2009/2010 Smith Optics Variant Brim Helmet Review


Smith offers the ultimate in Helmet and Goggle integration. The Variant Brim Helmet meshes perfectly with the Smith I/O goggles. Minimizing the dreaded head crack to an almost nothing. The Variant Brim offers a super strong and light weight feeling. Smith must have spent days designing these helmets in a wind tunnel with smoke sticks to get this just right.

The opening and closing vents along the top of the helmet are perfect for those “too hot” “too cold” moments of getting on the lift sweating, and getting off the lift freezing. Just reach up and close the vents to warm things up a bit. The tabs are the perfect size for operating with gloves on. And not so big you look like you’ve got horns on the top of your helmet. It’s the perfect utilization of air evacuation when needed.

The Variant Brim offers very comfortable anti-odor lining that regulates temperature, and cuddles your little head like a nice turban. Also included is a fit system that a lot of helmets are missing. Did you see Shaun White crash at X-Games 2010? In practice his helmet when flying, it’s not doing much good if it don’t stay on your noggin.

After using the Smith variant brim helmet for half a season, I must admit I have become a fan of brain buckets. I was timid to engage in the stigma of head protection, fearing the weight of a helmet would shorten my hang time by hours. Surprisingly, the helmet is very easy to get accustom too, in fact with the added confidence of wearing a helmet, I’m sure my airs have defiantly increased in size.

Pros: Defiantly the goggle helmet integration, Helmet Fit System, and light weight.

Cons: Wearing helmets isn’t cool, The chin strap needs to be cranked pretty tight to keep things in place, rear goggle lock makes rattling noise when riding. Earpads with earbuds is impossible unless you like bleeding from your outer ear by the end of the day.

The bottom line is, if you are looking for a helmet it doesn’t get much better than the Smith variant Brim, although on the higher price of helmets, it’s definitely worth the big tag. T

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