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Climb up, ski down, repeat.
- Certified for skiing and snowboarding
- Technical padding dissipates heat
- Removable ear pieces
- Goggles anti-fog system
- Item #SFW004R
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Great for Touring/Ski Mountaineering
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Being a long time Salewa fanboy, I just had to get this helmet since I lacked a helmet for skiing. In short, Salewa delivered.
Fit/Comfort: for my medium/large head with a circumference of 60cm, the L/XL size is a perfect fit. The thin liner is removable but the earmuffs are NOT removable. Not a huge deal since the helmet is well ventilated. I can usually leave the helmet on my head all day without any discomfort, which can't be said for my climbing helmet (BD Half Dome). The helmet also does a fantastic job at regulating temperatures, I never felt too hot or too cold in them, even when temps were in the single digits.
Function: I put about 30 days of skiing (both on and off-piste) in this helmet so far and it has performed flawlessly. Only thing is I haven't suffered any catastrophic crashes or yardsales so it's hard to comment on the protection the helmet offers. The chin strap has a magnetic buckle that's easy to operate once you get the hang of it. Definitely well designed, I never had it disengage by accident while skiing.
Durability: only area that's preventing me from giving it a 5-star review. The retention clips for headlamp/action cam strap on the front of the helmet are not the strongest in the world. One of them broke after moderate use but nothing some epoxy can't fix. Other than that, the rest of the helmet is pretty bulletproof.
Aesthetics: I got the black version and it looks super sharp with the yellow accents.
Conclusion: a nice addition to my collection of Salewa gear. There are definitely better skiing helmet out there but I like how the Vert is certified for both climbing and skiing. It's perfect for those backcountry missions where climbing is involved; although it's suitable for resort skiing as well. It's a well designed and well executed product and quality is evident when you first hold the helmet in your hands. Highly recommend.