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Though once only reserved for racers or overly cautious parents, ski helmets are now ubiquitous on every ski hill and a necessary piece of equipment for both safety and warmth on the mountain. The best ski helmets for women are often designed specifically for women, rather than just lighter hybrids of men’s helmets. And they’re equipped with top of the line safety technology to make sure that your noggin stays safe and injury-free while you’re out enjoying your day on the slopes. We’ve put together a list of 10 of the best ski helmets for women on the market to help you find one that will be best for you. Take a look, and see you out on the slopes this season!

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Quick Answer - The Best Ski Helmets for Women

  1. Giro Era MIPS
  2. POC Obex Pure
  3. Smith Liberty
  4. Salomon QST Charge
  5. Atomic REVENT+ AMID
  6. Smith Vantage
  7. Sweet Protection Switcher
  8. Salomon Mirage+

 

Comparison Table - Best Ski Helmets for Women

PictureNameVisorVentilationProfilePriceRating
Giro Era MIPSNoYesLow$$4.8
POC Obex PureNoYesLow$$4.8
Smith LibertyYesYesFull-Coverage$$$4.9
Salomon QST ChargeNoYesLow$$$$4.7
Atomic REVENT+ AMIDNoYesLow$$$4.5
K2 VirtueNoYesLow$$4.4
Smith VantageYesYesFull Coverage$$$4.8
Sweet Protection SwitcherNoYesLow$$$$4.8
Julbo HALNoYesLow$4.5
Salomon Mirage+YesYesLow$$$$4.6
PictureNameVisorVentilationProfilePriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Women's Helmets for Skiing

Giro Era MIPS

Specs
  • MIPS: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: No
  • Shell Material: Polycarbonate
  • Profile: Low
  • Head Circumference : 20.4-21.8 inches (S); 21.8-23.2 inches (M)
Features
  • Designed Specifically For Women
  • Stack Ventilation Maximizes Breathability
  • Multi-Directional Impact Protection System Reduces Rotational Brain Motion In the Event Of An Impact

BEST FOR: ALL-DAY COMFORT AT THE RESORT

The Giro Era MIPS ski helmet is notable for its value and versatility when it comes to resort skiing. This helmet includes everything you’d want in a ski helmet, including MIPS or Multi-Directional Impact Protection System technology. MIPS is essentially a very thin layer of plastic on the inside of the helmet that allows it to rotate on impact, thereby reducing the torque on the neck and spine in the event of an impact. It also fits close to the skull, so it feels just like an extension of your head or like wearing a hat. Finally, the shock-absorbing foam in the interior of the helmet creates the perfect combination of warmth and comfort.

POC Obex Pure

Specs
  • MIPS: No
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: No
  • Shell Material: Polycarbonate
  • Profile: Low
  • Head Circumference : 51-54 centimeters (XS-S); 55-58 centimeters (M-L), 59-62 (L-XXL)
Features
  • Whole Head Adjustment System Ensures A Snug Fit Without Changing Padding
  • Front And Rear Chimney Vents Keep You Cool And Air Flowing
  • Seamless Compatibility with POC Goggles

BEST FOR: MINIMALIST ENTHUSIASTS

The POC Obex Pure ski helmet has the brand’s characteristically sleek design without its typically high price. A single fit adjustment wheel situated in the back of the helmet makes it easy to loosen or tighten the helmet so that it fits snugly on your head without having to adjust padding or even take off your ski gloves. The ventilation system allows for natural airflow, making this a great helmet for both hard-charging powder days as well as those warm spring ski days. Finally, this ski helmet comes in seven different colors, so it’s sure to match the rest of your gear!

Smith Liberty

Specs
  • MIPS: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: Yes
  • Shell Material: Hybrid
  • Profile: Full-Coverage
  • Head Circumference : 20.1-21.7 inches (S); 21.7-23.2 inches (M), 23.2-24.8 (L)
Features
  • 20 Vents Allow For Adjustable Climate Control
  • Rotary Dial Internal Fit System Offers Personalized And Secure Fit Adjustment
  • Snap-In Ear Pads Provide Added Comfort and Warmth

BEST FOR: LONG-LASTING COMFORT

The Smith Liberty MIPS ski helmet has been a long time favorite of snow sports professionals and enthusiasts alike. Its full coverage construction offers unmatched warmth and comfort on the hill, and combined with its full suite of safety features, this helmet makes it to the top of our list. Though it’s bulkier than some other models, the Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) that protects the neck and spine in the event of an impact and the lining that absorbs energy on impact both contribute to the effectiveness of this helmet. It’s also compatible with Smith goggles and audio system (not included).

Salomon QST Charge

Specs
  • MIPS: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: No
  • Shell Material: Polycarbonate
  • Profile: Low
  • Head Circumference : 53-56 centimeters (S); 56-59 centimeters (M)
Features
  • Adjustable Dial Fit System Integrated In The Liner Makes For Optimized Fit And Durability
  • 3-D Perforated Ear-pad Construction Allows For Better Sound Transmission
  • Liner Is Removable And Washable For Better Hygiene

BEST FOR: STAYING COOL

For those of us that charge hard or run warmer than the average skier, this lightweight ski helmet is the one for us. The liner has built-in ventilation channels for increased airflow and temperature control and the liner is partially made of Merino wool, which has sweat-wicking properties. Additionally, the MIPS technology helps protect against injury from over-rotation on impact, keeping your head and neck safe no matter how you fall. Pair that with Salomon’s superior shock absorption and you know this helmet is a leader in safety.

Atomic REVENT+ AMID

Specs
  • MIPS: No
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: No
  • Shell Material: Hybrid
  • Profile: Low
  • Head Circumference : 51-55 centimeters (S); 55-59 centimeters (M); 59-63 (L); 63-65 (XL)
Features
  • Features AMID Technology (Atomic Multi-Directional Impact Deflector), A Dual-Density Foam that Absorbs Impact To Protect Your Head
  • Manually Adjustable Air Vents As Well As Built-In Air Vents To Keep You Cool
  • Dial Situated At Back Of Head Adjusts For Personalized Fit

BEST FOR: EFFORTLESS STYLE

This stylish ski helmet will have you looking and feeling like a pro with its sleek design and tech-forward safety features. The Revent line is consistently Atomic’s best-selling all-mountain ski helmet; its fit is customizable right out of the box and can be continually fine-tuned by adjusting the dial at the back of the helmet. The lightweight, low-profile design is perfect for a full day exploring the resort.

K2 Virtue

Specs
  • MIPS: No
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: No
  • Shell Material: Hybrid
  • Profile: Low
  • Head Circumference : 52-55 centimeters (S); 56-59 centimeters (M); 60-62 (L)
Features
  • Includes K2’s Baseline Audio System That Seamlessly Integrates Ear Buds Into the Helmet
  • Customizable Fit That Eliminates Pressure Points On All Head Shapes
  • Washable Liner Wicks Moisture Away From The Head And Breathes To Prevent Overheating

BEST FOR: AUDIOPHILES

The best playlist can make any day on the hill that much more fun. With a built-in audio system that connects seamlessly to your device, this K2 ski helmet will have you rocking down even the most difficult run. The lightweight design and low-profile construction make this helmet a winner in the categories of comfort and usability. The helmet also allows you to regulate airflow with the touch of a button located on top of the helmet. If staying cool and looking cool are some of your top priorities when choosing a ski helmet, the K2 Virtue is a great choice for you.

Smith Vantage

Specs
  • MIPS: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: Yes
  • Shell Material: Koroyd (Hybrid)
  • Profile: Full Coverage
  • Head Circumference : 51-55 centimeters (S); 55-59 centimeters (M)
Features
  • Climate Control And Air Flow Is Controlled By 21 Vents
  • Adjustable BOA Fit System Allows For Personalized Fit And Comfort
  • Compatible With SkullCandy Audio System (Not Included)

BEST FOR: CUSTOMIZED FIT

The Smith Vantage MIPS helmet has all of the features that you’d want in a ski helmet. The 360-degree comfort fit system (adjusted using a dial at the base of the helmet) ensures that the helmet fits snugly on your head with or without a beanie underneath. With best-in-class safety technology, you can also be sure that this helmet will keep your head safe while you’re enjoying the fresh snow. The full coverage protection includes MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System), which protects against rotational motion to the brain on impact.

Sweet Protection Switcher

Specs
  • MIPS: Yes
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: No
  • Shell Material: Variable Elasticity Hybrid
  • Profile: Low
  • Head Circumference : 53-56 centimeters (S/M); 56-59 centimeters (M/L); 59-61 centimeters (L/XL)
Features
  • Climate Control And Air Flow Is Controlled By 22 Vents
  • Low Weight Helmet With Extra Reinforcement In Critical Areas On The Skull That Need Extra Protection
  • Magnetic Buckle Make It Easy To Fasten Even While Wearing Mittens Or Gloves

BEST FOR: LIGHTWEIGHT PROTECTION

The Sweet Protection Switcher helmet comes fully loaded with all of the safety features you’d ever want without the added weight and bulk. The sleek design includes an optimized impact geometry to better distribute force on impact. It has a single-hand adjustable venting system for those days where you’re working up a sweat or the sun is beating down on the slopes. It also has a magnetic buckle on the chin strap that can be secured without taking off your gloves or mittens, making this one of the most user-friendly helmets on the market.

Julbo HAL

Specs
  • MIPS: No
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: No
  • Shell Material: Polycarbonate
  • Profile: Low
  • Head Circumference : 55-58 centimeters (M); 58-62 centimeters (L)
Features
  • Lightweight Shell Covers The Skull While Leaving Ears Covered With Pads For Lightweight Construction
  • Seamlessly Integrates With Julbo Goggles For A Streamlined Fit And Optimal Comfort
  • Two-Tone Coloring Makes This One Of The Most Unique And Recognizable Designs On The Slopes

BEST FOR: EFFORTLESS SWAG

Julbo, a longtime leader in protective eyewear for the alpinist and recreationalist alike, has ventured into the protective headwear category with the 2020 release of the Hal ski helmet. This low profile helmet is designed with the minimalist in mind, as it reduces weight by having the hard shell cover from the forehead to above the ears to the back of the head. The ears are instead covered by pads that allow for optimal air flow. Additionally, they’ve designed the helmet with a two-toned color scheme for a refined, yet playful vibe.

Salomon Mirage+

Specs
  • MIPS: No
  • Ventilation: Yes
  • Visor: Yes
  • Shell Material: ABS
  • Profile: Low
  • Head Circumference : 53-56 centimeters (S); 56-59 centimeters (M)
Features
  • Integrated Goggles And Pull-Down Work Seamlessly With Helmet System And Even Fit Over Eyeglasses For Ultimate Comfort And Ease-of-Use, Eliminating The Need For Separate Goggles
  • Moisture Wicking Lining Keeps You Cool And Dry On Even The Warmest Days
  • Adjustable Ventilation Allows You To Control The Amount Of Airflow With Ease

BEST FOR: GOGGLE/HELMET INTEGRATION 

The futuristic-looking design of this helmet & goggle system lives up to the hype with its easy to use goggle visor. Simply pull down the visor when you’re ready to hit the slopes, eliminating the need for a pair of goggles. Salomon’s EPS 4D technology also helps to protect you against top-of-the-head and side impact, making this not only a stylish choice but also a safe one. Finally, the adjustable venting as well as the moisture-wicking properties of the liner keep you cool throughout the day while you’re enjoying your ski day.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A SKI HELMET

COST

When it comes to investing in ski gear, a helmet may not stick out to you as one of the big ticket items. It is, however, the most important piece of gear in your arsenal when it comes to safety. If you’re deciding between two models, let fit rather than cost be your guide. This list of best ski helmets for women offers a range of top of the line helmets in all price ranges to help you find that perfect balance between fit and economy.

 

FIT/COVERAGE

If you’re in the market for a new ski helmet, the first thing you should do is measure the circumference of your head. Take a tape measure and wrap it around your head about one inch above your eyebrows. Write down the measurement in inches and centimeters; this number will correspond to your optimal helmet size. Helmet sizing isn’t totally standard, so make sure to check the sizing chart for the helmet you’re looking to buy to ensure the best fit possible.

A good fitting helmet should feel snug but not tight. If you can move the helmet by shaking your head back and forth, then it’s probably a bit too big. Either adjust the sizing with the built-in adjustment features or try the helmet in a smaller size. Also, check to make sure that there are no gaps between your head and the lining of the helmet. Check out REI’s Expert Advice column on choosing the right snowsports helmet for more information about fitting your ski helmet.

 

WARMTH & VENTING

In addition to the numerous safety benefits of wearing a ski helmet, they also are significantly warmer than your average winter hat on the ski hill. Whether you tend to run cooler or warmer, it’s important that you choose a helmet that matches your natural rhythm. Adjustable venting is a great feature that many of the helmets on this list offer that allows you to open the vents for more airflow on warm days and close the vents on cold days to retain your body heat.

 

GOGGLE COMPATIBILITY

Your next purchase after a helmet will be a set of goggles to protect your eyes from the sun and wind when you’re sliding down the slopes. Many companies like Smith and POC also manufacture goggles and design their helmets to seamlessly integrate with their goggle design. Whether you already own goggles or are looking to make a new purchase, it’s more comfortable and advantageous to choose a brand that offers goggle compatibility.

 

FEATURES, ACCESSORIES & STYLE

In addition to the regular safety features included in all helmet designs, many brands also include added features and accessories like audio systems and camera mounts. Helmets come in many different styles and colors to match your taste. Though it may not be your primary concern when choosing a ski helmet, the right color and look can make you that much more excited about wearing this vital piece of safety equipment.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

SHELL

This term refers to the hard plastic outer layer of the helmet. It can be made from polycarbonate plastic material or a hybrid of materials, all designed to maximize safety.

LINER

The liner refers to the interior, soft material of the helmet that sits against your hair, scalp, or a thin cap. This material is often designed to maximize your comfort, wick away sweat, and is often removable and machine-washable.

CHIN STRAP

The strap that clips below your chin to keep the helmet locked securely on your head. This should fit snugly, but you should also be able to move, breathe, and chew freely.

MIPS

This acronym stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. The majority of helmets include this rotational protection technology. In short, MIPS allows the inner molding and liner of your helmet and the hard outer shell to stretch and slide on impact, thereby reducing the rotational stress on your neck and back.

CERTIFICATIONS

All helmets sold at REI and at most major retailers are certified by either the American Society for Testing and Materials or the European Committee for Standardization. All helmets on this list are certified for safety by either or both of these organizations.

SAFETY NOTE

Though helmets promote safety and are certainly valuable for safety reasons, they are not invincible. No helmet is a substitute for safe and controlled skiing as well as awareness of your surroundings while on the ski hill.

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