Garethwrote a review of Smith Variant Brim Helmet on September 27, 2011
I got this helmet two years ago and it has never failed me. I use for everything, A/T, downhill and any other snow sport that requires head protection. The vents and super. I have owned many helmets with quite frankly a half assed job done on the vents. Most of them were very small and met a cloth interior which allowed little of the air to ever reach your head. The Variant Brim's vents are so wide that unless I am skiing in an exceptionally warm day I can skin up with my helmet on with no problem. Whith the vents closed though, I have comfortably downhill skied at -14 degrees Fahrenheit (in Silverstar, BC). If you buy the helmet I would recommend the brim, it keeps snow away from your face, looks great and I have found that it helps to keep snow from filling up the gap between the top of your goggles and the helmet. There are also vents that push air down through your goggles vents. It is designed for Smith goggles of course, but with my pair of Oakley crowbars it works great too.