Best Ski Helmets with Visors Reviewed
Helmets with integrated visors are a great choice if you like the all-in-one look, want to maximize your field of vision, and never worry about goggle-gap again!
After hours of research, I've done the hard work for you and narrowed down the absolute best ski and snowboard helmets with integrated visors.
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Best Ski Helmets with Visors Reviewed 2022
- Atomic Savor AMID Visor (Best All Round)
- Bollé Backline Visor Outdoor Skiing Helmet (Best Fit)
- Uvex Hlmt 500 Visor Ski Helmet (Best Protection)
1. Atomic Savor AMID Visor
Best All Round
This helmet delivers unparalleled weight savings while also being incredibly protective. It uses EPS injection foam and an ultra-resistant polycarbonate shell that weighs in at just 572grams - visor included!
The visor is detachable and has a very good anti-fog and anti-scratch coating which means it will be clear all day and for many seasons of skiing.
- Lots of vents for great airflow.
- Comfortable face foam and removable ear pads
- It comes with two visors, a dark tint, and a yellow for flat light.
- Hard to find a replacement lens.
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2. Bollé Backline Visor Outdoor Skiing Helmet
Bolle is another renowned French ski brand that has been making optical frames since 1937. Their specialists in their field and their latest range of helmet visor combos are ergonomic, comfortable, and made for safety and clarity of vision.
The Bolle Blackline sues an ABS-injected shell for very high shock absorption and significant protection in the event of a crash. The helmet also features adjustable ventilation which controls how much air can circulate - great for switching it up on colder or warmer days. The adjustable vents make it easy to cool down (or stay warm) and prevent fogging.
The Bolle Blackline weighs in at 650g, a few grams more than the 'Atomic ski-Helmets', but with slightly improved protection. My favorite thing about this helmet is that it comes with two visor options; a yellow lowlight visor to increase contrast when skiing in snowy or whiteout conditions & one for those bright bluebird days.
- Very precise click-to-fit system
- The hypoallergenic comfortable inner lining and removable ear pads
- It comes with 2x visors, lowlight yellow, and sunlight version.
- No adjustable ventilation.
- No strap for holding regular goggles.
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3. Uvex Hlmt 500 Visor Ski Helmet
This high-tech helmet from Uvex uses an IAS 3D closing mechanism for a firm and precise fit. This basically means the internal fit is micro-adjustable using a toggle to the height of your head - not just your head circumference. This means that more face shapes will fit comfortably against the face foam of the visor. It has a hard shell construction and offers excellent protection.
- Strong outer shell and EPS inner shell.
- Wide field of vision, a spherical lens with anti-fog coating.
- Excellent ventilation and comfortable fit.
- Not cheap!
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What To Look For In A Ski Helmet Visor Combo?
Buying a helmet with a built-in visor is a larger investment and getting the right fit is the first important part of the process.
1. Get The Right Fit
To size yourself for a ski helmet, measure the circumference of your head in CM (centimeters) and pick the helmet size that most closely matches this range. Some helmets have micro-adjustable buckles that allow you to have a more precise fit - a wise choice if you're between sizes.
2. Understand Visors
When buying ski helmets you want to take note of the stated VLT (visible light transmission) rating which lets you know how much light the lens blocks out or let in. With visors, some manufacturers use 3 categories rather than directly stating the VLT. Those categories mean:
- Category 1: Recommended for cloudy or grey weather.
- Category 2: Able to transition from cloud to sun.
- Category 3: Dark lens recommended for clear bluebird days with bright sun
If you can choose a helmet visor with a photochromic lens (which automatically changes the amount of light let in) or choose a helmet that comes with two visors out of the box like the Bollé Backline or Atomic ski-Helmets. That means no matter the weather you can get out and lay some fresh tracks without worrying about losing sight of what's up to head.
3. Look For Safety Certifications
Almost all helmets for sale will have the right safety standards, but occasionally fake or cheap imported helmets may not meet the standards you'd expect. To be safe buy from a reputable ski brand or lookout for the most common safety stickers (usually attached to the helmet and in the product description)
- In Europe, the common norm is CEN 1077 (satra.com)
- In the United States, ASTM F2040 (astm.org)
- Snell RS-98 or S-98 is another stringent safety standard (smf.org)
Not all helmets are equally as protective and there is usually a tradeoff between weight saving and full protection. It's up to you to make the final decision between having a lighter helmet (usually EPS injection foam) or having a slightly more protective one (usually ABS-injected shell).
How To Prevent Visor Fog?
Fogging can happen even on the most expensive pair of goggles or helmet visor combos - although the better the visor the less likely water vapor is to condense.
Water vapor tends to condense more when there are dust or dirt particles so be careful to avoid touching your visor directly with your fingers or gloves. Gloves can scratch and fingers can leave smudges that attract dirt and create fogging issues later in the day.
Here Are The Main Ways To Prevent Goggle Fog:
- Don't overheat - getting sweaty under the collar is the fastest way to fog up your visor.
- Turn on your helmet ventilation system. If it has an adjustable system, it may be off and prevent trapped warm air from circulating.
- Shake off snow, rather than wipe it off.
- Don't tuck in your neck warmer or gaiter too far as hot air from your breath will get trapped inside.
For a full rundown read my full guide to preventing goggle fog.
How To Look After Your Ski Helmet?
If you buy a helmet with an integrated visor, you need to be a bit more protective of it and treat it like you would a pair of goggles. The last thing you want is a scratched-up visor on your new and expensive helmet.
Although all the visor helmets on this list are made for longevity, it's worth taking a bit of extra care of your helmet so it will give you a crystal clear vision for many upcoming ski seasons.
The best thing you can do is to buy a helmet bag - which you can pick up very cheaply (less than 20$) on Amazon. This will keep your helmet dry, scratch, and dust free - and is the best way of storing your helmet in the car and when not in use.
P.S If you're interested in learning more about storing your ski equipment, check out my free guide.