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Item # SMI001O

They’re not kidding about the Forefront thing.

The team at Smith, having spent decades reducing lens fogging, knows quite a bit about ventilation. One look at the Forefront Helmet, with its breathable Koroyd tube structure, shows how willing they are to depart from convention to create a product that’s truly great. The Koroyd tubes are tiny, extruded, co-polymer tubes that absorb about 30% more impact than traditional EPS foam, and, due to their hollow nature, allow air to flow freely in a way that foam simply can’t. On top of that, the microstructures allow for less material to be used in the construction of the helmet, which adds up to a highly-protective helmet that weighs in at just about 285grams.

It’s not just a cool-looking helmet that protects your head, though. The AirEvac system, borrowed from its snow helmets, moves hot air away from your glasses or goggles to keep them fog-free. The visor has two positions to keep the sun out of your eyes, and there’s also a threaded brass insert on the top of the helmet designed to accept aftermarket mounting kits for GoPro cameras and Light and Motion lights. The helmet’s fit is secured via Smith’s VaporFit retention system, which anyone familiar with Smith’s snow line will be familiar with.

  • Aerocore Koroyd tube construction
  • POV camera and light-mounting capabilities
  • Optics perch

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd
Multiple Impact:
Fit Adjustment:
Claimed Weight:
[medium] 285 g
Recommended Use:
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart


Arrival, Aspect, Camber, Compass, Forefront, Gage, Maze, Overtake, Sequel, Valence, Vantage, Variance
Head Circumference  20 - 22in
(51 - 55cm)
22 - 23in
(55 - 59cm)
23 - 25in
(59 - 63cm)
25 - 26in
(63 - 67cm)
Allure, Holt
Head Circumference 20.5 - 21in
(52 - 54cm)
21 - 22in
(54 - 56cm)
22 - 23in
(56 - 58cm)
23 - 24in
(58 - 60cm)
24 - 25in
(60 - 62cm)
Gage Jr, Holt Jr, Upstart Jr, Zoom Jr
  Youth SYouth M 
Head Circumference  19 - 21in
(48 - 53cm)
21 - 23in
(53 - 58cm)
How to Measure Head Circumference:
Measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.

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Here's what others have to say...

My favorite helmet.

I love this helmet- it fits great, breathes well, and looks great. I love the "optics perch" nice to throw your shades up top in a secure spot on those long and hot climbs.

My favorite helmet.
Responded on

Awesome picture Jonny !!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the homepage! Congrats on being amazingly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

Best helmet I have owned

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Got rid of my Bell Super helmet and upgraded to the Smith forefront. Great fit, super light, and well ventilated. With I would have switched sooner! Well worth the money

Best helmet I have owned

Will you be getting the mips version of this helmet in?

Responded on

yes!! we will be, smith is in the process of getting those in stock themselves. It is around the corner, just no definitive date yet.

5 5

Super light weight and comfy

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

So light I forget I'm wearing a helmet. The honeycomb tubes and vents provide great ventilation. I like the styling of the matte black ombr� and wear it with my Smith PivLock sunglasses for a great matching fit. Haven't taken a spill on the dome yet but it seems like solid construction and I feel safe hitting the trails hard!

are the mips version in yet? and if I order this one would I get that version?

Unanswered Question

I am interested in the Smith Forefront bike helmet. Do you post to Australia and if yes how much would it cost?
Also, my head size is 59 cm, what would the best helmet size?

5 5

Perfect MTB Helmet

I've been wearing the Smith Forefront for the last several weeks now and it's absolutely perfect for my riding style. Riding here in WV has a lot of steep climbs that will get you over heated. But with this helmet it breaths great and is very comfortable. I hate wearing helmets but this is not an issue with this helmet. I looks incredible as well. I've tried many different brands but POC and the Smith are by far my favorites. And for me the Smith is now my go to over my POC. Price is alittle steep compared to other helmets. But spend the money, you won't be disappointed.

Do you have an ETA on the MIPS version of this helmet?

Best Answer Responded on

It kind of depends on the color/size you want, but we should start getting those in at the end of this month through mid April!

4 5

Love it

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great helmet. Great looks, great coverage, and it's nice and light. I think it's more expensive than it should be, but the technology is cool.

I really like how the visor articulates up. This is great for climbs when you want full vision, or when you set it on the ground after a ride, it prevents the visor from stressing.

I like the new radical design with the hexagon tubes on the inner material. However, these tubes don't always line up with the flow of air, so it doesn't breathe quite as well as it should.

Overall, it's a little overpriced, and the airflow is about 80% of a regular MTB half-shell, so it lost 1/2 a star. All that considered, it's still my favorite helmet so far.

How is the airflow on this helmet? does it get hot? I'm trying to decide either to go for the forefront or the hex.

Best Answer Responded on

Hey Rapee L,
This helmet vents extremely well. It has large opening around the helmet which help to extract heat and moisture. The Giro Hex helmet also vents very well. Personally I think this Forefront helmet will vent better than the Hex.

Responded on

It vents OK, but not as well as some other lids. I still love it though, but due to the hex design, the "tubes" don't always align with the flow of air.

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Awesome picture Andrew!!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the homepage! Congrats on being utterly GOATWORTHY !!

5 5

Dome Protection

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This helmet has been hard to get in my size and desired color. Everyone wants these things and for good reasons! It is super light, fits my head great and doesn't bobble around as my old helmet did. The honeycomb venting also allows for great air flow in the summer when you are hot. It is winter now so I haven't put it to much use yet but come summer I can't wait to put this thing on!

5 5

Great Fit!

I bought the camera/ light mount for $15 from the Smith website. It showed up in 2 days (Utah). It's a super solid mount that takes the shakiness out of my POV shots and it's very easy to snap a light on and off. I'm impressed at how comfortable the Forefront is and will probably get the Overtake for road riding.

5 5

Light, Streamline, Easy to Adjust

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This bad boy is very light and lets air rush right into your brain! I love fit and the easy adjustability. The visor has 2 modes and is not detachable which is unfortunate but doesn't take away from this product. Very lightweight and you'll barely notice this thing on your head!

5 5

Nice helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've spent the majority of the summer and fall using this helmet. Overall, I really like it. It's lightweight, it fits my head, and I think it looks cool. The only downside to the aerocore is that it doesn't allow air to flow quite as well as a completely open vent. Not at all a dealbreaker in my book, but noticeable when the temps get hot AND you are not moving quickly (like a slow grind uphill). Once the speed rises, the vents help the airflow a lot.
I'll also add that I took a nice OTB digger and somehow my bike landed on my head. I have a shaved head, and the aerocore scraped a nice honeycomb design into the top of my scalp. No biggie, but it did sting in the shower for a day or two.
I really like this helmet, and would buy it again.

Forefront explained

Smith's director of development gives you the low down on the forefront

Does this helmet allow for a light to be strapped on?

Best Answer Responded on

While the Aerocore construction has plenty of advantages, unrestricted, large vents isn’t one of them, which is why Smith integrated camera and light mounts. Using a threaded brass insert atop the helmet, you’re able to pick up an aftermarket mount kit with custom mounts for GoPro helmets, as well as Light and Motion lights. While it does require accessories, the upshot is that the mounts are far more secure than the standard strap mounts used to mount those items to other helmets. The benefit is immediately clear when your POV footage becomes a LOT less shaky. And Smith is currently working with a handful of other manufacturers to expand the mount offerings.

Is this helmet recommended for use in road...

Is this helmet recommended for use in road cycling?

Responded on

This helmet can be used on the road, but Smith offers a road specific helmet, the Overtake. We plan on having the Overtake available for purchase soon.

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