Lightweight and tough.

From fresh corduroy to backcountry bowls, the Smith Variance MIPS Helmet combines technology and comfort for full performance. The hybrid shell construction combines a tough ABS shell with flyweight in-mold technology for a lightweight, protective fit. The impact-absorbing shell is backed by MIPS technology to reduce the rotational forces in the case of an oblique impact.

The Variance is equipped with the Smith x Boa fit system, which includes an ergonomic head form and an intuitive dial system for on-the-fly adjustment for a perfectly customized fit. An adjustable, AirEvac 2 ventilation system allows you to modify the amount of airflow and heat exhaust to provide effective climate control. Snapfit SL ear pads can be removed on warmer days and are audio compatible, so you'll always be able to hear your playlist. The removable Nanosilver performance lining offers comfort and resists odor to keep your helmet pleasant. A removable ultralight goggle lock helps keep your goggles in place so you won't have to stop and fiddle with your gear halfway through a run.

  • An advanced snow helmet for skiing or snowboarding
  • Hybrid shell construction offers lightweight protection
  • MIPS reduces rotational forces with a free-floating shell
  • AirEvac 2 adjustable ventilation system for customized cooling
  • Smith x Boa fit system provides a personalized fit
  • Snapfit SL ear pads can be removed and are audio compatible
  • Nanosilver performance lining offers comfort and odor control
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Great helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Very comfortable and great fit with goggles. Keeps you warm and is lightweight.

I'm Sold!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is the first helmet I've worn and I'm sold forever. The fit, comfort, sizing and function of this helmet is excellent and I recommend it to anyone. I used the sizing chart and the size I ordered was perfect.

Love it!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

The MIPS technology is the best on the market. And the safety of your head in an accident is not something to be cheap about ;) Definitely recommend this helmet. It is super comfortable and has vents for cold days / warmer days. I wore it in -10 degrees and my head stayed warm. I always thought I had a small head but when I ordered the small it felt like a child's helmet. Medium fit perfect!

Variance by Smith

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

I got one for me, my girlfriend liked it so much I had to get her one too. Comfortable fit and warm. Vents open and close easily. Good for safety too.

Smith Variance Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this helmet because I can wear it with a hearing aid with out discomfort. It is very comfortable to wear has closing vents for wet or cold days and a cool little visor to help block some sun. It's probably real safe too but I hope Not to test that part.

good to me

    Gorby gaps be gone. Also its super comfy
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    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    In my opinion Smith has been making the best helmets in the game for a while now and this is no different, lightweight but built well. Mips gives added piece of mind!

    You cant go wrong with Smith!

    comfortable enough to wear it

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    You can read the copy for all of the added safety benefits of the MIPS system, But on a daily basis this helmet is comfortable, and is a sleek fit with my smith goggles. The head vent helps with temperature regulation, and the Boa fit system easily contours right to your dome.

    comfortable enough to wear it

    Lone Peak? Looks gnarly


    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great helmet with upgraded safety and when you pair with smith goggles for that ultimate integration there will be no wind blowing through your head. Gorby gaps be gone. Also its super comfy

    Shred Confidently with Protection

      If you ask me, helmets are the most important piece of ski/snowboard equipment and certainly worth investing a bit of money in. I have always worn a helmet on the slopes but this Smith Variance MIPS Helmet gives me the confidence to shred with more intensity. The sliding vents are perfect for regulating temperature based on the conditions and weather. I paired the Matte Charcoal helmet with the white I/O Chromapop Goggles and the integration is seamless. The size adjustment also allows me to fit the helmet perfectly based on my layering for the day. One of the best helmets on the market when it comes to every aspect - fit, temperature regulation, safety, style, etc...