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With the Smith Variant Helmet, and your favorite pair of Smith Goggles, you'll be a slope-shredding machine. A low-profile fit without a brim makes it easy to put your goggles up on your helmet when you hike to the top of the Headwaters. The new Boa system lets you dial in a custom fit every time

  • Hybrid Shell Construction combines Bombshell technology with In-Mold technology to create a lightweight, low-profile helmet that fits well without compromising protection
  • Boa system lets you adjust the size for a precise fit
  • AirEvac 2 ventilation system channels warm, moist air away from your goggles and forehead and brings fresh, cool air through your helmet
  • Adjust a whopping 22 vents at once with a single glove-friendly switch—you control the thermostat
  • X-Static performance lining uses bonded silver to neutralize odors and moderate your temperature
  • SnapFit ear pads remove easily for washing or upgrading to an audio system
  • Removable goggle lock holds your strap just where you need it

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  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Fits well, very comfortable, warm. Warm enough in fact that I don't have to wear a neck gaitor like I've had to do with previous helmets.


It's All About Fit and Comfort

  • Familiarity:I've used it several times

I've cycled through several ski helmets and with the Smith Variant I've finally discovered the one I'm going to stick with. It feels super light and just fits so comfortably, while also interfacing easily with a variety of goggles (I use both Oakley Crowbars and Smith I/O).

Testing the Air Resistance Quality

Testing the Air Resistance Quality

The Variant holds up to pretty fast speeds.

Freaking awesome! Did you have the vents open or closed?

^^^ That's the true question... how was the ventilation?


It does the job.

  • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

Initially I was stoked to get this helmet, which was a significant upgrade for me. However, I find the helmet to be pretty heavy and bulky after using it several times. It's still a solid helmet, but sometimes, especially on warmer days, you just want something lighter. That's not to say the venting isn't fantastic, because it does its job. Overall I find this to be just another helmet. I'll probably try something else out for my next one.


haven't found a better option...

    Great Helmet. the venting is perfect for taking the heat out but as a bald man it never let my head get cold. the dial fit in the back is just right to make it snug and comfortable. I would buy this one again if I was in the market.


    Great fit

      Tried several helmets from several vendors including Bern, Giro and POC. The Smith Variant is awesome!!! It fit you like a glove and keeps you warm at the same time. You can't go wrong with this helmet.

      I wear a fitted cap in the size of 7 1/2,...

      I wear a fitted cap in the size of 7 1/2, which helmet would be best for me?

      I also have issues with overheating, so ventilation and removable, washable padding is needed.

      i wear a 7 1/4 and the large helmet is a perfect fit. you can dial it in as well to snug it up. all the lining comes out and goes back in easily.

      Does this helmet have the retrofit option...

      Does this helmet have the retrofit option that allows you to attach a brim accessory? I have contacted Smith and I have had no reply.

      Sorry, was contacted by smith later today, and it is impossible to retrofit a brim to a brimless variant. yah


      Great Helmet

      • Gender:Male
      • Familiarity:I returned this product before using it

      I'm sold on Smith products but I decided to return this helmet because I bought the wrong size. I haven't made another purchase of a smaller size yet.

      What I noticed though is that the helmet is very comfortable, has a great venting system which is easy to open/close with gloves on. The helmet/goggle interface is solidly sealed so no snow on the "beater gap".

      Buy one.


      Loving it so far...

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

      This helmet is super comfortable and doesn't affect my ability to maneuver my head. I broke it in today in -10 degree weather and it does get a bit chilly. Beanies don't fit well with it but a thin (really thin) balaclava does. Smacked my head a couple times on some ice and didn't feel a thing! Works really well my I/O's too.


      Another great product

        Love this helmet. I'd never worn a helmet before, but after making my daughter wear one, I thought I should too! I was really impressed with the quality and fit of the helmet and loved the vent system for those warmer days here in Australia. Fit really well with my I/O goggles and can't fault it at all!


        Best dome cover yet

          By far the best helmet I've owned. The vents and BOA adjustabitliy are supreme!


          Great helmet.

            I wore this for four days straight. At least six hours a day. Very comfortable. Three days had temps in the low 40's. With the vents open I did not get hot and sweaty. The one cold and windy day my head stayed nice and warm. My Smith Phenom goggles worked great with this helmet. And it looks cool.


            Pure Awesomeness

              I avoided a helmet for years. the standard reasons of didn't think it was necessary, didn't want the exra weight on backcountry tours etc... Finally settled on the Smith Variant . It is comfortable, warm, light and adjustable vents to keep you just warm enough. I did not expect to like it and I love it. I would recommend for inbounds, out of bounds and multi-day treks.

              I just order a helmet & at the end it said...

              I just order a helmet & at the end it said look what you just order and the wrong color poped up. I wanted black and the pic. Is a red helmet.

              Click the "chat now" button to speak with a Backcountry rep. They can help you make an exchange.


              Best Helmet for the Job

                There's a reason why I see so many people wearing this helmet (including me!)...because it's simply the best. Most comfortable, best looking, and really, really works well with Smith goggles. The only helmet I will be replacing my current one with is the newer, yet identical version.

                Variant with the Backcountry crew

                Variant with the Backcountry crew

                This helmet is a great value. It fits well with my Oakley goggles, and I've heard even better with Smith I/O. The vents work well and the BOA does the job of securing the helmet all the way around my melon.


                safty first.

                  i got a helmet because i fell on my back and hit my head on the icey snow we have here and after watching other people hit there head on the ground. this helmet fits and feels better then the cheap helmets i tried on at couple of stores. the Boa was confusing at first because only one side was adjusting but with the help of DogFunk service and calling Smith it was meant to be that way. the manual doesnt explain the Boa so if you have question on it i suggest calling Smith. i wanted the brim but im happy with out it. after coming down from the hill you get hot so when you ride the lift open the vents and it seriously cools your head. i gave a 4 star because it doesnt feel like a sold built helmet. its plastic and sort of cheap feel to it, but i guess thats what makes it so light. as long as it protects my head im happy.


                  I understand why it's a classic

                    It's pretty amazing to ski at Park City and see how many people are wearing the Variant with a set of I/O goggles. This fits flawlessly, doesn't mind at the rear retention or under the chin, and it's plenty warm. Not too tall on top of your head, so you don't feel like a robot when you put this on. You couldn't ask for anything more out of a helmet.