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K2 Rival Pro Audio Helmet

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For the audiophile in everyone.

You spend nearly as much time each day curating killer playlists to jam out to while you're skiing as you do actually skiing―face it, you're an audiophile. The K2 Rival Pro Audio Helmet will let you rock your tunes while protecting your head with a lightweight helmet. The K2 Level 3 Baseline Audio system offers a low-profile stow spot for the speakers in the earflaps, and an audio system that seamlessly connects to a cell phone or media player. A detachable cord and the on-cord audio controller for music and taking phone calls helps eliminate fumbling for your phone and allows you to skip that one track that really shouldn't have made it on the playlist.

The Rival's In-Mold construction uses an EPS liner that's molded directly to a lightweight polycarbonate outer shell; it's top-notch construction for ultralight helmets that still offer industry-standard protection―even if you carelessly whack a wall as you're head-banging. This brain bucket fits snugly with the K2dialed Fit System, which allows you to adjust the fit of the inner liner with a simple twist of a dial at the back of the helmet. Passive-Channel Ventilation uses three large vents in the front, top vents, and back vents in order to direct cool air through the front and pull hot air out the back. And the Full-Wrap liner's breathable fabric moves chilling, sweaty moisture from the surface of your head to the surface of the liner where it can quickly evaporate so your head stays dry and warm.

  • In-Mold construction with EPS liner
  • K2dialed Fit System
  • Passive-Channel Venting
  • Full-Wrap Liner
  • Level 3 Baseline Audio System
  • Item #K2S1322

Tech Specs

[shell] polycarbonate, [padding] EPS (foam)
Adjustable Vents
Fit Adjustment
K2dialed Fit System
ASTM 2040, CE EN 1077 2007 Class B
Claimed Weight
13.9 oz
Recommended Use
alpine skiing, snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year

Tech Specs

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Great Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my first helmet, after 40 years of skiing (started at age 2). I had been toying with the idea of getting a helmet, but everyone I tried on felt heavy, fit poorly, seemed cheaply made or looked weird. The K2 Rival is light, has a lower profile than most helmets, but feels solid. The fit is excellent, with a dialed fit system for snugging it up. The inner liner is super soft and comfortable. I use Jublo Revolution Goggles (awesome photochromic goggles, worth the price), which fit the helmet just fine.

As for the audio and some of the complaints, I have had no issues, but admit I use the audio only occasionally and am not much of an audiophile. The volume does not seem to go really high, but its high enough for me and you can still kind of hear what's going on around you.

The only negative I have found with the helmet is that its a little warm now that spring is coming. It has only passive venting. I don't mind too much as I just switch back to a spring hat or old school it with no hat. The higher model K2 has more venting. Maybe that will be my next helmet.

Overall, very happy with it. Performs great. At $100, good value and top quality.

Nice fitting helmet. Weak audio!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Fits great, looks great, very lightweight. Disappointing audio experience. Doesn't get loud enough, not even close. I think the ppl around me can hear my music better than i can. The ear flap design allows a lot of noise leakage and makes for insufficient isolation. The in-line mic and volume control is convenient but not easy to use with gloves on.

My Smith io/x integrate perfectly with this helmet.

If you care about audio, this is not the best choice. The wiring and headphones are built in to the helmet in a way that makes them nearly impossible to remove and replace with something stronger.

Good Audio Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I agree with Justin below, The fit is very true, but if you plan on wearing a beanie. Size up! However, the liner seems plenty warm enough on it's own.

Audio quality is decent, but I was expecting a bit more.. Then again, for me it will work nice as I usually don't have this turned up all the way since I am riding with other people. The controller it has could be a bit bigger as it's harder to use with gloves on.

It is extremely light weight, almost enough to not even notice that it's there. Fits very well with the Smith I/OS Goggles.

Well after getting to ride with this for a couple days I can say it was a great buy. Extremely comfortable. Worked great with my Smith I/OS Goggles. Audio was OK. Expected it to be louder. But, I was riding with others so turned it up only when I was bombing the mountain. The push to stop on the cable is nice so you don't have to dig out your iPod. Also can be used to answer if using your cell phone.

Designed with Style and Fit in Mind

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This helmet is awesome! I've worn many different helmets for snowboarding; from a few different Smiths to Ride's Ninja. This is by far my favorite.

It is very low profile and doesn't make you look like you're ready to be shot out of a cannon. It also combines nice with goggles. The audio is about what you'd expect. It's loud and clear but can get scratchy if your connection is bad.

The sizing on this is nice. I measure in at 58cm (22 3/4") and wear a Medium. That does NOT allow for any more than a clava underneath. If you want to wear a beanie under it, size up! Although you shouldn't need it as it is warm on its own.