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SmithSession MIPS Helmet

$160.00

Item # SMI00HX

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Item # SMI00HX
Description

Session MIPS Helmet

Style meets ventilation for total comfort in all-mountain applications in the new Smith Session MIPS Helmet. This all-new cranium coverage keeps your noggin on lock down with a combination of Smiths Koroyd technology and MIPS, shielding you from impacts both direct and oblique, so you can charge through rowdy rock gardens, while staying ventilated as you weave your way through technical switchbacks to the top for round two. And smith doesn't hold back on the good looks either, with a modern and sleek style that falls neatly between the previously loved Rover and Forefront, giving just a little more coverage than its cross-country cousin, but with less bulk than the enduro-ready Forefront.

Since your crashes rarely happen at a straight-on angle, MIPS addresses the specific pressures of an oblique, or non-direct impact, by separating the outer shell from the inner, MIPS layer. In the event of an angled impact, the outer layer slides across the MIPS layer, dissipating rotational force to reduce brain deformation, which is often responsible for concussions and long term damage. Since the impact of mountain bike crashes tends to happen at angles other than 90 degrees, this added element of protection will likely come into play if you take an unfortunate digger.

Backing up the MIPS technology with a bit of Smith's own work is a layer of Koroyd protection. Koroyd is what Smith is calling the funny looking layer of honeycomb tubes that runs beneath the outer shell and more traditional EPS foam. It's made of thousands of tiny, extruded co-polymer tubes that absorb impact but have a fenestrated surface that allows for a level of breathability impossible to achieve with solid EPS foam while absorbing a claimed 30% more energy. Plus, it's pretty cool looking, especially in Smith's mix of contrasting and complementary color schemes.

For total comfort, Smith equips the Session with 15 optimized vents that channel air in, and AirEvac at the front edge that sends cool air underneath your sunglasses to keep your lenses as fog-free as possible on long, sweaty climbs. The back is adjustable with VaporFit adjustment system that allows you to ratchet things down to the perfect spot, while the inside XT2 liner fights odor, and allows for easy washing after a particularly perspiration packed ride. The visor in front is adjustable in three positions to allow you the right amount of coverage for open, treeless climbs, and wooded, shady descents alike. And to make sure you've got the means for night rides and grabbing sick footy, the helmet is compatible with both light and camera mounts.

  • Style meets coverage for this all-mountain slayer
  • MIPS technology protects against rotational forces
  • Add an extra 30% of protection with Koroyd layer
  • 15 large vents keep cool air funneling through
  • VaporFit adjustment dials in total comfort for the ride
  • Keep your lenses fog free with AirEvac technology
  • 3-position visor adjusts easily for different conditions
  • Odor fighting XT2 liner keeps your scalp fresh

Tech Specs
Shell MaterialAerocore, Koroyd
Impact FoamEPS
Ventilation15 optimized vents, AirEvac
Fit AdjustmentVaporFit system
Visor3-position adjustable
CertificationsCPSC, CE EN 1078
Recommended Usecross-country, cyclocross, downhill, mud/sand/snow, trail
Manufacturer Warrantylifetime
Size

Smith

Helmets
Adult
 SMLXL
Head Circumference

20 - 22in

(51 - 55cm)

22 - 23in

(55 - 59cm)

23 - 25in

(59 - 63cm)

25 - 26in

(63 - 67cm)

Junior
 SMS / M
Head Circumference

19 - 21in

(48 - 53cm)

21 - 23in

(53 - 58cm)

19 - 22in

(48 - 56cm)

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

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    >Rating: 5

    Stylish and Protective

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    M
    Height
    6` 2"
    Weight
    180 lbs

    I bought the Smith Session about one month ago and have loved using it. The finish on the product is really nice to the touch and feels high quality. The 3-position visor is great for storing glasses or goggles and also is great to flip up when you're climbing through a shady trail. The only point of complaint is the lack of padding, as many reviews denote. It could use a bit more padding on the rear but wasn't big enough of a drawback to downrate it. I wore this helmet about 20 times before taking a direct head impact on a gnarly downhill section. While I was bummed that I only got a month's use out of it, the helmet took an impressive impact. Just a little shaken up, I came away without any major injuries. I could tell the MIPS played a big role in the angled impact. The koroyd collapsed on either side of my head denoting that the helmet absorbed and dispersed the energy.

    I
    >Rating: 5

    Nice Helmet

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

    I have a 59cm oval-shaped head and the medium fits just about perfectly, without too much wiggle room on the sides and just enough room for a hat underneath. It definitely weighs more than my road helmet, but I never noticed the extra weight while riding. The adjustment mechanism is nice and feels solid, and the straps are easy to adjust and stay in place while riding. Overall the padding is good, the ventilation is good, and I think the styling is nice. The only downside I can think of is that there are no dedicated ports to stash sunglasses. That would bug me on a road helmet, but on a mountain helmet I don't care.

    >Rating: 5

    Percent fit

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    After trying on Fox, TLD, and several others I decided to go with the Smith. The fit was perfect and it seems to hug my head instead of squeeze it like some of the others. I really like the fact that it’s goggle friendly too. I love how ventilated it is, especially on those hot Moab rides in July. I have ye to test the mips and ima fine if I don’t ever have too. I do recommend this helmet with the smith goggles.

    >Rating: 5

    Session Helmet Matte Vapor/Klein Fade

    Familiarity:
    I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    Fit:
    True to size
    Size Bought
    Large
    Height
    5` 9"
    Weight
    185 lbs

    Stylish helmet with a comfortable fit. Really like the adjustable visor.

    >Rating: 4

    Comfy and Looks Good

    I love the ratchet that tightens and loosens this helmet. It is functional and has a great look.

    >Rating: 3

    Solid helmet but little padding.

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    A decent helmet with good style, fit and ventilation but the padding is cheap and almost non-existent. After an hour or so of riding, the helmet gave me headaches and became uncomfortable.

    >Rating: 4

    decent helmet

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

    Love the style, ventilation, visor functionality, and MIPS at a great price point. A couple gripes, though - the front brim of the helmet sits really low on the brow (I mean really low) and may push your sunglasses down your face. You can adjust the inner suspension mechanism slightly to pull it back to a more serviceable fit, but this is not shown in the manual provided. Even with the adjustment, I find it still interferes with bigger-lens sunglasses (i.e. POC). The other gripe is that the sweatband is super minimal, so a lot of sweat will drip into your eyes. It is possible that I have a misshapen head and excessively active sweat glands, though. The fit and style are otherwise good. Will definitely keep the helmet, albeit while using smaller sunglasses.

    I too have experienced these exact two problems.

    >Rating: 5

    Favorite helmet I've had

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    Love this helmet - Easily adjustable, fits my head perfectly which is always touchy with both MTB and ski helmets for me. Stays really stable when I'm riding and the visor is easily adjustable depending on the sunlight, etc. Always helps when the product looks so good too. I bought the green/white one and it's always receiving compliments.

    >Rating: 5

    Style

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    Looks good, feels good, what more do you need to say. Highly adjustable and a great fit.

    >Rating: 5

    Fantastically Wonderful

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

    I purchased the Forefront when it first came out and really love the fit of the helmet. But did not love the way the Koroyd construction somewhat restricted airflow. Don't get me wrong, it didn't trap heat against my head, but it didn't allow for breezes to pass through the helmet without restriction like other helmets I had owned. In comes the Session. The ventilation is better in my opinion and the coverage and protection is still there. I am a big fan!

    >Rating:

    Has anyone tried putting a light on this helmet?

    >Rating: 5

    Protective, Comfortable and Breathable!

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    I've had the Smith Session MIPS Mountain Bike Helmet for about a month now and have ridden in it for a bit over 100 miles so far. I must say that for me, Smith helmets fit the shape of my head very well - just like all of the other snow & mtb helmets I own from Smith, size Large fits great (I wear a 7 1/2-7 5/8 fitted hat). The helmet breathes well on hot days, and I like how the visor can move up and out of the way or down to block direct sun easily, but doesn't move around when the trail is rough. This helmet just replaced my original Smith Vantage, and it's been great so far!

    >Rating: 5

    Nice and lightweight

    Familiarity:
    I've put it through the wringer

    Super durable helmet, its comfortable and lightweight. Even on super hot days it doesn't feel like a burden to wear and is a good solid fit.

    >Rating: 4

    Good Choice

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    Good fit and feel, I like the look and the MIPS is just an added bonus. Happy with the purchase.

    >Rating: 5

    Lightweight

    Great fit just like their ski helmet line. Added protection of mips is peace of mind. Nice and breathable. Great enduro/xc helmet

    >Rating: 4

    The Cool Kid

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

    Not only can you be cool with the epic ventilation system (15 vents!) of this helmet but you can also look cool with shape design and the awesome colors Smith has chosen. MIPS adds extra protection for your most important organ. The visor is a bit wonky but does the job at a great price point.

    >Rating: 1

    visor broke 1st week of use

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

    visor broke 1st week of use with hand while adjusting. smith will not send me a new visor. they want me to send them the entire helmet for a warranty process of 3-4 weeks. putting me without a helmet for weeks in the middle of summer. seems to me that a company like smith could just send the customer a new replacement visor no?

    >Rating: 5

    Excellent Helmet

    Very happy with the fit and style of this helmet. It's lightweight and really easy to adjust. I would definitely recommend this helmet to everyone.

    >Rating: 5

    Great Style and Functionabilty

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

    I love my session, I have a larger head and have had issues with other helmets sitting high and looking odd on my head. This helmet sits low and has great ventilation for any condition.

    >Rating: 5

    Ventilation at it's finest

    Familiarity:
    I've used it several times

    Amazing ventilation for durable cranium coverage! Impressively adjustable and does not loosen up on you during the ride. I am happy with the refreshing, clean design on top of a price tag most cyclists can afford. I will be wearing this helmet for multiple cycling disciplines.