The ultimate helmet for those keen ski tourers and freeriders - read up and get informed on Alf's review of the Salomon MTN LAB.

PRICE: £120


WHAT THEY SAY: "The all-new Zone MIPS features an innovative Hybrid Construction blending a durable ventilated Hard Shell upper with an In-Mold Construction lower shell. Additional sidewalls add protection and style. Zone MIPS is packed with amenities including the new In Form 2 Fit System, a quick-fit Vertical Tuning adjustment system for proper helmet positioning, MIPS technology, fully adjustable venting, an integrated POV camera mount, and Fidlock® magnetic buckle closure."

WHAT ALF SAYS: The MTN Lab has been designed for ski tourers and freeriders, for whom weight and ventilation are important issues, especially when climbing. Besides being incredibly light (300g), the helmet also has excellent ventilation with twelve ventilation ports, as well as incorporating an ‘advanced skin’ liner with merino wool for fast drying, which can be easily removed for washing.

In addition, the MTN Lab has a lightweight shock absorbing EPS liner, which exceeds official safety standards for shock absorption for both mountaineering and skiing by more than 30%. It is extremely comfortable and easy to adjust with the single dial on the rear of the helmet, and there are useful little features such as a glove-friendly goggle attachment and a headlamp retainer.

The venting is very good, although you can’t close the vents in cold weather. Also, the ear pads are not removable – I like to take mine off in warm conditions – but other than this the MTN Lab has everything going for it. And it’s also worth noting that this season’s model is £20 cheaper than last year.

FOR: Superlight, well vented

AGAINST: Ear pads not removable, vents not adjustable

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.