With styling that marks a move into the all mountain and freeride market, will the performance of Bollé’s new Instinct MIPS helmet match its fresh look? The Ski Club tested the French brand's new lidOpening the box of the new Bollé helmet, I was immediately impressed with the quality feel of the product. Finished well with several features commonly found on top-level helmets, the Bollé helmet had a few extra features to boot.
Donning the lid for the first time I was first struck by the comfortable fit. I have often struggled to find helmets that fit my funny shaped head, but the Instinct felt secure without any pressure points. The BOA fit system ensured that with the simple twist of a dial, the helmet’s lining tightened to improve security and comfort all around the skull. After tightening the BOA system to a comfortable level, the helmet took some persuasion to remove, even without the strap done up.
On the mountain, the close fit and warm lining had no problems with keeping my head and ears warm and remained comfortable all day. Ample vents and low weight kept me cool even when boot packing through waist-deep snow in the sun, and when closed, the vents kept the snow out during more inclement conditions. Should you get the lining a little wet then it is possible to easily remove it to wash it ready for your next trip.