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Smith Quantum MIPS Helmet

£269.99 www.smithoptics.com

At first glance, the Quantum MIPS helmet is rather discrete, but I really like the level of comfort. Although it’s not the lightest helmet on the market, considering its level of protection, it doesn’t feel overly heavy at all. I often struggle to find a helmet design to suit my face and wearing spectacles doesn’t help, but the Quantum slips easily over them with the several sets of goggles I own, also fitting snugly in place without any issues. Of course vanity must come second to safety (yes, even for us skiers), but I feel confident that the construction – with Koroyd (a type of honeycomb material that is light and strong) and MIPS (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System) backs up the upper end price tag for a recreational helmet. The Fidlock strap system is a little fiddly, although you do get used to it and it does allow for a quick release – most of the time. Despite this niggle, the Quantum MIPS is high in protection and packed full of neat features. If you’re the kind of skier who is heading off-piste regularly then it’s worth a closer look.

► Verdict: Feels like a ‘proper’ ski helmet that’s comfortable to wear.

► Best for: Keen freeride skiers and seasonaire’s.

Review by Rob Stewart