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Helmet use continues to be on the up, and no more so than in the park and halfpipe. Naturally they’re now mandatory for every major contest, to the point where a rider dropping in de-lidded (and preferably Mohawked) like Heikki Sorsa did at the 2002 Olympics is unthinkable.
As their use has increased, so too has the tech, to the point where a dependable, effective lid can be paired with a sleek, low-profile design that doesn’t leave you looking like you’re about to get shot out of a cannon. One such example is the new Giro Emerge MIPS snowboard helmet.
“Giro has used two different protection systems to cover all bases”
Literally every pro snowboarder on the Giro team, from Enni Rukajarvi and Klaudia Medlova to Sebbe De Buck and Brandon Davis, uses the Emerge. Most wear their goggles under their lid, and the new ‘Strap Channel’ (a space around the rear of the lining) makes this option more comfortable than ever. You can still put them on the outside though, if you prefer.
Knowing that not every crash is a potentially fatal one, Giro has used two different protection systems to cover all bases. For the low-speed, low-impact stuff, there’s a rebounding foam layer that can handle multiple small impacts. That’s ideal for learners, who get caught out at slow speeds by the dreaded edge-catch.
For more serious knocks, the MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) has your back. The new ‘Spherical’ variation of this proven tech allows the two layers of foam to move a few milimetres at the point of impact, absorbing the energy that would otherwise be ringing your bell.