The Best Ski Helmets of 2021 Review

04. January 2021

If you have ever wanted to go on the winter vacation of your dreams, you probably knew from the beginning that first and foremost you had to be safe! In our review of the best ski helmets,  you will find the first piece of gear you should invest in. Maybe searching for a simple helmet is not always the most thrilling activity, but it is the shopping spree that could save your life! If you have already bought your skis, Ski pants, ski boots (click for full guide), ski socks, scarfs, balaclavas (click here for our review), and traveling bags, you will be able to choose a fitting helmet to suit the rest of your gear. If you haven’t yet bought your warm gloves & mittens – click here for Skiiers looking for ski gloves.

Choosing a ski helmet can be tough, the sizes for each brand vary, some are naturally tighter or looser than others, the features vary and include many different options, from space for MP3 headphones to extra space for your goggles. There are many options to choose from, and even more colors, designs and patterns to pick during checkout. It is definitely a long and straining journey to pick a good helmet that will end up protecting you from concussions or deadly slip-ups.

We hope that the reviews below that cover some of the best choices for ski helmets out on the market today will help you in your journey to choose the right product for you or your loved ones!

Do you snowboard? You may wish to head over to our review on the top snowboard helmets.

10 Best Ski Helmets With & Without Audio

1. Smith Vantage MIPS

SmithOptics is one of those brands that will go out of their way to give you the biggest variety of color choices possible, just to make sure that you will be getting a helmet that will suit you and the rest of your gear! They give you over 20 color combinations to choose from and is a snug and comfortable fit. It won’t weigh you down with unnecessary additions and bulky pads; it will keep your head and neck straight thanks to the light-weight build and craftsmanship that SmithOptics invested in to provide you with the best helmet.

It will keep you reassured when you are on the slopes and help you feel safe and comfortable when you are trying to have fun without noticing the extra luggage on your head. It’s easy to find helmets that will have vents and instead of just cooling you down, they will make you cold, but that isn’t the case with SmithOptic’s helmet. It keeps you warm and cozy both with the vents closed and with the vents opened, therefore no matter if you are sweaty or cold, there are options to make you feel comfy again! It’s one of the best helmets when it comes to air ventilation.

+ light-weight
+ warm and cozy
+ modern design

Why We Liked It – It’s good to be provided with as many color options as SmithOptics provides their customers with, this ensures that you will undoubtedly find something just right for you and your loved ones! This is one of the best, functional and modern looking helmets out there and will protect you faithfully on the icy slopes if you bump into any danger!

2. Giro Avance MIPS

If you are looking for a professional ski helmet that is used by professionals, Giro will have you covered. Even though their helmets are expensive and usually not accessible to the general public, it’s well worth the investment since this kind of helmet can last you a lifetime of skiing! Ski helmets are designed not according to style and don’t care much for being fashionable, but about the design and how it can encourage the speed of the rider during competitions. That is exactly what Giro focused on when designing this helmet – a slick design that will still keep you safe.

When you are speeding down almost vertical slopes and are focused on winning a competition, a bulky, heavy helmet probably won’t help. Giro’s helmets have gone on to lead the most successful competitors to win games at the highest level, and the GIRO Avance MIPS helmet is by far their most advanced helmet yet. This helmet gives you the ultimate protection from multi-impact crashes, a design that will encourage your speed, vents to help keep you cool and a simple yet still attractive design.Thanks to the x-static fibers that are wounded with silver pieces that naturally provide anti-bacterial properties, you can be sure your item will stay good as new.

+ x-static fibres
+ slick design
+ multi-impact crash protection

Why We Liked It – Giro is a brand that can be relied on and we can see it through the helmets they keep putting out for their customers. This skiing helmet is slick and has advanced features that will keep you safe and your item fresh and new; you will be protected from dangers and you will be able to enjoy skiing without worrying about staying safe, since keeping you safe is what Giro does best!

3. Smith Optics Holt

This ski helmet from SmithOptics also has a very wide range of variety when it comes to colors, you have 14 singular colors to choose from when picking out one of these! You can get this helmet for the perfect price, sometimes even under 40$! It’s the finest offer for anyone that is looking for a more affordable helmet, especially when so many helmets can go way into costing hundreds of bucks. No matter what kind of weather you will be skiing in, this ski helmet is perfect for both light snows, summer ski parks and general use. This helmet can be customized with extra padding if extra protection is needed for harsher winter weather.

The vent shafts integrated here are some of the greatest. They are easy to open to help let in some fresh air if you are getting a bit stuffy. The helmet can let out unnecessary heat from the vents situated in the back while still keeping you warm and cozy thanks to the sealed front end. The AirEvac system will give you the best airflow and removes any air that could cause fogginess in the goggle area. SmithOptics will keep you safe and dry no matter how much time you will want to spend on the slopes!

+ AirEvac system
+ versatile
+ buckle closure

Why We Liked It – SmithOptics has given its customers a ski helmet that is very affordable for anyone that is looking forward to a safe winter holiday. You will get extra cushions to make the helmet more snug if you prefer to do so, too. The versatility of this helmet is perfect for someone that likes to go skiing all year around and doesn’t want to invest in too many different helmets!

4. Oakley Mod 5 MIPS

Oakley’s ski helmet comes in five different variations of black/white/gray color options that should suit the surrounding snow perfectly.The brim ventilation system is one of the best and will help keep the top and sides of your head warm and snug while slowly letting out the stuffy air through the vents on the brims. That ensures you won’t get too cold or too sweaty too quick; the helmet will keep you protected and dry no matter what advanced slopes you will want to carry on skiing down! The vents are also easily adjustable and don’t need to be fiddled with to get the perfect amount of airflow.

The liner within the helmet is also removable so that you can exchange it after months of usage. The only thing you should look out for when purchasing this Oakley helmet is the size chart, you should definitely get a size two or three sizes bigger than you expect to be sure that you don’t have a fit that’s too tight. This will ensure that you get a snug fit that will keep you safe and protected and won’t be loose. Either way, the BOA tightener should work like a charm in case you need to have extra help to adjust the sizing!

+ BOA tightener
+ brim vents
+ comes with helmet bag

Why We Liked It – Oakley has given their customers a very well-built helmet with a fashionable design and a fair price for all of the features that you get. You will be kept safe and dry and you will be able to slide down the slopes without worrying about getting too stuffy! This is definitely one of the finest helmets when it comes to craftsmanship and the best when you look at safety, too.

5. Giro Ledge MIPS Protective

A Giro helmet has once again surprised us with the advanced features that it offers to its customers- Giro is known for improving each of their helmets to make them the best on the market, and the Giro Ledge MIPS is no exception. There are more than 15 singular colors to choose from that can appeal to both women and men alike, as well as teens and kids if you are looking to buy helmets for all of the family! There are vents around the brims and on the top of the helmet to encourage airflow and to avoid making the ride uncomfortable in a stuffy helmet.

There are removable goggle retainers and removable earpads to help you customize your helmet to suit your needs; for example, you can buy a compatible Giro audio system (click for sound perception on the slopes) to swap with the normal earpads. It’s also compatible with all of the Giro goggles and there should be no problem with mix and matching those. Even below freezing temperature, you can still stay warm while wearing this helmet and you will be able to bump into things without worrying about staying safe and secure- many customers reporting hitting against poles, snow and ice and reporting no injuries or cracks to the helmet!

+ removable goggle retainer
+ removable earpads
+ durable and insulating

Why We Liked It – Giro has one of the best reputations if you take a look at the market of ski helmets, and it’s no wonder! They have some of the finest, well-crafted helmets out in the industry and are surrounded by five-star reviews all around. If professionals are happy and protected when wearing this helmet, you know that you will be too!

6. POC Receptor BUG Adjustable 2.0

POC’s ski helmet is available in 15 colors, from red, to white, to pink, to black and is one of the most affordable helmets on our list. It has the perfect price to combine both the quality and endurance into one durable and reliable helmet. The design is fantastic and gives a distinct skate-inspired shape that you can commonly see in skateboarding and skating parks. The adjustment system here is very precise and customers praise its accuracy; it’s very easy to adjust the helmet to keep it snug and in place without having it move around on your head as you ski. This is vital to have maximum protection and to not get any headaches from tight or loose fits.

There are also no open vents visible on this skiing helmet, however there is a very smart system which lets the air flow through the outer shell. This takes away the hot hair that can accumulate around the top and side of your head, providing the best solution for a dry head. This can also be adjusted to either high or low level of air flow so that you can match it to the temperature that is dominating outside. This ski helmet also has a chin strap that has a comfy pad- it can be easily tightened without causing any discomfort around the jaw and chin area.

+ includes chin-strap
+ accurate size adjusting system
+ airflow system through outer shell of helmet, no vents needed!

Why We Liked It – POC has given the market a the best selection of helmets, whether they be the simple, protection only helmets or helmets with audio and GPS installed within, this particular helmet is one of the best when it comes to snug fits and comfortable adjusting options, both around the head and chin area!

7. Smith Optics Variance MIPS

SmithOptics once again makes their way onto our list with yet another high-quality helmet. There are 20 designs to choose from, both single and multi-colored and you should have no trouble finding something that fits you and your gear! SmithOptics also provides its customers with many unconventional colors that can help you to be more easily noticed on the slopes by your loved ones and friends. There are also Skullcandy systems available that can be integrated into the design of the helmet for the ultimate skiing experience.

There is also a removable, very light goggle lock, a low-profile regulator that can help you adjust the climate around your head and the 18 vents situated around the surface of the helmet and snapfit earpads to keep your ears cozy and shielded from the harsh, cutting winds that you will certainly be exposed to in the mountains. They can also accommodate audio pads like mentioned before. SmithOptics helmets all rank in the Top 30 list on Amazon when it concerns the ski helmet genre, and it’s easy to see why. The liner is removable which makes it much easier to wash, and the crash padding inside is well-situated and has adequate thickness to keep you well protected.

+ earpads accommodate audio pads
+ removable liner for easy washing
+ 18 vents to encourage airflow

Why We Liked It – If you are looking for a sturdy ski helmet, SmithOptics has the best option right here. They have once again given us a very wide variety of colors and designs to choose from, and this time also features like removable earpads so that you can add audio pads instead! The crash padding is thick and foamy and should protect you from any slips and falls and the vents will help keep the airflow flowing through your head! It’s truly the best if you are looking for a helmet that will undoubtedly protect you from danger.

8. Bern Watts EPS – Matte

Bern is known for having very high-quality impact foam which will absorb all of the shock that potential crashes and bumps could generate. It has some of the best protective foam out there. There are vents situated on the top and back to help encourage airflow when skiing and the design is a very unique, green mint color combined with dark blue brims around the straps. This helmet functions well even in the harshest of weather conditions, the winter liner is perfect for keeping you warm even when the temperatures are below freezing. Many customers praise this helmet because it can be used for both skiing and snowboarding, which will save you a few extra bucks- instead of buying a snowboarding helmet, you can just buy Bern’s skiing helmet and you will have two for the price of one.

The thin yet durable shell helps to make this helmet look a bit more fashionable and to not make your head look big, like many other ski helmets seem to do. Many customers are happy to report that they are able to use this helmet not only for skiing but for summer bike rides too, if you remove the winter liner and buy the summer liner that costs about 10$, you will be able to use this helmet all year round. No matter if you like snowboarding, skiing, biking or skating, Bern is known for having the most versatile helmets out on the market, and this helmet is definitely one of them!

+ thin but durable shell
+ high-quality impact foam
+ versatile for year-round use

Why We Liked It – Bern has made the most versatile skiing helmet out on the market today, you will be able to use it all year round if you are willing to switch between the winter and summer liners, which is laughingly easy! It’s the best helmet for anyone that is looking to keep up their sports all year round while still staying safe and also one of the best choices for budding skiers!

9. ZIONOR Lagopus H1

ZIONOR will offer you full protection out on the slopes, no matter if you will be facing harsh weather or bumps and scrapes from falling down. This ski helmet is available in four colors: black, blue, cracked-black design and pink. It also has a solid compatibility with goggles, they won’t be sliding off when you put them onto this helmet and the goggle loop on the back helps to keep them in place. You will not have to worry about losing them on the slopes even if you are going down hill and/or at high-speeds. There will be no need to keep adjusting them, either, since this technology is some of the best.

The helmet itself is very comfortable and customizable, the chin-strap is sweat-absorbant and will not leave you feeling stuffy, irritated, itchy or plain uncomfortable. There is also a regulator situated on the helmet to help you open and close the vents easier than with sliders. If you are experiencing too much wind in the mountains when you are speeding down, you can turn the dial and close the vents within seconds. If you are feeling too steamy and want to have some air flow to remove the heat you can turn the dial the other way and within seconds get access to this option, too!

+ compatible with skiing goggles
+ a dial to regulate vents
+ customizable and safe

Why We Liked It – ZIONOR is a brand that has made only the best quality helmets, and this is one of them. The sport and modern look encourages everyone to look their best without getting their head to look too bulky like is common with many other helmets. There are many useful features here, the most notable being the goggle compatibility- you will never have to worry about those sliding off ever again! This is one of the best features that ZIONOR has to offer over other helmets.

10. Salomon Ranger2

Salomon has given the market a very modern looking and fashionable ski helmet; it’s definitely not a helmet you see every day, it’s designed to look attractive so that you can finally stand out among your peers! It’s available in two colors: black matt and gray matt. The earpads are removable so that you can exchange them for summer alternatives or to put them in the wash after an intense holiday or training session. Thanks to the active ventilation you won’t have to worry about ever getting stuffy inside your helmet since the vents will keep the airflow around all the time. This way you don’t have to fiddle with any dials or straps!

The sizes here are great fits and the construction is of very high-quality, they are typically available to be used for about five years of heavy-duty wear on the slopes. The air adjustment system is intelligent and will leave you to enjoy your holidays and practice sessions without worrying about staying safe and dry. The customers have rated the sizing chart to be very accurate, unlike with many other helmets, this means that if you end up liking the features that this helmet has, you also won’t have to worry about getting a fit that is either too loose or too tight.

+ good fit
+ removable earpads
+ heavy-duty shell

Why We Liked It – Salomon has provided the market with a very durable piece of ski gear that has all the necessary features to perform best in the winter season. The vents will help keep the airflow flowing, the straps will keep the helmet snug on your head and the heavy-duty craftsmanship will ensure you get years of use with this helmet! It’s th