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  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Warmth 90% 90%
  • Ventilation 90% 90%
  • Safety Tech & Features 90% 90%
  • Goggle Compatibility 90% 90%
  • Weight 40% 40%

Weight: 585 grams

Adjustment System: 360-degree adjustment

Number of Vents: 10 adjustable

Removable Ear Covers: Yes

Google Attachment: Yes

Visor: No

Audio Compatibility: Yes

Price: $153-$220

What We Like: Cutting Edge Safety Tech, Warm, Well Ventilated

What We Don’t: Heavy, Look is Not for Everyone

While POC now makes cutting edge helmets for just about every gravity fed sport, their roots lie in the snow. The POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin ski and snowboard helmet is a perfect example of why the Swedish company is fast becoming a trend and standard setter for safety in just about every action sports arena. As always, we are safety conscious here at Gearhacker, and the POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin helmet brings safety features in spades.

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Smith Quantum MIPS

  • Comfort 100% 100%
  • Warmth 100% 100%
  • Ventilation 80% 80%
  • Safety Tech & Features 100% 100%
  • Goggle Compatibility 90% 90%
  • Weight 40% 40%

Pros

Class-Leading Safety

Top All-Around Performance

Cons

Heavy

Expensive

Weight: 623.69 grams

Adjustment System: BOA FS360 Fit System

Number of Vents: 22

Removable Ear Covers: Yes

Google Attachment: Yes

Visor: No

Audio Compatibility: Yes

Giro Range MIPS

  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Warmth 100% 100%
  • Ventilation 80% 80%
  • Safety Tech & Features 90% 90%
  • Goggle Compatibility 90% 90%
  • Weight 60% 60%

Pros

Unparalleled Fit Adjustment

Goggle Compatibility

Cons

Expensive

Can Cause Ear Pain for Some Riders

Weight: 538.65 grams

Adjustment System: ConformFit technology

Number of Vents: 12 adjustable

Removable Ear Covers: Yes

Goggle Attachment: Yes

Visor: Yes

Audio Compatibility: Yes

Giro Nine MIPS

  • Comfort 70% 70%
  • Warmth 80% 80%
  • Ventilation 70% 70%
  • Safety Tech & Features 70% 70%
  • Goggle Compatibility 70% 70%
  • Weight 70% 70%

Pros

Mips Tech

Warm

Light

Comfortable

Great Price to Performance Ratio

Cons

Non-Removable Earpads

Lower Tier In Form Fit System

Weight: 436 grams

Adjustment System: In-Form Fit System

Number of Vents: 14

Removable Ear Covers: No

Google Attachment: Yes

Visor: No

Audio Compatibility: No

Salomon MTN Lab Review

  • Comfort 70% 70%
  • Warmth 50% 50%
  • Ventilation 100% 100%
  • Safety Tech & Features 80% 80%
  • Goggle Compatibility 70% 70%
  • Weight 100% 100%

Pros

A True Ski Mountaineering Helmet

Ultralight

Well Ventilated

Cons

Non-Closable Vents

Not for Everyone

Weight: 360 grams

Adjustment System: Custom dial adjustment system

Number of Vents: 20

Removable Ear Covers: Yes

Goggle Attachment: Yes

Visor: Yes (brim)

Audio Compatibility: No

POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin

  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Warmth 90% 90%
  • Ventilation 90% 90%
  • Safety Tech & Features 90% 90%
  • Goggle Compatibility 90% 90%
  • Weight 40% 40%

Pros

Cutting Edge Safety Tech

Warm

Well Ventilated

Cons

Heavy

Look is Not for Everyone

Weight: 585 grams

Adjustment System: 360-degree adjustment

Number of Vents: 10 adjustable

Removable Ear Covers: Yes

Google Attachment: Yes

Visor: No

Audio Compatibility: Yes

Smith Variance

  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Warmth 80% 80%
  • Ventilation 90% 90%
  • Safety Tech & Features 70% 70%
  • Goggle Compatibility 80% 80%
  • Weight 60% 60%

Pros

Price to Performance Ratio

Warm

Comfortable

Cons

Lacks Safety Features of Top of the Line Smith Helmets

Weight: 538.65 grams

Adjustment System: BOA Fit System

Number of Vents: 18

Removable Ear Covers: Yes

Google Attachment: Yes

Visor: No

Audio Compatibility: Yes

Smith Vantage MIPS

  • Comfort 90% 90%
  • Warmth 90% 90%
  • Ventilation 90% 90%
  • Safety Tech & Features 90% 90%
  • Goggle Compatibility 90% 90%
  • Weight 60% 60%

Pros

Most of the Features of the Quantum at a Lower Price

Cons

Lacks the Ultra-Premium Protection of the Quantum

Weight: 501.8 grams

Adjustment System: BOA FS360 Fit System

Number of Vents: 18

Removable Ear Covers: Yes

Goggle Attachment: Yes

Visor: No 

Audio Compatibility: Yes

Oakley Mod5 MIPS

  • Comfort 80% 80%
  • Warmth 70% 70%
  • Ventilation 80% 80%
  • Safety Tech & Features 70% 70%
  • Goggle Compatibility 90% 90%
  • Weight 40% 40%

Pros

Modular Brim System

BOARetention System

Comfortable

Cons

Cold Earpads

Average Ventilation

Poor Quality of Goggle Clip

Weight: 601 grams

Adjustment System: BOA 270 fit system

Number of Vents: 11 on MIPS helmet

Removable Ear Covers: Yes

Goggle Attachment: Yes

Visor: Yes 

Audio Compatibility: No

Comfort and Fit

The POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin helmet uses POC’s patented Spin technology, which we will explain in detail below. However, the gel padding that is a part of that protection system is also extremely comfortable, leading numerous riders to refer to the POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin as having a “pillow-like” feel on your head. The Spin system is also integrated into the retention system of the helmet, helping to add comfort and protection as the helmet adapts to the shape of your head.

One note for the POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin is that it tends to fit about a size larger than most other ski and snowboard helmets.

Warmth

The POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin is a warm helmet by just about any standards. The vents shut tight against the wind, and the earpads squeeze tight, but comfortably, against your cheeks.

Ventilation

The POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin is an extremely well-ventilated helmet that will not melt your head on those late spring days. While it only features 10 vents, they are large and well placed and, along with the removable ear pads, help the POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin stay just as cool as helmets with many more, though not nearly as cool as the Salomon MTN Lab.

Safety Tech and Additional Features

While the POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin is a great helmet by just about any standard, this is the category where it really shines. The ABS outer shell is bonded to its EPP liner, which is further backed up by POC’s own Spin system.

Spin technology is POC’s in house answer to, and improvement on, MIPS. The Spin system is comprised of gel-filled padding inside the helmet. This padding rotates on the riders head without sheering away from the rest of the helmet. In this way, it helps to reduce the rotational impacts that MIPS addresses, but the gel padding also helps to provide additional impact absorption from whatever angle the impact comes.

The POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin is also outfitted with a Recco avalanche rescue reflector, which could be the difference between life and death for riders using this helmet in the backcountry.

Finally, the POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin has a very skate/park inspired look. This makes it extremely attractive for people who prefer this style but want a ski and snowboard helmet with the full complement of all mountain features.

Goggle Compatibility

The POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin works well with just about any goggle that you pair it with, although it will naturally shine when paired with POC’s own goggles. Two vents in the brow also do a great job of keeping moisture siphoned away from your goggles so that they stay fog free.

Weight

At 538g, the POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin is not an ultralight helmet. However, we are happy to carry those few extra grams on our heads, in exchange for the helmets bombproof construction and cutting edge safety features.

The Bottom Line

If you want a park styled ski and snowboard helmet that matches the best helmets on the market in terms of safety, warmth, and ventilation, and is even worthy of backcountry trips, then look no further than the POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin ski and snowboard helmet. Finally, with a list price of $220 and sale prices as low as $153, the POC Auric Cut Backcountry Spin also represents one of the best price to performance ratios of any ski and snowboard helmet on our list.

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