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 the chin strap for on the spot customization even with cold hands. The vents on the Kong are what make it unique. 2 small openings near the front of the helmet collect moving air and direct it along the surface of the helmet until it reaches a larger internal vent where it is then circulated down to your head and out the back. The covers protect the vents from snow, pine needles, dandruff, and bugs, while still circulating air through the helmet.
|Certifications||CE 1077 (alpine skiing)
EN 12492 (climbing)
|Materials||Polycarbonate with a carbon finish.|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||You name it.|
|Notes||Low riding adjustment strap makes for an impressively secure fit.|
|Bottom Line||A surprising blend of fit, weight, ventilation, and Italian-ness for a great price.|