Pret Lyric X
- Secure, universal fit
- Soft, wool liner
- Easy to adjust chinstrap
- Hard to adjust fit system
- Non-adjustable vents
- Non-intuitive buckle system
The Pret Lyric X is an extremely lightweight helmet that comes in at a very low price point compared to the other helmets in this test, but it still rates highly when it comes to safety. The helmet uses MIPS technology, as well as Vent Tuning Technology, though the venting isn’t adjustable, unlike the other helmets tested.
The Pret Lyric X is a very lightweight ski and snowboard helmet that uses MIPS technology and fits true to size.
The Pret Lyric X was comfortable for most testers and created no pressure points throughout a day of riding. Although a few testers felt gaping between the helmet and the top of the head. The inner lining and ear pads felt soft, and did not hinder hearing.
The Pret Lyric X is the lightest of all the helmets tested and felt very sleek and comfortable throughout the entire day. The style and weight did not hinder movement. Overall, the helmet felt secure when tightened with the chinstrap and adjustable fit system.
The Pret Lyric X uses a venting system made up of front, top, and rear vents to remove heat and moisture. There is no system to close the vents rather the vent covers are sewn into the liner and falling snow stayed out. The inner lining is made of 99 percent pure silver, which claims to have a natural temperature regulating property—testers stayed cool on mountain even with temperatures above the 40s.
Ease of Use
The chinstrap was easy to adjust, as was the goggle strap. The fit system dial was smaller than other helmets, which was hard to use with gloves on. The buckle system was easy to release one-handed. A variety of goggles fit well with no gap. The helmet did not scuff easily. The interior lining is breathable and fully removable, as are the ear pads.
The helmet has a goggle holder, is audio compatible, and features RECCO Rescue System Technology. The Pret Lyric X uses MIPS technology, a multi-directional impact protection system to protect heads from linear and rotational impacts.
How We Tested It
The helmets in this test were used among four different female testers (both skiers and snowboarders), during the entire 2016-2017 ski season. Testers rode at Arapahoe Basin Ski and Snowboard Area, Keystone Resort, Vail Mountain Resort, backcountry in Rocky Mountain National Park, as well as Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, and Grand Teton National Park. The helmets were used on groomers, in the trees, and in the backcountry in variable snow conditions.
The products featured in this test have been loaned to the Gear Institute. For more on our policies regarding editorial objectivity and sample returns, see here.
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