New Lid for an Old School Daddio
By Mark Schmidt February 8, 2011
Okay, I'm 40, been skiing for 32+ years, so I was a Refuse-nik when it came to helmets. Like all good subdivision, terrified Oprah-Dads, I have my kids in helmets; and after hearing, "Hey Dad, how come you don't wear a helmet?," I finally caved to kinder-pressure. I tried on this helmet, and it looked pretty cool. I was in Switzerland at the time, and I could have flown back to the USA for the price of this helmet at the Swiss ski lodge. Like all good ski bums, I jumped on the internets and scored a silly deal from Backcountry.com. They totally hooked me up, and this helmet rules!
Great fit, excellent adjustability, and not too hot or cold. I tested this out at Kitzbühl, Austria, so I was pretty giddy to begin with, and the helmet was more of an afterthought, as it should be. I shouldn't notice it. It should be as cozy as any tuque I've worn in the past 3 decades. This helmet does just that.
Santa Clause hooked me up with a sweet pair of Smith Phenom googles, which were insanely good, and match seamlessly with the helmet. Even if you don't need a new set of googles, spring for a new set of vision and the interoperability is priceless.
So all told, I have a new helmet and googles by Smith. They are primo cheese for a Valveeta hack like myself. Over time, I BS'd myself think I was hard core and not a sellout because I spent nickels and dimes on run of the mill equipment. I wasn't hard core, I was just a Moron!! If you are like me, you are a skiing fanatic, you spend a small fortune on the whole endeavor, so spring for great gear and skimp on the Motel 6.
Bottom line, out with the old: drafty tugue and old, scratched to hell dime store goggles. In with the new, damn near climate controlled Smith Variant Brim helmet, with killer sound system and new googles. It's like a stuck Aspen's Hotel Jerome on my head and went skiing. Much improved over my supposed "hard core single wide" mentality.
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