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Smith Optics Variance Helmet for Ski / Snowboard

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The Smith Optics Variance Helmet for Ski / Snowboard - a critical piece of ski & snowboard protective gear

The Smith Variance Helmet for Ski/Snowboard is a refresh of the hugely popular Smith Variant helmet. A best seller for years, the Smith Variant - now the Smith Variance - includes the Smith hybrid shell construction (described below). This is a light weight, well ventilated, and great looking ski and snowboard helmet for the rider wanting advanced features and technologies, along with a unique/edgy style.

Smith Variance Helmet for Ski/Snowboard

  • Hybrid Shell Construction (see below)
  • AirEvac 2 Ventilation
  • Adjustable Smith x Boa Fit System
  • Low-Profile Regulator Adjustable Climate Control
  • 18 Vents
  • Nanosilver Performance Lining
  • Snapfit SL Ear Pads
  • Removable Ultra-Light Goggle Lock
  • Smith Skullcandy Audio Systems compatible (sold seperately)

Smith Variance: What's a hybrid shell ski and snowboard helmet?

Smith's hybrid shell construction combines separate lightweight and durable shells to create what the company deems an entirely new ski helmet category. The industry standard has become in-mold construction that fuses a polycarbonate outer shell with a foam liner. Smith has combined in-mold construction with its Bombshell technology, which uses an injection molded shell of ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, if you want to get specific) designed to withstand hard hits with good durability. Smith's Hybrid Shell construction optimizes the best traits of each material to create a lightweight, low-profile snowboard and ski helmet that offers both high impact protection and comfort. Hybrid Shell construction also creates a clean, smooth top surface. The Smith Variant ski helmet features a low-profile climate control that can be adjusted with a gloved hand, so you can modify the amount of airflow while you ride. In addition, Smith takes great pains to ensure that your eyes are protected as well as your head. The Variant ski helmet features AirEvac 2 ventilation that connects the helmet shell vents and the EPS channels to increase airflow and prevent goggle fogging. All of these features add up to a lightweight ski helmet that doesn't skimp on protection or comfort. As with any helmet, be sure to inspect the interior and exterior for cracks or other damage after any serious impact. If you take a hit hard enough to make you say, "Wow!" please check your helmet.

Smith Optics

As the company name implies, Smith has its roots in goggles and sunglasses. Since 1965, Smith has pioneered innovations in sport optics. Smith began producing helmets in 2005, and has quickly grown its reputation in the ski and snowboard industry. Smith Helmets engineers snowboard protective gear with some of the highest technological advances in performance, protection, design, and fit. The company's background in optics informs its helmet design, and Smith prides itself on the seamless integration of its products. Among the technological advances Smith has developed are AirEvac and AirEvac 2 ventilation systems.

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How to Size Your Smith Optics Helmet

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We offer many different models of Smith Optics Ski Helmets and bike helmets, with each having a different size range depending upon fit system, shell shape, etc. To chose the right size Smith Helmet for you or your kid, follow the steps below.

1. Carefully measure the head circumference, as shown here:

2. Use this measurement to chose the correct size helmet, using the cm as displayed in the "Please Select a Color/Size" drop down list (see image below).

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