Smith Forefront Mips Helmet
Smith Forefront MIPS 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.
This edition of the Forefront Helmet is equipped with the patented MIPS system to reduce the rotational forces to the brain in the case of an oblique impact. Where most helmets are tested for vertical impacts, studies have shown that the human brain is more sensitive to oblique impacts. MIPS technology mimics nature's own method of reducing forces transferred to the brain in the event of a crash. When subjected to an oblique impact, a membrane between the brain and skull allows the brain to slide along the inner surface of the skull, which ultimately reduces the forces transferred to the brain. MIPS helmets use a low friction layer between the shell and liner to mimic this process, which significantly reduces the forces transferred to the brain.
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
- MIPS technology
- Certification: CPSC, CE EN 1078
- Weight: 310 grams (Size Medium)
|Head Diameter||51 - 55cm||55 - 59cm||59 - 63cm|
With tape measure level, measure the widest point of your head, approximately 1" above your eyebrows.
The fit is great. My head circumference is 58.7 cm and their sizing chart aligned perfectly.
The pads and dial system allow for a nicely customized fit.
The visor moves in two different positions which is great for opening up some ventilation or blocking the sun at different times of the day.
One issue I had is that I don't feel like the ventilation is as strong as claimed by Smith. I rode this in a few hot and humid conditions and had saturated the pads within thirty minutes. As compared to my more "road" inspired helmets (Giro Aeon and Atmos), this is definitely warmer, but the increase in safety and coverage is worth it.
That being said, this would not be my go to helmet for a hot, exposed, summer ride.
Overall, I'm happy with the helmet and will continue to wear it. I have not tried the light/go pro accessory mount but I will consider it.
PROS: Extra Pads, Highly Adjustable, Tough, Comfortable Fit
CONS: Slight Ventilation Issues
BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Cold Weather, All-Around
PROS: Comfortable Fit, Highly Adjustable, Lightweight, Tough, Good Ventilation
BEST USES: Mountain Biking, Warm Weather
PROS: Highly Adjustable, Good Ventilation, Lightweight, Tough, Comfortable Fit
BEST USES: Long Rides, Commuting, All-Around, Mountain Biking, Warm Weather, Short Rides
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