By Megan Paulson EBS Staff Writer

PHOTO BY MEGAN PAULSON

PHOTO BY MEGAN PAULSON

Since first donning a helmet 15 years ago, Smith’s Pivot MIPS is one of the most comfortable lids I’ve worn. The fit wraps nicely around my face and ears, blocking out the wind and cold Montana air. Despite its lack of bulk it seamlessly accommodates a light beanie – which is key for me on extra cold days. The mini visor on the brim also keeps me sliding in style.

With 13 vents, I was worried the Pivot might be too drafty, but Smith’s AirEvac 2 and Airflow climate control systems regulate the helmet’s temperature well – it keeps me warm without being too hot, and allows enough airflow to keep me cool on short inbounds hikes. While I hope to never have to use it, the integrated MIPS technology will allow a small rotation of the outer shell relative to the liner – if you crash and your head impacts at an angle it will decrease rotational forces, reducing potential damage to your brain.

Overall the Pivot MIPS is a great high-tech helmet that should provide years of solid performance. Available in both men’s and women’s styles, the price tag is a worthwhile investment in protecting your head, while enjoying deep days on the mountain.
$160 smithoptics.com