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Helmet Suggestions...What do you wear?

After nearly turning my brain into mashed potatoes the other day, I've accepted the fact that it's a good idea to ride with a helmet if I still want snowboard, or eat solid foods, past the age of 50.

So I'm looking for suggestions. Anyone happy with their helmet? Fit-wise, weight-wise etc...
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Smith Variant Audio edition. It's super light, super comfy, full of vents and it has built in tunes. But really, it will all come down to personal preference. Just go to your local shop and start trying 'em on until you find one you like. Oh, and bring your goggles, that way you know they fit with the helmet.

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Smith Maze:
Positives:
-Great fit, doesn't move around especially when locked down my goggle strap
-Great ventilation, open up or cover up vents on demand
-Ultra-light, can barely feel it on your head. Advertised as the lightest on the market and I don't disagree.
-Great goggle integration, at least with Smith goggles, Oakley Crowbars, or Spy Platoons.
-Warm, no need for a beanie, especially with the included ear pads
-Great protection, can withstand a head hit on ice at fairly moderate speed, from experience

Negative:
-Expensive, but you get what you pay for
-Ear pads jams in-ear headphones straight into the ear canal, painful but helps seal audio better
Great helmet.

It's the helmet that I currently use, and will continue to use until something lighter comes along.
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After nearly turning my brain into mashed potatoes the other day, I've accepted the fact that it's a good idea to ride with a helmet if I still want snowboard, or eat solid foods, past the age of 50.

So I'm looking for suggestions. Anyone happy with their helmet? Fit-wise, weight-wise etc...
If money isn't an issue, get the POC MIPS helmet. Heard great things about them. Probably your most advanced helmet.
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I fell hard my first time riding. In fact I did it twice. I swore never to ride without a helmet again regardless of how good I may get. I realize that I can not only catch an edge at any point just due to bad conditions or something in the snow I didn't see but also because of someone sitting in the trail where they shouldnt be. Or a mistake collison from someone out of control. I can get bone damage fixed. Brain damage I can't.
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I have two helmets.
-Giro (L) which I no longer wear. Joint is huge and makes me look like I should ride the short yellow bus to school. Great protection though.

-Smith Allure (M) Yes its a females helmet. Didn't know that when i bought it. Oh well....so long as its not girlie colors I dont care. I like it lol
Fits great and has a furry lining inside. Low profile, comfortable and very light.

Might buy one of the higher end Smith helmets next season though

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Bern watts is what I wear and been pretty happy with it.. I've seen some low profile POC helms also.
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Smith Maze love that helmet also has the zipper in the ear pads to add headphones.
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It's like boots, pick whatever fits you well.
It should be snug but not hurt.

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I wear a Giro Revolver.. It's comfortable, doesn't look weird, and for some reason it tends to be cheaper most places I've went to look at helmets.
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Another vote for the Smith Maze. Kept my noggin intact so far, and I've tested its durability a few times. Light weight, comfortable, and also has goggle vents in the front to prevent them from fogging.

But I'd still suggest trying several on and get the best fit with your head and goggles.
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