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RECENT PHOTO SHOOT AT CRYSTAL MOUNTAIN WITH MIKE STOLP-SMITH

The northwest has been getting hammered the last few weeks with storm after storm after storm!  It has been quite a season thus far! Recently photographer Mike Stolp-Smith and I went deep into the backcountry at Crystal Mountain Resort in search of some remaining goods!
  

prêt helmets review! model: effect 2013/2014

Model: EFFECT

Color: Burnt Orange

Price:  MSRP $160  Where to buy:  COMING SOON

3_4_originalwww.pret-helmets.com

It was not long ago Pret was birthed out of the heart of the Utah ski scene.  The business plan:  build a lightweight helmet, limit bulk and excess, and make it look good!  I have spent most of this season in a Pret, and I can say “mission accomplished”!!!  

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hiking back up at crystal mt. photo by matt small.

This super-light-weight helmet features a 19 hole vent system.  See photo below of the vent slider.  The slider opens or closes the vent system offering you warmth, yet ventilation.  

The ear flaps contain a “sound curtain”!   How does the sound curtain work?  Well, it is a nice little spot to insert your ear buds, so you do not have to have them in your ears all day on the hill.  Sound quality?  Amazing.  I could not tell a difference much.  Plus, those little ear buds get annoying after a while in your ear all day.

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VTT3

VTT3:

What is VTT3?  This is Pret’s highest performing ventilation system with 13 external and 19 internal vents.  It  is adjustable from completely open to fully closed. The directional front intake vents power the system that draws heat and moisture out of the helmet.  Does it work?  Yup.  Very well.

Here is why it works:  the intake vents feed cool air into the system without direct contact to your head eliminating  the “Slurpee brain freeze.”  Awesome.  

On top of that, abundant ventilation inside the helmet extracts extra heat and moisture.  Plus, for myself being in the Northwest, conditions change quick with the marine climate, so being able to adjust to all conditions from blizzard to balmy is a feature I like!

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sound curtain

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19 hole vent system

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such a pretty helmet

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“I love this helmet.  It pops in photo’s and is super comfy to wear all day shooting” -Brian Hopper                                            photo by matt small at crystal mt

prêt helmets review

EFFECT helmet in white shown with the ARNETTE skylight goggle.

Over all impression:  SOLID!  Very light helmet, well-built.  

Pro’s: Seamless integration with the Arnette SKYLIGHT goggle as seen above!

Cons:  It took me a few try’s to use the magnetic clasp on the chin strap, but now, I feel it is easier than traditional fasted style chin straps!

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Sunshine for day’s!

We are in a high pressure system bringing lots of sun, and a temp. inversion causing some spring like conditions!
Groomers are fast….sun is bright, and I even saw a Hawaiian shirt!

Today (jan 2013) at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Today (jan 2013) at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Rock skiing....

Rock skiing….

With NW Arnette sales rep (Jeff) up at Crystal Mt, Jan 2013

With NW Arnette sales rep (Jeff) up at Crystal Mt, Jan 2013

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WIth Pret helmets VP marketing (Mark) up at Crystal Mt.

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Playing with the POV angles..

product testing:  2014 Arnette "WINDSHIELD" goggle.  Awesome.

product testing: 2014 Arnette “WINDSHIELD” goggle. Awesome.

{DEEP!}

Yesterday was family day {taught-my-3 y/o-how-to-ski-day}…..however I managed to sneak in a run solo.
With 6’+ in the last 45 days, we (at Crystal) are sitting at about 175% above normal levels currently!! Which makes for some amazing tree runs!  Edit coming soon!

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Look at the trees in the background!!

The new PRET helmet in action!

About the lid: I must say I was impressed with the sound curtain. Really did do its job well!!
And I enjoyed the slimmer lines of the PRET Effect compared to other helmets I have owned.

Pret Helmets EFFECT helmet review (2013/2014)

Model: EFFECT

Color: Burnt Orange

Price:  MSRP $160  Where to buy:  COMING SOON

3_4_originalwww.pret-helmets.com

It was not long ago Pret was birthed out of the heart of the Utah ski scene.  The business plan:  build a lightweight helmet, limit bulk and excess, and make it look good!  I have spent most of this season in a Pret, and I can say “mission accomplished”!!!  

734238_4237311739204_2127859185_n

hiking back up at crystal mt. photo by matt small.

This super-light-weight helmet features a 19 hole vent system.  See photo below of the vent slider.  The slider opens or closes the vent system offering you warmth, yet ventilation.  

The ear flaps contain a “sound curtain”!   How does the sound curtain work?  Well, it is a nice little spot to insert your ear buds, so you do not have to have them in your ears all day on the hill.  Sound quality?  Amazing.  I could not tell a difference much.  Plus, those little ear buds get annoying after a while in your ear all day.

20121226-085914.jpg

VTT3

VTT3:

What is VTT3?  This is Pret’s highest performing ventilation system with 13 external and 19 internal vents.  It  is adjustable from completely open to fully closed. The directional front intake vents power the system that draws heat and moisture out of the helmet.  Does it work?  Yup.  Very well.

Here is why it works:  the intake vents feed cool air into the system without direct contact to your head eliminating  the “Slurpee brain freeze.”  Awesome.  

On top of that, abundant ventilation inside the helmet extracts extra heat and moisture.  Plus, for myself being in the Northwest, conditions change quick with the marine climate, so being able to adjust to all conditions from blizzard to balmy is a feature I like!

20121226-085948.jpg

sound curtain

20121226-085933.jpg

19 hole vent system

20121226-085902.jpg

such a pretty helmet

555193_4237311499198_834848601_n

“I love this helmet.  It pops in photo’s and is super comfy to wear all day shooting” -Brian Hopper                                            photo by matt small at crystal mt

prêt helmets review

EFFECT helmet in white shown with the ARNETTE skylight goggle.

Over all impression:  SOLID!  Very light helmet, well-built.  

Pro’s: Seamless integration with the Arnette SKYLIGHT goggle as seen above!

Cons:  It took me a few try’s to use the magnetic clasp on the chin strap, but now, I feel it is easier than traditional fasted style chin straps!

Don’t miss free discounts, updates and more! Enter your email. (click here)

Click on any photo of a product scene in this review.

IMG_8567crystal_mt

Arnette_Skylight_Sky_Marben_Signature_Gold-Chrome-540x360Photo-120121104-220951.jpgthorlosdalbello VAR-2013-193b