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Extra protection.

Long known for its on-trend sunnies and sleek lineup of snow goggles and helmets, Smith entered the bike helmet world in 2013 with a bang and the introduction of the Forefront. Almost immediately a favorite for its featherweight construction and forward thinking design, the Smith Forefront MIPS Helmet takes the platform a step further with industry-leading Multi-Directional Protection System (MIPS) technology and its ability to reduce impact force in the event of a crash.

MIPS consists of a strategically anchored, thin liner on the inside of the helmet that looks exceptionally simple, but serves a big purpose. That little liner is designed to move independently of the helmet shell and redirect the rotational forces at play in angled impacts.

MIPS isn't the only hot item here, though. Smith accomplishes a 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. That's not a coincidence, as this honeycomb construction yields a claimed 30% reduction in forces transmitted 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 minimalist X-Static lining with Reactive Cooling Performance helps manage odor and keeps you cool by not obstructing air flow. Smith’s VaporFit retention system handles fit tuning with a click-wheel adjuster that’s borrowed from the well-proven snow helmet division, so you know it’s solid. The AirEvac ventilation system also comes from the snow program. It channels hot air out of the tops of your glasses, reducing fogging. This is particularly useful if you choose to run goggles, although we claim no responsibility for the heckling that may follow if you do so outside of gravity runs.

While the Aerocore construction has plenty of advantages, unrestricted, large vents isn’t one of them, which is why Smith includes 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 your POV camera or light. 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, and the benefit is immediately clear when your POV footage becomes a lot less shaky.

  • Lightweight protection boosted by MIPS technology
  • Karoyd material reduces force transmission
  • X-Static lining with Reactive Cooling Performance
  • VaporFit retention system adjust easily on the fly
  • AerEvac ventilation promotes cooling airflow
  • Integrated camera and light mounts
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Shell Material
Impact Foam
Multiple Impact
21 vents
Fit Adjustment
CPSC, CE EN 1078, AS/NZS 2063
Recommended Use
mountain bike
Manufacturer Warranty


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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  • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

Light and safe helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Super light and comfy helmet. MIPS is a nice bonus.

Great helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is the first bicycle helmet I’ve ever owned but so far I like it. It’s comfortable and lite and isn’t too hot. I feel that it’s no different in ventilation and comfort than wearing my baseball cap. I also like it because it provides more coverage of my head. Thankfully however I can’t speak to how well it protects because I haven’t used that aspect of it yet. I like the helmet and would recommend it.

Seems good to me!

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

I just bought this helmet and I've taken it on a couple of ride now. It seems good to me. Its comfortable and fits well. I'm not very picky as long as my head is protected. This helmet does the job and has MIPS .

Bought for Wife! She loves

    Fantastic, bought for my wife...she loves it! Major points for the hubby! Great helmet all round!

    Saved my head

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large

    I was involved in pretty bad crash and this helmet saved my skull for sure. I would buy it again

    Avg. ride time: 4h 38m per week
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    OK for trail riding, not for XC

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a comfortable helmet and I like the idea that it has an additional safety rating. I find that the ventilation is not enough for me on hard XC rides. I think the honeycomb padding restricts most airflow. Especially on long climbs, I am absolutely pouring sweat under this lid. Another annoying thing is that I pull out the pads every 5ish rides and handwash with cool water. After about four months of doing this, the mating velcro surface separated from the foam padding. I had to cobble it together the night before a race with hot glue. Compared to my Giro road helmet that has been going strong for 11 years now, I'm not super impressed with this product. I also don't agree with the description that this helmet does anything for sunglasses fog prevention, my Oakley EVZero Pitch glasses fog up under this dome piece just as often as any other helmet.

    Go MIPS

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I upgraded to have MIPS, this is light and low profile and super comfortable.

    One of the best

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size

    The Forefront is definitely one of the best helmets available for aggressive trail riding. It's light, breathes pretty well and provides excellent coverage. Like other Smith helmets, the integration with Smith glasses is pretty seamless.

    While I think the fit is true to size, I'd recommend sizing up if you're between sizes. The MIPS system takes up a bit of room in the helmet.

    Does the job, but not the best looking

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

    I bought this helmet because I am a big fan of Smith and their MIPS technology. But, I found out this helmet just sits too high on my big head and is not the comfiest. It would definitely work and protect your head very well however. There are other helmets out there that fit a little nicer on your head and look a bit better.

    lightweight and good looking

      This helmet is stylish and very effective. It has a wide selection of colors so if matching your bike or gear matters to you this is good choice. Overall the construction of the helmet seems very solid. There are ample adjustments which should allow most people proper fitting. For most brands, my head is right inbetween the medium and large size. I found the medium size fit me just fine. Now on to function. As noted, it fits well. The helmet doesn't move around on my head nor does it have uncomfortable pressure points I've experienced with other helmets. The biggest reason I picked this helmet was it's 'honey comb' design. The last 2 seasons I've been stung on the head by trapped bees. I believe this should solve that problem. I haven't ridden it in warm temps so I can't comment on its ventilation. I have a feeling this might ride a bit on the warm side. Overall, very solid helmat - five stars.

      MIPS is the way to go

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small

      I get it, there is not much research that shows that MIPS is as beneficial as marketing might claim. But, if there is even a chance it can help with concussions, then I think it is worth it. This helmet is so comfortable and breathable. I love the integration with Smith sunglasses. I have a standard Forefront in a small that fits perfectly. The addition of the MIPS makes it sit slightly higher and I needed to size up to a medium. It is slightly disappointing that a helmet of this caliber doesn't have consistent sizing from MIPS to non-MIPS. I have a feeling that Smith just took their standard helmet and lined it with MIPS which causes the discrepancy. Rad helmet, just be sure to get the correct size.

      Avg. ride time: 3h 3m per week
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      Great helmet, definitely worth upgrading

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

      The fit is similar to specialized helmets I've worn in the past with with the addition of a great mips system. The ventilation is good so far, it hasn't been to warm yet, but no complaints while pushing it up climbs. The helmet is solid on my head and doesn't move at all throughout rough descents. The gopro/light mounting feature on the top is a great addition as well. The build quality is great overall, I expect the helmet to last for some good years to come!

      Five Stars

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

      I used this helmet for the first time over new years weekend on some southern-Utah slickrock. Great ventilation, loved the fit, and the visor is awesome. Definitely worth it to get MIPS technology in helmets. It's your brain!

      Best Helmet / Helmet Brand on the Market

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Every Smith helmet I've tried has been the most comfortable helmet I've worn, the most reliable, and stories of crashes have told me that they work for protecting your head. This is definitely worth the money, and they look badass too.


        You never want to use a helmet but just in case might as well have the best! I tried a lot of helmets before purchasing this one and the reason this one was the winner is the fit!. Love the fit, I have dreads and It makes it really difficult to put anything over my head. However, this helmet was definitely an exception the overall cut and fit is amazingly comfortable and the ventilation is incredible! Especially for me as my hair is dreaded and just insulates under anything I put on top. Definitely a helmet I would recommend getting.


          This helmet is amazing. It is comfortable but very breathable and light weight which is super nice during those hot summer months. Adjustable fit, which is nice and great colors. LOVE IT

          Ventilation and Protection

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          The Forefront featuring, Aerocore with Koroyd, makes this helmet crazy light, offers great protective value, and keeps you cool on the trail. Smiths tried and true integration means your sunnys, or goggles, will work great with the Forefront. Whether you're crushing downhill, or cruising trail, this helmet does it all.