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21 November 2016

Oakley MOD 5 Helmet - Kit Review

The helmet designed to work with any goggle type - what's not to love? Alf gives us the full break down on all features of the helmet.

PRICE: £160

WEBSITE: Oakley MOD 5

WHAT THEY SAY: "Big-Mountain brawn, designed for those who demand the highest level of performance. Featuring a hybrid shell construction and our Modular Brim System (MBS), the MOD5 delivers the perfect balance of increased protection and weight savings for technical riding."

Anon M3
The ultimate helmet, designed to work with any goggle type

WHAT ALF SAYS: Oakley’s new Mod 5 helmet has been designed to work perfectly with any goggles, which is done through the ‘Modular Brim System’, offering a small and large brim option, providing an ideal fit with any size of goggle. I also liked the way that Mod 5 offers an integrated venting system, so that hot air from your goggles is channeled through the brim and helmet to restrict fogging.

That said, the vents are relatively small compared to many other helmets we tested, and there are only five of them, so you won’t stay as cool as with more generously vented lids; however, said vents are multi-adjustable with gloved hands.

Helmet adjustment is quick and easy, via a BOA system, and it provides an excellent and comfortable fit. Despite the MOD 5’s rugged, almost military style, it feels light and unobtrusive in use. This is assisted by removable ear pads, which in use have been designed to put zero pressure on the ears for more comfort and better hearing.

The mesh liner can be removed for washing, and I liked the magnetic buckle system which is a cinch to fasten and unfasten. With its understated, rugged good looks, the Oakley Mod 5 was one of the best helmets we tested, and it should prove very popular both on- and off-piste this winter.

FOR: Works with any goggles; looks great

AGAINST: We would have liked bigger/more vents

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.

This review first appeared in the November issue of Ski+board - read it online here.

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