The Best Ski Helmets of 2023

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Finding the perfect ski helmet is like finding the perfect pair of jeans. Fit is everything. While solid construction and protection features are obviously a no-brainer, most helmets on the market these days check those boxes thanks to rigorous safety and testing standards. The differentiator between all the helmets out there now is a really great, comfortable fit and innovative design. Sizing, weight, venting, padding, and adjustability are all key to finding the perfect helmet for you, something you won't mind donning day in and day out to keep your most valuable asset protected. Here, we list our favorite ski helmets of the year. They made the cut because they're bomber, stylish, and above all, as comfortable as your favorite pair of jeans.

How We Test

Ski testers ride the chairlift in Sun Valley
SKI and Outside’s gear testers ride the chair at Sun Valley during the annual gear test in March 2022. (Photo: Ray J Gadd)

Ten Tahoe-based testers spent two months trying out helmets in a wide variety of conditions, ranging from storm days at the ski resort to spring tours in the backcountry. Testers were asked to consider fit, features, functionality, and performance of the helmet, then reported their findings via feedback forms. Our tester pool for this category was made up of men and women residing in North Lake Tahoe, Calif., with a variety of ski backgrounds and years of product-testing experience within the outdoor industry and beyond. Testers included a ski race coach from Palisades Tahoe, a former big-mountain freeskiing competitor, the founder of a ski-clothing company, a designer at a camera and travel bags company, and a map-making geologist who loves to backcountry ski.

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