As I had numerous ski adventures planned for this winter, including a big heli-ski trip up to Whistler last month, I figured it was time to buy a new helmet. I had heard good things about the award winning POC Fornix, so decided to purchase one in order to put the snow sports helmet through its paces over the season.
For the Fornix, POC took the same aramid bridge construction from their popular mountain bike helmets and translated it into a winter sports helmet. The EPS foam core and aramid strings are molded directly into the hard outer PC shell to not only cut down on weight but also render the helmet incredibly protective.
A simple glove friendly lever at the back of the ski helmet opens or closes the top 6 vents to quickly let out excess heat or close off the helmet when it starts to snow. Two rear vents and two front vents help regulate airflow through the helmet to keep your goggles from fogging up. The outer goggle clip secures your goggles in place and keeps you from losing them when you head inside the chalet for lunch.
The POC Fornix comes in four sizes (XS/S, S/M, M/L, L/XL) depending on your head circumference. I fell right in the middle of a M/L size, but the ski helmet has a dial adjuster at the back that enables you to get the perfect fit on your head each day, wearing a beanie or not.
I found the winter sports helmet to be super comfortable, to the point where I could barely tell I was wearing it and ran into no problems with my Smith Optics goggles working in conjunction with the helmet. The ear flaps are removable, as are the inner comfort panels for either washing or for extra room or less warmth.
The Fornix comes in some fun bright colors so you can mix and match it to your ski outfits or even goggles for the season. The POC Fornix retails for $160, but you can currently find some great end of season deals across the web.