Oakley Mod 1 Pro Ski Helmet | Review

Protect your noggin with the best in the business

Why we chose the Oakley Mod 1 Pro: It’s lightweight, it protects your brain, it’s adjustable, comfortable and has a skate-style aesthetic that makes it look ‘cool’.

Price: £102


Ever stopped for a second and really thought about how Oakley has the word ‘oak’ in it? Oak; solid, dependable, always reliable oak. It’s something that popped into our heads the other day while discussing the excellent Oakley Mod 1 Pro Helmet, and it’s an idea that, well, has made the final cut for this review, let’s put it like that. 

“There’s a sense when you put your head under the Oakley Mod 1 Pro Helmet that it could survive a direct hit from a trident missile”

Like a really good dining table, or one of those indestructible-looking wooden bookshelves you have at your family home, there’s a sense when you put your head under the Oakley Mod 1 Pro Helmet that it could survive a direct hit from a trident missile. It (probably) couldn’t, to be fair, but it does just inherently feel like a properly tough and dependable shell in which to put your body’s most vital organ. 

There’s a number of reasons this product is featured in this year’s Ski 100, and that’s definitely one of the main ones. Honestly, we just straight up like this lid. We like it a lot.


Right, where to start? Well, the BOA 360 Fit System is absolutely top notch. It’s a fully adjustable aspect of the helmet that’s been cleverly engineered in such a way that the wearer can optimise fit. Ideal for people who like bombing it at speed, or sending it big, as there’s nothing more annoying to these people than ‘wobbly’ kit that’s going to consistently mess with their inner sense of mountain zen on the hill. Big thumbs up for the locked-in fit, made possible by the smart design, that’s on offer here. 

What else? Well, we’re loving the fixed ventilation that allows hot air to escape from the top of the helmet when you’re going full guns on a warm spring day in the mountains. On that note, we also really like the removable liner / earpads that make the helmet customisable for various extremes of weather. The removable liner / earpads aspect of the helmet’s design also allows for easy cleaning.

The brim / goggle ventilation system that functions as part of the Oakley Mod 1 Pro’s offering is also excellent. It allows for hot air to flow unobstructed from your goggles through the helmet’s brim ventilation. This will enhance the anti-fog performance of your Oakley goggles no end, and is the best reason to go for an Oakley helmet and goggle double-act on the slopes this winter. 

“The MIPS Brain Protection System is integrated into the helmet”

The MIPS Brain Protection System is integrated into the helmet, a low friction layer designed to reduce rotational motion that can be transferred to the brain during an impact. It’s clever, health-preserving, stuff. It gives the helmet a reassuring quality that cheaper, more basic lid options, simply don’t possess. 

Finally, big up the Fidlock Buckle. It might sound like the name of a background character in that boy wizard book series but it’s actually a genuinely nifty part of the Oakley Mod 1 Pro. In short, it provides seamless magnetic functionality and lets you fasten your helmet with your gloves on. 

Less important than the safety stuff obviously but for those who care about such things we’re pleased to say the Oakley Mod 1 Pro is available in a number of colour options.

With a RRP just north of £100 (£105 to be exact), you might be tempted to look elsewhere when buying a ski helmet. That thinking is totally understandable, although it should be reiterated that you do get a lot of bang for your buck here. If you want an incredibly safe, incredibly comfortable and versatile helmet up top when you’re exploring the mountains this winter, this offering from Oakley really is a standout option in so many areas. Well worthy of your consideration, well worthy of its place in this year’s Ski 100. 

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