I purchased this helmet as the workhorse for my touring and recreational racing in the Northeast. The Alpine Rider was appealing due to it's dual certification and it's relatively light weight. I've used it for most of my uphilling, racing, and the occasional resort skiing for the past few seasons.
Compared to other downhill oriented helmets, the Alpine Rider is a nice reduction in weight, though in comparison to mountaineering helmets is on the heavier side. The weight is barely noticeable during tours, and I am able to wear it for long periods of time without any feeling of encumbrance. The clips in front and back work well for a headlamp during early morning ascents. Additionally, these can be used to keep goggles in place, which stow nicely when not in use (more on goggles below).
The helmet comes with a removable winter kit which covers the ears and adds a bit of insulation on top. I found this too be too warm, and removed it fairly early on. On cold days, I add a headband or thin poly cap underneath, which works to keep my head warm and allows for adjustment depending on weather changes. Without the liner, the helmet ventilates reasonably well, and I haven't had issue with even on high output days.
The fit of the Alpine Rider, however, has presented a bit of a challenge. Though my head circumference is in the middle of the range of the Large size, the helmet seemed to have an excessive amount of space. Additionally, while the helmet has a cinch system to accommodate various head sizes, I've found the helmet has a tendency to pivot backward. This is exacerbated by the presence of goggles, which via the elastic band, pull the rear of the helmet down exposing my forehead. More, the helmet can seem a bit bulky at times. Despite the issues with fit, I've continued to use it for much of my touring and resort skiing, though will probably find an alternative for this coming season.
Overall, the Alpine Ride has served its purpose. It is light enough to wear all day and ventilates well. For those whom it fits well, I have no doubt it would be a reasonable choice for dual certification helmets. However, for others, it is probably worth finding an alternative product.
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