Price: $35-$75 MSRP
Colors: Bermuda, Klein Blue, Lava, Black, White, Charcoal
Sizes: S (51-55), M (55-59), L (59-63), XL (63-67)
Vents: 14 fixed vents
Weight: 550g (size M)
Now’s the Time to Think Winter Riding
Spring is the perfect time to start thinking about winter. Why? Sales of course. There are great deals now on winter inventory. One such item you’ll find on sale are winter helmets. About 10 percent of your body heat escapes from your head. Keeping the cold wind out and your head and ears warm will aid in retaining heat on winter rides. And if you’re comfortable, you’ll ride longer.
Smith’s Holt helmet is the perfect choice for winter riding and is also certified for snow and skate use. Not sure what to look for in a winter helmet? When the weather gets really cold you’ll want to wear goggles. The Holt is designed to integrate with Smith goggles and incorporates a goggle strap lock on the back of the helmet (see picture below). The bracket can be removed for a sleeker design. Smith’s AirEvac ventilations system provides airflow and pulls warm air from the goggle to avoid fogging.
Ventilation for your head is also important as not to overheat. With 14 fixed vents there’s a consistent airflow to keep your head cool but not cold. The helmet’s bombshell ear pads protect you from cold winds and are removable for washing or summer riding.
If music is your jam while riding or skiing, the Holt is compatible with the Outdoor Tech audio system.
With Holt’s prices ranging from $35-$75 MSRP, it’s worth picking up a helmet now while supplies are available. Then when winter comes, you’ll be ready to roll in all types of conditions.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.
The ear muffs are a nice touch, otherwise I’d just use my aero helmet to stay warm 🙂