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Trace Mips Helmet

4.787096774193548 out of 5 stars
310 Reviews
$162.50 - $260.00
Up to 35% off
Color:Matte Dew/Aurora/Bone


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Why We Like The Trace MIPS Helmet

Smith's road helmet lineup has never been one to disappoint, and this year is no different, with the bar being moved a little higher once again with a new helmet in the mix — the Trace MIPS Helmet. This pinnacle helmet in the road collection features all of the tech you would expect from Smith, like its Koroud protection that fully surrounds the helmet to provide next-level protection, while teaming up with internal air channels so intake as much air, and keep your scalp feeling cool when you're challenging yourself up new climbs, and soaring down canyon roads. The Trace features 18 large vents that are strategically placed to create an intake and exhaust system, pulling cool air in, and giving it a quick escape in the back. And because those long rides also mean varying lighting conditions, Smith builds the Trace with an AirEvac system that works to keep your shades fog-free while riding, and vents that neatly secure your glasses when you need to take them off after dusk falls.


  • Smith's new helmet takes the cake on the road
  • Full Koroyd protection surrounds helmet
  • MIPS technology protects from rotational hits
  • Air channels create intake and exhaust system
  • Keep your shades fog-free with AirEvac technology
  • Channels in helmet secure your glasses when off
  • Adjustable fit system keeps your noggin secure
  • Item #SMI00KW
Shell Material
18 vents
Fit Adjustment
VaporFit retention system
Complies with U.S. CPSC Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets for Persons Age 5 and Older
Claimed Weight
[medium] 9.9oz
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

5 based on 310 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 6 reviews
2 Stars - 0 reviews
3 Stars - 5 reviews
4 Stars - 32 reviews
5 Stars - 267 reviews

Fits True To Size

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5 out of 5 stars

November 11, 2023

Good fit, good looking, can't

Good fit, good looking, can't wait to try out next season!

Robert R.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

3 out of 5 stars

October 2, 2023

So close to greatness, yet so far...

I returned this product before using it

Ahh this helmet. It looks great -- good looking and well built, has multiple safety technologies built in, has a great fit out of the box and the fit adjustment is great too. It has a full coverage shell which I like as well. The hi-viz colorway is great. So many things to like about this helmet. But there is no padding on the mid-to-back underside of the shell that sits right on the top of my hairless head, maybe because of the MIPS insert. So the hard foam sits right on top of my head and gets compressed down into my head when the helmet is tightened. I could tell that is going to hurt on a long ride, so I had to send it back. I'm bummed, this helmet was so close to greatness but Smith dropped the ball on the padding. If Smith comes out with a new version of this helmet that has full padding all the way across the underside of the shell, I would buy that in a heartbeat.

North K
5 out of 5 stars

August 29, 2023

Great helmet

I've used it several times
Size Bought:
5' 10"

I was tired of getting bees in the helmet so this one has some protection, with its honeycomb structuring. I think the strap could be a little better for my shape, but that's very individual, obviously.

Brad C
5 out of 5 stars

August 21, 2023

Very nice white helmet. Very

Very nice white helmet. Very comfortable and stylish.

Annie H.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

1 out of 5 stars

May 23, 2023

Next Day Air?

Ordered on the 21st, paid for Next Day Air Service for a reason, delivered on the 24th. Hmm, that doesn't seem right for the money. Not only did I not have it when I needed it, but me throwing money away seems OK to everyone but me.

ken100274755 k

Originally reviewed on Backcountry.com

5 out of 5 stars

May 23, 2023

Another one bites the dust after a fall.

I purchased this in December 2022. Had a crash on MTB trail flipping upside down landing on my head. Did break my neck, but the helmet saved my life. Tough helmet! Landed on hard dirt/sand in Northern California mountains. Purchased the Convoy and now purchasing the Engage. Great helmets!! I would like to add that I had a lot of trouble being able to tighten the straps by the ears. Never could figure that out. I stayed away from this design recently because of this. There are no instructions and I called to ask how to tighten these.

Amanda S.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

4 out of 5 stars

April 25, 2023

Runs Small for me

I returned this product before using it
Size Bought:

Just received the Smith Trace MIPS helmet I ordered in L and, even though by head measured 60.5cm and the L helmet has a max size of 63cm, the helmet was tight on my head on the largest size. Have to return it. 😭 I gave the helmet 4 stars because, even though it's tight, I love this helmet. Sad I have to return it.

BlueOrder B
3 out of 5 stars

March 18, 2023

Trying to complete the warrenty

Trying to complete the warrenty gor a cracked helmit…some info not clear on what was wanted

Joel C.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

5 out of 5 stars

January 24, 2023

Lightweight, comfortable, and stylish

A stylish, comfortable helmet for your road (or gravel) needs. I'm especially a fan of the chin strap since its split design stays comfortable around the ears even as you tighten it down. Oh, and the pink matches my bike perfectly!

Cuyler C.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com

5 out of 5 stars

January 20, 2023

So Comfortable

This helmet is perfect. Excellent fit and very comfortable. I have a more oval (Giro, Fox) shaped head and this fit me very well. The straps are narrower and more flexible than other brands I have worn and it makes sense-more comfortable and a tiny bit lighter. Hopefully I never test impact resistance but as far as fit and comfort go this is excellent. I love how it looks so 10 in my book. A note on size. Every helmet I have ever worn is a size medium EXCEPT Smith Snow helmets where I take a large. I am not sure of why this discrepancy exists but my son and I have both experienced this and for whatever reason we both fit medium on bikes and large on skis.

Lawrence S.

Originally reviewed on smithoptics.com