''Light, functional and comfortable'' is how Alf's describes the GIRO Union MIPS helmet - What more could you want in a helmet?

PRICE: £124.99


WHAT THEY SAY: "The all-new Union MIPS comes fully loaded for all mountain freeriding and resort exploration. In-Mold Construction and adjustable venting create a lighter, cooler helmet making Union MIPS ideal for both ascending and descending the slopes. Go the distance in comfort with XT2® anti-odor protection and the adjustable In Form Fit System. And rest easy knowing that the Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) can provide more protection in certain impacts. "

WHAT ALF SAYS: The Union has twelve vents, with the upper six being adjustable, so will go down well with riders who like to hike – or just get plain hot when they’re skiing. It uses MIPS technology in conjunction with an in-mould construction to reduce weight, and whilst not quite as comfy as Giro’s more expensive Zone, it still feels pretty good in use – it just tends to sit slightly higher on your head than the Zone.

Fit adjustment is with a dial at the rear of the helmet, and the mesh liner and the ear pads are removable with anti-odour protection built in. The ear pads are also compatible with audio systems, and needless to say the Union has been designed for ‘seamless compatibility’ with any Giro goggles, although we found it worked fine with non-Giro goggles too.

The Union is worth checking out as it’s a well-designed, lightweight, comfy helmet, and should you find the fit doesn’t quite work for you, there’s always the option of the Giro Zone is you don’t mind shelling out an extra forty quid.

FOR: Light, functional and comfortable

AGAINST: Not as adjustable as the more expensive Giro Zone

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.