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    Look good. Love your brain. Field tested helmets of 2013.

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    Pret Effect

    BEST FOR: Sweaty Heads

    Thanks to 13 external and 19 internal adjustable vents, the Effect ($160) is the most breathable helmet here. It’s also compatible with the widest range of goggles. Bummer: the RCS fit system regularly loosened and had to be ratcheted tight every few runs.
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    Giro Edit

    BEST FOR: Capturing Footy

    Yes, the integrated GoPro mount on the brim of Giro’s Edit ($180) is cool. But our test team was equally excited by the light weight (just 13 ounces), plush padding, and optional Skullcandy Tuneups audio system ($30), with Bluetooth speakers that slide into the earflaps and are powerful enough to fuel chairlift parties.
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    Shred Optics Half Brain

    BEST FOR: Cold Days

    You’ll be seeing a lot of Shred, Ted Ligety’s new company, at the Olympics this winter. With removable furlike material on the ears, neck, and fit system, the Half Brain ($120) was the warmest and most comfortable helmet we tested this year. Only bummer: you can’t close the vents.
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    Rossignol Pursuit MIPS

    BEST FOR: Daredevils

    Of all the new ski helmets we tested featuring MIPS technology, this was our favorite. The Pursuit's ($210) boa fit system wound with a satisfying click, and we love the faux-leather ear and neck covers, though the fuzzy liner is a bit cumbersome and fussy to remove.
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    Lazer Mozo

    BEST FOR: Chameleons

    We got carried away with the adaptable Mozo ($180), using the Color Chic shell accessory to change the accents nine times. But the Mozo is no gimmick: the fit system tightens evenly around your entire head, making the helmet compatible with the widest variety of head sizes of all the models we tested.
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    Lib Tech Logo

    BEST FOR: Simplicity

    The Logo ($90) has no adjustable system to dial in the fit, and its vents are small and difficult to open and close. But at half the cost of most of the other helmets here, it’s a smoking deal (if, of course, it fits you right). It’s also the lightest helmet here by a few ounces.
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