I'd give the Vantage an 8.5. My brain is still intact, hopefully these paragraphs make sense and can attest to that, so the Vantage is doing its job well to date. Awesome venting and the optional earflaps let you rock the Vantage whatever your style preference is and in a variety of weather conditions. The knock on the helmet would be that removing/installing the earflaps is a little bit arduous, and the styling might be a little too "intense" for some. As far as function and fit though, it's my favourite so far.
With two-way venting, a functional brim that prevents that annoying chairlift-drip from getting on your goggles and keeps you looking like Sage, and a sweet dial that tightens or loosens the padding, the Vantage is a high performance helmet that doesn't compromise your steeze.
Definitely targeted at the rider looking to shred the whole mountain in all conditions, the Vantage is versatile and stylish. The venting is comprehensive, and allows for either airflow through the lid or insulation when the vents are closed. They open/close through simple sliders on the exterior of the helmet, so you can adjust your preferences on the fly. Stylistically this helmet puts you in the Griffin Post/Sage CA category, while the Holt will be more of a Bobby Brown look.
The Vantage is available online for around $170, and close to the end of the season deals will start popping up. It's a great performance helmet that keeps you safe and looking good.
I have a Large and a fairly average size head. With the earflaps attached, the cinching system keeps the helmet very comfortable and safely on board my brain. Without it, I throw a beanie or balaclava on underneath and it fits just as well. Goggles over the helmet or under, the Vantage is comfortable.
One complaint I often have with helmets is that the earflap systems pull out too easily after some use. The Vantage has held up well so far and hasn't suffered any serious damage despite my best efforts. I'd probably trust my first-born son in this helmet.
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