For the 8 years I've been snowboarding I kept putting off buying a helmet for two reasons: it would ruin my style, and I didn't want to spend the money on it. Well finally I was talked into buying one for a snowboarding trip to Canada, so I did some research and settled on the Encore2 and I couldn't be any happier. I'm still getting used to having a strap under my chin but other than that the helmet is wicked comfortable and warmer than wearing a hat. Also, the helmet has so many vents that my head can stay comfortably warm and I don't have to worry about sweating or anything. On top of all that, I think its a pretty sweet looking helmet. I'd recommend it for anyone looking for a first helmet or for someone looking for a new helmet that will be functional and stylish without spending a lot. The one con I have about the helmet is that I got it in black and it seems to scratch and pick up paint from other things really easily so after a month of regular use its got a bunch of multi-colored marks on it. But then again, who cares, its a helmet!