Scott Rove Helmet

Football players aren’t the only ones worried about the effects of head injuries. With jumps getting bigger and lines getting tighter, skiing is leaving more people dazed and confused than a Snoop concert. Scott hopes to quell the rise of cranial catastrophes with its new Rove helmet. The freeride brainbucket utilizes MIPS technology, a low-friction zone between two protective layers, which reduces crash force. This means the hard outer shell absorbs most of the shock while your head and the helmet’s inner layer rotate within it to avoid serious impact. Think mild headache instead of mild concussion after your next tomahawk (and a 50 percent reduction in rotational acceleration from a standard helmet).

In addition to the new technology, it’s cozy. The Rove has crazy-comfortable (removable) inner padding, removable ear covers, and a removable visor to keep the snow out and the heat in. I’ve never been a fan of the removable ear covers (in my mind, you either rock the beanie underneath or you don’t), but the covers are secure enough and big enough that you don’t notice them if you leave ‘em in.

If it gets too warm, 11 vents regulate airflow, including the top S-Vent and its nifty grip rubber, which allows for easy adjustment without removing gloves. Perfect for letting off steam after a hard-charging tree lap, but bad for B-boy headspins at après. Oh well, I guess Scott chose function over style on that one. Lastly, it’s especially effective in the Powder Pit, where editors are constantly abusing their interns.