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Still new, the winter-sports helmet market is peering into the future. Manufacturers are experimenting with innovative ventilation systems, lightweight materials and hip designs. Consequently, many of the arguments skiers have used against wearing helmets¿too hot, too heavy, too dorky-looking¿are crumbling. Here’s a look at the spectrum of helmets available this season, from traditional racing models to bike-influenced designs.