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.
- Dual CE and UIAA Certifications for downhill skiing and climbing.
- Ratcheting shoe buckle style chin strap is easy to operate with one hand.
- Polycarbonate shell minimizes rotational forces caused during a fall or rock strike.
- Secure front and rear headlamp clips securely clip your headlamp in the front and rear.
- Dressing like King Kong while wearing this helmet will cause a black hole.
|Certifications||CE 1077 (alpine skiing)
EN 12492 (climbing)
||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.|
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Questions & Reviews
Looks like the clips are the plastic hardware screwed into the helmet above and slightly behind the ears, and that the goggle/headlamp strap slides into hardware through slit near back--Correct? Is it easy to get goggle/headlamp strap into the clips while wearing the helmet and with mittens/gloves on?
The Kong does not come with removable ear pads, but you can purchase the Kong Kosmos Ear Pads
separately. Hope this helps you stay both warm and safe!
Can the chin strap location be adjusted?
Is there a goggle retention clip on the back? I see some sort of clip on the front.
The Kosmos has been a burly companion from the dead of winter, all the way through spring and into the summer mountaineering season. It is one of the best fitting, most comfortable helmets that I’ve ever worn (for any sport).
It is ventilated enough to wear uphill in place of a beanie without overheating on all but the warmest of days. The head cradle is quick to get situated and sits nice and low on the back of my skull. I appreciate this because in the case of a fall, it’s low enough that I don’t worry about it getting pinched between the shell of the helmet and my skull, which would really hurt. The sizing adjustment dial is quick to use, and provides a wide range. I can size it down to fit over my bare head, or dial it up to fit nicely over a ball cap and hood or buff combo.
The biggest downside of the Kosmos is its weight. When the level of protection is considered it's quite a light helmet, but it is still a fair bit heftier than single certification climbing helmets. On the biggest of days when I’m feeling every gram of extra weight, I find myself considering a climbing helmet in place of the Kong. A few times I’ve tried lighter helmets on only to realize that while lighter, they aren’t as comfortable and don’t “disappear” on my head like the Kosmos. For that reason, I’ll continue to stick with this helmet into the future.
Only problem for me was sometimes , ears got cold, skiing in Vermont. So I bought the ear pad accessories. Problem solved. But once you install the ear pads, they can't be removed (easily), and helmet is a bit bulkier.
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