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Item # SMI001O

Totally futuristic.

Smith Optics has become an icon for its killer shades, not to mention its lineup snow helmets and goggles. But the boys in Sun Valley spend most of the year riding mountain bikes on the region’s countless miles of velvety-smooth singletrack, and they wanted to keep their domes comfortable and protected during the warmer months as well. That’s why Smith pooled its extensive knowledge of all things helmet related to create the Forefront helmet. At 285g, it’s feather light, but don’t think for a minute that it sacrifices anything in the way of protection. It’s plainly obvious that this ain’t Smith’s first rodeo, even if it is the Idaho brand’s first bike helmet.

Smith has been able to accomplish this blend of minimal weight and maximum protection through the use of its patented Aerocore technology. This construction employs Koroyd material, which looks a lot like the bundles of straws you may have used in science class to protect eggs when you dropped them off a roof. It’s not much of a coincidence, as this honeycomb construction yields a claimed 30% reduction in forces transmitted to your noggin, as compared to the industry standard EPS foam. It’s particularly useful for building helmets, because it requires a minimal amount of material, so there’s no unnecessary weight. It also has the desirable effect of maximizing air-flow, keeping you cool when you’re working hard.

The padding is minimal, to keep air flowing freely. Speaking of which, the visor has two height settings, neither of which interfere with the ventilation. Three shell sizes accommodate the vast majority of head shapes, with fine tuning handled by Smith’s VaporFit retention system. It utilizes a click-wheel adjuster that’s borrowed from the snow helmet division, so you know it’s solid. Also coming from the snow program is AirEvac ventilation system, which channels hot air out of the tops of your glasses, reducing fogging. It’s particularly useful if you choose to run goggles, although we claim no responsibility for the heckling that may follow such a contentious fashion statement.

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.

The Smith Forefront Helmet is available in three sizes, from Small, to Large, and in the colors Acid, Cypress Camo, Dr. Bob, Fire, Matte Black, Matte White, Matte Cement, Magenta, Neon Orange, and White.

Tech Specs

Material:
Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd
Ventilation:
Aerocore
Adjustable Vents:
no
Fit Adjustment:
VaporFit
Multiple Impact:
no
Claimed Weight:
[medium] 285 g
Recommended Use:
all mountain
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

Size chart

Smith

Helmets
Arrival, Aspect, Camber, Compass, Forefront, Gage, Maze, Overtake, Sequel, Valence, Vantage, Variance
  SMLXL
Head Circumference  20 - 22in
(51 - 55cm)
22 - 23in
(55 - 59cm)
23 - 25in
(59 - 63cm)
25 - 26in
(63 - 67cm)
Allure, Holt
 XSSMLXL
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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Unanswered Question

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?
Graham

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.

Smith Forefront

Smith Forefront

Putting the Smith forefront to good use today!

Responded on

Awesome picture Andrew!!!

I selected this image to feature on the Community Hub at the bottom of the Backcountry.com 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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Blister Gear Review

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5 5

Ultimate All-Mtn Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

Although smith is new to the bike helmet game, they are certainly pioneers when it comes to producing some of the most lightweight durable winter sports helmets on the market, and this is no different.

I've had mine for about a month now, and the one thing I notice about this helmet is actually how little I notice it. The air venting through the helmet allows air to move freely between your dome piece and the helmet, and after a while I just forgot that I had it on. I've taken a few falls with it, and there are very little signs of wear.

If your familiar with smith products already, this helmet is going to be no different that what you already expect from them. The quality is high, and no corner has been cut.

5 5

First ride impressions

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

I took my first ride wearing the Smith Forefront last night. Basic adjustments were quick and easy (twist dial at the back, chin strap, ear triangle- to use technical terms) and I really didn't think about the helmet until towards the end of my 2 hour ride. The Forefront only came to mind several times as I pedaled towards the sun and thought about how my visor (neon orange) highlighted the colors and looked light something I should instagram, but I was having such a good time I forwent social media. Roughly an hour later as I slowly chugged up Hagen's Highway trail, I realized I could feel cooling air coming through the "straws" of the Forefront's core. Granted, I've got short hair, but I've never really noticed this before. I was impressed. I'll update this after a few more rides, but it's a solid start. I've got to get my hands on the GoPro mount to see how it compares to the stability of the "vented helmet strap" that I'd usually use.