Looking for a robust, no-nonsense helmet that will see many seasons of service? Have a look at Alf's latest review of the POC Auric.

PRICE: £100

WEBSITE: POC

WHAT THEY SAY: "The lightweight and highly ventilated Auric helmet has a durable ABS shell and a multi-impact EPP liner, which is strategically thicker in the most exposed areas. The Auric provides increased protection for the ears and temples and is compatible for use with a beanie and goggles underneath. The soft internal padding makes sure the helmet stays safe and comfortable in place and the padding can also be adjusted for ventilation. The Auric helmet has been developed in collaboration with POC team athlete Aaron Blunck."

WHAT ALF SAYS: The Auric was designed in collaboration with POC team rider Aaron Blunck and will appeal to skiers looking for a robust, no-nonsense lid that should see many seasons of service.

It’s not especially light, weighing 500g, and it does require a certain amount of ‘input’. By this I mean the fact that the removable goggle clip has to be installed by the user with an Allen key (I’m not really sure why you’d need a removable clip in the first place), while the six vents on the top of the Auric are opened and closed by rotating the interior padding, which is a bit of a faff. There are also two front and rear vents, but these are not adjustable.

The fit of the helmet can only be adjusted by changing the interior padding (it comes with two different thicknesses of Velcro-attached padding), so you need to ensure you buy just the right size. These are relatively minor quibbles, however, considering how much I liked the Auric’s solid construction. It has a durable ABS shell and a multi-impact EPP liner, which is strategically thicker in the most exposed areas, and the design provides increased protection for your ears (when the ear pads are removed you still have protection around your ears), your temples and is compatible for use with a beanie (and goggles of course).

FOR: Great build quality; hard core looks

AGAINST: Adjusting vents a faff; limited fit adjustment

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.