Truth be told I hate helmets. It’s a hard reality. I don’t like how they look or feel. I’m going to go out on a limb and say it is a commonly shared feeling amongst people in my age bracket; or was anyways. In my youth there was very little more you could do that would alienate you from your fellow shreds. Hardly anyone wore helmets. They were the lamest shits…
Now-a-days helmets are common and widely accepted. I mean lets be honest… they are in fact the right choice. Not to mention the helmet options have greatly increased since the mid-nineties. Most people are able to find something that isn’t too much of a physical and visual hindrance. Having a friend who suffered a major brain injury at the hands of snowboarding I have grown fond of the idea of wearing these, but have yet to find one I truly like. Deciding it was time for me to start exploring my options I set out on a mission to find the least lame helmets available. After sifting through some awesome, some decent, and some total bullshit I have eliminated the garb and brought to you the three best choices in my opinion.
Who : Electric Visual
What : Mashman Helmet
Where : Your local Electric retailer
When : Early Fall 2014
Why : Low profile ABS shell, multi impact EPP liner, made with Poron XRD extreme impact protection, magnetic chinstrap closure makes it easy for use with gloves and mittens designed for all goggle compatibility.
How : A beefy shell of scientific plastics takes the beating instead of your skull if you fall onto the ground with your head and shit while snowboarding and stuff.
Who : Bern Helmets
What : Macon
Where : Your local Bern retailer
When : Available in stores now
Why : ABS shell, EPS hard foam, Removable winter liner.
How : EPS hard foam meets ASTM F 2040 and EN 1077B standards for snow and ski, CPSC and EN 1078 standards for bike and skate.
- You can remove the entire winter liner and for $10 you can buy an insert that turns it into a summer helmet for skate, bike, etc.
Personal Thoughts: I was feeling this helmet big time, but it didn’t fit me in a flattering way. My head is tall so I kind of looked like Toad from Mario Bros with it on. I have seen a lot of people wear this helmet and not look goofy. In hands though it was a very subtle, light, and attractive helmet. The quality of construction is killer for real. Skate styling makes it an obvious choice for people looking for a minimal understated classic look. I can’t say enough on how well it seems to be made.
Who : Sandbox
What : Classic Helmet
Where : Your local Sandbox retailer
When : Available in stores now
Why : ABS Shell, EPS Impact foam, Custom18, Removable Ear pads
- This shell and foam combination provides ultimate high-impact protection while still keeping it on the down low.
- With the set of fit pads there are 18 possible configurations to make the helmet fit perfectly no matter what kind of circus shaped head you have.
- Too warm out? Take the ear pads out for spring and summer shredding
Personal Thoughts: This is an awesome helmet; super light and comfortable. The popularity of this helmet has made it available in tons of sizes and color ways. The ability to customize the fit via different pad shims is awesome. The ability to snap on a winter liner is also nice allowing your head to go commando or remove the liner and rock your favorite beanie. Sandbox has got it together and have been making quality head protection for some time. There are a lot of other styles available if the brim isn’t your thing. Bottom line this helmet made the cut in terms of build quality and visual attractive-ness.