We’d love to hear from you to learn how we can make Outside better. Tell us what you think.

The Best Helmets of 2015

Protect your noggin.

Joe Jackson

(Inga Hendrickson)

Protect your noggin.

Joe Jackson

Electric Mashman

BEST FOR: Looking like Evel Knievel

Despite lacking a ratcheting fit system, the Mashman (from $150) felt snug on a variety of heads. Sparse venting—just thin slits at the forehead and back—and a full-coverage design means it runs hot if you’re charging hard. But testers were too in love with the vintage, motorcycle-inspired style to care.

(Inga Hendrickson)

Bollé Synergy

BEST FOR: Minimalists

Six adjustable air vents on the top plus two slits on the forehead sucked heat out of the Synergy without letting in drafts. At just over a pound it’s a featherweight, and the minimalist feel is enhanced by a low-profile cut. Bonus: meshes with most goggles. $110, bolle.com

(Inga Hendrickson)

K2 Route

BEST FOR: Going Uphill Fast

A staggering number of vents—59 in all—make the Route ($150) the lightest (three-quarters of a pound), most breathable helmet we’ve ever tested. The vents can’t be closed, but you can pull on the included waterproof-breathable nylon sheath (pictured) to trap heat. Bonus: it’s airy enough (and safety certified) to double as a cycling helmet.

(Inga Hendrickson)

Marker Phoenix OTIS

BEST FOR: Safety and Comfort

Oversize, cold-resistant pads at the forehead, temples, and back of the head—the spots at highest risk in a crash—lend the Phoenix ($189) a bit of a bobblehead look, but paired with Marker’s three-point, dial-in fit system, they also make the OTIS the most comfortable helmet here.

(Inga Hendrickson)

POC Fornix BC MIPS J. Jones Edition

BEST FOR: The Backcountry

POC worked with snowboard god Jeremy Jones to construct this remarkably lightweight (one pound) and burly lid. A low-friction layer between the shell and your head allows the pads to rotate on impact, reducing forces on your head. Ten large vents help keep things cool. $220, pocsports.com

(Inga Hendrickson)

Smith Camber

BEST FOR: Understated Style

With a low-profile, perfectly sized brim, the Camber ($130) has just the right amount of steeze. A dial-fit system ratcheted tight without creating pressure spots. Internal venting channels in the liner are engineered to carry warm air away from your goggles, reducing fogging.

(Inga Hendrickson)

More Gear
Pinterest Icon