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Monday, December 13, 2004
Updated: January 25, 3:38 PM ET
Product Preview: Helmet Heads

By Alyssa Roenigk, Hard Head
EXPN.com

Whether you wear them to protect your noggin, warm your brain or earn you cool points on the hill (OK, too far), helmets are an important component in any snowboarder's getup. But which brain buckets are best?

We selected one helmet from each of the six top companies, wore it around the office for a few days, garnered a few odd stares, and never once suffered a traumatic head injury. If that's not proof positive that helmets work, well, we just don't know what is.

Check out our past product reviews for more great winter gear ...
  • Top Hats: The hottest hats for the coldest months.
  • Goggle Guru: The latest in eyewear tech.
  • Bag It: Top pack picks by sport.

    Tips for flawless helmet fit ...
  • All helmets fit differently! Check out our sizing charts below, and never buy a helmet without first trying it on.
  • If your head size falls between two sizes, choose the larger size helmet.
  • When measuring your head size, place the tape measure just above your eyebrows.
  • The front rim of your helmet should sit right above your eyebrows (about 2/3 of an inch).
  • Any padding in the helmet should fit snugly against your head.
  • The top of your goggles should rest against the front rim of your helmet with little to no skin showing between the two.


    Giro Bad Lieutenant - $54.99
    Giro

    Fit Guide XS: 52-53.5 / S: 53.5-55.5 / M: 55.5-57 / L: 57-59

    Available Colors Green, Gray, Black, Snow Camo or Green Camo (canvas covers, shown)

    Key Features Removable earpads (upgrade with TuneUps); no ventilation; goggle clip; removable neck padding

    Buy It www.giro.com

    Video Review: Click here.

    Grades ...
    Ease of Adjustment: B-
    Ventilation: (none)
    Style: A
    Comfort: B-


    Red Audio Hi-Fi - $149.95
    Red

    Fit Guide XS: 54 / S: 56 / M: 58 / L: 60 / XL: 62

    Available Colors Black (shown)

    Key Features Quick Clip, removable ear pads with built-in speakers; easy-access mute button; zip-clip ratcheting chin buckle; flow-through venting system

    Buy It www.burton.com/red

    Video Review: Click here.

    Grades ...
    Ease of Adjustment: A
    Ventilation: B+
    Style: A
    Comfort: A


    Boeri Tactic - $134.99
    Boeri

    Fit Guide S: 51-52cm / M: 53-54 / ML: 55-56 / L: 57-58 / XL: 59-60

    Available Colors Orange, Slate, Silver, Olive, Cyborg, Carbon (shown)

    Key Features Hybrid hard-shell/micro-shell hybrid; seven plug-activated vents and three shut-off vents; one-piece ear and neck cover

    Buy It www.boeriusa.com

    Video Review: Click here.

    Grades ...
    Ease of Adjustment: B+
    Ventilation: B+
    Style: B
    Comfort: A


    Leedom Prophet - $139.99
    Leedom

    Fit Guide S: 53 / M: 55 / ML: 56 / L: 58 / XL: 60 / XXL: 62

    Available Colors White, Blue, Graphite, Titanium (Shown), Ice Blue, Metallic Black
    Key Features brushed fleece insulation; 15 vents (8 adjustable vents on an easy-access slide and 7 exhaust vents with a mesh overlay)

    Buy It www.leedomhelmets.com

    Video Review: Click here.

    Grades ...
    Ease of Adjustment: A-
    Ventilation: A
    Style: B
    Comfort: B+


    Salomon Essential Sport - $139.99
    Salomon

    Fit Guide Sizes by actual cm; available in 50-62 cm
    Available Colors Charcoal/Black, Steel, Silver/Charcoal, Cherry Wine/Charcoal, Orage/Charcoal (shown)
    Key Features Removable, washable Permaclean liner; vents near the ears for improved hearing; padded chinstrap; adjustable aerators; quick-ratchet strap; removable ear pads

    Buy It www.salomonsnowboard.com

    Video Review: Click here.

    Grades ...
    Ease of Adjustment: A-
    Ventilation: B
    Style: A
    Comfort: B+


    Pro-Tec Travis Rice - $79.99-89.99
    Pro-Tec


    Available Sizes: S, M, L, XL

    Available Colors: Black, Metallic Silver, Metallic Blue, Matte Rainy Day Gray, Matte Black, Travis Rice (shown)

    Key Features: Front/side vent system; detachable ear flaps; removable, washable interior fit pads

    Buy It: www.pro-tec.net

    Grades ...
    Ease of Adjustment: B+
    Ventilation: B
    Style: A
    Comfort: A