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Old 12-06-2013, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all! I'm somewhat new to snowboarding,this will be my fourth year, and I'm looking for a new helmet. I've tried the smith optics gage and varaiance and really like the fit and feel of both, but I'm leaning towards the variance for better fit. However I cannot find good reviews for either. Any opinions on these helmets? Any other brands I should be looking at? Btw most of my time is spent free riding, sometimes shifting toward "alpine snowboarding," I usually stay away from the park and prefer jumps over rails.
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:31 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Variance is a great helmet. Lightweight, warm an comfortable. I have a few friends that have it and they all love it.
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Ok, thanks for the info!
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Old 12-06-2013, 08:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Here's a youtube review of the Varience
2013 / 2014 | Smith Variance Ski & Snowboard Helmet | Video Review - YouTube

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Gage Helmet Review with Scott Stevens - YouTube
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I don't think I've ever looked at Helmet reviews. Boards, bindings, boots and goggles yes, but helmets no. They *should* all be built to meet a minimum crash standard, so fit and features should make all the difference.

I look for an adjustable fit (ratchet in the back), and closable vents since I ride in everything from -30 to +10 deg C...
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Old 12-06-2013, 10:26 AM   #6 (permalink)
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The variant has a lot of nice adjustability features, it's warm too.

I really like mine, I have the brim version. But be aware that it's an old guy helmet, seen almost exclusively on the heads of middle aged dudes, and while I don't drive one myself I suspect the most popular ride for a smith variant wearer is probably a Volvo station wagon.

I only figured this out after I bought it, a slow realization process that occurred over time. Doesn't matter much to me, I prioritize functionality but occasionally I wish I bought one of those useless sandbox helmets that look a little cooler.

Cue a whole slew of ranting smith variant owners who think its a cool helmet. ->
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I prioritize functionality but occasionally I wish I bought one of those useless sandbox helmets that look a little cooler.
I don't own a smith helmet, but I think those sandboxs look retarded.



In fact I think any helmet with a brim doesn't look right with goggles...

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Smith is pretty on the ball with the variant/variance. I say try their vantage this year with the koroyd material. Looks pretty good.
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I don't own a smith helmet, but I think those sandboxs look retarded.



In fact I think any helmet with a brim doesn't look right with goggles...
I tend to agree but I think you found the most fuckatarded picture of someone wearing a sanbox helmet possible.
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I tend to agree but I think you found the most fuckatarded picture of someone wearing a sanbox helmet possible.
Fair enough! Actually I originally picked a white one showing how poorly they fit with goggles, but the pic ended up being way too big... Google image search for "Sandbox Helmet" and 95% of the pics are of a poor fitting setup.

To each their own though!
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