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Best Snowboard Helmets 2020-2021 | Our pick of the best helmets to keep your head safe

We've chosen our favourite helmets for you to rock anywhere from the park to the backcountry

Over the years, it’s become much more commonplace for snowboarders to rock a helmet. Nowadays riders are wearing them on the slopes, in the park, in the backcountry and on the street. The debate will rage on , but we’re not here to get into all that. We’re here to talk you through the best lids that money can buy, and help you try and choose the right snowboard helmet for you.

There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a snowboard helmet. For a more in-depth guide, you should check out our ‘How to choose your snowboard helmet’ guide. However, if you haven’t got time to do that we’ve listed a few of the key features to look out for below. And no, you shouldn’t just throw your cash at the ‘nicest looking’ one.

“The helmet should feel snug around your skull but not so tight that it’ll squeeze it”

Whatever snazzy new tech and features the helmet has, the most important thing is that it fits you properly. You physically need to try it on, with or without a beanie (whatever is most comfortable for you), to see if it actually sits on your head. The helmet should feel snug around your skull but not so tight that it’ll squeeze. Most of the modern-day helmets have got a tightening system, of some description, to adjust the fit. Alternatively, you can add / remove the helmet’s padding in order to resize the fit to your liking.

On your helmet journey, you may come across helmet’s labelled with a MIPS sticker. MIPS (Multi Impact Protection System) is one of the most advanced helmet technologies around, and has been adopted by multiple companies in order for them to offer better protection for certain kinds of impacts. Have a read through our in-depth article on ‘What is MIPS?’ if you’re keen to find out more.

Additionally, you should also make sure the chin strap is comfortable and easy to use. If you’re afraid that the helmet may get too hot when spring comes along – try and find one with removable ear flaps. Make sure there are plenty of vents too as these will both keep your head from overheating, and also make sure your goggles don’t fog up.

One final thing to note, many modern-day snowboard helmets offer anything from built-in speakers to Bluetooth walkie talkies. Not the most essential part of a helmet, of course, but something to think about.

Best Snowboard Helmets 2020-2021

Giro Emerge MIPS

PRICE: £135 / $150

The Giro Emerge MIPS is back for winter 2021, and part of the Whitelines 100 as our favourite helmet for the season. Designed with simplicity in mind, the Giro Emerge doesn’t lack in any tech. As the name suggests, it features the industry-leading MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) technology.

Selected for The Whitelines 100 – take a closer look at the Giro Emerge MIPS Helmet here



Anon Rodan MIPS


New for this season, Anon’s introducing their lightest women’s helmet to date – the Rodan MIPS helmet.

Offered at an impressively lightweight 385g, the Rodan MIPS helmet has an in-mould shell construction that fuses a lightweight polycarbonate shell with an EPS liner.

The added MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) technology is made to resemble the brain’s own protection system. A low friction layer lets the helmet slide relative to the head’s position, offering you maximum protection at all times. In addition to that, a 360-degree BOA Fit System sits just below the helmet’s shell and allows you to adjust the helmet to sit tightly around your head.

Available in green or black, this low-profiled lightweight helmet is packed with all the tech you need to keep your head safe.



Giro Grid + Envi MIPS

PRICE: $280

New for winter 2021 is the Giro Grid MIPS, and the women’s version- Giro Envi MIPS. Lightweight and durable, this helmet is made to ease up on weight load whilst also making sure your head will get the maximum protection it needs.

As one of the lightest helmets in the whole of the Giro range, the Grid/Envi MIPS is designed to please everyone – whether you’re out splitboarding or carving up the corduroy, you can never go wrong with a comfortable lightweight helmet that offers extreme durability.

Adding to the helmets comfort is the warm and quick-drying Polartec liner, offering a bit of extra warmth on those cold winter mornings.

By bringing in MIPS technology, Giro’s added an additional layer of protection in rotational impacts to keep your head even safer. A new earpad interface has also been developed in the liner for increased fit and comfort. This features also enhances the auditory experience.



Giro Jackson + Terra MIPS

PRICE: £150 / $180

Giro’s doing a good job when it comes to offering helmets for both men and women. The Giro Jackson MIPS, or the Giro Terra MIPS as the women’s version is called, is packed with plenty of tech and style.

The modern design of the helmet is brought to us by something Giro calls the ‘Passive Aggressive Venting system’. The design is inspired by the aerodynamic airflow lines of high-end ‘auto design’. What it does, in a nutshell, is manage airflow and temperature whether you’re in motion or standing still.

Featuring MIPS technology, the helmet does its utmost to protect your head from rotational impacts.

Compatible with all Giro goggles, the Giro Jackson MIPS/Giro Terra MIPS will make you stand out from the crowd.



Giro Ledge MIPS

PRICE: $90

Built for freestyle and park riding, the Giro Ledge MIPS features a clean skate-style design that feels right at home in the park.

Despite its minimalistic design, the helmet comes with the MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) technology which adds an additional layer of protection to the helmet. This features is especially useful when it comes to rotational impacts.

The removable Auto Loc 2 Fit system allows you to personalise the fit of the helmet, while the ample venting takes care of the air conditioning and keeps you cool when you start working up a sweat.

You can also go ahead and remove the goggle retainer and earpads when things start to get too warm. You can also, if you want, do this to make more space for a beanie.



SHRED. Notion Noshock

PRICE: $199 / €199

New for this season SHRED.’s introducing the Notion Noshock helmet to the market.

The helmet comes with SHRED.’s Smart Impact Protection technology, which combines the brand’s Rotational Energy System (RES) with integrated honeycomb-structured Slytech Shock Absorption.

In a nutshell, this means that the brand has included their lightest and thinnest solution for addressing rotational forces – adding to the helmet’s impressive ability to keep your head safe from linear and multi-directional impacts.

Packed with loads more tech, SHRED. has also integrated a passive RECCO reflector to the helmet. This makes it easier for a rescue patrol to locate you in an avalanche (as always, remember to take an avalanche transceiver with you if you’re heading out into the backcountry).

Available in black, grey or blue, and in a regular fit, the SHRED. Notion Noshock helmet does a great job at combining style and technology.


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