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Is the bicycle helmet designed for cooling with so many vents vs. the more round-shaped motorcyle and ski helmet? Would it make sense (not fashion sense of course) to wear a ski helmet in the winter when cycling? Thanks.

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Derek Chu (not verified)
Yeah, why not

Yah, I've thought about that too. I have two ski helmets and just one bike helmet. For me, my ski helmets are TOO warm for biking -We ski in much colder temps and at faster speeds. Ski helmets are probably stronger too.Here's some info:

Activity/Recommended Helmet/Certification/TypeofProtection

Bicycling Bicycle helmet CSA, CPSC, Snell, B-95, N-94 certified Single impact

Skiing(recreational) Alpine ski racing helmet Snell RS-98, S-98, or ASTM F-2040 Single impact

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Derek Chu (not verified)
from Outside Magazine Gear Guy

He is the guru of gear, the outdoor oracle of all gidgets and gadgets.....


Can you help me in my quest to find a multi-sport helmet? I am looking for one helmet that I can use for a variety of sports such as cycling, skiing, climbing, sledding, skydiving, and any other activities that require a brain bucket. As my wife is on first-name terms with the UPS man, it seems prudent to find one helmet that does it all.

— Bill
Buffalo, New York

Well, any old helmet can work for all those sports. But nothing is going to work perfectly, for one simple reason: Ventilation. You want a bunch of ventilation for bicycling, for instance, but you really don't for skiing. And skydiving helmets—you really pursue that? Why?—are evolving into full-face rigs, which aren't much use for anything else.

I will say that Italian outfit Kong makes a helmet called the Scarab (www.kong.it) that's billed as an all-sport helmet and might cover a fair amount of ground in that regard, but at $148 it costs twice what many single-sport helmets cost. For instance, you'd be money ahead to buy a Bell Furio ($60; www.bellbikehelmets.com) for cycling, then throw in a climbing helmet such as Petzl's Ecrin Roc ($84; www.petzl.com). The Petzl could also work for skydiving and sledding. Maybe even for skiing, although for that you might want to get a K2 Clutch ($59; www.k2skis.com). And those are retail prices—you can shop around at places such as Sierratradingpost.com and probably punch your ticket with helmets at 30 percent off.

And if your wife objects, well, ask her this: What is your skull worth? $100? $200? More? I shouldn't think keeping your brain intact would be a budget line item.

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Evan Marks (not verified)
Why not just get a helmet cover?

$17.99 at Nashbar.

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Peter Brevett (not verified)

Or a hat or a skull cap?

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Derek (not verified)

You sexy bald guys can wear a skull cap...
We guys with hair can legitimately wear a ski helmet for biking - they're warmer and offer better protection.

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Peter Brevett (not verified)

And they look REALLY cool when you are biking!

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