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Smith Variant Brim Helmet

smithvariantSmith Variant Brim Helmet—top end helmet with maximum protection for aggressive Big Mountain skiers.

I will first have to admit that this helmet was not designed for me. Sure, I’ll ski the steep stuff and sneak in the trees, but I’m not jumping off any cliffs or going down insane couloirs. I leave the crazy stuff for my brother, who has competed in a few Big Mountain freestyle competitions.

This helmet utilizes top-of-the-line technology for maximum protection for those aggressive riders out there. The features, like a great ventilation system to keep you fog free, and a low-profile regulator with three-stage adjustment allows complete climate control through 16 vents.

The Smith Variant helmet has proven a favorite. According to Outside Online, the Smith Variant was the “testers’ clear favorite this year, the lightweight Smith looks cool and has a low profile. Smart feature: The venting system can shutter closed on the fly if you get cold or the snow starts coming down.”

In other words: If you like to ski the crazy stuff—the Big Mountain powder, the cliff jumping, the backcountry, the steep descents, and perfect lines skiing, this is the helmet for you.

The Quick & Dirty:
Where you can get one:
Smith Optics Variant Brim Snow Helmets

Why it Rocks:

    •Both polycarbonate and ABS plastic shells—creates superior protection and modern styling
    • irEvac™ maximizes airflow to reduce goggle fogging
    • Low-profile Regulator with three-stage adjustment allows complete climate control through 16 vents; easily adjustable, even with gloves on
    • Helmet Fit System ensures an accurate and comfortable fit with an ergonomically designed chassis
    • Slim, sleek brim provides added protection against sun and weather
    • Snapfit ear pads are soft and comfortable; remove the pads on warm days or to wash

Looking to buy? Here’s where you get can get it:
Smith Optics Variant Brim Snow Helmets