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From the half pipe to slopestyle, downhill to slalom, the only thing as dazzling as the Olympic athletes’ performances on the snow has been their headgear. The helmets and goggles designed to protect these skiers and snowboarders in high speed crashes, big air wipeouts, and blustery conditions have been putting on a show in Pyeongchang. With their vibrant hues, graphic designs, and high shine glosses, the gold medal winners are…
LEFT COLUMN: OAKLEY MOD3 MIPS SNOW HELMET $180. As previewed in Pyeongchang 2018: Gearing Up, it’s been hard to miss the Oakley Harmony Fade collection of neon yellow and orange goggles on so many of the skiers and snowboarders. The more understated Oakley MOD3 helmet has a clean and simple aesthetic, and is designed to integrate seamlessly with any goggle with its Modular Brim System. Offering all-mountain versatility with all-day comfort, the MOD3 features MIPS industry leading safety protection (Multi-Directional Impact Protection System), BOA fit system, and easy magnetic buckle closure.
ANON M2 GOGGLES $239.95. Anon is Burton Snowboards line of goggles, as seen on Shaun White in his historic 3rd gold medal win in the Mens Halfpipe! With multiple styles available, the M2 features a rimless design and a super fast and easy, magnetic lens change technology. It’s spherical lens mimics the curvature of the human eye for superior optics, while Zeiss lenses enhance contrast for the best possible definition and terrain recognition. Also available is the Anon MFI facemask which attaches to the goggle for extra warmth and protection on the most frigid of days!
SMITH CODE MIPS HELMET $180. As seen on Olympic freeskier and slopestyle finalist Gus Kentworthy – as noted for his 2014 Slopestyle silver medal in Sochi, as being one of the first openly gay freeski competitors – is the new Smith Code helmet. Featuring a low profile skate-style aesthetic, this is the helmet for advanced riders that want superior MIPS protection and functionality in a lightweight minimal design. The new Wayfinder strap system offers functional simplicity for easy one hand closure, and technical-knit liner provides beanie-like comfort, along with the BOA fit system.
SMITH I/O CHROMAPOP GOGGLES $200. Another favorite in Pyeongchang is the Smith I/O goggle, designed for perfect integration with Smith helmets. The I/O incorporates Smith’s proprietary ChromaPop snow lenses, uniquely tuned to deliver the ultimate in visibility, clarity, and durability beyond normal capabilities. Each pair comes with a ChromaPop Sun or mirrored lens for bright light conditions, and a ChromaPop Storm Rose Flash lens for low light. Quick release lens change system makes swapping them a breeze!
RIGHT COLUMN: POC FORNIX HELMET now $133.15. Seen on many of the ski racers are POC helmets and goggles. While most are in the full shell helmet designed for high speed crashes, the Fornix is a much more comfortable option and an award winning favorite. Lightweight, well-ventilated, and available in a rainbow of colors from POC’s gorgeous palette, the Fornix is designed for all levels of skier, from beginners to Olympians!
POC FOVEA CLARITY GOGGLES $180. It’s been hard to miss these bright orange POC goggles on the slopes of Pyeongchang. The Fovea Clarity introduces a new level of optical performance with its lenses produced in collaboration with Carl Zeiss and developed to enhance vision by increasing contrast and light on both sunny and overcast days.
UVEX 300 VISOR CHROME LTD. $430. Seen atop so many of the European ski racers and jumpers has been the gold helmet and goggles we also featured in our Olympic preview. For the more recreational but super stylish skier who’s not afraid to show off their skills, here is the Uvex ultra slick chrome variation, featuring a drop down visor goggle. In this case silver might be better than gold!
GIRO AXIS / ELLA GOGGLES $180. The Giro Axis for men and Ella for women are a popular favorite with many of the freeskiers in the halfpipe and slopestyle competitions. With a medium fit ideal for a wide range of users, they feature a frameless design and spherical lens by Zeiss, that delivers an unobstructed wide field of view with enhanced optical clarity. Giro’s quick-change lens system (two lenses included) features four snap pins and self-locating magnets, so you can pop your lens on and off as quickly as weather conditions change.
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