Sweet Protection Igniter II MIPS Snow Helmet

The versatile Igniter II MIPS Snow Helmet was designed to provide protection during various outdoor activities. The Igniter is safe to wear while skiing or while enjoying other outdoor activities that may include freeriding to cycle touring. The exterior shell is made using extremely light but durable ABS plastic. The snow helmet weighs 1.17 pounds or 530 grams.  
 
The Performance padded interior combines efforts with the ventilation system to ensure comfort. The Igniter II also incorporates MIPS technology, which reduces rotational forces on the head and brain. The adjustable chin straps keep the helmet securely in place. The Igniter II snow helmet by Sweet Protection is available in small, medium large, extra-large or double extra large sizes.  
 
The interior is also audio ready. Audio chips are available and sold separately. In this way, outdoor enthusiasts might have the ability to make and take hands-free calls. Perhaps listen to favorite playlists while enjoying the beauty of nature.  

Ski-Doo BV2S Helmet – 447404

The Ski-Doo BV2S Helmet 447404 has a shell that is made of poly-carbonate composite material and it includes a dual lens visor that has Clear Vision Technology and 180 degree peripheral vision. Additional features of this helmet include a BV2S fog-resistant mask system, lever-activated sun shield, front push-button release for jaw piece, removable and washable inner liner, integrated back light and quick-release chin strap. 
 
This helmet is D.O.T. certified and comes with a 4-year limited warranty. It is available in three colors that include black, mat black and white, and comes in sizes between S and 3XL to meet individual needs. The retail price for the helmet is $449.00, but it is currently on sale for $359.99.  
 
Overall, the Ski-Doo BV2S Helmet 447404 sets the performance standard for all other snowmobile helmets. It has been designed with no compromises and provides great warmth, vision and protection. 
 

Sandbox – Classic 2.0 Snowboard Helmet  

The Sandbox Classic 2.0 is a low profile protective gear built for comfort and durability.

Materials Used 
The helmet has a hybrid double shell construction made from fusing the ABS hardshell with a flyweight inner mold resulting in a more excellent product.

Cost 
The helmet costs $119, and it is available in small, medium and large sizes.

Features 
The sandbox classic 2.0 has a distinctive, perfectly-fitting brim that enhances comfort and ensures the stability of the headgear. The snowboard helmet also features adjustable inner pads and has allowances in the ear pads for placing earphones. Its ear cover has excellent wind protection.

The sandbox classic 2.0 helmet is relatively affordable compared to other helmets in its category. You are welcome to visit the Tactics website to make your order. 

Livall Smart Skiing Helmet

The Livall Smart Skiing Helmet combines ultimate protection with communication ability. The helmet’s exterior shell is constructed using sturdy ABS plastic. The inside is made using durable EPS padding. Choose from dark gray or white with red accents plus a gray or white stripe on the left side.  
 
The helmet is specially designed with aerodynamic features and is lightweight. The helmet stays securely in place thanks to the chin strap. The Livall adjusts to fit a head circumference of 22.5 to 24 inches. Anti-fogging vents keep the eye shield clear. 
 
The Smart Skiing Helmet is the first of its kind to offer skiers communication options. The interior features Bluetooth speakers, which allows wearers to talk to other smart helmet wearers, make hands-free calls or listen to favorite playlists. An integrated SOS alert system enables skiers to contact emergency services in case of an accident or injury. 

509 Delta R3 MX Helmet

Material: Hybrid double-shell construction made from Lightweight Polycarbonate
Cost: $139.97
Available sizes: from XS to 2XL
 

The 509 Delta R3 MX Helmet is a DOT certified dual-sport and multi-use dirt helmet. It is suitable for different types of weather conditions and adventure activities. It has three configuration options – Full Face, Dual Sport, and Open Face. The helmet includes a Drop-down internal Sun Shield, washable liner and cheek pads, and 8 vents in total (2 adjustable forehead ventilation ports, 4 small chin ports, and 2 exhaust ports). Compared to many other helmets, it is very durable. The face shield is quite large (by winter sports standards), which means you’ll have a great, panoramic view regardless of outdoor visibility.  

Because this helmet is multi-use, this can be a great choice for those needing head protection year-round. From mountain biking and dirt biking to skiing and snowboarding, this helmet truly does it all.

3 Reasons Why You Absolutely Must Wear A Snowboarding Helmet

As we all know snowboarding can be a very dangerous sport. That’s why it is so important that you take all safety precautions you can before you step on that board. By wearing snowboarding helmets you are able to protect yourself in the event that you should fall into the hard snow or even worse, run into a tree. And yes, it does happen. More than you might think actually. Here are 3 reasons you absolutely must wear a snowboarding helmet.

 

Reason #1 – They Protect Your Head

This is the most common and most important reason that you should be wearing snowboarding helmets. If someone happens to crash into you or you are going too fast down a hill you could easily sustain a serious head injury should you fall and are not properly protected.

It’s not always easy to avoid objects or stop quickly when you are first starting out. That comes with lots of practice. If your lucky you will only fall in a pile of hard snow. But in some instances you might run into a pole or a tree. Having a helmet is the best way to protect your head should something like this happen.

 

Reason #2 – They Help Keep Your Head Warm

Let’s be totally honest here. It gets very cold when you are out there snowboarding. You will find that your average snowboard helmet is actually warmer then most hats on the market, especially the helmets that also have ear flaps. When you first wear one you might be surprised to feel just how warm they are. You really can’t go wrong with a helmet that will keep you warm.

And if you get too hot just take it off for a couple of minutes while you are making your way to the mountain. Once you are ready to go down make sure you put the helmet back on. One thing to keep in mind is that it is much easier to cool off than it is to warm up when you are out snowboarding.

 

Reason #3 – They Are Very Affordable

Most people will shy away from certain safety gear because they think it is too expensive. Well lucky for you snowboarding helmets are not expensive at all. They are actually very affordable. But truth be told, even if they were expensive they would be well worth the cost. Especially since they can help prevent a serious head injury.

Too many snowboarders are dealing with lifelong head injuries all because they didn’t think it was important to wear a helmet. So please take your safety very seriously and put on a snowboarding helmet anytime you are getting ready to hit the slopes. If not for yourself at least do it for your family.

 

Ski Safe and Ski Smart

A proper helmet is only one part of safe, responsible skiing. Sure, it is perhaps the most important piece of safety equipment you have. In fact, it’s also probably the smartest piece of your wardrobe you will ever invest in. However, helmets are just a piece of what it means to be a smart skier or rider—to properly practice the sport, you need to shop smart, do your research, and understand your mountain. Luckily, I’ve compiled a few tips to help you out.

First thing’s first: know the rules of the mountain. Nearly every resort will have a skiers’ code of conduct posted in the lodge. Before stepping out onto the slope, refresh your memory. Most codes of conduct include the following:

  1. Respect others
  2. Ski in control
  3. Respect the mountain

If a spot doesn’t seem like a safe place to stop, keep going. If your trails are merging and you’re on the lower end, yield to others coming down. Never go into marked-off territory, and always ski within your comfort zone—whether that means a certain speed, slope, or style. Even if you’re wearing a helmet, some accidents can be devastating.

To that end, you should know your mountain as well as possible. No, I don’t mean you should sit up late studying the trail map. Have a good idea of which portions have advanced and expert terrain, as well as which intersections may be dangerous. Always know where your closest chairlift and ski patrol booth will be and keep a copy of the map in your pocket.

Shopping smart is nearly as important as skiing smart. Skiing and snowboarding can be very expensive sports, and if it makes financial sense, rent ski equipment when you can. If you ski or ride enough, consider investing in a few essentials. I’ve heard that you should always purchase boots but rent skis, and that could be a great way to cut costs and improve safety. However, you should never settle for cheap equipment, especially if it could have an impact on your safety. Do your research—especially on helmets—before buying.

If you want to save additional money, purchase your lift tickets online and in advance. Most resorts will offer 10%-25% off the ticket window price if you purchase online. The same logic applies to season passes—buy in the summer to save hundreds of dollars when the season rolls around.

 

Potential Tariff Could Affect Snow Sport Industry

In early September, professionals in the Colorado snow sports industry headed to Washington, D.C. to speak out against President Donald Trump’s summer round of proposed tariffs. Products that could face a potential 25 percent tariff include sports bags, knit has, safety helmets, and ski gloves—items essential to the Colorado industry. Despite these efforts, company leaders are warning consumers to brace for change.

One company in particular, Hestra USA, has been in Golden, Colorado for 13 years. Selling ski gloves, work gloves, and a high-end fashion line, the company loves their location. To keep pace with market trends, sustainability, and durability, the majority of their products are made with leather. The percentage of leather used dictates that this falls under the new tariff code. 85 percent of their line is leather, so it’s going to be very, very impactful for them.

Similarly, Nick Sarent, President of the SnowSports Industries America, says that a tax increase of this size will be a huge blow to the industry. “Our goal is to take these product categories and remove them from the tariff list and get them excluded,” he said in a statement. While industry representatives testify in Washington, D.C., business owners are preparing to increase the cost to consumers. Asking any company to absorb a 25 percent increase is nearly impossible—they don’t have that kind of profit margin.

This tariff has the potential to impact helmet design. In an effort to keep prices low for the consumer, we are expecting to see American companies change the interior helmet lining, thus decreasing their reliance on the materials subject to these high tariffs. If the industry doesn’t shift, the prices will—and skier/snowboarder safety could be at risk.

 

Insights from the Global Ski Helmets Market Report 2018

Each year, this report provides detailed research to illuminate the trends, market development, and advancement shaping ski helmet technology and use. While this isn’t necessarily marketed toward the consumer, it is an essential piece of the financial puzzle for ski helmet makers and distributers. To that end, understanding the shifts in the market—especially when that market concerns items as essential as ski helmets—is a great way to stay on top of technological developments.

The fundamental purpose of Ski Helmet Market report is to provide a correct and strategic analysis of the ski helmet industry. It scrutinizes each segment and sub-segments to present a holistic view of the market. It is also an essential tool for gleaning factors driving the market growth, and it highlights applications, types, deployments, components, and developments of the market.

While the report is thousands of pages long, you should know the following:

 

  • The companies currently profiled in the report include Adidas, Burton, Columbia, The North Face, Alpine, Helly Hansen, Halti, Patagonia, Decathlon, Volcom, Peak Performance, Goldwin, Quicksilver, ARMADA, Schoeffel, Rossignol, Atomic, Spyder, Lafuma, ONeill, Boger, Karbon, Kjus, Decente, Arcteryx, Northland, and Phenix.
  • The applications profiled include cross-country skiing, alpine skiing, and freestyle skiing.
  • The regions included are the USA, Europe, South East Asia, Japan, China, and India.
  • The types profiled include Large, Medium, Extra-Large, Small, and Extra-Small sizes.

 

This is the time of year when ski and snowboard outfitters begin to launch their lines for the next season. Ideally, they utilize this report to target specific demographics and make changes to features and structures in order to maximize sales. If you begin to see new and improved styles and technology advertised with every sports retailer, understand that this is likely the result of this report. If anything is clear, it is that the ski helmet industry is growing.

 

Best Helmets of 2018 Round-Up

Each year brings new safety and style innovation to the headgear protection world. The 2017/2018 ski season saw a new generation of original, fresh, and creative ways to incorporate safety and sophistication in the ski and snowboard helmet. If you’ve been putting of replacing a helmet for a few years or want to take advantage of some new technology, here is the industry-leading equipment you should consider. Though these models are quite expensive, buyers should understand the helmets are an investment; you can use them for years, and they are an invaluable part of skiing.

 

Giro Range MIPS–$250

This hybrid in-mold construction weighs just 19 ounces and boasts thirteen adjustable vents. Fit is controlled with a dial system, which brings together a two-piece shell in a durable and semi-flexible design. This flexibility creates unmatched comfort and a low profile. The integrated MIPS—Multi-Directional Impact Protection System—combines an interior foam liner, a low friction liner, and an elastomeric attachment system to reduce rotational forces that may damage the head in case of an accident. With all-day warmth, comfort, and protection, this is one of the best all-around helmets on the market today.

 

Smith Holt–$70

With a bombshell construction, earpads, 14 vents, a self-adjusting fit system, and a dial-controlled adjustment band, this is the best helmet you can buy for under $100. Built for all-season toughness, this helmet is excellent for both on-piste and backcountry skiing. The dial adjustment system guarantees comfort you might not otherwise experience with a budget helmet, and the sleek design avoids the dreaded “mushroom” shape commonly found in budget designs.

 

POC Receptor Bug–$135

This hybrid double shell construction helmet boasts eight adjustable vents, just 19.4 ounces of weight, and a tough, impact-resistant material. It offers exceptional durability with the double shell system, making it a perfect choice for backcountry exploration. Though this helmet doesn’t come with a fit adjuster, the POC Receptor Bug is one of the most durable, well-constructed pieces of protective gear on the market. The outer ABS layer covers the entire helmet, offering award-winning safety.

 

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