First tracks in the CKX Titan snowmobile helmet

by Kirsten Armleder

A snowmobiler wearing the orange and black CKX Titan snowmobile helmet in the mountains.
The CKX Titan helmet is brand new and there's nothing quite like it on the market. Monte Smith photo

The CKX Titan Helmets arrived at SnoRiders in October and since then, my riding partner and I had been pretty anxious to lay down some fresh tracks in our new lids. Our first test was in late November—early season riding and a cold day at that.

A sledder wearing the blue and yellow CKX Titan snowmobile helmet.
The oversized goggles, breath box and nose guard do a good job of blocking wind. Kirsten Armleder photo

On the trail ride in, I immediately took note of the 210° goggles. A wider field of view expanded my peripheral vision. The noseguard and breath guard also created a tight seal in the helmet opening so that very little wind could get at my face. The wind skirt around the chin and back of the neck was great, too, and I believe it helped keep me warm on the trail. The Rapid Clip attachment for the goggles on the side of the helmet is another great idea, but it’s going to take some getting used to.

Heading into the riding area was where I could really start to test this helmet. First stuck, and my knee-jerk reaction was to remove it, like usual, until I remembered the muzzle. Drop it down and I could breathe while digging, stamping and pulling skis (I just had to remember to flip it back up before riding off). Later, the muzzle also came in handy for when I was stopped, chatting with riding buddies and grabbing a quick drink. When I did want to take the helmet off, the quick-release chin strap was a handy feature.

When it comes to fit and overall feel, the helmet is comfortable and lightweight. On me, it tends to fit a little on the tight side, but a few more rides and I’m sure it will break in. First ride thoughts on the CKX Titan Helmet are positive, but with the core of our sledding season still ahead, there will be a lot more technical tests for this helmet. 

For more information, check out the CKX Titan website

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