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Gearbox: 2024 Helmets

Gearbox: 2024 Helmets

Editors’ Choice: Atomic Backland UL

New this year, Atomic’s Backland UL hits the mark for backcountry-focused head protection. “So light, comfortable and breathable that I almost forgot I was wearing a helmet!” our traveling tester raved. “Ready for the skintrack straight from the box,” she added, highlighting how the UL’s interior padding mimics that of a bike helmet, allowing easy ventilation and beanie/ballcap compatibility. Featuring AMID—Atomic’s dual-density foam system designed to deflect multidirectional impacts—within a thicker foam layer that is molded directly into the hard plastic shell (cutting weight), the UL is built to protect your head without weighing it down. Compatible with a variety of goggle and sunglasses brands, her only complaint was the high profile shape. “It rises high on top,” she said, “but so what? It’s too comfortable and functional to care!”

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Atomic Backland UL Helmet

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Julbo Hyperion MIPS

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