The best ski helmets of 2023


Welcome to a special Buyer’s Guide feature from FREESKIER. Here’s a close-up look at the best ski helmets of the year. Click here to explore the entire 2023 FREESKIER Buyer’s Guide.

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The well-loved Fornix is now updated to include the MIPS system to protect skiers from rotational impacts while falling. Featured here in collaboration with Protect our Winters and snowboarder Jeremy Jones, the Fornix MIPS POW JJ will have 10 percent of its proceeds from each sale donated back to POW’s environmental initiatives. This low-profile helmet comes in a subtle matte green color and offers adjustable venting and dial-fit system for the ideal feel.

Pret Cirque X

The Cirque X boasts the most ventilation of all Pret’s helmets, ideal for skiers who have a tough time cooling down or those who often hike to earn their turns. Built with Pret’s exclusive Haleo antimicrobial EPS liner, brain-saving Impact Protection Zones and MIPS, it’s obvious why this helmet is a top choice for ski patrollers and mountain ops year-after-year. The light weight and low profile keep it utilitarian, while the annually refreshed color combinations keep it fresh.

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anon Oslo WaveCel

The WaveCel safety technology in this helmet takes its cues from the crumple zone of a car, designed to absorb shock from a crash with a complex network of cells that crunch on impact and divert rotational forces away from your head. Combining a lightweight polycarbonate shell with an EPS liner creates a low profile, micro-adjustable helmet that fits wonderfully, and the 10-vent airflow system draws in fresh air through the front of the helmet and moisture out the back.

Sweet Protection Igniter 2Vi

The Igniter 2Vi is almost too good at its job. The first line of defense starts with an injection-molded shell based on the geometry of the human skull for the best possible fit; four different densities of foam then surround your dome to protect from direct impacts and, lastly, a dual MIPS protection system, laminated directly to the liner, offers exponentially better protection from rotational impacts. Featured in eight different colors this season, the Igniter 2Vi represents safety at its sleekest… guaranteed to make all the moms sleep soundly.

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Scott Symbol 2 Plus

Scott’s Symbol Plus 2 helmet features an updated shape with a significantly lower profile than before, ideal for skiers who covet looks as much as protection. MIPS tech comes standard—your brain will thank you—and the Pure Sound earpads are designed to maximize your auditory awareness in the mountains. Active venting and a two-way fit system round it out, offering customizable comfort anywhere your skis lead you. 

Bollé Eco Atmos

Bolle’s first sustainability focused helmet design utilizes recycled and bio-based materials in the liner, straps, dividers, shell and earpads for a full-on, eco-friendly design. Equipped with an adjustable liner, dial-in fit system and eight adjustable vents, the Eco Atmos focuses on comfort, fit and temperature regulation. Built for skiers who like to give back to Mother Nature, while simultaneously slashing turns in Her storms.

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SPY+ Galactic MIPS

The skate-inspired Galactic MIPS features a durable ABS shell, passive venting and two removable brims that allow you to choose your own style. While it’s available in eight colors this year, perhaps the most neck-snapping will be the three Neon POP colors: Neon Yellow, Neon Pink and Teal. These throwback combos are meant to infuse your day with color; daring you to throw some flavor into your ski wardrobe. 

Giro Tenaya Spherical

Giro’s all new Tenaya Spherical helmet bridges style and protection with hybrid construction, adjustable venting, a super cozy plush liner and a dial-fit system; basically, this helmet has it all. Geared towards women with smaller heads and built to be your everyday choice, the Tenaya comes in four colors and is offered in sizes small and medium.

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Smith Summit

The triple-certified Summit is the ultimate option for weight-conscious touring, backcountry and mountaineering-focused adventures. Its lightweight design, external bungee loops for pack attachment, integrated headlamp strap and beanie/ball-cap compatibility allow this helmet to suit your needs in extreme, high-alpine scenarios. The Summit also features Smith’s new Flexible Fit System, which not only allows for a custom fit, but also collapses into the helmet for streamlined packing.

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