Sweet Protection Ascender Mips Helmet
Ascender Mips Helmet
Sweet Protection's lightest, most packable helmet to date, the Ascender MIPS Helmet is specifically designed for ski mountaineering—with plenty of features for the climb and the descent. This low-profile helmet doesn't sacrifice performance for weight. Instead it uses Advanced Hybrid Variable Elasticity shell technology to transfer the impact in critical zones, while dual-density EPS foam optimizes impact performance specifically for the area and MIPS technology reduces the rotational force transferred to your head in a crash. The Ascender is triple-certified and weighs in at under a pound.
- Low-profile helmet specialized for ski mountaineering
- Advanced Hybrid shell transfers the impact
- Dual-density EPS foam optimizes impact performance by area
- MIPS technology reduces transfer of rotational forces
- Weighs less than a pound for packability
Great, in theory
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I wanted to love this helmet, I really did... but I just couldn't. The helmet was too uncomfortable to wear, and I didn't even have it on longer than 5 minutes at a time. First off, the helmet comes with this strange piece of plastic that the inner foam insert attaches to, and the inner piece of plastic is held on by four little rubber pieces. Without swapping out the default foam insert with the included thicker foam insert, I couldn't even stand to wear the helmet due to those little rubber pieces "stabbing" my head. This got better with swapping out the foam insert with the included thicker insert. That said, I took the plastic piece off to check it out and it was damn near impossible to get back in. If one of those thin, flimsy rubber pieces broke while I was on a serious mountaineering quest, the helmet would become loosing/annoying and it would be impossible to clip that back on in the field. In addition to the strange little rubber pieces that hold the inner plastic liner, the adjustment piece at the bottom back helmet to loosen/tighten the helmet was terribly uncomfortable when looking up while the helmet was nice and snugged down. And you know what you do when you're skiing in the backcountry and/or climbing a mountain? You look up, a lot!! The helmet looks cool, and is decently light I guess, but I wouldn't recommend this product at all to anyone that would ever plan on using it without some kind of head buff/beanie etc. I think the Salomon S lab MTN helmet is a better choice - 2 oz lighter, more comfortable, even looks better, and it's cheaper.
Thanks for the great review Ross!
|S / M||M / L||L / XL|
20 7/8 - 22in
(53 - 56cm)
22 - 23 1/4in
(56 - 59cm)
23 1/4 - 24in
(59 - 61cm)
|Hat Size||6 5/8 - 7||7 - 7 3/8||7 3/8 - 7 5/8|
- How to Measure:
- Measure around your had where a hat would fit comfortably.