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Giro Nine.9

rated 4.0 of 5 stars

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photo: Giro Nine.9 snowsport helmet

An excellent helmet that has served me well in all weather conditions. It is light on the head, warm, and far more comfortable than a hat. Plus, it works well with many sets of goggles — no need to buy a special type!


  • Light on the head
  • Warm in cold weather, and well ventillated for hot days
  • Very durable


  • It is a very popular style, so this won't make you stand out from the crowd
  • To ventillate in my version, you remove plugs from the inside, which you then have to carry in a pocket. (Newer versions might not have this issue)

I was a bit reluctant to get a helmet for skiing, but it has been a few years with this one, and I'd not go back to a hat. For one, gone are the itchy heads of a hat. The helmet is warmer, feels lighter, and does not obstruct visibility at all. It works very well with my goggles.

Now, I am not a cutting-edge person, so this will lack the flash that some snow-riders love. But, that's okay by me! You can always add stickers.

In my version, I have ventilation by removing a few inserts from the inside of the helmet. On hot days, that means you have to either remove them before you get hot, or stuff the inserts in your pockets. When going in a soft-shell for spring skiing, I find the inserts competing for limited pocket space.

Overall, this is a great helmet that has served me well and which I would buy again — although I don't want to crash hard enough to need to do so! :-)

Source: received it as a personal gift

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