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Need a well-vented Helmet

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
I need a VERY well-vented helmet. I ski agressively and I perspire more than most people. By the end or one or two runs my helmet liner is soaked.

Would like some helmet suggestions. Prefer one where I could close up the vents if necessary.
Thanks!
post #2 of 17
giro 9
post #3 of 17
Check out the Giro Nine.9 and Fuse, as well as the Carrera Airborne and Louis Garneau 3 Zone.
post #4 of 17
The new OVO V has 12 vents.
post #5 of 17
Agree with the Giro. Although that is the only helmet that I've used. Skiing in Australia can get quite warm, opening the vents is perfect during spring weather.
post #6 of 17
The Giro Fuse looks the most like a bike helmet where venting is everything. The Nine is nice too - in an old bike helmet sort of way.
post #7 of 17
I like my Marker M3. While it doesn't look to be chock full-o-vents, I have found it to be light and cool on my head--even with a full head of hair...
post #8 of 17

Giro 9.9

I was very concerned about buying a helmet that would be too hot. I got the 9.9 last year (has the name changed to the 9?) and love it. Here in the northeast (very cold winter last year), it was great. I left the vent hole plugs in most of the time, but on warmer days you can take them and the ear flaps out.
post #9 of 17

9.9/Fuse

I have the 9.9, and it's great. After two years, I think I'd rather have the Fuse, which has a lever to open/close vents, instead of the 9.9 plugs. I've almost lost 1-2 plugs a few times. Otherwise, I thnk they're very similar.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by Dino
I have the 9.9, and it's great. After two years, I think I'd rather have the Fuse, which has a lever to open/close vents, instead of the 9.9 plugs. I've almost lost 1-2 plugs a few times. Otherwise, I thnk they're very similar.
I had the same thing happen to me - even lost the earflaps, but I got a Flint dirt-cheap (full helmet), but I think you can find the Fuse (not the audio model) almost half-off. Giro's customer service is pitiful - it's only when you send your helmet (bike/snow) to get replaced, that they give you the time of day. The Fuse is one ounce heavier than the 9, but they are still some of the lightest snow helmets out there, for three years.
post #11 of 17
I'll add my recommendation for the Giro Fuse. I sweat a fair bit but the Fuse ventilation system works well and the ability to easily close the vents when a bit of snow or sleet starts to fall is definitely worthwhile. There are a couple of plugs that can be removed for warmer days that open up additional vents. These help ventilation even more but you have to take the helmet off and replace the plugs to stop any snow or sleet coming in. Good for spring skiing.

All helmets warm you up more than a bare head but I've found the Fuse ventilation to be as good as any others I've tried and the helmet is light and comfortable. I haven't managed to test its effectiveness with a big head-first crash yet but I'm sure it's just a matter of time.

Cheers

Closh
post #12 of 17
I,ve had the same problem with heat -go Gyro
post #13 of 17
I agree with closh. I think active ventilation helmets are the way to go (can open and close the vents without removing the helmet). Personally, I could never deal with a helmet that I had to keep taking off in order to adjust with plugs, not to mention that I would always lose some of the plugs.

Giro Fuse is good. Leedom Prophet is their equivalent and fits my head better. Both have modern styling, shell molded EPS and are lightweight. If you want a multiple impact helmet, you can find great deals on the Team Wendy WSki (about $60). Helmets should be treated like skis. You have to try several different models before you find the one that gives you the best comfort and fit.
post #14 of 17
Another heads up on the Giro Fuse. Just got one at REI in Denver on Saturday. Was 20% off at the time. Used it at Breck Sunday. Really light, and the lever-control ventilation was handy as it was snowing heavily, then lightly, then not at all. Way more comfortable than my old Boeri too.
post #15 of 17

whtmt

I just started skiing in the Giro Fuse and the venting works quite well. The ear protection also comes off for spring conditions.

whtmt & Mackenzie 911
post #16 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks everyone

Just what the doctor ordered. Glad to see a consensus....
post #17 of 17
I hate to bring up another option, but I was very concerned with venting when I got my helmet and I picked up a K2 helmet. There aren't that many active vents, only the ones on your forehead, but in terms of static vents (vents that remain open) it had way more than the other helmets I was looking at (this was begining of the season last year).
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