Billed as "a true all mountain performer in a lightweight and highly ventilated hard-shell package" we decided to put the Igniter helmet from Sweet Protection, to the test
Sweet Igniter Helmet
The Igniter is intended to offer high performance protection in a practical, usable package; ABS Superlight shell technology is augmented with EPS impact foam plus Sweet's Impact Shield inserts which can be used to customise fit and therefore personalise the impact protection.
This impressive spec backs up the all mountain claim at least in terms of a helmet's primary function. But it's the other details that elevate the Igniter above most of the competition; the ABS Superlight shell (along with a few other design features) keeps the weight down to an impressive 500 grams. Great for those carrying a load up the skin track on a ski touring trip, but equally important for anyone navigating the ever-changing baggage allowances on budget airlines.
The ventilation options are great, with active venting at the front and passive vents on top, and the goggle strap is simple and easy to use with gloves on. The peak is well thought out too - big enough to offer some shade, but small enough not to make it difficult to lift your goggles.
The fit is possibly the most impressive aspect of the Igniter though, and the price is justified in that no detail has been neglected. The Occigrip adjustment system is more effective than many others I've tried, and although too fiddly to use with gloves, it has the integrity to remain in place once dialled in. The ear pads manage to offer warmth without sacrificing hearing (a huge safety consideration that many helmet manufacturers seem to forget) and even the chin strap is highly adjustable without leaving straps dangling.
Every detail of this helmet has been thought out by people who clearly know their stuff, and care about it too. For this reason the Igniter more than justifies its price tag.