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There are a few items that are essential to any successful snowboarding expedition. A good bar of chocolate for a snack on the mountain. A better pair of socks so that your feet don’t get too cold. And the best snowboard helmet money can buy.

We all fall now and again, and when you’re snowboarding, that’s no exception. Whether the trail is bumpy or the light is flat, we can catch an edge and topple over at any time. So to prevent that concussion you’re dreading, you need a good helmet. Because apart from adding some much needed style, a proper helmet may just save your life.

We know that choosing the perfect helmet for you can seem like a daunting task, especially with all of the features they come with now-a-days. Fortunately, we here at The Adventure Junkies have picked out the ten best snowboard helmets for you, so you can protect your brain without stressing over which one to buy. Read through the list below and find the best one for you.

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Quick Answer - The Best Snowboard Helmets

  1. OutdoorMaster KELVIN
  2. Giro Nine MIPS
  3. Bern Watts
  4. Smith Maze MIPS
  5. Demon United Phantom
  6. Burton Anon Blitz
  7. Retrospec Traverse H2
  8. Burton Anon Prime
  9. Giro Discord

 

Comparison Table - Best Snowboard Helmet

PictureNameWeightMaterialVentsAdjustablePriceRating
OutdoorMaster KELVIN1.3 lbsExpanded PolystyreneYes (14)Yes (Tension Dial)$4.3
AKASO1.8 lbsExpanded PolystyreneAdjustableYes (Tension Dial)$4.8
Giro Nine MIPSN/APolycarbonateYes (Stack Vent)Yes (Tension Dial)$$$4.4
Bern Watts1 lb.ABS and EPS (Expanded Polystyrene)Yes (Front and Back)Yes (Crank Fit Dial)$$4.3
Smith Maze MIPS12 oz.PolycarbonateYes (9)Yes (Self-Adjusting)$$$4.9
Demon United Phantom3 lbs.Industry Standard ABS ShellYes (2)No$4.3
Burton Anon Blitz2.7 lbs.Enduro Shell ConstructionNoNo$$4.1
Retrospec Traverse H2N/AABS Exterior and EPS InteriorYes (14)Yes (Tension Dial)$4.2
Burton Anon Prime1.09 lbs.N/AYes (23)Yes (Tension Dial)$$$5.0
Giro Discord2.4 lbs.Vinyl NitrileYes (Stacked)Yes (Self Adjusting)$$3.4
PictureNameWeightMaterialVentsAdjustablePriceRating
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Reviews - The Best Helmet for Snowboarding

OutdoorMaster KELVIN

Specs
  • Adjustable: Yes (Tension Dial)
  • Material: Expanded Polystyrene
  • Vents: Yes (14)
  • Weight: 1.3 lbs
Features
  • 9 Different Color Options
  • Removable Ear Pads
  • Removable Inner Fleece Lining

BEST FOR: BEGINNER RIDERS

Comfortable and easily adaptable, The OutdoorMaster KELVIN is a great helmet for a beginner snowboarder, especially someone considering trying their luck at skiing too. Made with an EPS shell, a lightweight plastic, the KELVIN helmet will sit comfortably on your head. And the removable ear pads and inner fleece lining means that you can continue to tweak it to your level of comfort. 

This helmet is best for beginner riders looking for a reliable helmet on any trail. With nine colors to choose from and a noteworthy ventilation system, you’ll feel cool and look pretty cool on the mountain as well.

AKASO

Specs
  • Adjustable: Yes (Tension Dial)
  • Material: Expanded Polystyrene
  • Vents: Adjustable
  • Weight: 1.8 lbs
Features
  • ASTM Certified, The Official U.S. Standard For Helmet Safety
  • Adjustable Vent On Helmet Allows You To Change Airflow As Needed
  • Adjustable Dial On Rear For Easy Size Adjustment

BEST FOR: CUSTOM FIT

The Akaso Helmet is a great, well-rounded helmet for any rider looking for an added level of customizability in more frigid temperatures. With an adjustable vent on the top of the helmet, riders can control how much air comes into and out of their helmet. The removable inner liner and ear pads allow for added comfort control as well. 

Perhaps the most important feature on this helmet is the adjustable dial located at the rear of the helmet, which means that you can not only adjust it to fit your size, but if you’re ever looking to pass-it-on, the helmet will easily readjust to any head. We recommend it for all beginner riders and boarders looking for their perfect fit.

Giro Nine MIPS

Specs
  • Adjustable: Yes (Tension Dial)
  • Material: Polycarbonate
  • Vents: Yes (Stack Vent)
  • Weight: N/A
Features
  • MIPS Rotation Protection For Maximum Safety And Protection
  • Venting Control For Superior Comfort On The Slopes
  • Compatible With All Giro Audio Systems So You Can Listen To Music While You Shred

BEST FOR: EXPERT RIDERS

The Giro Nine MIPS Helmet’s sleek and streamlined designed fits its use. It is a strong, reliable helmet for more advanced riders looking to test their limits a bit further than most. The helmet’s unique MIPS features reduces any rotational motion of your head upon impact which means, in other words, more protection for your brain. 

Much like other helmets, the adjustable vents allow for controlled temperature within your helmet, but unlike other helmets, the Giro Nine comes compatible with all separately sold Giro audio systems. That may not sound so appealing at the onset, but as you continue riding, you may want some killer music to join you, and if you helmet is already compatible with an audio system, that could save you time and a good chunk of money.

Bern Watts

Specs
  • Adjustable: Yes (Crank Fit Dial)
  • Material: ABS and EPS (Expanded Polystyrene)
  • Vents: Yes (Front and Back)
  • Weight: 1 lb.
Features
  • Replaceable Inner Liner
  • Easily Added Bike Light
  • Baseball-hat-inspired Hard Visor

BEST FOR: RIDERS AND BIKERS

Uniquely designed for style and comfort, the Bern Watts Helmet is a good choice for any rider, skier, or biker looking for a reliable, stylish helmet to protect them. The noticeable baseball-hat visor hangs low over the top edge of your goggles to prevent any unwanted snow or wind from slipping in and impacting your vision. And the replaceable inner lining means that you can not only take it out, but slide in another if you like the feel of another company’s liner more than the original. 

With all the features of other helmets and more, including compatibility with a bike light,  we recommend this helmet to any and all dual riders and bikers.

Smith Maze MIPS

Specs
  • Adjustable: Yes (Self-Adjusting)
  • Material: Polycarbonate
  • Vents: Yes (9)
  • Weight: 12 oz.
Features
  • MIPS Technology To Reduce Rotational Motion In Case Of Impact
  • Adjustable Vents For Control Of Airflow
  • Compatible With Skullcandy Audio Systems

BEST FOR: SHREDDERS WHO LIKE TO ZONE OUT AND TUNE IN

Smith has been a leading helmet manufacturer for quite some time now and the Maze MIPS helmet is no exception. With nine different vent settings make this helmet suitable for any environment, you’re sure to stay cool and collected while wearing this helmet on the mountain. And with the removable goggles lock, you won’t have any trouble taking off your goggles when it comes time for lunch at the lodge. 

Like other leading helmets, the Maze helmet comes with MIPS technology to reduce any unwanted rotations of your head and the resulting impact of any whiplash you may not have intended for. Equipped with Skullcandy audio system compatibility, this helmet is great for experienced riders who want enhanced protection with quality sound.

Demon United Phantom

Specs
  • Adjustable: No
  • Material: Industry Standard ABS Shell
  • Vents: Yes (2)
  • Weight: 3 lbs.
Features
  • Built-in Audio System
  • Comes with Goggles
  • ASTM and CE certified - Europe and U.S. Standards

BEST FOR: ALL-IN-ONE ON A BUDGET

If the process of finding the right goggles, headphones, and helmet is overwhelming, look no further. The Demon United Phantom Helmet comes complete with everything you’ll need and more! An integrated audio system allows you to listen to music through your helmet while riding, while the included Demon Supra goggles will spare you the extra time and cash of finding goggles on your own. 

If convenience and safety are your priorities, this is the perfect helmet for you. And at such a low cost, this all-in-one helmet is a steal for anyone.

Burton Anon Blitz

Specs
  • Adjustable: No
  • Material: Enduro Shell Construction
  • Vents: No
  • Weight: 2.7 lbs.
Features
  • Adjustable Ventilation
  • Removable Goggle Clip Attachment
  • Audio System Compatible

BEST FOR: ALL RIDERS

Outfitted with the unique enduro-shell design, the Burton Anon Blitz helmet is built to last a long time. Black and not as flashy as other helmets, you’ll fit in on any mountain. And with enough adjustable settings for any rider, this helmet will protect you and keep you cool in any environment. An all around reliable helmet, Burton’s Anon Blitz is a safe bet for any rider of any skill level.

Retrospec Traverse H2

Specs
  • Adjustable: Yes (Tension Dial)
  • Material: ABS Exterior and EPS Interior
  • Vents: Yes (14)
  • Weight: N/A
Features
  • 14 Adjustable Vents For Maximum Airflow
  • Goggle Clip To Hold Goggles In Place
  • Adjustable Dial To Tighten And Loosen Helmet Framework

BEST FOR: PARTICULAR RIDERS

If you want maximum control over your helmet, including ventilation, fit, goggle compatibility, and other features, the Retrospec Traverse H2 is a good choice for you. With 14 adjustable air vents, you can adjust the airflow as much or as little as you’d like. And with fleece earmuffs and an inner lining, you will never feel cold. Removable ear pads mean you can take this helmet out on the bike as well and not look out of place on the trails. There are few helmets as adjustable as the Retrospec Traverse on the market, and at a very affordable price, it is a great and stylish helmet for any rider out there.

Burton Anon Prime

Specs
  • Adjustable: Yes (Tension Dial)
  • Material: N/A
  • Vents: Yes (23)
  • Weight: 1.09 lbs.
Features
  • ICEdot Emergency ID Service Stores Contact Medical Information For First Responders
  • 23 Vents Provide Maximum Ventilation
  • Goggle Ventilation Outlet To Prevent Goggle Fog

BEST FOR: EXPERT BACKCOUNTRY RIDERS

It may be the most expensive helmet on our list, but with Burton’s Anon Prime Helmet, you get more than you pay for. With every safety certification out there, 23 adjustable vents, and a comfortable inner fleece lining, this helmet is best for expert riders looking to take their riding into the backcountry. 

Perhaps most notable is the helmet’s unique ICEdot Emergency Identification technology that stores emergency contact and medical information in your helmet for first responders. If that’s too much for you, don’t worry. There are plenty of other helmets on the list for you. But if you’re looking to shred some insane terrain in the back-country, this may be the perfect helmet for you.

Giro Discord

Specs
  • Adjustable: Yes (Self Adjusting)
  • Material: Vinyl Nitrile
  • Vents: Yes (Stacked)
  • Weight: 2.4 lbs.
Features
  • Adjustable Vents For Maximum Ventilation
  • Compatible With All Giro Goggles
  • Compatible With Giro Audio Systems (not included)

BEST FOR: RELAXED RIDERS SEEKING COMFORT

Simple, stylish, and comfortable, the Giro Discord is a great helmet for a beginner rider looking to leisurely enjoy the slopes. A unique soft-shell design gives riders more comfort than other helmets while the adjustable vents and audio system compatibility satisfy any other urge for customization that you may have. 

Coming in a variety of different colors as well, the Giro Discord is a safe bet if you are a very relaxed rider, looking to enjoy the mountain instead of sending yourself careening down it. If comfort is your priority, then you want this helmet.

 

 

THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN WHEN BUYING A SNOWBOARD HELMET

When buying a snowboard helmet, safety should always be your number one priority. Snowboards, boots, and bindings are important, but if you value your noggin’, a good helmet is essential. You should ask yourself questions like: What material is the helmet made of? How many vents are there for air ventilation? Will this helmet suit my type of riding? We’ve assembled a few key notes to consider when buying your helmet, but check out some more information about how to choose a helmet for more knowledge. 

RIDING STYLE

Are you an aggressive rider? A casual rider? A cautious rider? If you’re a beginner, check out these snowboarding tips. It may be hard, but ask yourself what type of rider you are and gauge your helmet based on that. Aggressive riders may want a less comfortable, more durable helmet to protect against their falls, whereas casual riders may seek comfort first. Gauge your style and then pick a helmet accordingly.

 

COST

Helmets can vary drastically in pricing, but if there’s one item you shouldn’t cut costs on, it’s your helmet. It will literally save your life. This isn’t to say you need the most expensive helmet with the most features, but you do need a safe helmet. One with a durable structure that’s capable of protecting your head from the hard mountain.

 

MATERIAL

What is your helmet made from? Most use the same plastics, and while the specifics aren’t as important as you may think, the texture and style of the material will drastically affect your comfort and safety. A thin outer-shell of a helmet may be best if you wear a hat under your helmet, whereas a thick, layered helmet is best if you want maximum protection.

 

VENTILATION

How many vents does your helmet have? If you overheat quickly, you may want added ventilation, but if you wear a hat under your helmet, you may not want as much ventilation. In any case, the amount of control over ventilation is always something you should consider.

 

 

FEATURES EXPLAINED

EPS OR EXPANDED POLYSTYRENE

A lightweight plastic that is composed of small hollow, spherical balls to cushion impact.

ABS CONSTRUCTION

A layer of hard plastic is combined with a softer foam.

VENTS

Tiny adjustable holes around the helmet that provide ventilation.

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About The Author

While at the University of Virginia, Nate studied Spanish literature and contemporary philosophy and started for its Division 1 lacrosse team. At 20 years old, he began writing about his experiences attempting the world’s most insane adventures. From backcountry skiing in Patagonia to living in a Brazilian favela and high-altitude ice climbing in the Himalaya, Nate sheds light on parts and cultures of the world that remain widely unknown. He’s been featured on the top-rated travel podcast Extra Pack of Peanuts and has published work in a variety of outdoor publications. Currently Nate works as a freelance writer and explorer and competes for the Israeli National lacrosse team at tournaments around the world. He is fluent in English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Nepali and proficient in French and Arabic. This past Spring, Nate became the first ever foreigner to porter in the Himalaya.

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