Helmets for 2008-09

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POC Receptor Bug
This helmet could save your life—it saved one of Skiing’s editors last winter—thanks to a double-decker construction: a soft inner lining covered by a hard, durable polycarbonate shell. Buy it with or without a SkullCandy sound system. [$120 ($200 with sound system); pocski.com]

Head Grace
Built slightly smaller to fit women’s domes, the Grace comes with a furry
antibacterial lining, adjustable-height ear pads for a secure fit, and a plush liner on the chin strap to prevent chafing. [$129; head.com]

K2 Indy
You and your sweaty head will thank the Indy for its 28 internal vents along the top and two at the rear. Plus, it comes with K2’s new audio system, which has removable speakers in the ear pads that are compatible with any type of MP3 player.
[$80; k2skis.com]

Salomon Impact Bluetooth
Not that we encourage using your cell phone on the mountain. But in case Ed McMahon calls you from his clearinghouse, the Impact Bluetooth has built-in wiring so you can get paid on the chairlift without removing your gloves. [$299; salomonsports.com]

Smith Variant Brim
Smith has joined the green movement. The helmet liner is made from fibers created from coconut husks, and its packaging is made of postconsumer recycled cardboard and soy-based inks.
[$160; smithoptics.com]

Giro G10 MX
The 14 vents on the lightweight G10 MX keep your temperature down while the removable visor adds style points. If you want tunes, buy Giro’s $30 aftermarket audio system. [$140; giro.com]



Skiing Magazine's 2008-09 Backcountry Gear Guide

Last March, our two dozen testers hammered laps on Crested Butte’s bony steeps for two days, filling out evaluation cards after each run. The results are listed here. “AT” means the gear was reviewed by alpine-touring skiers. “Tele” means tested by telemark skiers. Some skis were tested by both groups. Our goal: to help you find your perfect backcountry setup.