If you're one to get hot on the slopes, this temperature regulating helmet is for you - Check out Alf's latest to see if it's as good as they say it is.

PRICE: £159.99


WHAT THEY SAY: "The Vantage was built for the hard-core, demanding the ultimate in everything. Using Aerocore™ construction that features Koroyd®, it simultaneously maximizes full coverage protection and increased airflow. For the most custom fit, the Vantage offers the all BOA® FS360 fit system, with a 360º halo design. Combine all this with the Smith pioneered AirEvac technology for goggle integration, and the Vantage delivers the perfect blend of technology and style."

WHAT ALF SAYS: If you have problems regulating your temperature when you’re wearing a helmet the Vantage is for you. It has a total of 21 vents, of which the 12 upper vents are adjustable, and there are even separate adjusters for the front four and rear six.

The build of the Vantage is as detailed as the venting, featuring MIPS (although only available in certain colours for some reason), Koroyd, a lightweight tubular protective core structure and a ‘Hybrid SL’ construction, which fuses an ABS upper, with a lightweight in-mould lower. The shock-absorbing Koroyd is used in conjunction with Smith’s ‘Aerocore’ design to allow better airflow through the helmet, along with more vents without sacrificing protection and comfort.

Adjustment is via a rear dial which uses a BOA FS360 fit system, which allows 360-degree adjustment; it’s a system that is also commonly used in high end cycling shoes. You can further adjust the Vantage by removing the ear pads in warm conditions (they’re also audio system compatible) and the anti-odour treated mesh lining is removable for washing.

I loved the versatility of the Smith Vantage, from fit to venting, and it even looks great too, with eleven different colour ways to choose from.

FOR: Good construction, highly adjustable, good looks

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.