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The hel­met cat­e­gory has to be the fastest grow­ing seg­ment in snow re­tail. The up­take in Aus­tralia over the past decade has been in­creas­ing ev­ery year with up to 70 per cent of peo­ple on the hill now wear­ing them. This in­creased use has cor­re­lated with lighter and more com­fort­able hel­mets be­ing in­tro­duced to the mar­ket. The pro­file of most hel­mets has also been re­duced, so you no longer have to look like you’re a stunt­man about to be fired out of a canon.

The lat­est tech­nol­ogy be­ing in­tro­duced in hel­met is the in­cor­po­ra­tion of MIPS tech­nol­ogy. MIPS stands for Multi-Di­rec­tional Im­pact Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem, and it func­tions as a low-fric­tion layer be­tween your head and the hel­met’s shell. It al­lows the hel­met to move in­de­pen­dently of your head when sub­jected to an­gled im­pacts, which are com­mon in ski and snow­board stacks. MIPS is ef­fec­tive in re­duc­ing the ro­ta­tional forces on the brain that can re­sult from cer­tain im­pacts and has proven to be ef­fec­tive in de­creas­ing brain trauma that can re­sult from many ski and snow­board crashes.

Most lead­ing hel­met brands are now of­fer­ing MIPS tech­nol­ogy in their var­i­ous ranges, in­clud­ing freeride hel­mets. In­dus­try lead­ers, like Pret and Giro, also of­fer a va­ri­ety of mod­els and colours, all with ef­fec­tive ven­ti­la­tion, so once you’ve cho­sen which hel­met you want, it comes down to fit.

When try­ing on a hel­met, the sim­ple rule is that you want a firm fit with no pres­sure points. You also want to try them on with your gog­gles. Noth­ing worse than hav­ing punter gap.


Range MIPS

RRP: $399

The Range truly in­te­grates cus­tom fit at the turn of a dial, util­is­ing a two-piece shell and a durable semi-flex­i­ble de­sign in what we call “Con­form Fit

Tech­nol­ogy”. This hel­met ex­pands and con­tracts adapt­ing to ev­ery rider’s in­di­vid­ual head shape re­sult­ing in the sleek­est, low­est pro­file hel­met in Giro’s his­tory. Also in­cludes MIPS, in­te­grated cam­era mount, and Fid­lock mag­netic buckle clo­sure.


Ledge and Ledge MIPS

RRP: $129.95

The Ledge fea­tures a clean min­i­mal­ist skate style de­sign with a durable con­struc­tion for park and street rid­ing. Avail­able

with or with­out MIPS.



RRP: $209

The per­fect com­bi­na­tion of func­tion and fit. The Shaman fea­tures VTT2 vent­ing tech­nol­ogy for no fuss com­fort all day long. In-mould con­struc­tion, our RCS Fit Sys­tem, Fid­lock mag­netic buckle sys­tem. We’ve added an X-Static liner that helps reg­u­late tem­per­a­ture and keep odours at bay. It all adds up to an ex­tremely lightweight, great fit­ting hel­met that feels so good you’ll for­get you’re wear­ing it.


Cynic X

RRP: $229

New for this sea­son, Cynic X draws on the strengths of the Cynic and takes it to a whole

new level. De­vel­oped with ath­lete in­put and safety in mind, Pret de­liv­ers style, safety and fit with MIPS and RECCO

tech­nolo­gies. We added X-Static fab­ric to keep it fresh. The Cynic X has raised the bar with an ex­cep­tional blend of de­sign and tech­nol­ogy for

phe­nom­e­nal per­for­mance.

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