Smith Variant Helmet
With the Smith Variant Helmet, and your favorite pair of Smith Goggles, you'll be a slope-shredding machine. A low-profile fit without a brim makes it easy to put your goggles up on your helmet when you hike to the top of the Headwaters. The new Boa system lets you dial in a custom fit every time
- Hybrid Shell Construction combines Bombshell technology with In-Mold technology to create a lightweight, low-profile helmet that fits well without compromising protection
- Boa system lets you adjust the size for a precise fit
- AirEvac 2 ventilation system channels warm, moist air away from your goggles and forehead and brings fresh, cool air through your helmet
- Adjust a whopping 22 vents at once with a single glove-friendly switch—you control the thermostat
- X-Static performance lining uses bonded silver to neutralize odors and moderate your temperature
- SnapFit ear pads remove easily for washing or upgrading to an audio system
- Removable goggle lock holds your strap just where you need it
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August 26, 2012
Love this helmet. I'd never worn a helmet before, but after making my daughter wear one, I thought I should too! I was really impressed with the quality and fit of the helmet and loved the vent system for those warmer days here in Australia. Fit really well with my I/O goggles and can't fault it at all!
Outer Shell Separated
November 10, 2011
The outer shell of this helmet separated from the base after one awkward fall. Once the plastic pins holding the outer shell at the front pull out, the rest of the shell will eventually detach. Cheaply constructed.
Variant with the Backcountry crew
By: Noah Singer
December 30, 2011
This helmet is a great value. It fits well with my Oakley goggles, and I've heard even better with Smith I/O. The vents work well and the BOA does the job of securing the helmet all the way around my melon.
I just order a helmet & at the end it said look what you
I just order a helmet & at the end it said look what you just order and the wrong color poped up. I wanted black and the pic. Is a red helmet.
February 1, 2012
Click the "chat now" button to speak with a Backcountry rep. They can help you make an exchange.
By: Dave Marcus
February 1, 2012
Best dome cover yet
May 6, 2012
By far the best helmet I've owned. The vents and BOA adjustabitliy are supreme!
March 11, 2012
I wore this for four days straight. At least six hours a day. Very comfortable. Three days had temps in the low 40's. With the vents open I did not get hot and sweaty. The one cold and windy day my head stayed nice and warm. My Smith Phenom goggles worked great with this helmet. And it looks cool.
February 19, 2012
I avoided a helmet for years. the standard reasons of didn't think it was necessary, didn't want the exra weight on backcountry tours etc... Finally settled on the Smith Variant . It is comfortable, warm, light and adjustable vents to keep you just warm enough. I did not expect to like it and I love it. I would recommend for inbounds, out of bounds and multi-day treks.
Best Helmet for the Job
January 18, 2012
There's a reason why I see so many people wearing this helmet (including me!)...because it's simply the best. Most comfortable, best looking, and really, really works well with Smith goggles. The only helmet I will be replacing my current one with is the newer, yet identical version.
December 15, 2011
i got a helmet because i fell on my back and hit my head on the icey snow we have here and after watching other people hit there head on the ground. this helmet fits and feels better then the cheap helmets i tried on at couple of stores. the Boa was confusing at first because only one side was adjusting but with the help of DogFunk service and calling Smith it was meant to be that way. the manual doesnt explain the Boa so if you have question on it i suggest calling Smith. i wanted the brim but im happy with out it. after coming down from the hill you get hot so when you ride the lift open the vents and it seriously cools your head. i gave a 4 star because it doesnt feel like a sold built helmet. its plastic and sort of cheap feel to it, but i guess thats what makes it so light. as long as it protects my head im happy.
I understand why it's a classic
December 3, 2011
It's pretty amazing to ski at Park City and see how many people are wearing the Variant with a set of I/O goggles. This fits flawlessly, doesn't mind at the rear retention or under the chin, and it's plenty warm. Not too tall on top of your head, so you don't feel like a robot when you put this on. You couldn't ask for anything more out of a helmet.
Cool Looking Helmet
October 24, 2011
I've had a Giro 9 helmet for the past 5 years and decided it was time for an upgrade. Since I just got Smith googles last season, I figured they would fit better with a Smith helmet. They fit great with the Variant helmet and the whole package looks good too! The fit of the helmet and the 3 postion head venting sold me.
September 30, 2011
Vents easy to open/close with gloves on.
Good (and very adjustable) fit.
Vented enough to tour on colder days.
This helmet is perfect for in-bounds skiing. Since I'm mostly a b/c guy, I wish it was a little lighter weight. Other than that, this thing is as good as it gets. I didn't bother with the brim because you're just paying a little extra for a fashion feature.
July 30, 2011
I don't think I am cool enough to wear the one with the brim but I love this helmet. This is perfect for me. Incredible adjustable ventilation and now Smith helmets have the BOA fit system for that perfect and secure fit. Smith I/O Goggles fit perfect in this helmet too. Gotta get both!!