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    10 Of The Best Audio Ready Ski And Snowboard Helmets

    Shredding the pistes and powder with your favorite tunes in your ears can make the whole experience even better. Wearing earbuds is OK, but an audio ready helmet, paired with helmet specific drop-in headphones gives you more comfort, better sound quality and ultimately - more convenience! In this post, we are going to go through 10 fantastic audio ready ski and snowboard helmets that will keep your head safe and full of music from your “Ultimate Shred Music” playlist.

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      Smith Quantum Aleck 006 Best Ski Helmet Headphones

      The Smith Quantum is the high-end helmet your head deserves. Protection comes from the innovative Koroyd material. This stuff is fully vented and provides you with excellent shock absorption in the event of an impact. This helmet also has MIPS, which reduces the rotational force you can experience in a crash, which is good news for your neck.

      Smith has made sure that the Quantum is super comfortable to wear. They have done this by providing lots of adjustment so that you can dial in the fit perfectly for your head. The inside has a liner that fights smells while keeping your head warm. But, you can adjust the airflow into the 22 vent holes on those warmer days to keep you cool.



      SWEET PROTECTION SWITCHER MIPS HELMET Aleck 006 Best Ski Helmet Headphones  

        A very realistic alternative to the Smith Quantum is the Sweet Protection Switcher MIPS Helmet. Sweet Protection has perfected the Switcher’s ventilation to hit the sweet spot that stops your head from getting too hot or too cold. Similar to the Smith Quantum, the Switcher has 22 adjustable vents and lightweight hybrid construction. It doesn’t use Koryod; instead, its in-mold and hard shell tech provide extra protection in vulnerable areas. Brilliantly, it also has the all-important MIPS system that we are seeing more of in snow helmets.

        The Sweet Protection Switcher MIPS helmet comes audio ready, making it easy to slip in your Aleck 006 or sound system of choice.





          If Bear Grylls were a ski helmet, he would be the M-216 Backcountry Ski Search & Rescue helmet. This bad boy has strategically placed reinforcements on the shell so you can attach various accessories. The accessory rails are designed to hold communications systems, lights, etc., while the shroud gives you the ability to mount cameras and headlamps. You can also choose to add the Princeton Tec light, which is perfectly designed for map reading and navigation.

          The M-216 has to be able to fit correctly with the extra weight of these accessories. Therefore the BOA system and the sport style retention system ensure a secure and comfortable fit. The earpads are removable and have pockets to retain your communication or sound system.

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          4. SMITH CODE

          Smith Code Aleck 006 Best Ski Helmet Headphones

          We are a big fan of Smith helmets, and the Code is no exception. The Code does what every helmet should do, be comfortable, and provide exceptional protection. By placing the Koroyd in vulnerable zones around the helmet, Smith has ensured excellent protection when you get a bump to the head. The excellent MIPS system improves protection further, guarding you against rotational forces.

          Keeping your head comfortable all day, the adjustable BOA 360 Fit System, coupled with the knit liner, allows you to get the perfect fit and feel. The six vent holes stop your head from overheating, even on the warmest slushy spring afternoon. These holes work perfectly with your goggles to make sure they don’t steam up too.

          The audio system compatible earpads will ensure you are listening to some banging tunes until you hit the bars!

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          5. GIRO GRID MIPS

          Giro Grid MIPS Aleck 006 Best Ski Helmet Headphones

            The Giro Grid is the helmet of choice for those that want something super lightweight. This one is popular with ski tourers and splitboarders, who want to carry less weight for those big uphill slogs. That doesn’t mean it is the wrong choice for those who like to stay in resort.

            The Spherical Technology is the core of the Grid’s protection. This works with the helmet’s MIPS to deflect impact forces away from your head while eradicating contact your head has with hard plastic or slip planes.

            With its low profile design and easy adjustment, the Giro Grid MIPS is comfortable and stable.

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            6. OAKLEY MOD 5

            Oakley Mod 5 Aleck 006 Best Ski Helmet Headphones

              The Oakley MOD 5 helmet is one for the freeskiers. It blends lightweight with an excellent protection level, appealing to uncompromising technical skiers that don’t hold back. When you are skiing hard, you benefit from being able to adjust the amount of ventilation through your helmet. The MOD 5 allows you to open and close its vents, to suit the conditions. When skiing technical terrain, you need to know that your helmet has a secure fit. The MOD5 achieves this with its CBOA 270 Fit System, which allows you to get an exact and comfortable fit.

              We really like this helmet’s modular brim system. This incorporates two interchangeable brims to ensure your goggles integrate perfectly with the helmet. The brim also maximizes airflow through your goggles to prevent them from fogging up. This is extremely important when you are spotting your landing from a backcountry cliff drop.

              The earpads are removable so you can wash them, but they are also compatible with the Aleck 006. Therefore, you can effortlessly communicate with your buddies and listen to your favorite playlist.

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              Marker PHOENIX MAP CARBON Aleck 006 Best Ski Helmet Headphones

                Marker says that the Phoenix MAP Carbon is for hard-chargers, and we agree. Featuring Marker’s strategically placed MAP protection pads, you get 22% more protection than helmets with regular EPS pads. The big selling point of this stuff is that it instantly pops back to its original form, meaning it can take multiple impacts. In addition to this extra protection, the MAP pads make the Phoenix very comfortable.

                The carbon outer shell keeps the weight down while adding even more protection. This outer shell has cleverly placed vents to keep air flowing through the helmet, keeping you cool and your goggle clear. These vents can be opened and closed to control how much airflow you want.

                With just a turn of the dial, the RTS system allows you to quickly and easily customize your helmet’s fit. This means your helmet will be perfectly comfortable and secure when you are charging.

                To keep you in the zone, the audio ready ear pads allow you to listen to the music that psychs you up before you drop in.

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                8. ATOMIC SAVOR GT AMID VISOR HD

                  The Atomic Savor GT AMID Visor HD helmet has a long name, but it also has a long list of features. The combination of these features gives you a helmet that is comfortable, has excellent protection, and fantastic visibility.

                  The most prominent feature of this helmet is its visor. This has HD lens technology to give you optimum contrast in low light conditions. But, skiers also enjoy the wide field of vision and excellent protection from the elements. This type of helmet is popular with skiers that wear glasses, as they don’t have to worry about fitting them under goggles.

                  Impact protection comes from the Tri-Brid shell, Holo Core, and AMID (Atomic Multi-directional Impact Deflector) technology. This combination is said to provide up to 40% higher impact protection than industry safety standards.

                  Listen to the Top Gun soundtrack through the 3D molded audio ready ear pads, to complete the fighter pilot feeling when blasting the slopes.


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                  9. PRET REFUGE X

                    For an all-mountain helmet, you can’t go wrong with the Pret Refuge X. This helmet is a low-profile all-rounder that will perform well in all conditions. Its super lightweight construction makes it one of those helmets that you are happy to wear all day. This is enhanced by indirect ventilation and its micro-adjustable fit.

                    The Pret Refuge X is also a solid helmet, thanks to its overlapping Polycarbonate shells. The Refuge X is also a MIPS helmet, which gives you a bit more confidence in its claimed protection credentials. 

                    Whether you are hitting the backcountry, the park, or cruising the blues, the Refuge X’s audio ready ear pads mean you can be rocking out all day in comfort.


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                    10. SALOMON QST CHARGE MIPS 

                      As you can expect from Salomon, the QST Charge MIPS helmet is excellent. This helmet is for skiers that don't want to be restricted to the groomed slopes, but want to explore further afield.

                      Salomon has ensured that the QST Charge MIPS is super lightweight. This is, so you have no issues with wearing it all day, whether you are touring or searching for lift-assisted powder runs.

                      The EPS4D and integrated MIPS system provides superb protection against impacts in both vertical and horizontal plains. This helmet has some really nice features that maximize comfort too. Salomon's TCS (Thermo control system) is one of the best in the business to regulate the helmet's temperature. We really like how the quick-drying material that lines the inside of the helmet keeps your head dry too.

                      When it comes to listening to music while you ski, the 3D sound system ear pads are designed to give you optimum sound transmission. These ear pads are compatible with most wired and wireless systems. They are also removable for easy cleaning.


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                      FINAL THOUGHTS

                        As you can see, there are quite a few options for audio ready ski helmets. All of these are excellent and worth checking out. They are all compatible with the Aleck 006 headset, which gives you unrivaled sound quality and connectivity with your group. So combining one of these helmets with an Aleck 006, you will be able to enhance your mountain time with incredible sound, comfort, and safety.




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