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Before you take a look at your battered old helmet and decide to give it one more go-around on the trails this season, we’d recommend giving Smith’s new Rover MIPS Helmet your full, undivided attention. We’ve had nothing but good things to say about the safety-conscious designs Smith has rolled out over the past few years, but budget-friendly has never been a selling point of the brand’s innovative creations. That changes with the Rover MIPS, which is effectively a more economical take on Smith's first mountain bike helmet, the Forefront.

Whether you count yourself as a Lycra-clad fixture on the weekend XC race circuit or prefer to spend your days exploring the unknown on your enduro-leaning trail bike, the Rover doesn’t compromise on safety to decrease price. In fact, by using less of its hallmark Koroyd material, Smith shaved weight from the Rover MIPS and improved ventilation. Smith constructs each of its helmets with the honeycomb-esque Koroyd because it compresses in the event of an impact, furthering contributing to the the standard In-Mold EPS foam shell’s protective properties.

Smith also adds the further protection of MIPS to round out the design. MIPS, or Multi-Directional Impact Protection System, refers to Swedish technology built into the helmet to minimize the damaging effects of angled impacts. The technology takes the form of a thin inner liner, flexible and light, which rotates upon impact to potentially lessen the likelihood of brain injury in crashes that generate oblique, sloshing force.

In addition to all that safety, the Rover MIPS also comes with Smith’s proven VaporFit fit one-handed adjustment system and AirEvac vents—18 to be specific—arranged to usher air through the helmet. As you rally over rock gardens and lean around unexpected corners, the Rover will sit securely, offering extended coverage along the temples and the back of your head. Plus, the integrated visor is built into the helmet’s shell, so it won’t move around or break off in a run-in with the ground when things get rowdy.

  • A streamlined, safety-conscious helmet ready for the dirt
  • MIPS liner increases side impact protection
  • Aerocore construction featuring Koroyd impact absorber
  • Extended shell coverage along back of head and temples
  • Wealth of vents keep air moving in and out of helmet
  • One-handed fit adjustment ensures a secure fit
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Shell Material
Aerocore In-Mold
Impact Foam
18 vents
Fit Adjustment
yes, integrated
Full Face
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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  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I bought this helmet for riding xc/enduro style trails. It feels very protective and I've taken some pretty big falls on it with positive results. The ventilation is prime too! Even on the hottest days here in Utah, I don't feel like I'm wearing a winter hat!

Lightweight // Breathable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I came from a bell helmet and was shocked at how light this bad boy is. Taken some slams, no cracks yet. The adjustment is a lovely and sleek design as well!

stylish and funtional

    great helmet. fits to your noggin, doesn't move around on the down, breathes well, looks cool, and keeps you safe. all around great helmet

    Big dome

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This fits like a glove. Wanted to make sure I was using the new MIPS for added rear protection and it's actually already bailed me out on a few falls. The helmet is tough and head impacts have felt more controlled and less clumsy vs. older designed helmets without the rear protection. I picked up the mat black and it does scrape up but still looks solid after a full season of riding. Stays tight and the straps are completely adjustable with stays so that the chin straps don't flap around when cruising. Have recco'd this to many people. Great air flow as well. At 5'11 with a 7 1/2 59fifty hat head size 59.6cm, the fit is perfect.

    Smith is my FAV

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    The best helmet! The only thing which isnt a huge deal, is my hair gets stuck to the velcro mips within. Not a huge deal - i love this helmet. BUY IT.

    Smith is my FAV

    Love it!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Purchased for my wife, here is her review.
    Just replaced my Smith Forefront with the Rover and I couldn't be more stoked. The Rover is lighter, more low-profile and has better ventilation. My only complaint is I wish it came in all black without the green accents. I purchased the grey for that reason and I love it, but all black would be nice too. It's been my favorite helmet so far. Highly recommend.

    Exactly What I Needed

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was in dire need of a new helmet! I ordered this Smith helmet to be a road and mtn bike combo pack. It was great because the visor does detach. The fit was great for my noggin and exactly what I was looking for. Not pinch points and the loosening/tightening function is great and easy to use. For a mid level helmet, I highly suggest Smith Rover (w/ MIPs).

    Rover versus Forefront

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Awesome helmet so far. Maybe 150 miles and 5 rides since I received on fathers day. Fits awesome. After wearing the forefront for two years it is a bit difficult getting used to not having adjustments to the visor. Air flow is good. No crashes so I cannot report on that. Still hoping it does not fade like the forefront. We will see. I have some summer runs in Fruita and Moab coming up that will test the old paint job.

    Rover versus Forefront

    Reeeaaal Nice

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

    I didn't try this on before I bought it, but I have never been less disappointed with a helmet purchase. As soon as I put it on, I knew it was love. It fits my head perfectly, for whatever that's worth, and it didn't break the bank.

    It has MIPS, so that's neat, and the the extra bit of Koroyd is a nice touch. The retention system seems reliable, and since I decided on Matte White, I feel way faster than I actually am.

    Since EVERYONE SHOULD USE A HELMET, this one is worth consideration.

    Snow or Dirt!

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

    Whether you are looking for the perfect snow or mountain bike helmet, Smith has got you covered. With multiple models featuring MIPS technology you have your pick of style and sizing.

    I picked up this particular helmet for the upcoming season so haven't had a chance to ride with it yet, but have initial feedback and did my research with a few other helmets before I made my choice. With less Koroyd then the Forefront it has a lighter overall weight and a more breathable design, which for me is huge since I run pretty hot.

    Hopefully won't have to find out how safe this helmet really is this summer, but I know the technology is there to protect the most important part of my body if I do.

    Avg. ride time: 2h 7m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Almost perfect helmet with MIPS

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    So I would really give this 4.5/5 stars if I could, but the negative isn't enough to knock it all the way down to 4 stars. The negative is the visor, which is in a fixed position. Its little too high to be of much use when climbing to combat a low sun. And its a little too low, when really getting into DH, it can obstruct vision slightly when way back off the saddle. I get that Smith would want you to pay for the higher end Forefront helmet for the adjustable visor, but come on, this one needs it as well and would be perfect then.

    I like that there is less Koroyd material, to allow it to be more breathable. Also making it more affordable.

    As for fit, my prior two helmets were a POC Trabec and Bell Super (1st gen), both of which valiantly gave up their lives to save my head. Its a similar fit to those, the Trabec felt a little more round than the Super or Rover. So this is a good one for people with big noggins (I need as large a size I can get) and more oval shaped. Oddly the Forefront MIPS didn't fit me well at all, but the Rover MIPS was spot on. For a more modern comparison, the Super 2R with MIPS I could barely get on my head at all, and with the chin bar it wasn't happening. I didn't have a chance to try on the Super 3R MIPS to see if they made it any bigger.

    Can't give any feedback on crashing with it, nor do I hope to anytime soon.