Review: Pro-Tec Scandal BOA Helmet

23 Jun, 2012

Intended Purpose: The Scandal BOA helmet delivers a feather light, low profile helmet with the option of the BOA fit system for a more custom fit.

Appearance: I ended up demoing the Scandal BOA helmet in the pearl white colorway which is definitely white and clean. I would have preferred the purple or black option personally since they aren’t as bright but the white was a good combo for any goggles I rode that day.

Fit: I’m not sure what size I rocked the Pro-Tec Scandal BOA helmet, probably a medium is my best guess. I did notice right away that even thought the fit wasn’t as tight as it could be, the BOA helped create tightness once adjusted and delivered a better fitting helmet for the day.

Goggle Compatibility: I used the Pro-Tec Scandal helmet with the Oakley Canopy goggle for the day. The fit was good, the goggles have a pretty big frame but they still fit well together.

Features: The Pro-Tec Scandal BOA helmet is designed with the BOA fit system for a more custom fit for different head shapes with on-the-fly adjustment. The ear pads are detached with a plush lined for comfort and feature a drop liner. The interior is a one-piece removable and washable interior. The wind shield provides a gapless fit between goggles and helmet. For ventilation, the Scandal has 7 passive vents and internal venting system. The liner is an EPS impact liner. The shell is a in-mold micro shell. The helmet certifications are ASTM 2040/CE EN 1077, 1078 and CPSC 1203.

Durability: I only took the helmet out during the demos so it wasn’t a full season test of durability but during the day and any falls, the helmet did its job of protecting my head while keeping it comfortable. No signs of weakness or issues that I would have with it.

Thoughts: For some reason I use a lot of Pro-Tec gear when it comes to mountain biking but had never tried them out for snowboarding specific protective and helmet gear. The Scandal was a good fitting helmet, made better fitting with the BOA system. It was an easy knob on the back of the helmet to tighten/loosen and worked right away. I’m used to using BOA in snowboard boots so it was pretty easy going/straight forward to work the system. Overall the helmet was a fun choice for the day, it kept my head protected and fit the huge Oakley Canopy frames just fine without gaps or issues.

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Rocking the helme

Pro-Tec Scandal BOA Description

Review Disclosure: I demoed this helmet at the SIA On-Snow Demo at Winter Park, CO.

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  1. annie
    June 24, 2012

    the goggles looks suprisingly good considering l never really heard about it except for from your blog

  2. JV
    June 25, 2012

    Hey Shay,

    How do these compare to Bern EPS Watts? Would you say the Bern is better compatibility for Dragon APX? Any other helmets you would recommend to try with this goggle?

  3. Nes.
    June 25, 2012

    I love the look of this helmet! I’ve been wanting a low pro style, and I like the idea of BOA tech on a helmet (I’m pretty petite so it can be tough to get a good fit). Funny I also use a lot of pro-tech gear for MTB but never thought of going to them for snowboard gear either.

  4. June 25, 2012

    Annie, they are new for 2013 so there won’t be much on them till they are released this fall.

    JV, I’ve used Bern helmets before and very good as well. This helmet was lighter than the Bern’s I’ve used in the past and a bit more low profile. I’d play around to see which ones the APX fit better.

    Nes, awesome, yeah it’s a good looking helmet and the BOA addition is a great idea to bring in fit better. Fun you are the same way as I am with biking/snowboard gear 🙂

  5. August 16, 2012

    Thanks for the review Shay, this helmet looks great! I was thinking about buying a bern, but after your review I am definitely going for the Pro-tec now.