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i have a POC SKull Light helmet...its a bit on the expensive side, but if your dad is willing to buy you best helmets, these are some of the best. they are double shelled and feel seriously sturdy..they also don't look bad and have a low profile. they are warm and the padding inside is removable, washable and extremely comfortable.

but like everyone else said, helmets are like boots, try them on. buy a good brand name (listed in this thread) helmet and you'll be well protected.
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Look for one that has nice inner padding/fabric that'll keep your head warm and comfortable. The ones with a cinch adjuster in the back look awesome to get fit dialed in too. Check if it fits nicely with the goggles you already have or are getting.
The adjustment on the back is awesome, I tried some with out it and they didn't fit well. Also, with this winter being on the warmer side I'd look for ones with vents that open/close, nothing sucks more then having a sweaty head


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While it's true helmets don't stop concussions, the foam in them is actually made with that in mind - it compresses with impact and essentially spreads the impact out over a longer period of time = less damage.
true, to a negligible extent. maybe in low impact accidents. but i would not rely on any helmet to mitigate the level concussion you may or may not incur. it's mostly there to protect the outside your head.

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thanks for all of the suggestions guys! I've been reading a lot about the Smith Vantage. Looks like a pretty sick bucket. I'm gonna do more research and go to my local shop and try some buckets on to make sure I'm getting what I need/want.
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I have the Smith Variant and like it a lot. It has a good number of vents and a BOA type adjustment in the back.
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I had a Smith Venue. I really liked it a lot. I think the more you pay the more features you get, like less weight, better venting systems, more adjust-ability and so on. When I hit my head I replaced my helmet with something else just to try out something new. I should have just bought another Smith Venue.
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I have the Smith Variant and like it a lot. It has a good number of vents and a BOA type adjustment in the back.
I keep seeing "BOA" everywhere, but I dont know what it means...
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There are cheap helmets that will offer you some measure of protection. Most often the money you save will eliminate features like:
1. Comfort
2. Ear coverings/padding
3. Headphone pouches
4. Goggle shelves and clips
5. Lighter weight materials
6. Adjustable venting
7. No padding on the chin strap
8. Overall look/design

I wore an old skate helmet (Protec classic from my college days) for 2 seasons. Didn't want to drop $90+ on a 'snow' helmet, but I finally relented and got a Smith Variant (no brim).

I haven't had any major head impacts in it, but I do find it better suited for snowboarding than my old skate helmet.
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I keep seeing "BOA" everywhere, but I dont know what it means...


Used for tightening boots or in this case a "band" in the helmet...
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Ohhh it's an adjustment tool. Yeah, they seem like they're pretty ideal for getting the right fit.
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