventilated, low-profile helmet that offers excellent protection. It melds seamlessly with most goggles, eliminating the gap that develops between some helmet-goggle combinations. Its drawbacks include ear pads that may muffle sound too much (they're removable) and vents that aren't adjustable. Other Smith Optics helmets may offer similar features and adjustable vents, but they can't match the Maze's popularity and value.
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Salomon Venom
Salomon Venom

Best women's ski, snowboard helmet

Not only is the Salomon Venom ultra-lightweight, but it's also a great deal. Unlike most helmet liners, the female-specific insert on this model leaves room for long hair tucked underneath or gathered into a low ponytail. A former ski racer selects the Venom as one of the best women's helmets and Freeskier.com gives it an Editors' Choice award. The Venom is the only female-specific helmet to receive this much expert attention.
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*Est. $70 Estimated Price
Giro G9 Junior
Giro G9 Junior

Best kids' ski helmet

The Giro G9 Junior is one of only a few kids' helmets to receive an expert recommendation as one of the best for its durability and consistent performance. It also gets more enthusiastic parent reviews than most kids' ski and snowboarding helmets. The Giro G9 Junior is highly adjustable, allowing it to grow (somewhat) with your kids without sacrificing fit. One father comments that his daughter "loves it," and the bright graphics options make children easy to spot on the snow.
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