Best Men’s & Women’s Snowboard Helmets 2020

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Below are my pics for the best snowboard helmets for 2020. They are all lightweight, easy to adjust and designed to take a few knocks – an inevitable part of snowboarding!

What to look for when buying a helmet

Your helmet is the most import piece of protective gear, you should only consider buying a helmet if it adheres to minimum safety standards. All reputable brands and all helmets stocked by reputable retailers will meet these standards. But if you are unsure, check for the following codes on the packaging or product info.

In the US – The American Society of Testing Materials, International (ASTM)
In Europe The European Committee for Standardization (CE EN).

Having a helmet that fits correctly is really important for it to be able to do its job correctly. As a starting point use the chart below to find the correct size. Simply take a soft measuring tape and wrap it around your head at its largest point. If you don’t have a soft measuring tape, use a piece of string, mark where it wraps fully around your head and then measure the piece of string.

Snowboard Helmet Size Chart

Helmet size (Adult)Head Size (cm)Head Size (In)
S52 – 55 cm20.5" - 21.75"
M56 -59 cm21.75" - 23"
L60 - 62 cm23" - 24.5"
XL63 - 65 cm24.5"+

Heads come in different shapes as well as sizes so it’s important that you try the helmet on as well. Most quality helmets come with a good amount of adjustment so that you can fine-tune the fit.

To test the fit, firstly make sure the top of your head is touching the inside of the helmet, and that there are no points around your mead when it feels like it is squeezing too tight. Next, shape your head from side to side and up and down, the helmet shouldn’t budge!

So now you know a helmet fits and meets the minimum requirements, what other features should you look for which can improve the performance of your helmet?

MIPS Helmets

MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System and means there is a low-friction layer integrated into the helmet. This layer is designed to move within the helmet in the result of an impact and reduces rotational motion transferred to the head.

When you fall at an angle and your head hits the ground, it creates rotational force. This is often the case with snowboarding/skiing falls. Research has shown that our brains are very vulnerable to these rotational forces. The MIPS system helps to reduce the rotational motion and in doing so reduce the risk of concussion and injury to the brain.

Many of the top brands now have MIPS built into their higher-end helmets

How To Adjust Your Helmet

All helmets have some system to adjust how the helmet fits around the head. However, I’d suggest going for a helmet with an Adjustable Wheel or Boa® System

These kinds of helmets have a dial at the back which turns to adjust the fit. This means you can easily fine-tune the fit to get a snug, even fit around your head. It’s a fast lightweight solution that can be adjusted on the fly without having to take off the helmet.

Removable Ear Pads

If you want to wear your helmet over the top of your beanie and goggles then you’ll need to remove the ears. Most freestyle orientated helmets have this feature. Make sure your helmet fits securely and still passes the shake test. A badly fitting helmet that slides around if you crash is no use to anyone!

Best Mens Helmets 2020

 

  

Giro Jackson MIPS Helmet

  • In-Mold Construction
  • In Form™ 2 Fit System
  • MIPS
  • Polartec® Power Grid™ Padding
  • Removable Goggle Retainer
  • Removable Earpads
  • Compatible with Aftermarket Giro Audio Systems by Outdoor Tech (Sold Separately)

Its clean, low profile shape uses a minimum of effects to effectively maximize airflow and keep your head cool. The Stack Vent in the rim of the helmet is positioned to allow warm air to flow out of the goggle and stop them from fogging when you’re stood in the lift line after a run. This works best with Giro goggles which are designed to perfectly line up with the vent.

The Inform 2 Fit Is Giro’s version of the Boa system which uses a dial at the back of the helmet to achieve a perfect custom fit in seconds. The system also allows for a lower profile helmet so you don’t end up looking like you’ve got a huge head!

Inside the Polartec liner absorbs moisture away from your head to help maintain a consistent temperature and keeps down the growth of odor.

  

Anon Prime MIPS Helmet

  • Hybrid 50/50 Shell Construction
  • Active Ventilation
  • BOA® Fit System
  • Easily removable ear pads and liners
  • Fidlock® Snap Helmet Buckle
  • Audio Accessory Compatible

Anon are the goggle and helmet brand from Burton and produce great styling products which are designed to work together.

The helmet’s shell uses MIPS tech to keep you safe and includes 23 air vents to keep air moving and to cool your head and stop your goggles from fogging.

The helmet is held in place with a super fast custom fit from the Boa Fit System which also works when the integrated ear pads are removed, so it can be worn with a beanie.
Anon have also integrated the ICRdot Emergency ID service which allows your details and location to be shared in the event of an emergency.

Also Audio Accessory compatible so you can block out the ski chat in the lift lines.

Smith Maze MIPS Helmet

  • Lightweight In-Mold Construction
  • AirEvac Ventilation
  • Self-Adjusting Lifestyle Fit System
  • Easily removable ear pads and liners
  • Beanie Compatible
  • Compatible with Outdoor Tech™ Audio Systems

At just 350g the Smith Maze is the lightest helmet in our list. Its shell is made of a super lightweight Polycarbonate for the most unobtrusive fit. Like the others it uses MIPS technology to create a low profile, slender helmet which keeps your noggin safe without making it look like a cannon ball.

Where it differs from the others is that it doesn’t use BOA or similar to keep in place. Smith’s Self-Adjusting Lifestyle Fit System uses an elastic section in rear of the liner to adjust the size and shape of your head.

Its Airflow Climate Control allows hot air from your head and goggles to be drawn up,flow through the shell of the helmet and be extinguished out the vents in the rear.

Salomon Sight MIPS Helmet

  • EPS 4D Liner
  • Active Ventilation
  • Custom Air® Fit System
  • Easily removable ear pads and liners
  • 100% Washable Liner / Easy to Remove
  • Audio System Compatible

Perhaps the feature that helps the Salomon Site stand out most from the crowd is their Custom Air® Fit System. Essentially it does the same hob as the BOA system but their system uses an air pump at the pack of the helmet to inflate a cushion and held the helmet in place for a truly custom fit.

It also has an EPS 4D Liner which combined with MIPS offers a superior impact absorption from all directions – up to 30% more than the industry standard according to Salomon.

Also the helmet offers great ventilation which keeps the head cool and helps to keep the goggles fog free

Best Womens Helmets 2020

 

Giro Stellar MIPS Helmet

 

  • Articulating Hard Shell Construction
  • Stack Ventilation
  • MIPS
  • Fidlock® Magnetic Buckle Closure
  • Removable Earpads
  • Compatible with Aftermarket Giro Audio Systems by Outdoor Tech

In this top end women’s helmet ,Giro have used an articulated hard shell construction, which allows the helmet to literally form to your head shape by allowing the 2 pieces of the shell to expanding and contracting with the turn of a dial. It features a durable, semi-flexible construction that wraps around the head to create a super low-profile, neat fitting helmet.

The Stack Vent in the rim of the helmet is positioned to allow warm air to flow out of the goggle and stop them from fogging when you’re stood in the lift line after a run. This works best with Giro goggles which are designed to perfectly line up with the vent, so you you should defiantly consider this helmet if you already have Giro goggles.

Finally the helmet is secured with the super easy to use and fast Fidlock Magnectic Snap helmet buckle. This uses magnets to help snap the buckle into place making it easy to click in and out of even with gloves on.

Smith Mirage MIPS Helmet

  • Lightweight In-Mold Construction
  • Regulator Adjustable Climate Control
  • Adjustable Dial Fit System
  • Aerocore™ Construction
  • Audio System Compatible

The women’s equivalent of the popular men’s Maze helmet, the Mirage has many of the same features. The shell is made of a super lightweight Polycarbonate for the most unobtrusive fit. The shell uses MIPS technology to create a low profile, slender helmet which keeps your head safe without making it look like a lolly pop.

Where it differs from the others is that it doesn’t use BOA or similar to keep in place. Smith’s Self-Adjusting Lifestyle Fit System uses an elastic section in rear of the liner to adjust the size and shape of your head.

Its Airflow Climate Control allows hot air from your head and goggles to be drawn up, flow through the shell of the helmet and be extinguished out the vents in the rear.

Anon Auburn MIPS Helmet

  • In-Mold Shell Construction
  • Passive Ventilation
  • Fidlock® Snap Helmet Buckle
  • Easily removable ear pads and liners
  • Audio System Compatible

Anon are the goggle and helmet brand from Burton and produce great styling products which are designed to work together.

The helmet’s shell uses MIPS tech to keep you safe and uses multiple air vents to keep air moving to cool your head and stop your goggles from fogging.

The helmet is held in place with a super fast custom fit from the Boa Fit System which also works when the integrated ear pads are removed, so it can be worn with a beanie.
Anon have also integrated the ICRdot Emergency ID service which allows your details and location to be shared in the event of an emergency.

Anon uses Fidlock® in its buckle to make it super easy to secure even with bulky gloves on. Fidlock’s SNAP helmet buckle lets your open and close with one hand, by guiding the using magnets to guide the buckle into place.

Sweet Protection Switcher MIPS Helmet

  • Advanced Hybrid Shell Technology
  • OneTurn Ventilation
  • OcciGrip Turn Dial Fit System
  • 3D Shaped Vented Lining
  • Audio System Compatible

Sweet have a long history of making the toughest, most sturdy of helmets. The Switcher keeps you safe to the highest level by incorporating MIPS into its lightweight hybrid shell.

Sweet’s version of the BOA system – cciGrip Turn Dial Fit System – provides a truly customisable fit that prevents the helmet from rolling on your head.

Adjustable Wide Split Divider for Straps

22 adjustable air vents, keep your head from overheating after a long run, and prevent goggle fog. Vents are easy to regulate without having to remove gloves as is the quick magnetic chin strap closure. This helmet is extremely user-friendly.

Sweet switcher

Wrapping up

You may have noticed that helmets listed above don’t include any budget models. Thats because, whilst they’re are cheap helmets on the market, in my opinion its not worth the risk. All the helmets above are not either the most expensive, but they all have features which I think will do a great job of keeping your head safe. Plus they all look good!