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Safety gets smarter.
When Sweet Protection released its Grimnir TE Helmet to North American markets for the first time last year, the growing Norwegian company garnered attention the likes of which it hadn't yet seen from this side of the world. The helmet's lofty price tag certainly sets it apart from more mainstream models, but what really earned it notice is its success at quelling a common, but serious, safety issue in helmets: POV action cameras that go rogue in a crash, morphing from shiny gadget to dangerous weapon when you're careening down a slope.
By molding space for two removable camera mounts into the Grimnir's carbon fiber shell itself, Sweet Protection found its solution to the problem. It tested, and retested, the helmet to ensure that a camera wouldn't be able to slice through the helmet's shell on impact the way some are able to do. Unlike many after-market mount additions, the Grimnir TE mounts can be removed on mediocre days, thus taking away the possibility of a mount and camera catching on rock or snow as you fall and causing greater injury.
The mounts may be a big part of the Grimnir TE's story, but they aren't all of it. Each Grimnir carbon fiber shell is molded by hand, taking about one hour to produce, with the carbon layup engineered to flex to different degrees throughout the helmet's body. By fine-tuning the flex this way, Sweet Protection hopes to beef up coverage for softer areas of the skull, while allowing for more flex in tougher spots that can handle it. It also included the added protection of MIPS inside the helmet. First developed by Sweet Protection's neighbors in Sweden, MIPS refers to a thin inner basket that rotates upon impact to minimize brain-damaging rotational forces created by certain side impacts.
- Helmet lets you shoot your POV footage without risking your brain
- Hand-built carbon fiber shell accounts for weak spots on skull
- Carbon mounts can be removed when not filming
- Shell engineered to not allow camera to break through
- MIPS technology reduces rotational forces in certain crashes
- Q & A
Just stop looking, you found it...
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I will be the first to admit, I was a bit worried about this helmet having vents that cannot be closed. But, after wearing this in temps above 32 degrees and down to the single digits those concerns were un-founded.
Over the years I have tried almost every helmet manufacturer, and purchased several from Smith, Giro, K2 and Shred. Sweet Protection has made a helmet that fits better than any other helmet I have tried, provides better warmth, ventilation, and simply does not move. This is the first helmet that I actually forget I am wearing it.
While Sweet's estimate of what this helmet weights is quite a bit off, I find this helmet is more comfortable than even the lightest helmets on the market, and I do not even notice the weight difference. As measured, mine tipped the scales at 719 grams.
The ear pad design and fit system put this into a class by itself. While you cannot use standard after market audio, earbuds are simple to use - you can even create a Bluetooth set up via the Outdoor Tech Adapt unit.
Great Helmet, Tight Fit
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
I love the looks and function of the helmet. It was a little heavier than I anticipated, but there is a lot of protection going on inside.
The L/XL is a tight fit though, I have a 7-3/8 hat size and short hair the helmet fits like a glove. It is a little to tight to wear any type of beanie or balaclava which is a concern since the vents do no close on this model .