Santa Cruz, CA ¿ Giro Sport Design, the leader in performance wintersport helmets has introduced a revolutionary all mountain snowboard helmet- the Nineà‚„¢. Light on weight, big on vents, cool on head, the Nine sets a new standard for helmets. In designing the Nine, Giro’s R&D team worked with feedback from Giro snowboarders Steve Klassen, Mike Basich and Rob Kingwill. These athletes spend over 150 days a year on snow and wanted a helmet that better addressed their needs. “They wanted a helmet that was lightweight, ventilated and cut above the ear. The Nine was designed to give them just that,” said Daryl Price, Giro’s Promotion coordinator.

The Nine utilizes all of Giro’s latest snow helmet technology including a revolutionary In-moldedà‚„¢ shell, removable ear flaps, goggle loop, padded chin strap and neck roll. The In-molded shell creates a tough exo-skeleton, which helps to reinforce the incredibly lightweight (12.5 oz) helmet in the event of an accident. It’s the same technology that allows a cockroach to walk away from an encounter with a rolled up newspaper.

To help keep riders cool on warm days, the Nine features 12 huge vents that allow heat to escape. On cold days these vents can be easily closed with Giro’s Weatherstripà‚„¢ vent plugs. The removable vent plugs are small and easily fit into a pocket.

The Nine was tested in New Zealand this summer by Giro’s snowboarders Rob Kingwill and Julie Zell, and made its debut during this summer’s X Games on Mike Basich.

The Nine is available in 6 Super Fit sizes – XS, S, M, L, XL, XXL- and 3 colors, Titanium, Matte Black, Metallic Red. The Nine is certified to ASTM standard 1447.

You can pick up your Nine for $125 at Snowboard shops everywhere.

Available: December 1999