Ski helmets and goggles are critical parts of anyone's ski attire. And thanks to a healthy amount of competition in the marketplace, ski helmets keep getting better with features like MIPS and weight reduction tech, while ski goggles are packed full of innovative features to make seeing on the ski hill better than ever. Here are SKI's picks for the best ski helmets and goggles for 2018/2019.
Atomic Count 360° HD Goggle & Count AMID Helmet
Atomic’s new Count line focuses on enhanced performance, vision, and durability. The Count 360° HD ski goggle incorporates crystal dye in the lens to deliver high-definition in snow contrast, while a minimalist frame maximizes field of view. The Count AMID ski helmet is a burlier version of last year’s Revent, designed with Atomic’s protection foam and Holo Core construction to take a blow to the head like a champ. [Goggle: $200; Helmet: $200]
Bern Monroe Goggle & Weston Peak Helmet
The holy trinity according to Bern: style, comfort, and protection, integrated seamlessly. The result: goggles and helmets that perform as one. The Monroe is a women’s ski goggle catering to female faces and includes two high-contrast interchangeable spherical lenses. The unisex Weston Peak ski helmet sports Bern’s signature: a stylish shape, zip-mold protection, and its classic visor—removable in this model. [Goggle: $130; Helmet: $110; Buy Now]
Zeal Hatchet RLs Ski Goggle
The new Hatchet makes the cylindrical lens cool again. Thanks to a frameless design, nothing distracts from the new optimum polarized lens or encroaches on a large field of view. While functionality is the name of the game in goggles, we do also appreciate style, and the Hatchet scores major points with its new dark night lens options and fun strap designs. [Price: $169]
Bollé Nevada Ski Goggle & Instinct MIPS Ski Helmet
Bollé shares serious vision with the introduction of the Nevada goggle and cylindrical Phantom lens, fine-tuned to automatically adjust to variable light within 30 seconds. Get even more definition with the Phantom+ lens featuring semi-polarized film. This year Bollé adds MIPS to its popular Instinct helmet to give it a major safety upgrade, which just makes good sense, the Instinct MIPS being in the freeride lineup. [Goggle: $159 with Phantom+; Helmet: $169]
Oakley Prizm React Ski Goggle & MOD5 Ski Helmet
Great technology comes at great cost, but the Prizm may be worth it. New electrochromic technology allows skiers to adjust lens tints with the push of a button on the goggle frame. Just charge the system with the included USB cable and see the light in any conditions. This goggle is likely to overshadow any helmet, but the MOD5 makes a great supporting actor by offering seamless optics integration. [Goggle: $299; Helmet: $200; Buy Now]
Sweet Protection Switcher Ski Helmet
Sweet Protection makes cool helmets—literally. The Switcher’s unique one-turn ventilation system allows skiers to open and close all 22 vents at once with the twist of a knob. A blend of in-mold and hardshell construction, along with variable elasticity and impact shield technologies, also guarantee sturdy yet lightweight protection. With little difference in price points, we say your brain is worth the MIPS version. [Helmet: $219, $249 with MIPS]
Giro Eave Ski Goggle & Terra Ski Helmet
Giro is back by popular demand, now with an emphasis on smooth lines and customizable style. The women’s Eave goggle combines Giro’s VIVID lens, a magnetic quick-change lens system, and a new interchangeable goggle strap to marry function and style. Pair the Eave with the new freestyle-inspired Terra helmet, a lightweight but protective lid with MIPS technology, for a minimalist look made to stand out. [Goggle: $230; Helmet: $160; Buy Now]
Salomon S/Max Ski Goggle & Sight Ski Helmet
With MAX in the name, you expect a google that grants ridiculous vision. The S/MAX delivers with a large spherical frame and contour fit extending vision to the peripherals, while Sigma lens technology provides high-def contrast, so you can see what’s coming in any conditions. The Sight helmet also ups the ante with new shock absorption technology strategically placed in the most critical impact zones. [Goggle: $200; Helmet: $180]
SPY Ace EC Ski Goggle with ONE technology
Think lenses that adapt to variable light are old news? Think again. The Ace EC goggle brings you futuristic technology: the ONE lens that can change tints—not just boost color contrast—on the fly. Push the button on the goggle’s light- weight lithium battery pack and an electronic pulse is sent through an invisible filament in the lens to instantly change lens tint for sunny, mixed, or flat light. [$275]
POC Fovea Clarity Ski Goggle & Obex Spin Ski Helmet
Looking for a goggle with x-ray vision? There’s no such thing (yet), but the Fovea goggle comes close with the POC Clarity lens, designed with optimal intensity and contrast to enhance vision on snow. The lightweight Obex Spin helmet also features proprietary POC technology—SPIN pads that sit between the liner and shell of the helmet to protect the brain from rotational, not just linear, hard knocks. [Goggle: $220; Helmet: $200; Buy Now]
SCOTT LCG Ski Goggle & Symbol 2 Plus D Ski Helmet
There’s nothing worse than smudging your lenses. The LCG Goggle makes lens-changing cleaner with its award-winning lens change slider system. Slide the tab on the side of the frame and unhook the lens to swap out with the included bonus lens. Scott also adds innovative technology to the Symbol 2 Plus D helmet, including a lower-profile shape and 360° Pure Sound ear pads for better hearing. [Goggle: $200; Helmet: $240; Buy Now]
Cébé Icone Ski Goggle & Contest Visor Ultimate Ski Helmet
Cébé makes its debut in North America with the frameless Icone goggle, featuring a spherical, magnetic lens that makes swapping out on the go a piece of cake. Don’t worry about the lens popping off in a crash—Cébé’s magnetic system is stronger than most. Cébé also upgraded its best-selling helmet in Europe with MIPS and RECCO to add to an already extensive list of cool features. [Goggle: $150; Helmet: $120]
Smith I/O MAG Ski Goggle & Mirage Ski Helmet
To one-up other magnetic lens systems, Smith adds two locking mechanisms to the side of the I/O MAG frame, ensuring the magnetic lens stays in place. Despite incorporating one of Smith’s largest spherical ChromaPop lenses, this goggle is a snug fit thanks to the contoured frame. The new Mirage helmet is streamlined to cut weight and features an adjustable dial-fit system—opt for MIPS for added protection. [Goggle: $240, Buy Now; Helmet: $100/$130 with MIPS, Buy Now]
Shred Simplify Ski Goggle & Slam-Cap NoShock Ski Helmet
Known for forging its own path, Shred strays further from the pack with the release of its Big Show collection featuring original Shred technology. The cylindrical Simplify lens combines NoDistortion and Shredwide technologies to increase peripheral vision and enhance optics. In the Slam-Cap helmet, Shred’s NoShock and RES safety systems rival MIPS on all the other helmets out there. [Goggle: $150; Helmet: $200]
Dragon PXV GALAXY Ski Goggle
Size does matter, and Dragon goes big with its new PXV goggle. A large fit offers a wide field of view, and the PXV’s Panotech lens shape dramatically expands peripheral vision. Lumalens photochromic technology also enhances color contrast to help you see more sharply. Another cool feature is the armored venting system which prevents snow from getting packed into the foam on top of the frame. [Price: $180]
Uvex Compact FM Ski Goggle & Primo Ski Helmet
A minimalist look makes the FM goggle stand out and lets Uvex focus on what’s under the surface: supravision technology and a litemirror lens that enhances vision and protects your eyes from the elements. Style plus safety is also the mission of the Primo helmet. A stylish shell meets a liner that can be adjusted like a hood to create a snug mold between head and helmet for ultimate comfort and protection. [Goggle: $130; Helmet: $150]
Pret Refuge X Ski Helmet
Pret’s new X series was developed with input from pro skiers and designed for rippers looking to challenge the mountain and live to ski another day. With MIPS technology and overlapping polycarbonate shells, the Refuge X is an incredibly light yet strong all-mountain helmet. Need tunes to get stoked on bigger, badder lines? The Refuge X features custom ear pockets that are audio-ready. [Price: $180, Buy Now]
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People Also Ask
How snug should a ski helmet fit?
- Ski helmets should be snug but comfortable. Many helmets have a tool to increase or decrease overall volume, usually located on the back. There should be no pain due to tightness, but there should be less than 2 millimeters of space between your head on the helmet's padding at a minimum.
What is MIPS?
- MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. It is a thin layer of plastic on the inside of a ski helmet that allows the helmet to rotate on impact, which reduces torque on the neck and spine in the event of a hard impact. Many brands, including SHRED. and POC have developed similar proprietary technologies that provide the same protection. SKI recommends this type of protection in ski helmets.
How often should you replace your ski helmet?
- After a single hard impact, or after 2-3 years of general wear-and-tear. Wearing a helmet after either of these events can lead to a reduced level of protection.
How do I choose ski goggles?
- Fit is the most important aspect of ski goggles. You will want to make sure they properly fit your face and are not too small or too big. Picking the correct lens tint is also important. Most of the goggles here come with either an additional low-light lens or have an ability to adjust the tint either automatically to match light conditions or manually.