Gear Review

5 5

One of the better helmets....

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

After skiing in a Smith Vantage for the past couple of years I decided to try this new Giro Montane helmet. Giro definitely makes their helmets a little more oval in shape, and if you have a more round head shape this probably is not the helmet for you. With that said, this is one great helmet.

Weighing it a only 2 ounces more than a Smith Maze helmet, Giro has incorporated vents that you can adjust on the fly without having to take off your helmet, a rotating dial fit adjustment, and best of all - vertical adjustment to the helmet.

With all the different style goggles out there, getting them to fit properly with your helmet is a key. The vertical fit on this helmet means you can alter the fit of the helmet to allow your goggles to sit either lower or higher on your face - all the while eliminating any gapper gap. Unlike their old style of vertical adjustment where you had to "unsnap" the rear padding, this new design simply slides up and down between 3 preset points - much easier to use, even on the chairlift.

So far I have worn this helmet in 30+ degree days all the way down to single digits. The vents work great on the warm days and yet it is very warm on the cold ones.