Giro Slingshot Helmet Its polycarbonate shell and impact-absorbing liner make Giro’s child-friendly Slingshot strong, which makes you feel comfortable. Lightweight, in-mold construction keeps your kid comfortable. And colorful graphics like the Rock’n Kitties, Dora and SpongeBob are more than fun for kids to wear, they’re easy for parents to spot.
We admit it: What drew us initially to the Smith Variant helmet was its cool look. If we have to wear a helmet, at least it doesn’t have to be one of those huge globes that make you look like Kazoo on the Flintstones. A new hybrid construction process allows Smith to achieve the sleeker, slimmed down lines of the Variant while also incorporating better ventilation and adequate protection. Sturdy, almost unbreakable ABS plastic is used on top. The bottom half is a thin, lightweight polycarbonate shell bonded to the foam liner.
Designed specifically for women, Bern's Berkeley helmets are smooth and soft, but more important is what’s on the inside: ZipMold, a new construction method that replaces traditional EPS with a unique liquid-foam liner and a better weight-to-strength ratio than inmold construction.
Bern likes to keep things on the DL, or at least low-profile, so it used the most streamlined helmet mold available to create its Carbon Watts helmet, because no one likes to feel like a bobblehead while they're skiing. The new helmet is only 13 ounces and features an EPS hard foam liner.
K2’s Crossfire Pro is all about the airflow. It has a disguised Active Matrix vent system that ensures you won’t sweat too much under your lid—the 2010 model even comes with a drip edge to protect your goggles and face from moisture. The helmet also has inmold construction, a washable liner, removable ear liners (with audio pockets), baseline audio and its own fitting system.
These helmets are developed in line with the technology of other Skull Helmets (like the Skull Comp and the Skull X) but are aimed specifically toward freeride skiers. They use semi-hard shell technology but are made lighter with detachable ear pads for warm spring days. They've got an EPP core and LD Foam Lining, which is super comfortable and can easily be removed for cleaning.