It’s hard to believe today, but not too long ago, helmets weren’t that cool. That sentiment may still hold water for grizzled motorcyclists, but as for skiers and riders, nothing could be further from the truth.

Our 2016/2017 Helmet Buyers' Guide proves that today's ski helmets provide more than just safety (see MIPS technology and multi-impact EPP liners), they enhance the on-mountain experience through a variety of media friendly features like POV camera mounts and audio-ready ear pads.

This year, manufacturers continue on their journey to increase ventilation and reduce weight while adding safety-smart features like embed options for your emergency contact info. Buckles are going magnetic, creative collaborations are budding and profiles are slimming. It’s an exciting, and increasingly cool, time to be a wearer of the hard hat.