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SmithForefront 2 MIPS Helmet

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Upping the ante.

Mountain biking protective gear is constantly being re-engineered to be lighter, stronger, and sleeker, seeing demanding trail and all-mountain riders want more comfortable helmets without sacrificing good looks. Following this evolution in design, the Smith Forefront 2 MIPS Helmet builds on the success of the original with increased aerodynamics, heightened protection, and airy-cool ventilation in a sleek, attractive lid for trail and all-mountain disciplines.

Smith's proprietary Aerocore In-Mold construction pairs traditional EPS foam with Koroyd tubular structures for better ventilation and a lighter overall weight, but without sacrificing impact dispersion and structural integrity. For the Forefront 2 Helmet, Smith fully encompasses the backside of the helmet with Koroyd structures for an even lighter, more airy feel than before. 20 optimized vents work with Koroyd tubular structures, allowing built-up heat to readily escape in all directions, so you're not susceptible to overheating and excessive sweating.

Of course, you're probably not surprised to see MIPS on a helmet of this pedigree, seeing the stand-out success this relatively new technology has witnessed over the past few years. MIPS technology places a low-friction liner inside the helmet, which allows the helmet to rotate independently around your head during a crash occurring at an angle. What this does is help to lessen rotational forces transmitted through the helmet, thereby giving you peace of mind when you're ripping down the trail and plunging into rocky stretches, especially when things go horribly wrong and you find yourself flying over the bars at high speeds.

  • Smith's premiere helmet for trail and all-mountain
  • MIPS low-friction liner disperses rotational forces
  • Aerocore In-Mold design is light, breathable, rugged
  • 20 large vents with Koroyd for increased breathability
  • Three-position visor is compatible with enduro goggles
  • VaporFit adjustable fit system for a customized fit
  • X-Static anti-odor lining with Reflective Cooling
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Shell Material
Aerocore In-Mold construction
Impact Foam
Koroyd, EPS foam
20 AirEvac vents
Fit Adjustment
VaporFit adjustable fit system
three-position adjustable visor
CPSC, CE EN 1078
Recommended Use
enduro, trail
Manufacturer Warranty


Helmet Fit System / Lifestyle Fit System
Head Circumference

20 - 22in

(51 - 55cm)

22 - 23in

(55 - 59cm)

23 - 25in

(59 - 63cm)

25 - 26in

(63 - 67cm)

Head Circumference

20.5 - 21in

(52 - 54cm)

21 - 22in

(54 - 56cm)

22 - 23in

(56 - 58cm)

23 - 24in

(58 - 60cm)

24 - 25in

(60 - 62cm)

Junior Helmet Fit System
Head Circumference

19 - 21in

(48 - 53cm)

21 - 23in

(53 - 58cm)

How to Measure:
Measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.

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Good helmet for a hot head

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great breathability for a helmet with such good coverage, straightforward sizing, and probably the best looking all mountain helmet out there.


  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Smith really nailed it with this one. The Forefront 2 is comfortable, well-ventilated, and has great coverage for a half shell helmet. Does everything you'd want from a great helmet, and just happens to be one of the best looking ones out there. MIPS, great construction (the visor construction & function are a HUGE plus), stash spot for your sunglasses, integrated camera mount, great fit, well ventilated, looks great, instantly makes you 2X as fast, need I say more? I do tend to catch a hair or two when taking it off, but I feel almost petty mentioning it. Great helmet.

Style and Protection!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Smith makes the coolest looking products but they also know how to keep your brains protected as you're flying down the hill. The Forefront 2 has great ventilation (I tend to get very sweaty) and it feels light and comfortable .

new and improved

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size

I'm a big fan of the original Forefront so trying the new version seemed like a no-brainer. The folks at Smith made some solid improvements. The styling and ventilation have been improved while retaining the lightweight comfort of the original.

Great helmet with one gripe

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I owned the original Smith Forefront and rode it for a couple of years, and loved it, until I crashed and had to replace it. Because I liked the original I purchased the Forefront 2 with MIPS.

The good: great styling, great color selection, MIPS, comfortable, stays put, all good. It does what a helmet should do. Protect your noggin while not calling attention to itself.

The gripe: this is big for me, but maybe not for you. When I ride I tend to get what I call "hot head" - no matter what helmet I wear. My face and head always gets hot and it causes most glasses I wear to fog up. For that reason, I often put my glasses on my helmet until I'm done climbing and need them. The original Forefront had the eyewear groove above the visor, which made it very easy to place my glasses in the groove while riding and with one hand. On the Forefront 2 they've moved that groove underneath the visor. So, to get the glasses onto the helmet you need to move the visor up, and insert the arms of your glasses just right so they go into the groove underneath the visor. I have taken this helmet on 1/2 dozen rides so far and I can't get to the point where I can do this operation one-handed. This means that I need to stop, and with both hands insert the glasses into the channel. This is really irritating to me because I don't like stopping just to put glasses on my helmet. I can't get over this and I'm now irritated that I spent all of this money on this helmet and a seemingly simple design change has changed the way I have to ride. They claim that the groove in the back of the helmet will also hold your eyewear. It might, but who puts their glasses on the back of their head while riding? The fit of the eyewear/groove is not tight and I'm concerned that my eyewear will fall off without me knowing it.

Apart from that gripe, it's a great helmet. But, if you're like me, and you don't like stopping just to put eyewear onto your helmet, I'd look for a helmet that makes that process easier.

Forefront 2?

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

It's like the forefront, but it's got the number 2 next to it. Which means it's better right?? In short, yes. The styling is better, seems more breathable, and more comfortable than the original forefront. Sizing is true to size.