Protect your noggin from rock-fall, ski crashes, and tree branches. Climbing and mountaineering helmets are popular for backcountry skiing since they are light and well-ventilated. Look for additional ski certification for maximum protection on the down.
The Attivo is a lightweight, ventilated skimo helmet lined with comfortable padding. Uniquely, it has implants designed to hold Ski Trab goggles, which can then be raised onto the brim as necessary. The helmet is built with high-density polystyrene for impact absorption and is covered with a smooth polycarbonate shell to improve deflection. The fit is adjustable, with an easy-turn ..
Expanded polypropylene (EPP): that's the magic fairy dust used to make this helmet. This material along with a webbing retention harness translates to the Petzl Sirocco being the lightest climbing helmet made and infinitely adjustable to ensure a comfortable fit. EPP, in addition to being very light, maintains the ability to be somewhat flexible. A lesser touted benefit of this hel..
Good protection, light, well vented, adjustable fit. The Millet Expert checks all the boxes for a skimo helmet. It also features a magnetic chin-strap closure and a cool new look. The Expert helmet can be used for racing, alpine climbing, and even sport routes. Four headlamp hooks make it viable for dawn patrols and a plethora of side vents make it cool enough for moving fast. Smar..
The Mulaz is a sleek-looking ski mountaineering helmet from La Sportiva. It’s constructed with a fairly standard layering system for mountaineering helmets: expanded polystyrene foam surrounded by a polycarbonate shell to reduce friction in an impact. This mold with the Sportiva logo is lightweight and well-ventilated so you can feel free to ascend fast. Of course it features headl..
Doubly certified, doubly cool. The Ski Trab Race Helmet is certified to both skiing and mountaineering standards. The extra certification adds a touch of weight compared to climbing helmets, but having the right protection on the downhill is worth it for some. And soon it will be required for others, since the ISMF has adopted rules to mandate both certifications for sanctioned rac..
One of the lightest and most ventilated helmets in the world, the CAMP Speed helmet is quickly becoming a popular fashion accessory on the skimo race circuit. This should not be surprising as the helmet is designed for competitive ski mountaineering (and climbing) and weighs just 263 grams (9.3 oz). With a fully UIAA and EN certified in-mold construction, the adjustable Speed helme..
Light and comfortable, the Edelrid Shield Lite helmet uses an in-mold construction to shield your brain bucket from rockfall. The helmet is well ventilated with a minimal pack size, great for working hard in the mountains. The interior is ergonomically shaped with soft, removable padding, resulting in surprisingly comfortable protection. It doesn’t look too bad either.
In the battle for lightweight head protection, Black Diamond has moved a-head with the Vapor helmet. With a head-turning weight of 199 grams (7.0 ounces) [M/L], the Vapor can already be seen atop the heads of many skimo racers. It’s packed in the back with head-cooling vents, while remaining head-lamp compatible. The fore-head is a smooth wind-blocking sheet, preventing head-sweat ..
The Kong Kosmos helmet might be our new favorite multi-purpose helmet (since most of our "ski" helmets are actually climbing helmets). While it's not the lightest around (385g for a S/M) it certainly has the functional know-how to back up the beef. The adjustment strap sits really low on your noggin' and provides a secure wrap all the way around your head. A single button operates ..
While many ski mountaineers prefer to use a well-ventilated climbing helmet, others prefer a helmet certified for both skiing and mountaineering. Everyone likes one that’s comfortable and holds goggles and/or a headlamp. The Mammut Alpine Rider satisfies the comfort, functionality, and safety requirements of all groups. By changing the padding configuration, the helmet can be trans..
Being certified for both climbing and skiing makes the Pulse helmet a safe choice for ski mountaineering. The 13 vents make it a safe choice for doing it light and fast. It's also one of the only helmets on the market that lets you adapt to the weather, with an optional Winter Kit that plugs the vents and covers your ears. This makes the Pulse a safe choice for full-on downhill ski..
Elastic bungee retention system that installs on the Ski Trab Race Helmet to secure your goggles. Also works with headlamps.