Are you a skier looking for a new ski helmet but don’t want to break the bank in the process? The OutdoorMaster Kelvin ski helmet could be for you. Let’s take a detailed look at this ski helmet and see how it stacks up to other low cost helmets. Keep reading for our review of the OutdoorMaster ski helmet.
- About OutdoorMaster
- Features of the OutdoorMaster Ski Helmet
- What features is this helmet missing?
- How does it fit, feel and perform?
- Goggle compatibility
- OutdoorMaster Ski and Snowboard Helmet Summary
- OutdoorMaster Discount Code
- Overall Impression
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OutdoorMaster is a California based outdoor gear company started by a bunch of enthusiasts. They recognized that to get functional gear that worked you had to pay premium brand prices. Discount bargain gear frequently fell apart and was a waste of money. They went on a mission to create great working gear at affordable prices. They started with ski goggles which have proven to be one of the best performing goggles on the market. They have added a matching ski helmet to their offerings.
Features of the OutdoorMaster Ski Helmet
- ASTM 2040F certified
- ABS shell with EPS Foam liner
- Size adjustment dial
- 14 air vents
- Goggles can be worn outside or inside
- Removable ear pads and fleece liner
- Available in 3 sizes and 9 colors
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The OutdoorMaster Kelvin snow helmet retails for $49.99. It is available direct to consumer from OutdoorMaster or by Amazon. This puts it as one of the cheapest ski helmets available today. For comparison, the cheapest helmet from Smith Optics will set you back $80. The cheapest snow helmet from Giro runs $80. At $49.99 they are clearly trying to undercut all the competition. See the list below for the lowest cost helmet offering from several popular brands.
- Smith Scout – $80
- Giro Ledge – $70
- Anon Raider – $84.95
- Oakley Mod1 – $100
- Wildhorn Drift – $79.99
- Zionor Lagopus – $62.99
There are a few cheaper helmets out there on Amazon from no name sellers but none from a brand you’ve heard of. Helmets and safety equipment in general are not the place I’d choose to experiment with a company I’ve never heard of.
What do you get from one of the cheapest ski and snowboard helmets on the market?
ASTM F2040 Certified
The helmet is ASTM F2040 certified. This is the same certification standard as the much higher cost Smith helmet I’ve been skiing with for years has. You should not consider buying any helmet that is not ASTM 2040F certified. No reputable ski shop will sell a helmet without this certification. It is an impactor test to prove out the safety of the helmet. You can read more about the ASTM F2040 standard here.
The helmet is constructed of a plastic reinforced ABS shell and EPS foam liner. This is pretty standard ski helmet construction. The molding looks clean with no gaps between the shell and liner. The helmet feels rugged and solid. The outer shell is thick enough plastic that I can’t dent or deform it with my hands pushing or hitting it. It feels as rugged and tough as any higher priced ski helmet.
The straps are attached to the shell with metal rivets. The fleece lined padded chin strap has adjustable ear straps and an adjustable chin strap.
Removable fleece liner
There is a removable fleece mesh inner liner inside the helmet. It is held in place with several velcro pads. The inner fleece liner can be removed if you want to clean it or wear the helmet with a thicker hat. It is very easy to get in and to put back in again.
Size adjustment dial
There is an adjustable dial for fine tuning the size of the helmet. This adjuster looks as good and feels as smooth as the adjuster on any $100-$200 ski helmet. The adjustment dial broke on my Smith helmet before I even used it the first time. Paying more doesn’t always get you better quality or durability.
Removable fleece lined ear flaps
There are removable fleece lined ear flaps. These snap into the shell of the helmet with plastic tabs. There is large enough depression in the ear pads to fit helmet headphones for those who like to ski with headphones in.
The helmet has 14 individual vents for keeping your head ventilated and dry. More vents help get you more airflow through your goggles and help prevent fogging.
There is a rubber goggle clip to hold your goggle strap on the back of the helmet. It has a snap to securely hold your goggle strap even if your goggles fall off when you yardsale it. I prefer a snap or bungee with positive attachment over a plastic goggle loop found on other helmets. Goggles can fall out of a plastic loop. A hard plastic loop can break and fall off as well.
The helmet looks better than a basic dome helmet such as the Anon Raider 3 and Smith Scout. It has a character line giving it more surface and shape and a more dynamic appearance. It is available in 9 colors
What features is this helmet missing?
The OutdoorMaster Kelvin helmet has the most important features found on any ski helmet. There are a few noteworthy things that it doesn’t have.
No fancy packaging
It comes wrapped in a clear plastic bag. There is no money spent on fancy packaging. These are sold direct to consumer so all the money is spent on making a better performing helmet than on packaging to make it look good on the shelves at a ski shop.
The vents are not adjustable. Lower cost helmets such as the Wildhorn Drift and Zionor Lagopus have adjustable ventilation that can be closed. The low end helmets from Smith, Anon, Giro, and Oakley either don’t have head vents or have fixed vents.
Goggle defog vents
There are no goggle defog vents at the front of the helmet. Smith, Giro, Oakley, and Anon all have vents at the front of the helmet that channel air flow down into your ski goggles. This helps defogging performance. This is probably the biggest performance advantage you’ll get by spending more than twice as much for the next level helmets.
This helmet does not have MIPS. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. This is a system that allows the helmet shell to rotate relative to the EPS foam liner. It reduces the forces on your head from a glancing blow. EPS foam absorbs energy from direct impact. Think of something grabbing the top of your head and twisting it about your neck. That is what MIPS protects against. No other helmet under $80 has MIPS either. You can learn more about MIPS here.
How does it fit, feel and perform?
The helmet is offered in 3 different sizes. My head measures 23.5 inches so I got a size Large. The sizing runs a little smaller than most other helmet brands. The L is 22-24inches which converts to 55.8-61cm. Most other brands size large is running up to 62-63cm. Currently, there is no XL size offered.
I typically ski wearing a thin beanie hat and a neck warmer. I get an ear ache on my left ear when I leave the helmet ear pads in place on every ski helmet I have ever tried. The fit with a hat on is important to me as my ears freeze without it. Because the vents on this helmet do not close, many skiers will need a hat under it on colder days.
Most people will wear the helmet without a hat. The helmet feels as comfortable on my head as any helmet I’ve tried. The fleece lining has enough padding to not feel any hard spots in the helmet. The ear pads are snug but don’t feel like they are squeezing in on my ears. The helmet will be a perfect fit for anyone that doesn’t need a size XL helmet.
Each removable ear pad snaps in with 2 small plastic tabs. They do take some effort to lock in place and remove. The helmet is slippery enough it can be awkward to hold it in place well enough to get the tabs to lock. I found holding it between my knees worked best. They won’t break in the process. They are held in good once they are snapped in place.
The OutdoorMaster helmet fits snug but works with a hat underneath. I need to run the adjuster fully open. The helmet works this way comfortably with or without the ear muffs in place. I tried the helmet with a hat on and the fleece liner removed. I didn’t find the helmet comfortable. It feels like a plastic hardhat on my head. It may work this way with a thicker hat. For reference, my go to hat for wearing under ski helmets is an Outdoor Research Peruvian hat.
The chin strap fleece is thick and soft enough to be comfortable. For me, with a neck warmer on, the chin strap is at the end of its length adjustment. With other brand helmets, I have about 1/2inch left when wearing everything under it. It would be great if the chin strap on this helmet was a just little bit longer.
I would rate the overall comfort of this helmet as very good. This helmet will be comfortable skiing or snowboarding all day and would be good for a several day ski trip.
See our review of the OutdoorMaster Ski Goggles Pro to learn more.
Below are some images showing the fit with an OutdoorMaster ski goggle.
The shape of the helmet will work okay with most snow goggles out there without a big goggle gap. To try it out I also put it on with a pair of Smith I/O7 goggles. The fit was equally good with those. Below are some images of the helmet with Smith goggles.
See my guide to the best ski goggles to read reviews and learn more about ski goggle selection.
OutdoorMaster Ski and Snowboard Helmet Summary
The Outdoor Master ski goggles are a great value too with a magnetic interchangeable lens, anti fog coating and vents, and a stylish frameless design. The Kelvin helmet is available as a combo with the OutdoorMaster Pro goggles to make it an even better value. See my review of the OutdoorMaster Pro goggles to learn more.
|What We Liked|
|✔️ Rugged construction and ASTM 2040F certified|
|✔️ Very low cost|
|✔️ Stylish appearance|
|✔️ Good ventilation|
|✔️ Comfortable to wear with or without hats|
|✔️ It works with a variety of goggles with no goggle gap|
|What We Didn’t Like|
|❌ The chin strap needs to be a little longer|
|❌ There is no XL size available|
|❌ The vents can’t be closed|
|❌ There is no goggle defogging vents|
OutdoorMaster Discount Code
You can use the coupon code ENDLESSRUSHOUTDOORS15 at OutdoorMaster.com for 15% off.
I think this helmet from OutdoorMaster represents a terrific value. I would recommend it to any of my skiing friends. The construction feels solid and rugged. It looks good with a set of frameless goggles. The features are more than competitive considering the very low price.
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About the author
My name is Doug Ryan. I am an adventure sports fan and an avid skier, sailor, mountain biker who also enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, wakeboarding, waterskiing, and travel. I take any chance I can get to get out in the snow or water. I actively run an adventure sports meetup where I get asked many questions. I decided to start Endless Rush Outdoors as a way to share my knowledge and enthusiasm for adventure sports their gear.