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David Hubbard

David Hubbard

David Hubbardwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

Great helmet; couple minor complaints
4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

At the time of my purchase this was Smith's highest end helmet. I'm very happy with it overall, as it is comfortable, and the research suggests it will be a great option to have on my head if I ever were involved in a crash. For those of you considering wearing it with non-Smith goggles, I can tell you the Dragon X2's fit perfectly with it; I love the combo.

The few aspects I find annoying: 1) It has a magnetic chin-strap clasp, versus the typical push-in / pinch-out style common on most things for the last decade. What this magnetic clasp adds in ease of removal, it it also adds tenfold in annoyance for connecting it; no matter what I do, with gloves on, I can never seem to get the two sides to connect properly; it's annoying enough I'd prefer to just go back to the old style. 2) The fabric parts range from difficult to impossible to remove for washing, so I wear a headsock under it, which is not always desirable. 3) Limited color options.

Adding a pic with the Dragon X2 goggles so you can see the flush fit.

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David Hubbard

David Hubbardwrote a review of on April 1, 2019

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size
Height: 5' 5"
Weight: 138 lbs
Size Purchased: Small

I have some North Face 'warm' crew neck top baselayers, and had found that they were a bit not so warm once the temps dripped below 25F range. I tried this option out as an alternative, went out on a 35F ski day, and I started to sweat after doing a few difficult diamond runs. What's really shocking is how thin they are to keep so much heat in; I was impressed. So, moral of the story is that these were seriously capable thermals for me, especially good for night skiing at Keystone CO where I was, but if you do more strenuous trails and the day is sunny or not too far below freezing, they could be too warm. I'm still trying to find something that is warmer than the North Face 'warm' crew, and cooler than these, for days when it's in the high 20's to low 30's and I don't want a ton of layers, but these will be my 100% go-to for cold days and night skiing.

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