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Smith Variant Brim Helmet

80% Positive Reviews
Rated #1 in Ski Helmets

Posted

Pros: Great fit, light weight, good looking

Cons: Adjusters can damage jackets

I spied this beauty in a shop last year and had to have one. I'm now into my second season with the Variant and am very pleased.  The cosmetics are killer, the feature list long and the fit outstanding. Although I didn't notice this last year, RDB33 is right about the adjusters snagging jackets. I found to have this problem only when the helmet wasn't cinched down tightly though. I paired mine with the Fuse goggle this season, but used another goggle last year (another Smith product) and it worked well with that one as well. I have a more detailed review at my website GearGuide

Posted

Pros: Look's great, anti-fog system, venting, comfortable, visor, no goggle gap, adjustability

Cons: That tiny vent knob

Bought the helmet this year.  Everything works excellently as advertised, and the and fog integration really works with any goggle I've used.  It looks slick in Matte Black, and the adjustability is great.  I love this helmet.  Looks and fits great with the Smith Scope Pro goggle.

Posted

Pros: lightweight and fits well

Cons: the design of the adjuster damaged my jacket

Although it is lightweight and fits well, the design of the adjuster damaged my jacket.  Although the adjusters do not appear to be sharp, your natural head movements make their design dig into the top of any jacket with a high neck and gradually thread them. 

Once used, you will not be able to obtain a refund and Smith deny that anyone else has had a problem.  Be warned!

Posted

Pros: comfortable

Cons: wont hold up if you crash!

Bought this helmet last year, Dec. 2009 , it has a "lifetime warranty" which means that if it cracks or comes apart, SMITH will warranty it. But, if you fall & it comes apart at the seam, it is NOT warrantied!

 

It my 15 years of skiing and numerous falls, have NEVER had a helmet crack, or break! I just change them up when I am looking for a more stylish one every couple of years. Because of the way this helmet is manufactured, it has a weak spot around the ENTIRE midsection, where the two parts are seamed together. Bummer! Disappointed in the quality of the manufacturing, but felt it was a comfortable, cool looking helmet.

 

For $159, it would be best to buy a single mold helmet that would pass the fall test! (I got mine on pre-christmas sale)

Posted

Pros: very cocomfortable.

Cons: price

i went out shopping for a helmet and i found it. tried on many helmets and there are many out there but this one fits on your head like no other. fits large goggles with out a problem. vents well. had no problems yet with over heating. actually had to close the  vents of couple of times.

Posted

Pros: fit, light weight, comfort, adjustable vents

Cons: price

 This helmet was the most comfortable I've tried on. It also looks good without making you look like a skateboard refugee. Watch ski instructors - if they're wearing a helmet, there's a good chance it's this one. The reason is all-day comfort and good vent features.

As for the brim - it keeps snow off the top of your goggles. Could you do without it? Sure ... is it a plus? Overall, I think so. Someone mentioned that it makes it harder to push your goggles up off your face. If you use both hands, it's pretty easy, you just have to pull the band a bit, raise the goggles, then let the band contract again to hold them onto the helmet. Another factor is that the brim makes the goggles less likely to fall back partly over your face as you move around.

Posted

Pros: Warm, good fit, comfortable

Leaves virtually no gap with Phenom goggle. Perfect fit, overall great helmet.  Comfortable - everything from the chin strap to the ear muffs.

Posted

Pros: Venting, fit

Cons: Brim can be a pain with goggles

Great lightwight helmet that fits very well.  Really like the on the fly vent adjustment feature and the ability to dial in the fit with the microadjustment at the back of the helmet.  I agree with wildone09 that the brim can get in the way when flipping up your goggles.  Disagree with hizdudeness about the brim creating a problem if you land on it.  If you land on the brim and break it off you just saved breaking your face!  That's what the brim is for.  If you don't like the brim get the regular version of the Variant without one.

Posted

Pros: Good fit, light,

Cons: Brim

I liked everything about this helmet (its the first one i've owned). I use it in conjunction with a set of oakly Xframes, and the skull candy headphones. I've taken several hard spills and its protected my head each time. The only real con is that the brim creates a odd leverage point if you happen to land on it (I did). The brim broke off breaking the foam and plastic behind it. I dont know what they could actually do to remedy this though. I used some industrial silicone (sikaflex) to fix the foam and threw the brim away. My intention is to buy a new one when the money comes available. All in all this is a good helmet and worth the money. Its saved my noggin several times.

Posted

Pros: Fit, Venting, Goggle compatibility

Cons: Price

Great helmet!

 

Fits very well.  I also picked up a pair of Smith Phenom goggles with this and I have a perfect system with the two.  Smart venting system and the brim is nice for additional sun cutting.  Only con of the brim is that it is not as easy to flip goggles up onto the forehead area when you want to get them off your face for a moment.  The brim makes you have to put them higher than you want and they sometimes then get pulled off and hang from the back which can be a bit annoying.  (I think it's still worth it though...)

Smith Variant Brim Helmet
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Description:

Smith's Variant Brim Snow Helmet features Hybrid construction and a sleek brim to produce an effective helmet with tons of style. The Hybrid construction uses an ABS shell and an in-mold liner to create a lightweight and high-impact-absorbing helmet. AirEvac 2 technology allows this helmet to work well with goggles by channeling moist air away from your goggles and over your head in order to reduce fogging. The Smith Variant has adjustable vents for better climate control, so you don't get a steamy noggin. *Compatible with Skullcandy phone/audio systems (not included).

Details:
DetailValue
Recommended UseSnowboarding, skiing
Manufacturer WarrantyLifetime
Weight18.5oz (530g)
Material[Outer Shell] ABS; [Inner Shell] polycarbonate; [Liner] X-Static
VentilationRegulator (3-stage adjustable)
AdjustabilityHFS (slidelock in back); slidelock chinstrap
Gender
Models:
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Style: H, Color: Gloss Black/Red, Size: SH-VBBRSM715757290900
Style: H, Color: Matte Chocolate/Mint, Size: LH-VBCMLG715757290955
Style: H, Color: Gloss Black, Size: LH-VBBKLG715757290894
Style: H, Color: Eco Tan Sage, Size: SH-VBTSSM715757291020
Style: H, Color: Matte True Blue Delft, Size: LH-VBMBLG715757290986
Style: H, Color: Gloss Army / Gloss Black, Size: LH-VBABLG715757291013
Style: H, Color: Gloss Black, Size: SH-VBBKSM715757290870
Style: H, Color: Gloss Black/Red, Size: LH-VBBRLG715757290924
Style: H, Color: Matte Chocolate/Mint, Size: MH-VBCMMD715757290948
Style: H, Color: Eco Tan Sage, Size: LH-VBTSLG715757291044
Style: H, Color: White Pinstripe, Size: MH-VBWPMD715757290825
Style: H, Color: Black Pinstripe, Size: LH-VBBPLG715757290801
Style: H, Color: Matte Chocolate/Mint, Size: SH-VBCMSM715757290931
Style: H, Color: Gloss Army / Gloss Black, Size: MH-VBABMD715757290993
Style: H, Color: Gloss Army / Gloss Black, Size: SH-VBABSM715757291006
Style: H, Color: Matte Graphite, Size: LH-VBGHLG715757290863
Style: H, Color: White Pinstripe, Size: LH-VBWPLG715757290832
Style: H, Color: Matte True Blue Delft, Size: MH-VBMBMD715757290979
Style: H, Color: Black Pinstripe, Size: SH-VBBPSM715757290788
Style: H, Color: Matte Graphite, Size: SH-VBGHSM715757290849
Style: H, Color: White Pinstripe, Size: SH-VBWPSM715757290818
Style: H, Color: Black Pinstripe, Size: MH-VBBPMD715757290795
Style: H, Color: Gloss Black, Size: MH-VBBKMD715757290887
Style: H, Color: Gloss Black, Size: MH-VBBKMD715757290887
Style: H, Color: Gloss Black/Red, Size: MH-VBBRMD715757290917
Style: H, Color: Matte Graphite, Size: MH-VBGHMD715757290856
Style: H, Color: Matte True Blue Delft, Size: SH-VBMBSM715757290962
Style: H, Color: Eco Tan Sage, Size: MH-VBTSMD715757291037
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