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Smith Variant Brim Ski Helmet review
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Smith Variant Brim Ski Helmet

Smith Optics, a leader in goggle technology since 1965, is also a one of the brands of choice for ski helmets. Lift lines and the slopes are littered with riders and skiers sporting one of their brain buckets. The Smith Variant Brim is a big-hitter in brand's helmet lines.

Just as they have done with their goggle lines, Smith continues to shift their R&D efforts into overdrive. The Airevac 2 system integrates ventilation of the helmet and goggles with 22 vents in the Variant's design.

The system increases ventilation and assists in keeping your goggles fog free. This is especially needed due to the brim that overhangs the vents on your ski goggles. The vents built into the brim allow air to flow easily out of the goggles and through the helmet. The vents are adjustable which helps regulate the amount of heat the helmet keeps in (or out) of the helmet.

The Variant Brim is safety certified through the ASTM. Smith keeps the construction solid on the helmet but keeps the weight down. The helmet did not become uncomfortable during a full day playing on the slopes. Adding to the comfort is a padded chin strap and a soft mesh liner. The helmet can be adjusted to give a customized fit to your noggin.

Smith Optics LogoThe Smith Variant Brim delivers top technologies in a light helmet. Strut your fashion sense too with one of the Smith's 10 stylish color schemes for the Variant Brim. The helmet has a suggested retail price of $160.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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