It’s all very well screaming full speed down a piste wearing nothing more than a beanie and a Jack Nicholson grin, but your grey matter won’t thank you when you inevitably high-five Mr.Tree. A helmet is required, and this Giro Omen has the added bonus of a built-in entertainment system.
It also has three protective materials sandwiched into a sleek streamlined shell; a hard outer, ABS high impact resistant zones and an EPS liner. All this makes for a good looking, tough and pretty much essential addition to your winter wardrobe.
Snug fit lid
No matter how well it protects your head from hits, a good helmet needs to fit. The Omen is incredibly comfortable to wear.
A specially designed ergonomic clamp cradles the back of the helmet and can be dialled in using an adjuster wheel to fit 98% of head shapes. Hammerheads may struggle, but for most people it’s rock solid and snug when fastened.
One of the difficult things to get right in a snow lid is clima-control. When it's freezing you want your head to be warm so a helmet with no vents is best. If you are charging hard with the sun beating down on a blue sky day, though, your bone dome can get baked if there's no air flow to cool it down. No problem with an Omen: it has sliding shutters, one for the back six vents the other for the front eight.
No wires for sound
Despite all its safety and comfort features, the thing that makes the Omen stand head above the rest is its built-in entertainment system. They are designed to be compatible with Giro's optional-extra Wireless TuneUps.
Wireless TuneUps are a pair of bluetooth DJ headphones with detachable speakers that sit inside the earflaps of the helmet. Each speaker has control buttons so on the outside you can toggle through songs, up the volume, play and stop just by touching your ear.
It’s a nice touch to what is one of the finest the snow sports helmets you can buy.