Raise your hand if you’ve ever had a photograph taken of yourself where either your ski helmet or goggles were mortifyingly uneven- and you didn’t realize it until after it was posted on Instagram.

Yep. Until testing out Oakley’s new MOD3 snow helmet, that was usually me. I was the one constantly adjusting my helmet and ski goggles the second I got off the chairlift- the one person in the photo with that subtle line of skin or balaclava fabric exposed. I was the <blushes> Girl with the Almost Gaper Gap.

Oakley Mod3 Helmet review

Fellow Gaper and (almost) Gaper Gappers, you can now banish embarrassing Gaper Gap for good with the help of the Modular Brim System (MBS) featured on Oakley’s new MOD3 snow helmet – part of the company’s inaugural line of snow sport helmets.

Like its performance eyewear, Oakley’s snow helmets are loaded with features that are as much about function as they are about looking good. I admit, I like gear that not only performs well, but looks awesome as well.


I recently took the MOD 3 out on the slopes of Copper Mountain and Breckenridge ski resorts for a test.

Using both cylindrical and spherical shaped goggles, I appreciated the MBS helmet and goggle integration system because it offers a small and large brim option to accommodate any size or style of goggle with ease. MBS was definitely a plus when it came to swapping out goggles, not wasting time doing clumsy adjustments, and saving my fingers from freezing in the process.

Oakley Mod3 Helmet review

My second favorite feature was the BOA fit system that kept the helmet tight on my head the entire day and spared me the extra (and often annoying) step of adjusting the chin strap. As with gear that includes BOA fit systems, I was able to quickly adjust the helmet securely and comfortably on my head for the perfect fit.Oakley Mod3 Helmet review

The Fidlock Buckle System took a little bit to get used to when it came to removing the helmet with ease. I suspect it was because I have never used a helmet (snow or bike) that included a magnetic locking mechanism.  Other features include brim ventilation to help prevent foggy goggles, fixed ventilation to maximize air flow, a removable one-piece liner, and in-mold construction that keeps the helmet light on your head.  The No-Pressure Ear Cups were fine on a blue bird ski day, but the construction seemed a tad thin for a cold day with harsh winds.


The MOD3 helmet incorporates the performance aspects of the more expensive MOD5, but is designed to look more streamlined in appearance.

My initial reaction when I took the helmet out of its box was that it appeared more cumbersome and more round than my trusty Giro snow helmet of four years. I was also worried that I would look like an extra from Spaceballs.  However, once I put it on, it did not appear as bulbous as I had feared. It was surprisingly light weight, but still seemed bulkier than what I was used to. Out of curiosity, I had two friends who wear larger helmet sizes try it on for size, and it did look better on them.

In addition, the appealing winter camouflage color offered subtle style and drew compliments from both men and women while I was standing in the lift line.

Final Thoughts

Oakley has found another way to expand its presence in snow sports with the introduction of the snow helmet line. The half shell MOD 3 is consistent with Oakley’s tradition of incorporating top-of-the-line performance aspects and stylish features in its design.

With a price tag of $150, the Oakley MOD3 is pricier than what I normally spend on snow helmets. However, the MBS and BOA systems alone can justify the purchase as well as the elimination of worrying about the possibility of Gaper Gap. Its combined style and function make the MOD3 the perfect fit for any powder hound.