THE SITUATION: If you haven’t been on the slopes in a few years, you'll notice a difference on the mountain — more skiers and snowboarders are wearing helmets, and it’s not just those taking to the air for acrobatic stunts. With our increased understanding of concussions, it makes sense that you’d want to protect your noggin in a sport that takes place on a hard, slippery surface.
AN OPTION: The good news is that with more manufacturers getting into the game, the ski and snowboard helmet is becoming more comfortable and less obtrusive. The Oakley MOD 5 is the latest example.
THE DETAILS: It features multiple adjustments to relieve pressure points, which if left alone can lead to headaches or an uncomfortable ride. It also features a modular brim system that integrates nicely with your goggles. A venting system allows air to flow unobstructed through the helmet to prevent your goggles from fogging up, and those vents are adjustable to keep you comfortable in warm or cold weather conditions. Most importantly, of course, the hard-shell construction has extra padding at frequent impact points (think the front and back of the head) to ensure that you protect your most important asset in any fall.
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