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Anon Logan WaveCel Review

A lightweight, comfortable, and feature-rich skate-style helmet that is great for those who traditionally prefer not to wear one
Anon Logan WaveCel
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Price:  $240 List | Check Price at REI
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Pros:  Magnetic buckle, ventilation, protection features, style, BOA-adjustable fit
Cons:  No adjustable vents, price
Manufacturer:   Anon
By Isaac Laredo ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Dec 13, 2021
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#4 of 15
  • Comfort - 25% 8
  • Warmth - 25% 6
  • Ventilation - 20% 9
  • Weight - 10% 6
  • Goggle Compatibility - 10% 8
  • Style - 10% 9

Our Verdict

The Anon Logan has a lot to like in its advanced feature set, excellent ventilation, and overall aesthetic. This model utilizes protection technology called Wavecel, designed to reduce head injuries by redirecting the impact force away from the head and absorbing impact energy through the individual cells (visible inside the helmet). A magnetic buckle and adjustable Boa harness system enhance user-friendliness. It also has lots of negative space to allow air to move out of the helmet along with impressive ventilation. The main drawback of this helmet is the lack of adjustable vents that would make this helmet warmer on chilly days. The Anon Logan is great for freestyle/freeride-oriented skiers and snowboarders looking for a stylish helmet that offers innovative protection with plenty of ventilation and user-friendly features.

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Pros Magnetic buckle, ventilation, protection features, style, BOA-adjustable fitComfortable, warm, vents well, style points, compatible with most gogglesProtective features, lightweight, adjustable ventilation, versatileAffordable, adjustable vents, MIPS, adjustable dialSuper lightweight, immense venting, backcountry-specific features
Cons No adjustable vents, pricePriceyEarpads are challenging to remove, dial hard to use with gloves, styleHeavy, larger profileRound fit not for every head, vents can't be closed or plugged
Bottom Line A lightweight, comfortable, and feature-rich skate-style helmet that is great for those who traditionally prefer not to wear oneDeemed best of the best by our testers, there isn't a better combination of performance available from any model we have testedEqually at home on the skin track as the resort, we reached for this friendly-priced helmet frequently on ski toursEquipped with MIPS, adjustable vents, and an adjustable dial, this model has high-end features and strong performance at a stellar priceA great helmet that caters to the skimo and backcountry skiing crowd
Rating Categories Anon Logan WaveCel Smith Vantage MIPS Smith Mission MIPS Giro Ratio MIPS Salomon MTN Lab
Comfort (25%)
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
4.0
Warmth (25%)
6.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
4.0
Ventilation (20%)
9.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
10.0
Weight (10%)
6.0
6.0
6.0
4.0
10.0
Goggle Compatibility (10%)
8.0
9.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
Style (10%)
9.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
5.0
Specs Anon Logan WaveCel Smith Vantage MIPS Smith Mission MIPS Giro Ratio MIPS Salomon MTN Lab
Measured Weight (in ounces) 17.1 oz 17.7 oz 16.9 oz 21.7 oz 12.7 oz
Adjustment System 360° Boa Fit System Boa Fit System Adjustable Dial Fit System In form dial Custom dial adjustment system
# of Vents? 10 20 18 10 20
Number of Sizes 4 3 4 4 3
Removable Ear Covers? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes (whole liner comes out and can be replaced with ear-less version)
Goggle Attachment? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Visor? No No No No Yes (brim)
Audio Compatibility? Yes Yes No Yes No
Certifications CE 1077B & ASTM 2040 ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077 Class B ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 CLASS B CE EN 1077 CE-EN1077 / ASTM F-2040, CE-EN 12492

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Anon Logan is one of the first helmets within the snow sports industry to use Wavecel. Wavecel is a helmet safety technology that blends the benefits of Koryod and MIPS into one product. It can crumple to dissipate forces and also rotate to help minimize rotational impact injuries. Wavecel states on their website, "WaveCel behaves like a network of hundreds of interconnected shock absorbers connecting your head and the outer shell of the helmet. It distributes the impact energy through its network of cells. It absorbs impact forces like the crumple zone of a car. It diverts rotational forces by flexing and gliding." Here at GearLab, we don't have the technology to test the validity of these statements. But Wavecel is the first helmet safety technology to receive funding for development and testing from the National Institute of Health and a 5-Star safety rating at the Virginia Tech Helmet Testing facility. More information about this tech is readily available online, including peer-reviewed papers and other details about their research.

Performance Comparison


The stylish and protective Logan is our favorite helmet to ride park...
The stylish and protective Logan is our favorite helmet to ride park in.
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Comfort


The Anon Logan is one of the most comfortable helmets we have tried. Its low weight and low profile make the helmet less noticeable and easier to wear, especially for those who do not enjoy the feeling of riding in helmets.


The Logan is barely noticeable when riding thanks to a few key constructions and adjustment features. The low weight allows it to maintain riding comfort when traveling across bumpy terrain or riding in the terrain park. There's no bobblehead effect that often accompanies heavier helmets. The Logan also uses a BOA Fit System to make micro-adjustments in the fit around your head. Adjustable dial systems are pretty standard in snow helmets these days, and we strongly recommend them. The Logan has a different and functional dial placement compared to other models. The dial is actually located on the shell which makes it easier to access and operate with gloves on. The adjustment system evenly distributes pressure across your head to avoid any pressure points and provides a secure fit.

The dial is integrated into the shell which offers better...
The dial is integrated into the shell which offers better durability, access, and usability.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

The Logan also has a very versatile fit across a variety of head shapes. This is not something every brand is able to accomplish, and most brands generally favor a certain head shape. This helmet has a magnetic buckle that makes taking the helmet on and off easy and can even be quickly performed with one hand gloved hand.

Magnetic buckles make a huge difference in the snow sports world as...
Magnetic buckles make a huge difference in the snow sports world as they are easier to use with gloves or mittens.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

The earpads and general padding provided with this helmet are thin but provide a nice and supple next-to-skin feel. The earpads do lack specific contours to support wearing earbuds. We experienced some ear pain when using earbuds and the pads which led to frequent micro-adjustments. Aside from use with earbuds, the Logan is a comfortable helmet for all-day riding.

Warmth


The Anon Logan helmet is best paired with a thin buff, beanie, or balaclava to add warmth on colder days. It uses thin Polartec padding along the forehead and along the top of the head to add some warmth, but the inability to close the vents allows for heat loss. As with most helmets, the ear pads substantially add warmth. The earpads are removable for warmer-weather skiing.


While the liner is quite thin, the Polartec fabric to retain some...
While the liner is quite thin, the Polartec fabric to retain some heat. On cold days, we recommend wearing a thin beanie underneath this helmet, especially if you run cold.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

Ventilation


The Logan helmet provides some serious ventilation because of the 10 fixed vents, Wavecel construction, and easy-to-remove ear pads. As part of our testing, we hiked up 700 vertical feet of steep terrain and were thoroughly impressed with how well this helmet moved excess heat.


It uses 10 vents, two near the temples which help cool the sides of your head, three on the back to allow air to exit, and then six on the top to allow excess heat to dissipate. 10 is not a large number of vents, but its ability to move air is also supported by the WaveCel insert. The Wavecel construction offers plenty of space for heat and air to move through the helmet in between your head and the EPS foam shell. The earpads are easy to remove as the harness is not incorporated into the padding. These ventilation features create a freestyle/skate-inspired helmet that makes more compromise in its ability to keep you cool and move heat.

The Logan has 10 fixed vents that are enhanced by the permeable...
The Logan has 10 fixed vents that are enhanced by the permeable nature of the Wavecel.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

Weight


The Anon Logan is a relatively lightweight model. Whether that's on the scale or on your head. Its lightweight makes it an appropriate option for backcountry and resort use.


The helmet weighs in at 17.1 ounces, which is pretty lightweight for a resort-oriented helmet. It is made using an in-mold construction to help keep the helmet low profile and lightweight. It's even more impressive when you look at the helmet and realize that EPS foam still covers the entire helmet and add the extra protection benefits that come from the Wavecel material. It is lightweight enough that our riding experience was unimpacted and is a weight that we will happily venture out into the backcountry with.

Goggle Compatiblity


This helmet was seamlessly compatible with all the goggles we tried it with. When testing, we diversify the brands, frame sizes, and lens types to fully assess the helmet's ability to provide a gap-free fit with different styles. When testing this helmet, we used goggles from Smith, Giro, Von Zipper Oakley, and Shred Optics.


This helmet lacks the two front intake vents that are typically helpful to increase airflow through goggle vents, meant to reduce the likelihood of your goggles fogging up. Fortunately, in our testing, we did not encounter any issues with goggles fogging related to the lack of venting. As winter progresses, we will continue to monitor this. It also has a simple plastic goggle strap retaining clip that is standard across most ski helmets. These provide okay security and are easy to use. When we were riding in the terrain park, one of our bails resulted in losing the goggles from the goggle strap retainer. We were surprised by this as the forces involved did not seem to warrant a goggles strap retainer failure.

This helmet has a small brim which provides a nice interface with...
This helmet has a small brim which provides a nice interface with the goggles.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

Style


The Logan is a great-looking helmet. It has a classic skate and freestyle look but offers modern protective technology. We are used to many newer helmets with additional protective technologies to often take on a futuristic look to the helmet, and we're glad the Logan avoids this approach. This helmet was one of the most highly ranked models when evaluating for style.


Freestyle skiers and riders tend to look for skate-inspired helmets that are discrete and low profile which often comes at the expense of advanced protective technology and ventilation. The Logan adds another option for snowboarders looking for that skate-styled helmet that has rotational impact protection and impressive ventilation. It is this balance that helps this model gain our favor.

Skate-styled helmets have been a popular look for freestyle skiers...
Skate-styled helmets have been a popular look for freestyle skiers and snowboarders.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

Value


The Anon Logan is a premium-priced helmet, but its user-friendly feature set and innovative protection technology make the price more understandable. It's pricey, but not over-priced in relation to other high-end helmets we have tested.

Conclusion


The Anon Logan Wavecel helmet is a skate-style helmet that does not compromise advanced performance features or ventilation abilities to achieve a freestyle aesthetic. It has a premium feature set like a magnetic buckle, Wavecel, and a BOA Fit System to improve the fit, user experience, and protection efficacy provided by the product. This is a great helmet for freestyle or freeride-oriented users looking for a discreet low profile helmet that they'll consistently wear.

If you haven't been keen on wearing a helmet in the past, the style...
If you haven't been keen on wearing a helmet in the past, the style and comfort of this model might be enough to convince you to wear it.
Photo: Isaac Laredo

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