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Smith's Variant Brim Snow Helmet lets you catch some air without your mom freaking out about how you're gonna die.

Smith's Variant Brim Snow Helmet features Hybrid construction and a sleek brim to produce an effective helmet with tons of style. The Hybrid construction uses an ABS shell and an in-mold liner to create a lightweight and high-impact-absorbing helmet. AirEvac 2 technology allows this helmet to work well with goggles by channeling moist air away from your goggles and over your head in order to reduce fogging. The Smith Variant has adjustable vents for better climate control, so you don't get a steamy noggin. *Compatible with Skullcandy phone/audio systems (not included).

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1 5

the adjuster damaged my jacket

Although it is lightweight and fits well, the design of the adjuster damaged my jacket. Although the adjusters do not appear to be sharp, your natural head movements make their design dig into the top of any jacket with a high neck and gradually thread them.

Once used, you will not be able to obtain a refund and Smith deny that anyone else has had a problem. Be warned!

5 5

great helmet. ok w/Anon goggles

great helmet. hands down the best i've tried. great venting, great feel. little air leak w/ Anon goggles.
gloss black streaks and looks dirty quickly. would def. say get a flat color if you can.

I was having problems with my goggles on...

I was having problems with my goggles on the Smith Variant Brim Helmet and tried to remove the brim. Don't try this as it won't come off. I finally learned how far to put my goggles up and I love this helmet.

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You basically have 2 options that I know of. You can pull your goggles down to your chin/neck area and keep your helmet on normally. I find this the worst of the 2, since heat is funneled up your jacket right to this location. The second option is to undo your chin strap, and slide your goggles and helmet up your head so that it is barely on, and your goggles are on your forehead. If you have a sweaty forehead, this is a bad option, but for me it's the best way.

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I had this problem for a short while, but adjusted my goggle strap to be out fully then stretched it out a few times.... No worries with it now! I've done that for two pairs of Stockholm's with no worries - and they still grip my face properly when I put them back on. Hope that helps!

4 5

Good Lid

I'm very please with the Variant, but the fit took a little getting used after wearing the same helmet for several years. It also had a larger profile than I expected. The mini-brim is a little tricky for putting up goggles sometimes but it can be done. Warm in the cold and vents well.

Good Lid
5 5

Great Helmet

I've worn many brands of ski helmets, and the Variant Brim has been my favorite thus far. The helmet fits great with Smith goggles. I've only tried Smith and Anon with it and Anon fits great as well. The ventilation is very good, and when it's closed the helmet keeps your head toasty. The brim is solid and keeps snow off your goggles. I haven't had an issue with fogging because of the brim. The adjustment in the rear holds the helmet in place. Only one small quirk I've found; When you take the ear flaps out on a hot day, there's some velcro that catches your hair, if you've got long hair. Bottom line: Fits great, works great, looks great.

Unanswered Question

Will Giro Root goggles fit well? No...

Will Giro Root goggles fit well? No gap?

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have you a shipping price to Australia?

have you a shipping price to Australia?

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Hi I would like to purchase this helmet...

Hi I would like to purchase this helmet but in a large and in the matt graphite. you are currently out of stock, will you be getting any more?



5 5

Fits well!

I've always had trouble finding a helmet that fits my head well; this helmet was the solution. Not only does it have a great fit, but it's fully adjustable too. It has vents to let air in on those warm days or keep it out on the cold ones. Goggles fit nicely and the brim keeps the sun out of your eyes, allowing you to send it even harder. It's comfortable, warm, and they'll save your head when you make a poor decision.

4 5

Dome protection

Good all around helmet. Warm enough for cold days yet with the adjustable vents open cool enough for spring shralping. Light enough to haul all over the backcountry as well. I have yet to really "test" this helmet with an impact and hope to keep it that way but it does feel burly on my dome. Definitely a confidence booster when dropping into the gnar.

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I have a new Brim Variant with bluetooth...

I have a new Brim Variant with bluetooth phone and bluetooth ipod. Both ipod bluetooth adapters do not work well, they start off ok but within a few minutes when you turn your head to the right you loose conection and this is with the ipod in your chest pocket which is as close as you can get. I have tried an iphone and another ipod and the same thing happens. This is the second helmet and both had the same problem, I have also heard there has been others. It is a scullcandy systems and the iphone phome part works it is just the mp3 adapters. Does anyone have a solution that does not include the purchase of another adapter such as the Oakley iA50. Smith wants me to send it back but I want to solve the problem and not keep recieving new helmets and then have the same problem.

when will 09 stock arrive? looking for a...

when will 09 stock arrive? looking for a black gloss variant brim in medium.

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09/10 stock usually arrives for the next coming winter so around August or September.

5 5


so comfortable. great venting when desired. they fit perfectly with the i/O goggle and i love the matte blue. the brim is just the right size for a little protection from wind, snow, and sun.

how strong is the brim and if it breaks...

how strong is the brim and if it breaks off can you attatch it in any way?

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the brim is a solid piece and part of the helmet...cant be removed or replaced. but the good news is that while some brims are flimsy and weak (Giro G10 MX) the brim on the variant is very solid and strong.

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Totally disagree, when I got mine the brim was rattling and barely attached. It's not part of the helmet, it snaps in and pretty flimsy. I ended up squirting some superglue into the mold and now it's all good and feels solid.

5 5

love it!

This helmet is great. Smiths girl helmet did not fit my head and looked goofy on me. I put this helmet on and was so happy. It fits great and my head doesn't look huge. I was afraid it wouldn't be warm but it keeps my head really warm when its freezing outside but then when its sunny and nice out it keeps my head cool with the vents open. I also have the skullcandy audio kit for the helmet and it works great! I highly recommend this helmet.

5 5

Jeff B

I've used this helmet 1/2 dozen times and I'm pleased. Mostly, I don't know I have it on. I was afraid it would cause goggle fog; it doesn't. My mail order size was at the top end of the size medium, but when I received the helmet it felt small as it pressed into my head. I switched to a size large and am grateful that I did. I've not skied with a helmet before this one. I don't notice the visor. I'm very happy with it.

2 5

Great fit falling apart

I have had this helmet for a little under a year and already the top plastic cover is beginning to come off, the brim is completely loose on one side and the ratchet fit system in the back is constantly popping out. I have heard that they have put more work into this helmet since last season which I hope is true because it is not a good feeling when your helmet is falling apart within a few months of buying it, especially when it is selling for 150.0 retail. Other than the poor construction, it does fit well and look good but that doesn't really matter when it doesn't stay together.

4 5

Pleased with the Smith Variant

I wore my new Smith Variant helmet for the first time on a ski vacation to Bend. I really like the low profile of the helmet and the venting system. The only thing I was not thrilled with is when I have it sitting comfortably on my head it seemed to push my Smith goggles down further then my old helmet...I would have thought the two would have integrated better.

5 5

Resistance is futile.

Outstanding, period. Have never worn a helmet before this season. Skied Beaver Creek in 3 days of highly variable conditions and this helmet rocks. Wore the Smith Phenom's with it, too, and they fit like a glove. Brim was perfect as it kept any snow blow from effecting me. Can't say enough about.

Resistance is futile...just hit "add to cart" and get it over with it