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 construction that offers alpine-like protection at a fraction of the weight. A silky Activedry Merino wool liner keeps sweat at bay and is comfortable enough to wear on the up (saving valuable pack space). The Salomon MTN Lab is the new lightweight, dual-certified, star kid on the block.
- CE-EN1077, EN 12492, and ASTM F-2040 alpine skiing and mountaineering certifications for maximum safety.
- Comes with a slick carry case that can be donned like a backpack.
- Innovative EPS 4D construction offers superior shock protection.
- Headlamp clips and goggle keeper make sure your gear stays in place.
- Removable Advanced Skin Active Dry Merino wool liner wicks moisture and stink.
- Forehead clearance for large alpine goggles.
- ISPO 2015/2016 Award Winner.
Update 2022/23: Salomon has added some colorways to the Mtn Lab helmet line-up
|Small||20.9 - 22.0" (53-56cm)|
|Medium||22.0 - 23.2" (56-59cm)|
|Large||23.2 - 24.4" (59-62cm)|
|Certifications||CE 1077 (alpine skiing)
EN 12492 (climbing)
||Superlight in-molded EPS 4D foam|
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||Skiing, ski mountaineering, racing|
|Notes||Wicking Merino wool liner|
|Bottom Line||Well ventilated multi-certified egg protector|
|Compare to other Dual Certification Helmets|
Questions & Reviews
I'm a bit confused about some of the comments elsewhere online about not being able to close the vents and getting snow inside when it's storming... that's what your hood is for? I don't count that against this helmet.
I honestly thought I'd notice the weight of this helmet more compared to my UL climbing helmet, but even after wearing it for hours on the uphill I really haven't. I personally think it's worth the tradeoff of weight vs protection to have a proper ski helmet for the descent.
It’s noticible lighter and vents way better (can keep on during short/cold/quick skins) than my Smith resort helmet. It also takes up less room in the helmet carry on my pack since the ear flaps fold down.
Most importantly it’s certified as a ski helmet (unlike climbing helmets) and looks way “less dorky” than a climbing or euro multi sport helmet.
Do you know if they have changed the sizes? I have the original version in black and white which I need to replace now. I tried a friend’s owning the latest version, complete black with bright green touches. Both L, and the newer one feels a lot more roomy somehow. Could it be the boa system?
I'd say the surest best is to measure your head circumference to double check sizing!
But, the ear warmers are too short. It's annoying.
I'm keeping it because it fits my daughter, but I am wondering: does the size M have measureably longer ear warmer? Can you check for me!?
Just slightly longer (1/2 cm) would probably do the trick. It's otherwise a perfect helmet.
It's too bad, because in all other respects this is a darned nice helmet.
My POC goggles integrate with this helmet much better than my old Smith ones.
I use it now for both touring and resort days. In the resort I normally wear a hood or buff under it if it's cold out (the MTN helmet isn't nearly as warm as most resort specific helmets). When touring I have the option to wear a hood underneath if it's cold, wear it as is if it's a bit warmer, or take out the ear covers if it's really warm. I love having all the options!
I (thankfully) haven't taken any big hits to the head yet, but it certainly seems strong enough. And one thing heavily in it's favor is that it's light enough that I always bring it along, even on days where a big fall seems very unlikely.
I alternate between this helmet and a black diamond vector helmet for all of my skiing needs. For most winter days, I reach for this helmet because it has better coverage and fits better with most ski goggles. The weight penalty is small, but note that it takes up a bit more pack space. For spring skiing and skimo racing, I will still reach for a climbing style helmet for better ventilation and lighter weight, but if I had to take this along I still wouldn't mind as the ear covers can be removed.
Overall: great fit, great coverage, light weight, and versatile.
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Comfortable with two liners (one with earmuffs, and a thinner liner without for warm days). Works perfectly with goggles and headlamps. Has excellent ski goggle/forehead ventilation for keeping your view fog-free on long descents or when crossing stormy ridge lines. Larger and heavier than a climbing helmet but offers superior impact protection from a crash; and better overall coverage of your temples and rear head. It has also proved durable over a long season.
I don't really notice the weight when compared to carrying my BD Vapor helmet, but when wearing goggles to ski fast I am much more comfortable in the MTN Lab helmet. Furthermore, it's great peace of mind to know I have excellent impact protection. I even wear it for resort laps on warm spring days.
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