Best Helmets 2011 - Ski Mag

Best Helmets 2011

There’s no gray area when it comes to defending your gray matter. Helmets are getting lighter, more streamlined and more comfortable, so there’s no reason you can’t find one that suits your needs. By Valerie Gleaton
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Head Vector 100

Head Vector 100 (2011)

Testers preferred the stiffer flex and richer features of the Vector 120 (below), but the 100 will be a more appropriate model for lighter-weight or less aggressive skiers. It lacks the innovative buckles, but shares the same basic geometry. The fit is very generous, yet it still grips your foot firmly enough to provide leverage. And the upright stance promises all-day comfort.

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Atomic 90W

Atomic 90W (2011)

The Hawx 90 is the same boot as the Hawx 100 (see previous), so it’s a matter of skier aggressiveness, ability and/or weight. It lacks some of the turn-finishing power of the 100, but more women probably belong here. Otherwise, the benefits are the same: flexible midsole for improved balance, snug heel retention, nice blend of comfort and performance.