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 downhill protection.
Knowing that the best protective gear is the stuff you actually use, dual-certification (climbing and skiing) helmets are quickly gaining popularity among backcountry skiers. They combine the protective coverage of a ski helmet with the ventilation, top impact protection, and weight-conscious features of a mountaineering helmet. A real people-pleasing mix not seen since pants with ..
The Dynafit TLT Helmet really can do it all. It is triple certified for skiing, climbing, and cycling so you can be fast, light, and stylish for every sport in every season. No matter the time of year, a removable visor will help protect you from the sun's glare. Exceptional ventilation system provides comfort and breathability which will help keep you moving throughout the day. A ..
Atomic’s Backland line has long set the standard for precise and reliable ski touring equipment, from bindings to boots to skis. This pattern has continued with the Backland UL helmet, made for lightweight touring yet jam-packed with an unrivaled feature set. Triple-certified for biking, skiing, and climbing, this helmet is ready for year-round outdoor adventures. Just as exciting ..
The dual-certified Couloir Mountain Helmet by SCOTT is a lightweight and low-profile helmet that is great for both winter and spring conditions. Its dual-padding configuration is ideal for either skiing or mountaineering. Because climbing is hard and sweat-producing they have equipped this dome-protector with a Coolmax moisture management system along with a passive venting system ..
Rocketing through the atmosphere, Petzl's updated Meteor helmet seems to appear only as a brief flash of light whizzing past on the skin track. This is the first CE-certified "ski touring helmet", combining light weight protection and ventilation into one package. With the Meteor, Petzl has pioneered a cutting edge race helmet with side, front, and rear protection that will keep yo..
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..
Feel free to open the throttle a little further with the Salomon Mountain (MTN) Lab helmet. The ‘Lab is certified to both alpine skiing and mountaineering standards, so you are better protected if you sketch out. Plus, Salomon was listening to its backcountry team when they explained no one will wear it if it’s heavy, cumbersome, or hot. They innovated with a new 4D EPS constructio..
A triple-certified helmet that fits well and looks good! The Movement 3Tech Alpi has alpine-skiing, mountaineering, and biking certifications to meet European and International safety standards. It’s even certified under the American body (ASTM). The only thing more surprising than having a helmet that is certified for basically any outdoor activity is how Movement achieved it all ..
A Skimo helmet that is certified for skiing - what a concept! This is Ski Trab's second dual certified helmet, proudly and appropriately named the Aero. Ski Trab utilizes their Hollow Core Technology to cool your head with two different front air-intakes that funnel air through 6 different channels - hence the name "Aero." The clean-cut design looks less like an 80's bike helmet an..
Ski mountaineering can be risky business. Most routes are comprised of some combination of cracks, dihedrals, chutes, couloirs, or steep-but-not-quite-vertical rock faces that inevitably hold potentially day-ruining hard chunks and blocks. Water is routinely melted and refrozen as the temperatures change from day to night and back again, and this cycle is notorious for encouraging ..
Lightweight backcountry ski gear has been a revelation to many skiers, but new technologies in the school of fast-and-light have mostly stuck to the three main categories: skis, boots, and bindings. Recently, however, we've seen a surge in innovation in other pieces of ski-mountaineering kit, with an exciting new option coming in the form of a Vision. BD claims the Vision is their ..
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 lightest possible headwear is a great idea until you whack your dome and get concussed. Luckily for the safety-minded, the Smith Summit Helmet is uncompromising in protection while incorporating all the features we expect in a touring helmet. From a safety standpoint, the Summit meets the standard EN 1077 (skiing) and EN 12492 (mountaineering) certifications of dual-certified h..
Ski Mountaineering places a lot of demands on a helmet. It needs to protect from overhead hazards on the way up and lateral impacts from a possible fall on the way down. It also must be light, breathable, and comfortable to wear all day. Enter the Dynafit DNA Helmet.
Featuring a compact design of EPS foam and a Polycarbonate shell, the DNA is able to avoid the dreaded bulbous br..
CAMP's Voyager helmet. Cool name for a cool helmet that keeps you cool. 17 (go ahead and count them) vents are just one of the upshots of this brain bucket. Don't worry, it will keep you warm as well. A removable liner and removable ear flaps will have you comfortably skiing and well protected from mid-winter, to spring all the way through volcano season. When those ski days become..
Light, versatile, and protective. These are but three adjectives among many that can be used to describe the Petzl Meteora Helmet. With an In-Mold construction and women-specific cutout on the adjustment band to sit over a ponytail, the Meteora is designed to sit low on your head, increasing coverage for maximal protection. The large and numerous vents on the Meteora encourage airf..
Offering just the right amount of protection, especially when considering their weight and breathability, climbing helmets are increasingly being pressed into service by many backcountry users looking to cash in on these qualities. Seeing this trend, companies like Mammut and Petzl have devised a “ski touring” standard that recognizes the unique protective considerations ski tourin..
Atomic has really upped the ante with the technologically-infused Backland UL CTD helmet. Sharing the same AMID and holocore safety features--plus swappable liners and 360-degree fit system--with the standard UL helmet, the CTD also features Shocksense impact technology. This means the helmet analyzes its five different impact zones following a crash to determine whether it is dama..
Movement’s 3Tech Alpi is a racing and touring helmet that has alpine skiing, mountaineering, and biking certifications. Yes, triple certified for triple the pleasure! More surprising than being certified for basically any outdoor activity is how Movement made it so light and compact. With multiple sizes to choose from, it’s bound to fit comfortably and securely. The helmet is well-..
Should you accidentally find yourself riding a lift or skinning in frigid temps, the CAMP Ear Protection will quickly earn a place in your heart and helmet. Feed the buckles through the straps, pop the plastic tabs into the helmet, and go skiing. Turn your Speed Comp helmet into a weather-defying brain-bucket that shields you from cold and your own speed with the help of a simple a..