Let’s assume that we’re all up to speed on the never-ending ‘to-don-or-not-to-don’ helmet debate, and get right to talking about the lids themselves.
As their popularity has grown, so too has the variety of models on the market, and one thing that varies from model to model is the construction. Some work like a bike helmet, by which we mean they’ll save your life on that massive slam but will then need to be replaced. Others are designed for lower impacts, but can handle more of them.
Some brands have licensed the Multi-angle Impact Protection System (MIPS), which is especially effective in sports like snowboarding where the next slam could come from anywhere. Whatever you go for, make sure it’s the right choice for your specific needs – and for more advice, check out our guide to choosing your snowboard helmet.
As far as keeping it secure, everything from simple plastic clips to magnets has been applied, and many models also integrate with your phone. Here’s a closer look at some of this year’s best offerings:
All photographs by Sami Tuoriniemi
Production: Ed Blomfield / Mike Brindley / Andrew Duthie / Sami Tuoriniemi