Uvex Wing S Ultra Pro:
Crafted using World Cup-proven technology, the Ultra Pro appeals to skiers looking for serious protection. And a removable chinguard ($49) makes the Ultra Pro competitionready, offering full coverage for racers-or anyone else who just likes to go fast.
Briko X Fusion:
The X Fusion is so light you’ll think you forgot to put your helmet on. Yet with a polycarbonate exterior and a comfortable, in-molded design,it can handle plenty of abuse. And the anatomically shaped, removable ear pads up the comfort quotient even further.
A great value, the lightweight Heckler has the ventilation of a higher-end helmet-including eight mesh plug vents, two exhaust vents and three slide vents-without a high-end price. And the removable (i.e., washable) brushed-fleece liner doesn’t skimp on comfort.
Marker’s newest lid features FlexFoam, a polyurethane and polystyrene blend designed to take as many knocks as you can dish. The M3’s Natural Flow design uses sculpted vents to facilitate air flow. And it’s lightweight and comfortable to boot.
The Airflow’s patented Air Extraction System eliminates the foggy-goggle problem with a vent on the brow of the helmet that pulls air from the goggle’s vents. Plus, a wheel at the top of the helmet lets you control the ventilation without removing your gloves.
The Biomex has a few innovations under its lid. A dual-band roll cage throws support to the axis point on the head, the most vulnerable area. Second, there are three goggle retention guides, so your goggles go wherever you do-no matter how tough the going gets.
Boeri VIP Swarovski:
More beauty queen than techno nerd, the Swarovski features a line of the eponymous crystals along its brow. A glammed-up version of Boeri’s Steez helmet, the Swarovski doesn’t have a ventilation system. But hey, no one ever said looking good was easy.
What do you get when you combine the lightweight comfort of an in-mold helmet (in which the liner and the shell arefused together) with the hard-headed protection of a rugged microshell? The Tactic, which is a tough-yet incredibly comfortable-lid.
Giro Audio Series G10:
Fans of the 9 series will like the new G10: Giro took the best of the 9-in-mold construction, removable earpads, great colors-and added 14 vents and an audio system that’ll groove with your MP3 player and cell phone. What a difference a number makes.