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SKI HELMETS: PLANETSKI PUTS THE BEST TO THE TEST - Alf Alderson, Gear & Equipment Editor
Thursday October 19, 2017 - Email this article to a friend

Keep your noggin safe and sound with one of our Six of the Best lids...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CP CUMA from £199 www.cp-fashionatsports.com

This is one comfy ski helmet - a superbly soft, warm, breathable lining combined with removable ear pads and an easy-to-use ratchet system for the chin strap ensures a perfect fit.

And - assuming you're after a visored helmet - you'll find that said visor has an excellent fit too.

cp_cuma_ladies_500CP Cuma - Ladies helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It features two-layer face foam which sits warm and snug against your cheeks, and the polycarbonate, abrasion-resistant lens has excellent clarity and superb peripheral vision; what's more, it has an OTG fit so you can wear the visor with glasses underneath.

On top of this there's a choice of visors with all CP helmets (including a photochromic option for all-round use) and they can be changed quickly and easily.

The shell has two adjustable front vents along with a further 26 mesh covered vents and fit is adjusted by a rear dial.

The Cuma is pricey, but as with any visored helmet you do save on the cost of ski goggles, and both quality and design are top rate.

VERDICT: Swiss quality shines through in this fine lid.

 

SINNER CRYSTAL VISOR £130 www.sinner.eu

The Sinner Crystal has an 'Over the Glasses' (OTG) fit so it's ideal for skiers who wear glasses.

Plus you can get interchangeable, different colour lenses for differing light conditions so you're sorted whatever the weather throws at you.

sinner_crystal_500Sinner Crystal Visor helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When you lower the visor a soft, luxurious layer of foam sits snugly against your face and effectively keeps the weather out, and peripheral vision is as good if not better than any goggles you'll ever wear.

The Crystal has four quite large vents, which are unfortunately not adjustable, but the brown PU leather earpads are (they can be removed) and they look good against the helmet's white shell.

In-mould technology helps to keep the weight down along with Sinner's unique Air Pump Fit System; by applying pressure to a small pump at the back of the helmet the rear of the lining is inflated to give a precise fit; if you want to deflate it, you simply press on a small metal button beside the pump.

Both the pump system and the lining can be removed for cleaning.

VERDICT: A unique fitting system and a reasonable price for a visored helmet help the Sinner Crystal Visor stand out from the crowd.

 

POC RECEPTOR BUG ADJUSTABLE 2.0 £125 www.pocsports.com

If you're forever faffing with the fit of your helmet you'll appreciate the Receptor Bug as it can be adjusted very quickly and easily via a slider at the back.

Protection is through an 'overlapping shell' system.

poc_receptor_bug_500POC Receptor Bug 2.0 helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It has an ABS outer shell designed to protect against sharp objects in the event of a fall and an in-mould polycarbonate/EPS inner shell for shock absorption.

Ventilation is through eight vents which can be opened or closed; however, you have to remove part of the liner to do this, which was the only real negative of the helmet as far as we were concerned, and not an especially big one.

The ear pads and neck roll can both be removed on warmer days, and the lining is removable for cleaning, and with eleven different colours from acid green to more muted browns and blacks, there are option to suit everyone.

VERDICT: A very well-built lid with easy adjustment, although it's a shame the vents can't be adjusted as easily.

CÉBÉ CONTEST VISOR £65.00 www.cebe.com

Don't be misled into thinking you're getting a visored helmet for a steal with Cébé's Contest Visor; the 'visor' in question is actually is a small, integrated peak, which can be removed if you want - it's held in place with three small screws.

But don't be disappointed either.

cebe_contestvisorlime_500Cébé Contest Visor helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At £65 this is a cool, compact looking helmet that won't break the bank but will have you looking good on the slopes.

It features and a novel integrated ventilation system in the form of the Cébé logo, although it's not adjustable so you may need to wear a beanie under the helmet on colder days.

The Contest Visor weighs just 390g, pretty good given the price, and the detachable, machine-washable liner has 3D mesh panels for improved breathability, whilst the ear pads can also be removed.

Adjustment is quick and easy via a dial at the rear of the helmet, above which is a generously sized goggle retainer.

VERDICT A good-value, good-looking helmet; just a shame the vents are not adjustable.

POC ARTIC SL SPIN £225 www.pocsports.com

The Poc Artic SL Spin has been developed for ski slalom racers, but us mere mortals are allowed to use it too, and if you remove the detachable chin guard, which is designed to reduce injuries to the face and neck, it looks pretty much like any other ski helmet.

The Artic comes with Poc's new rotary impact protection technology aka 'SPIN', by which internal pads move independently of each other during oblique impacts in order to reduce the force transmitted to the head.

poc_skullorbicxspinp_10171_15061_500POC Arctic SL Spin helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poc says that this is a process inspired by the brain's own internal protective system, cerebrospinal fluid, which cushions the head during a fall.

Your head is also protected with Poc's patented visco-elastic Polymer Dough (VPD) 2.0 inserts in the rear of the helmet, a multi impact EPP liner and a durable ABS shell.

And if you get too hot wearing it there are ten vents, eight of which are adjustable.

If you're obsessed by safety then the Poc Artic SL Spin is a lid you should very definitely check out, since it's at the forefront of ski helmet research.

VERDICT Superb protection offered by a versatile race helmet that anyone can wear, albeit at a price.

 

Picture Symbol 2.0 £75 www.extremepie.co.uk 

Picture claim that this is the most eco-friendly helmet on the market since it's made with 100% recycled materials.

The exterior shell is made from a polymer derived from corn, the liner is made from polystyrene recovered from the Japanese car industry and the ear pads are made from 100% recycled polyester; so how does it feel compared to a 'non-eco' helmet?

To be honest you'd be hard put to tell the difference.

The generous, 100-per cent natural cotton internal padding is plenty soft and comfortable, the helmet feels very light (although we don't have exact figures for the weight) and the ear pads are removable if you get too warm, although the eleven vents can't be adjusted so in cold weather you may need to wear a beanie.

Which is where our once concern comes in since the Symbol can't be adjusted, which means a snug fit without a beanie may be too tight with one (or vice versa).

But it's great to see an eco-friendly helmet that looks and feels so good, and a at a good price.

VERDICT A must for eco-warriors, but try before you buy as it ain't adjustable.

Picture Symbol 2.0 helmetPicture Symbol 2.0 helmet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To be honest you'd be hard put to tell the difference.

The generous, 100-per cent natural cotton internal padding is plenty soft and comfortable, the helmet feels very light (although we don't have exact figures for the weight) and the ear pads are removable if you get too warm, although the eleven vents can't be adjusted so in cold weather you may need to wear a beanie.

Which is where our once concern comes in since the Symbol can't be adjusted, which means a snug fit without a beanie may be too tight with one (or vice versa).

But it's great to see an eco-friendly helmet that looks and feels so good, and a at a good price.

VERDICT A must for eco-warriors, but try before you buy as it ain't adjustable.

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