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    They’re not kidding about the Forefront thing.

    The team at Smith, having spent decades reducing lens fogging, knows quite a bit about ventilation. One look at the Forefront Helmet, with its breathable Koroyd tube structure, shows how willing they are to depart from convention to create a product that’s truly great. The Koroyd tubes are tiny, extruded, co-polymer tubes that absorb about 30% more impact than traditional EPS foam, and, due to their hollow nature, allow air to flow freely in a way that foam simply can’t. On top of that, the microstructures allow for less material to be used in the construction of the helmet, which adds up to a highly-protective helmet that weighs in at just about 285grams.

    It’s not just a cool-looking helmet that protects your head, though. The AirEvac system, borrowed from its snow helmets, moves hot air away from your glasses or goggles to keep them fog-free. The visor has two positions to keep the sun out of your eyes, and there’s also a threaded brass insert on the top of the helmet designed to accept aftermarket mounting kits for GoPro cameras and Light and Motion lights. The helmet’s fit is secured via Smith’s VaporFit retention system, which anyone familiar with Smith’s snow line will be familiar with.

    • Aerocore Koroyd tube construction
    • POV camera and light-mounting capabilities
    • Optics perch
    • Item #SMI001O

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd
    Multiple Impact
    no
    Ventilation
    Aerocore
    Fit Adjustment
    VaporFit
    Visor
    yes
    Claimed Weight
    [medium] 285 g
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Saved my dome

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Helmet saved me a trip to the ER. Cracked it, but it held up well. Smith also let me select a new helmet with a 30% discount. The only negative factor is the orange fades from the sun overtime.

    Marks up my forehead

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I bought the Forefront in the white/teal. I'm really not happy with it, unfortunately, although it took several rides to make that decision, so I can't return it now. The main thing is that it doesn't fit very well at all. The sizing is fine (I ordered the size recommended on the chart based on my head circumference), but no matter what I do I end up with a significant mark on my forehead from the padding after every ride! I've tried not tightening it as much - to the point where it feels a bit loose and insecure, but I STILL get a mark from where the pads meet at the front of the helmet. If it is snug enough to not wiggle (but not tight!) I get a headache from the spot where I end up with the mark.

    Also (and this is a minor quibble), I have a lot of hair, that I wear in a pony tail, and like to stick through the space between the bottom of the helmet and the harness. This is difficult on the all mountain helmets (like the Forefront) that do a better job covering the back of your head, but I find that I either have to have the harness connected all the way up to fit over my pony tail (which makes the helmet slide forward a bit... especially if it is looser - see above), or all the way down, which fits better, but I find that the bottom spot isn't as secure, and the harness tends to pop off the helmet - I wonder if this would happen with the MIPS version?

    The good stuff: I like the venting, my head stays nice and cool. I like the colors. I'm not crazy about the bobble-head look I have, but I kind of expect that from an all-mountain helmet, and it isn't that bad.

    Unfortunately it was expensive, and mail takes FOREVER to get here, so I'm trying to get some use out of it.

    5 stars until it got dark out...

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

    Been riding with this helmet all summer and love it. It's light, tough, colorful, and while I haven't smashed my head on anything yet it has a reputation for safety. Vents well at low speeds and in the woods, not a great multi-purpose helmet but can't hold that against it. My issue however came recently as darkness began falling earlier. The honeycomb design prevents normal helmet accessories from working with the Forefront. I had to go back to my Bell so I could helmet mount my light. Smith makes a helmet mount - which is backordered for 2 months - and only works with "Light and Motion" lights which appear to be $200+ and the one that fits this helmet has no cordless option. I'm more likely to just buy a different helmet that isn't so proprietary for the winter than spend that much on a light I don't need.

    real head protection

    • Familiarity:I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit:True to size

    first trip out I crashed this helmet hard, helmet is destroyed but I'm fine. I'm ordering a new one, enough said on my confidence in the helmet. They fit great to, meaning they feel great while riding, you don't think about it on your head.

    Light as a damn feather

    • Familiarity:I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

    Super lightweight and breathable too.



    That "Honeycomb" is great!



    "It does a great job of moving, ventilating and standing vent, plus it gets so much of the sun off my bald head that it helps me cool that way too." Quotes from my man himself.



    Happy Camper Indeed! <3

    Light as a damn feather

    great fit, good style, a bit warm

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    I don't have great luck finding helmets that fit me well, but after several Smith ski helmets I gave their bike helmet a try and its great. You can make the adjustable harness really snug without ever pinching, and the padding is all the right places for good support and comfort. Just this past weekend I took flight and landed directly on top of my head, but had time to note that there were no uncomfortable pressure points in the helmet and was pretty pleased with the result (also good to see that the visor can break away without being damaged!). On the first gen helmets the visor can sometimes move up and down a bit easily, but from what I can tell the second gen ones they've lowered the angle and made it a bit more firm. The only downside to this helmet so far has been the heat on really hot and sunny days in southern Utah and western Colorado, the ventilation just isnt as good as other helmets with bigger openings. That being said, I'll take the protection and coverage on the back of the head over a bit cooler of a ride.

    looks cool, but poor ventilation

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    It looks cool, and the technology is cool, and it fits nice, but it doesn't cool your head. It's one of the hottest helmets I've used.

    Because of the honeycomb design, air flowing toward the front of the helmet will never make it to your head because the honeycomb tubes point UP.

    I like how the visor clicks in 2 positions. Nice fit. Looks cool, but there are better helmets out there in this price range.

    Just as Good as Smith's ski helmets

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    The Smith Forefront reminded me a lot of the Smith Vantage ski helmet I wear all winter long, which was concerning because ski helmets are generally so much bulkier than bike helmets. Fortunately, after putting the Forefront on, which is very comfortable, you quickly forget it's there so it's plenty light and breathes well even on 100 degree days. It's also solid and sturdy enough to hold a light up top with a self-contained battery without it slipping around or feeling awkward. For how much it costs it should probably include the light / GoPro mounting adapter, but whatever, it's another $12 or so from Smith so not a huge deal and more importantly it works great.

    Crash Report.

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Yeah, I know all helmets meet meet federally mandated safety standards, and I know that single crash doesn't really constitute scientific proof a helmet's safety, but I took a hard fall wearing my Smith Forefront and rode away. Here's what happened:

    Wanting a change of pace, I took my fully-rigid Niner ROS 9 Plus out on the weekly night ride instead of my Ibis Ripley. All was going well on the familiar trail until the final steep and rocky descent. Lacking suspension and carrying more speed than I wanted, I took a poor line and put the front wheel straight into a large rock, stopping the bike dead and sending me into the air. I landed ten or fifteen feet down the trail on my left side. Time slowed as I fell, and I felt my head hitting the ground on my left side. I wondered if I would be on the morning news as the subject of a nighttime mountain rescue operation. The dust settled, and I gasped for air and noted pain in my shoulder and left hand, but no problems with my head. I got my lights pointed in the right direction, and rode the final mile or two back to the car and drove home. Once there I stayed up for a couple of extra hours and waited for the headache and dizziness of a concussion, but aside from the pain in my body, I felt okay and went to bed. A visit to the clinic the following day confirmed a broken thumb and rib and a sprained shoulder, but no head injury.

    Inspecting the helmet post crash shows a deep dent in the left side behind the ear, where a road-oriented helmet would not have covered, abrasions on the shell, small cracks in the EPS, and signs of crushing to the Koroyd material. So, the Forefront is done, but it did its job!

    Prior to its destruction, it has been one of the best helmets I have worn. It provides better coverage at a lighter weight than most XC-style lids, a great fit with minimal interior padding, a functional 2-position visor, and the best styling of any mountain bike helmet on the market. I'll replace it with another Forefront, but given the year I'm having, I may spring for the MIPS version!

    Crash Report.

    Great dome piece!

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    This helmet obviously came super recommended by my coworkers, the media and people I spoke to out on the trails. When I kept flying off my bike at the beginning of this season I realized my roadie styled helmet needed an upgrade. This helmet is very comfortable and easy to adjust for women with longer hair that may need to get their ponytail or braid under/through the back strap (the "VaporFit retention" strap to be official). It is super lightweight and vented really well- my head doesn't get as hot as my last helmet. I struggled for a while on the price, but when you're considering your safety I really don't think you can put a price tag on that. No regrets here!

    Great dome piece!

    Head of the Pack

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    They call this helmet the Forefront for a reason. It is an industry leader in design and protection. It uses the Koroyd material that provides a different take on helmet shells and the ventilation is pretty good. I have worn it in 100+ degree Moab swelter sessions and it has kept me cool. I also like the low profile fit, especially since I wear a small. The Vapor fit adjustment system also cinches down on my head and feels extra secure. I also appreciate the port on the top of the helmet for POV cams and more importantly, night lights for after dark shredding.

    The visor moves up and down to accommodate googles for those enduro racers out there. Also, this helmet interfaces best with Smith Optics and the rear of the helmet holds the PivLock frames perfectly. I wear Oakley Fast Jackets and they fit just fine too. All in all, this helmet is a great summer addition to Smith's helmet lineup. If you wear a Vantange or a Maze winter helmet, you'll love this!

    Head of the Pack

    Great Performance Overall!

    • Familiarity:I've put it through the wringer

    Overall all this helmet performs well. There are a lot of things that I like about the Smith Forefront Helmet. And, one thing I don't.

    The things I like:
    - Lightweight
    - The way it holds Smith Sunglasses on top. I sweat a lot and this has been an amazing feature for climbs.
    - The fit is great and the sizing chart is true.
    - Vents well when there is air flow.

    The one thing I don't like:
    - It is quite hot when there is no airflow.

    I've noticed on long climbs with calm winds, it seems to be warmer than my POC Trabec that I had previously. Honestly, if I still lived back east or in a humid climate, I would probably hate this helmet. However, it works well in UT and the surrounding states where humidity levels remain low.

    My favorite helmet.

    I love this helmet- it fits great, breathes well, and looks great. I love the "optics perch" nice to throw your shades up top in a secure spot on those long and hot climbs.

    My favorite helmet.

    Super light weight and comfy

    • Familiarity:I've used it several times

    So light I forget I'm wearing a helmet. The honeycomb tubes and vents provide great ventilation. I like the styling of the matte black ombr� and wear it with my Smith PivLock sunglasses for a great matching fit. Haven't taken a spill on the dome yet but it seems like solid construction and I feel safe hitting the trails hard!

    Perfect MTB Helmet

      I've been wearing the Smith Forefront for the last several weeks now and it's absolutely perfect for my riding style. Riding here in WV has a lot of steep climbs that will get you over heated. But with this helmet it breaths great and is very comfortable. I hate wearing helmets but this is not an issue with this helmet. I looks incredible as well. I've tried many different brands but POC and the Smith are by far my favorites. And for me the Smith is now my go to over my POC. Price is alittle steep compared to other helmets. But spend the money, you won't be disappointed.

      Do you have an ETA on the MIPS version of this helmet?

      How is the airflow on this helmet? does it get hot? I'm trying to decide either to go for the forefront or the hex.

      Best Answer

      Hey Rapee L,

      This helmet vents extremely well. It has large opening around the helmet which help to extract heat and moisture. The Giro Hex helmet also vents very well. Personally I think this Forefront helmet will vent better than the Hex.

      Does this helmet allow for a light to be strapped on?

      Best Answer

      While the Aerocore construction has plenty of advantages, unrestricted, large vents isn’t one of them, which is why Smith 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 GoPro helmets, as well as Light and Motion lights. 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. The benefit is immediately clear when your POV footage becomes a LOT less shaky. And Smith is currently working with a handful of other manufacturers to expand the mount offerings.

      Is this helmet recommended for use in road...

      Is this helmet recommended for use in road cycling?