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Smith Forefront Helmet

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Smith Forefront Helmet

Smith Forefront Helmet

This new all-mountain helmet by Smith is truly on the Forefront of bicycle helmet technology. Through use of Smith’s AEROCORE construction the Forefront helmet implements their patented Koroyd material which offers better impact absorption and ventilation, as well as being significantly lighter weight then your traditional ESP helmet. Koroyd are honeycomb-like structures comprised of thousands of co-polymer tubes that have been thermally welded together, forming a lightweight impact material that also breathes better than EPS or foam. Smith’s Vaporfit retention system ensures a comfortable fit; once the height on each of the straps are dialed in to fit your head properly, simply use the rotating dial at the back of the helmet to micro-adjust the fit to get it just right. The antimicrobial X-Static performance lining eliminates static and odors, as well as helps regulate temperatures, keeping you fresher than daisies and cooler than cucumbers.

Smith Forefront Helmet Features

  • Ventilated protection featuring patented Koroyd material
  • Integrated skeletal structure and carbon fiber reinforcements
  • Vaporfit adjustable fit system
  • Integrated camera & light mount
  • 21 vents
  • X-Static performance lining
  • Ultra-light single layer webbing
  • Airevac goggle ventilation
  • Goggle retention strap included
  • Certification: CPSC, CE EN 1078
Smith Helmet Size Chart
Size Small Medium Large
Head Diameter 51 - 55cm 55 - 59cm 59 - 63cm

With tape measure level, measure the widest point of your head, approximately 1" above your eyebrows.

4.2 / 5.0
17 Reviews
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Forefront Needed More Forethought
Lightweight, fits well and hard to tell you are wearing it as a result. Although, I would disagree on the ventilation and think it runs a little hot. Since I recently tested it's durability in a endo wreck in which I took a header on some rocky stair steps, I can attest to its strength. My main complaint related to its protection is the honeycomb liner. While the exterior withstood the impact with minimal damage and the visor broke away, the liner acted as a cheese grater and took a significant amount of skin from my forehead. I'm happy to have walked away without a serious head injury, but I would not recommend this helmet based on the honeycomb liner issue. I sent an email to Smith to make them aware of this concern and they were kind enough to offer me a 30% discount on another helmet that I would not buy again if I shipped it back to them at my own expense. Weak.

PROS: Tough, Lightweight

CONS: Value, Liner Removes Skin

BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Grating Cheese
December 1, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
Smith Forefront Issues
I took a slow fall & landed full force on the helment. I felt like my head was trying to be pushed thru a strainer. The Hex shaped inner support of the helmet doesn't distribute the load, so you have the skinny mesh thickness applying all the force like a knife edge. What a terrible design

PROS: Comfortable Fit, Lightweight

CONS: Poor ventilation, Poor Protection
September 1, 2014
Hood River Or
Freaking Hot
I bought this helmet just because of the ventilation technology but to tell you the truth I went back to my Fox Flux since the forefront it is too hot during summer I really don't feel air flowing at all. and I sweat twice as much.

I like it but I think I will be using it during winter.

PROS: Lightweight, Comfortable Fit, Highly Adjustable, Tough

CONS: No Ventilation

BEST USES: Cold Weather, Mountain Biking
July 12, 2014
Lake Forest CA
One of my favorite helmets
I am a bit of a helmet buff. I own way too many helmets but I just love to try them all. By far the forefront is one of my favorites. The fit of this helmet along with how incredibly light it is makes this helmet awesome. The fit with my Smith glasses is perfect (I would expect so) and the storage location is rad! Yea this helmet doesn't ventilate the best but I will say it breaths better than my TLD A1 and Bell Super. The retention system is great too since it doesn't require two hands to operate. Keep in mind you have to buy the GoPro/light mount separate but it makes mounting lights for night riding a breeze!

PROS: Comfortable Fit, Lightweight, Highly Adjustable, Good Ventilation

BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Cold Weather
September 30, 2014
Riverside, CA
Unbelievably comfortable
This helmet is wicked comfortable. If you're contemplating buying but dont know if you can fully justify spending the money on a new helmet amongst other things, absolutely go with this.

PROS: Highly Adjustable, Comfortable Fit, Lightweight
January 20, 2016
Litchfield, Ct
Very good helmet
This fits my head well. Brands like Giro and Garneau fit me better than Bell, if that's any use to others. The only problem I have is you probably need to use the GoPro mount to attach a light to the helmet (granted, that's probably a good, secure way to attach a light). I couldn't get my Blackburn flea attached with the velcro strap it came with.

PROS: Highly Adjustable, Comfortable Fit, Good Ventilation

BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Commuting
September 25, 2016
Product and service is rad
I really love this helmet, it seems to like the ventaltion is very good. I live in California and gets so hot in the summer that a helmet that has good air flow is crucial! The dudes down at the jenson corona store are rad! They were very helpful with choosing the right helmet and gave very good info regarding there personal use. They let me demo a few bikes too. Have been thinking about getting a new full sus and it was very cool to actually ride the bikes and feel the difference in geometry and spec. Over all the helmet is amazing and the service down at jenson is top notch! Would defiantly recommend using them for all your mountain bike needs. ????
June 12, 2017
Jenson Corona
Great fit
Finally replaced my beat down smelly Bell helmet. Found the Forefront on sale at Jenson and pulled the trigger. Stoked I did. Been riding mountain bikes since.....well for a really long time and no helmet I've ever owned is this comfortable. It is also lightweight and ventilate well in the warm So Cal climate. Very happy with purchase and hopefully I will not have to find out how good the impact protection is but it is supposed to be great.

PROS: Good Ventilation, Highly Adjustable, Lightweight, Comfortable Fit

CONS: Pricey
March 23, 2016
San Diego area
Because TRON is chic.
Ah, the Forefront. When I first sampled the Sun Valley-born lid at Outerbike in the fall of 2013, I immediately tried to hand my credit card to the fine folks at the Smith tent, to which I was scoffed at... "SPRING."

Perhaps you're a touch off in the head, like me. Maybe you ride around on a day-glo bike with accessories and gear to match, as loud and as proud as possible. Maybe you like unique aesthetics and pretending you're shredding Captain Ahab on a TRON bike. Or maybe you like unique styling, convenient features (goggle strap holder, sunglasses slot, and camera mount, anyone?), great ventilation, and the protective benefits of McDonald's straws bunched tightly together.

The fortunate reality is that the Smith Forefront is the finest MTB half-shell I've ever ridden in, both from a comfort and aesthetic standpoint. Unfortunately, it does have a pricetag to match. But nothing costs more than looking good feels, right?

PROS: Looks Rad, Comfortable Fit, Good Ventilation, Highly Adjustable, Tough, Lightweight

CONS: Expensive

BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Long Rides, All-Around
September 29, 2014
Redlands, CA
Great helmet!!!
Not as hot as I thought it might be or had read.

PROS: Highly Adjustable, Comfortable Fit, Lightweight

CONS: None Yet But Havn't Had
August 19, 2015
El Cajon, CA

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