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Published on December 3rd, 2012 | by Greg

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Bolle B-Style And Audio Kit: A Solid B

We’ve been posting on a few ski and snowboard helmets recently, but we’re not quite finished. This will be the last one before we welcome in 2013, but fear not- there are plenty of other outdoor and winter sports reviews coming up, including a look at one of the slickest jackets that we’ve seen, plus another pair of snowshoes, and even a review of some  appropriate gloves.

Today, we’ve got the Bolle B-Style helmet, a lightweight, fairly basic helmet with decent looks and a gender-neutral set of styling options that means it can work for men or women. Ours was black, but it’s also available in green or white/pink and white/blue options. We took it out for a few runs on the slopes, while also checking out the two in our recent set of features- the high-end Variant Brim from Smith that offered the best ventilation, warmth, and padding but is the most expensive, as well as the Salomon Prophet, which featured a nifty but slightly gimmicky pump-fit system and rated well overall for comfort and value.

The B-Style is the least expensive of the options, something we do try and take into account. The feature set is more limited, and there are more compromises in comfort and design. There is no brim to help keep powder off of your goggles, and ventilation is fairly poor. The chin strap is rougher and a bit scratchy, and ours came out of the box with a bit of peeling between the plastic shell and the foam core.

On a cosmetic level, rivets are visible- and surprisingly, so is the exposed foam on the underside of the helmet, which looks a little ugly in our opinion (and makes it appear more like a basic biking helmet). The plaid accents on the sides were nice though, and it was lightweight, easy to fit, and decently comfortable. Fit was pretty good- the adjustable “Click To Fit” system wasn’t very granular, and could slip a bit, but did the job.

One thing that does set this one above is the audio system, called the Bolle Audio Kit. Insert the flatter earbuds into your the padded earliners, and you can then attach your MP3 player and listen to music pipe directly into your helmet. Audio quality is… passable, and this is a no-frills option, with mediocre cabling. But as a fast, easy way to listen to music while on the slopes, it’s a great option. We enjoyed listening on the go, and not needing to worry about our earbuds.

Overall, it’s a decent option for beginners or those who only want to hit the slopes a couple of times and don’t want to rent equipment. The B-Style didn’t wow us in any category except weight, but did feel supportive and solid, and has a nice optional audio accessory package and several color options to fit most anyone. Available now for the quite reasonable price of $80 or so.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.



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