Women's Bern Heist Brim
The Heist’s dual-shell design combines a sturdy top shell with a lightweight in-molded PVC lower. The women’s model gets a gold star for its women’s-specific shell forms. This all rolls up to a tech-loaded lid. And with the name Heist, consider it a steal. $140, bernunlimited.com.
Women's Pret Corona X
Get hot when ripping? The new Corona X features Vent Tuning Technology, which might be the most thorough system we’ve seen in a while. Six vents—with an easy center flip control—allow for massive air flow to chill out, or shut it down for bullet-proof warmth. $250, prethelmets.com
Women's Salomon QST Charge
Targeted for chargers who like to venture beyond the lifts, the QST is one of the lightest helmets on the market, so it’s easy on your melon on the way up and the way down. Large active air-flow vents combined with a merino wool liner will keep you comfy. $200, Salomon.com
Men's Scott Symbol 2 Plus D
Scott markets the tech-packed second generation Symbol 2 Plus as “the safest helmet we’ve ever created.” The ISPO folks agreed, earning the Symbol 2 an innovation award. The lid includes D30 Technology, which disperses impacts at the molecular level. $220, scott-sports.com
Men's Smith Quantum
The new Quantum is Smith’s apex helmet. It features an exoskeleton, with a honeycomb design in impact zones to reduce weight and improve protection (what it calls Aerocore construction). Smith being Smith, the helmet offers seamless goggle integration. $300, smithoptics.com.
Men's Sweet Protection Blaster
Weighing in at 400 grams, the Blaster is one of the lightest helmets you can put on your skull. But it’s not a lightweight for protection, with impact shields and in-mold construction that fuses the EPS shock-absorbing liner with the ABS hard-shell. $160, sweetprotection.com.
Men's POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin
This new launch for 2017/18 puts all of POC’s latest helmet tech on top of your head—in particular the SPIN system (Shearing Pad INside), where the pads in the helmet rotate freely in multiple directions upon impact. Which is just how your brain responds to trauma (View the Orb Goggle Review here). $220, pocsports.com