SHRED SLAM CAP NOSHOCK

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OUR TAKE Look­ing to save money with­out skimp­ing on safety? The Slam Cap tests above both Amer­i­can and Euro­pean safety stan­dards for ski­ing, as well as Amer­i­can stan­dards for moun­tain bik­ing—that’s two equip­ment needs in one brain bucket. Our Colorado tester loved us­ing the Slam Cap for ev­ery­thing from back­coun­try tours to fat bik­ing trips along the Front Range. A hon­ey­comb-struc­tured, foam-lined core cush­ions im­pacts, and Shred’s Ro­ta­tional En­ergy Sys­tem (eight pads that slide within the hel­met to move in uni­son with the head) pro­tects against an­gled knocks. (For­tu­nately, we didn’t have oc­ca­sion to test its pro­tec­tion.) Ding: The Slam Cap’s 14 air vents are great for warmer days, but the ones on the front and back aren’t closeable. “I got a tad chilly stand­ing around rip­ping skins in gusty weather,” our tester says. Bonus: A re­mov­able merino liner and an anti-stink treat­ment fight odor.

TRAIL CRED “This hel­met is so light, I for­got I was wear­ing it when I started to drive home from the slopes,” one tester re­ported on his way back from Colorado’s Ten­mile Range. $200; 15 oz. (M); S-L; shre­dop­tics.com

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