How We Tested Ski Helmets

By:
Sam Piper

Last Updated:
Wednesday
February 21, 2018
Getting out  skiing in different helmets  and getting different opinions were all crucial factors to our testing success. The Variance and Maze are shown in action here  side by side.
Getting out, skiing in different helmets, and getting different opinions were all crucial factors to our testing success. The Variance and Maze are shown in action here, side by side.

How did we test? Well, we skied, as much as we could. We skied in the resorts and in the backcountry of the Tahoe basin. We skied in frigid cold, warm spring-like days, in sideways snow storms, and in the pouring rain. We tested each ski helmet many times and on multiple heads. We used different goggles with each helmet, put our heads together, and judged each helmet on a scale of 1-10 in each of our testing categories.

One of our testers takes his Smith Maze on a test flight into Squaw Valley's Palisades with Lake Tahoe in the background.
One of our testers takes his Smith Maze on a test flight into Squaw Valley's Palisades with Lake Tahoe in the background.
 

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