Review — K2 Scepter Snowsport Helmet, 2004


Post by WildSnow.com blogger | June 16, 2004      

The K2 Scepter is a well designed snowsport helmet with a host of excellent features. It’s one of the best ventilated and most comfortable ski helmets around.

Louie Dawson making a spring 2004 backcountry mountain descent in

Louie Dawson making a spring 2004 backcountry mountain descent in Colorado, with Scepter Helmet.

In the fourteen years of my life as a skier, I’ve owned a truckload of helmets. I think I even remember my first one, a big blue bucket my dad bought me at a yard sale — it made my head look like a record size mellon. In the last few years I’ve realized what I want in a helmet, and the K2 Scepter delivers. Here’s why:

Ventilation:
My head gets hot — uphill or down. The Scepter has six large vent holes in the top, with a sliding closure I can easily operate with gloves. Four other mesh covered holes toward the back also provide cooling. These are always open, but could be covered from the inside with a bit of duct tape. Adding to all that, the Scepter is lined with a cooling mesh material that really wicked the sweat off my head. The liner is easy to pull out and wash.

Scepter helmet in play.

Scepter helmet in play.

Look:
Scepter is compact and streamlined, with enough style to look good — but not like Star Wars. The goggle strap groove in the back is big and deep, with a burly snap strap that’s replaceable if it breaks. A big thing for me is goggle gap, and my goggles fit the Scepter with little or no gap at my forehead.

Weight:
I want my helmet light. Scepter’s “Litecap” shell is a plastic shield that’s molded over the foam so it’s super strong but still feels as light as a hat.

Earflaps:
I like soft earflaps so I can easily slip my helmet in my backpack while I’m hiking up. Scepter’s flaps are well padded, but still fold easily, and are removable for really hot days.

Overall Comfort:
Some of those helmets my dad made me wear really hurt my head. Some had hard places that dug into my scalp and forehead. Scepter is completely lined with soft stuff that feels great. As for fit, by getting the correct size and using the fit pads, it’s perfect.

I can’t think of anything I don’t like about the Scepter — except that my mom might make me wear that geeky sun visor you can get for it. Other than that, it’s great!

Below: Helmet Testing Trip Memorial Day Weekend 2004 (click images to enlarge)

(Editor’s note from Lou2: The descent was so beautiful Boone said “let’s do it again,” so we climbed to near the top and yep, did it again. Sun decking at the cabin after a long morning of ski mountaineering was wonderful — watermelon was tasty. This wasn’t so much a helmet “testing” trip as a helmet wearing trip. These kids only fall a few times a year and almost never biff in the backcountry — but the upper face was rock hard and steep, and us dads were glad to see the brain buckets in use.)



IF YOU'RE HAVING TROUBLE VIEWING SITE, TRY WHITELISTING IN YOUR ADBLOCKER, OTHERWISE PLEASE CONTACT US USING MENU ABOVE, OR FACEBOOK.

Please Enjoy A Few Suggested WildSnow Posts


Comments

  Your Comments


  Recent Posts




Facebook Twitter Email Instagram Youtube

WildSnow Twitter Feed



 



  • Blogroll & Links


  • Welcome to Louis (Lou) Dawson's backcountry skiing information & opinion website. Lou's passion for the past 50 years has been alpinism, climbing, mountaineering and skiing -- along with all manner of outdoor recreation. He has authored numerous books and articles about ski touring and is well known as the first person to ski down all 54 of Colorado's 14,000-foot peaks, otherwise known as the Fourteeners! Books and free ski touring news and information here.

    All material on this website is copyrighted, the name WildSnow is trademarked, permission required for reproduction (electronic or otherwise) and display on other websites. PLEASE SEE OUR COPYRIGHT and TRADEMARK INFORMATION.

    We include "affiliate sales" links with most of our blog posts. This means we receive a percentage of a sale if you click over from our site (at no cost to you). None of our affiliate commission links are direct relationships with specific gear companies or shopping carts, instead we remain removed by using a third party who manages all our affiliate sales and relationships. We also sell display "banner" advertising, in this case our relationships are closer to the companies who advertise, but our display advertising income is carefully separated financially and editorially from our blog content, over which we always maintain 100% editorial control -- we make this clear during every advertising deal we work out. Please also notice we do the occasional "sponsored" post, these are under similar financial arrangements as our banner advertising, only the banner or other type of reference to a company are included in the blog post, simply to show they provided financial support to WildSnow.com and provide them with advertising in return. Unlike most other "sponsored content" you find on the internet, our sponsored posts are entirely under our editorial control and created by WildSnow specific writers.See our full disclosures here.

    Backcountry skiing is dangerous. You may be killed or severely injured if you do any form of ski mountaineering, skimo randonnee and randonnée skiing. The information and news on this website is intended only as general information. Due to human error and passing time, the information, text and images contained within this website may be inaccurate, false, or out-of-date. By using, reading or viewing the information provided on this website, you agree to absolve the owners of Wild Snow as well as content contributors of any liability for injuries or losses incurred while using such information. Furthermore, you agree to use any of this website's information, maps, photos, or binding mounting instructions templates at your own risk, and waive Wild Snow owners and contributors of liability for use of said items for ski touring or any other use.

    Switch To Mobile Version