Alf goes all out testing the Swiss CP Cuma helmet - is it worth the price tag?

PRICE: £199


WHAT THEY SAY: "CP's latest all in one helmet has an enticing and non-compromising style. Its elegant exterior hides a state-of-the-art, sophisticated ventilation system made from highly functional materials that provide a perfect combination of breathability and water and wind resistance."

WHAT ALF SAYS: CP is a Swiss brand, new to the UK, specialising in helmets with integrated visors. As you might expect being Swiss, build-quality and attention-to-detail is second to none, hence the price (some CP helmets come with cashmere linings or embedded with Swarovski crystals).

There’s a choice of visors with all CP helmets – ours had an orange-silver mirror lens; these can be changed quickly and easily and there’s also a photochromic option for all-round use. Fit is excellent – the two-layer face foam sits warm and snug against your cheeks, you get a gin-clear view through the polycarbonate, abrasion-resistant lens and superb peripheral vision. What’s more, it has an OTG fit, so you can wear the visor with glasses underneath.

As for the helmet, it was one of the most comfortable I’ve worn. The shell has two adjustable front vents along with a further 26 mesh covered vents, plus a breathable lining for great temperature control, with the fit adjustable by a rear dial.

The removable ear pads are supremely soft and warm, and the ratchet system for the chin strap ensures a perfect fit. Yes, the CP Cuma is expensive, but both quality and design are excellent and as they say, you get what you pay for…

FOR: Great fit, great build, great design

AGAINST: Expensive

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.