If you are looking for a new ski or snowboard helmet, take a look at the ANON Echo MIPS. It has all the essential features that a good helmet should have at a price just under $200. It has MIPS, adjustable vents, anti-fog vents, and BOA fit system. Read my ANON Echo helmet review to learn everything about the Echo helmet and why you should get one.
- About ANON Optics
- ANON Echo Helmet Features
- How does it fit, feel and perform?
- Anon Echo MIPS Ski and Snowboard Helmet Summary
- Overall Impression
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About ANON Optics
Anon Optics was started by Burton Snowboards in 2001. They created the first magnetic swapping lens goggles with the M1 in 2012. Burton also started marketing their helmets under the Anon name in 2014. Anon products have become known for being innovative and high performance. They are not as popular as Oakley or Smith but their goggles and helmets are every bit as good if not better.
ANON Echo Helmet Features
- MIPS for added head protection
- BOA fit system adjusts around the wearer’s head;
- Fidlock features an ultra-fast and secure magnetic snap buckle that is easy to use one-handed while wearing gloves
- Active ventilation lets you adjust airflow to match weather conditions
- Expedition fleece liner and ear pads are removable for quick and easy customization of warmth and comfort
MIPS – Multi-directional Impact Protection System
The Echo is available in a MIPS or non-MIPS version. MIPS is a layer in the helmet under the EPS foam energy absorber that allows the helmet exterior shell to rotate relative to your head. This means that for an angled impact such as a glancing blow, the helmet shell will rotate without forcing your head to rotate. This reduces the forces going into your head and spine reducing your risk of injury. Learn more about MIPS here.
BOA fit system
The BOA Fit system uses a dial to adjust the size of the helmet for a perfect fit. The dial is integrated into the helmet shell. It tightens a cable inside the helmet to pull the sides and back for a customizable helmet fit. It works a little differently than the traditional size adjustment dial. Normally the dial directly tightens a plastic band around the rear half of the helmet. You can read more about BOA here.
In-Mold Helmet Construction
The helmet uses a lightweight polycarbonate shell construction with in-molded EPS energy absorber. The plastic MIPS liner is mounted inside the EPS liner. A removable expedition fleece liner covers up the inside of the helmet.
This snow helmet has active ventilation with 15 total vents according to the published specs. I only count 14. I’m not sure where the odd 15th vent is unless it’s inside the slider. Helmet climate venting is adjustable with a slider on the back of the helmet and can close for a colder day or be left open for maximum airflow.
Goggle anti-fog vents
There are 2 additional vents on the front of the helmet for channeling air into your goggles. They are always open providing passive ventilation. These give your goggles much better fog resistance as long as you keep moving.
Fidlock magnetic buckle
A magnetic helmet buckle that makes it easier to buckle and unbuckle your helmet with one hand or with gloves on.
Removeable ear pads
The earpads are easily removable. They snap out on each side and a velcro tab in the back. The earpads are audio system compatible. The pads open with velcro. The foam pads can be removed and replaced with speakers.
Past years Echo and Echo MIPS helmet had CE 1077B, ASTM 2040 certifications. Several websites selling the helmet list it with those certifications. There is no mention of it on Anon’s website for the Echo helmets and no certification sticker anywhere in the helmet or any literature provided with the helmet.
The helmet has a small clip on the back for holding goggle straps. It is a very low profile clip and may only fit one layer of goggle strap in it. It’s a tight enough fit that there are no worries that your goggles will slide out of it. I’m a little worried that it will snap off after a few years from flexing it to get the strap in. I prefer the bungee that the high end Smith helmets use.
The Echo has a nice modern appearance that looks more like a regular ski or snowboard helmet. It doesn’t have the hybrid skateboard helmet look that is popular for park riding. It has enough character lines to have a dynamic look. It has a small brim at the front molded into the shell. See the below images of the helmet with a set of Anon M4 Toric goggles.
See our full review of the Anon M4 Toric Ski and Snowboard goggles here.
Here are some images with the OutdoorMaster Ultra XL goggles. Another great Toric lens goggle. See our review of the OutdoorMaster Ultra XL’s here.
The Anon ECHO snowboard helmet has an MSRP of $154.95. The Anon Echo MIPS has an MSRP of $199.95. I have seen a few prior year versions available for slightly less. For the most part, expect to pay full price to buy one.
How does it fit, feel and perform?
First impression – This helmet has a very high quality feel. The materials all feel first rate and all the moldings are very clean. The BOA adjuster built into the shell gives it a bit more of an integrated look than the normal size adjuster. The little details like the velcro patches are all well attached and show no signs of pulling off. The helmet feels about average for weight at 500g. It is only 20g heavier than their top of the line Anon Merak Wavecell helmet.
Sizing and feel– It is available in Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large. The size large fits a head measurement from 60-62cm. I measured my head to be a about 60cm. This helmet feels tight on the top and front to back. It is not large enough to wear the hat I normally wear under helmets with the ear pads removed. The sizing runs a little small compared to Giro or Smith helmets if those are what you are used to.
The chin strap has a nice padded feel. There is enough strap to go around a neck warmer and hat. I have about an inch of spare strap left when I am geared up how I usually ski.
Warmth – the expedition fleece lining and foam give it enough warmth to work on most days. The vents can be closed making it good for colder days. You may need a thin helmet to help on the coldest ski days like most helmets.
Ski Goggle compatibility – This ski helmet works really well with a set of Anon M4 Toric goggles. It also works well with Smith I/O and OutdoorMaster Pro goggles. All have minimal goggle gap.
Ear pad removal – The ear pads are easy to take off. They have one clip on each side that snaps into the helmet. The wrap around portion has a velcro tab that hooks it to the helmet. You don’t need to detach the size adjuster or anything else to remove the ear pads.
BOA size adjuster – The BOA system has a different feel when adjusting the size compared to a normal size adjuster. The fit adjustment feels more like it is squeezing in on the side of your head. The rear constricts as well but it doesn’t feel like it when the helmet is on your head. It mostly feels like the sides are being squeezed tighter as you adjust it down.
Adjustable vents – The vent slider has a smooth feel to it. There is no middle indent to keep the vents half open. The slider moves easily enough that the vents will slide more closed or open if you try to leave them half open. I usually have my vents full open unless it’s really cold out and I need maximum warmth. I won’t notice this as a problem. If you are someone who likes to micro manage your venting you might miss the middle detent.
Anti-fog vents – The Anon helmet vents work well at pushing more air through your goggles. Once you start moving downhill, you will force enough air in to clear up any goggle fogging that happens while you are standing around.
Anon Echo MIPS Ski and Snowboard Helmet Summary
The Anon Echo MIPS helmet is a great piece of gear for skiing or snowboarding. It has all the essential features of a good helmet without more expensive exotic construction. It has a nice comfort fit and good ventilation. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good full featured high performance MIPS helmet.
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