The slightly cheaper Bolle Helmet, but is it just as good? Alf reveals all with his latest review.

PRICE: £89


WHAT THEY SAY: "Tackle the slopes in the Synergy, high-tech head gear that delivers perfect fit and lightweight. With two ventilation systems, you can customize the level of airflow for ultimate comfort. Additionally, select models are equipped with the BluetoothTM Outdoor Technology system (on models 30773 and 30774), allowing you to enjoy your favorite music or call your friends by synchronizing the system with your mp3 player or mobile device."

WHAT ALF SAYS: The Synergy is a solidly constructed helmet that offers a really secure fit and a bombproof feel. Weight wise it comes in at 490g – not the lightest on test but it certainly isn’t so heavy for it to be an issue.

The shell has eight vents, all of which are adjustable apart from the front two, while sporting an abstract pattern on the lower part, which may or may not appeal.

I loved the soft, furry lining and ear pads, both of which are detachable, and the ‘click-to-fit’ rear dial adjustment system is quick and easy to use, even with gloved hands. The Synergy is also audio system compatible, so you can listen to your favourite sounds or stay in touch with your phone whilst wearing it.

The design of the Synergy is more likely to appeal to younger riders, and the cost is pretty reasonable, which will also appeal to younger riders or anyone on a budget.

FOR: Bombproof construction; warm, furry lining

AGAINST: Not sure about the shell artwork…

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.