Featherweight protection, clean style.
What could possibly make the world's lightest certified snow helmet better? How about a new system that reduces potential brain injuries without adding extra bulk or weight? The Smith Maze MIPS Helmet offers the same ultra-light feel and minimalist look as the original, but with an added safety system that improves protection.
The Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) allows a small rotation of the outer shell relative to the liner when your head hits at an angle in order to decrease rotational forces, reducing potential damage to your brain. In-Mold construction fuses EPS foam to a polycarbonate shell to minimize weight and bulk without compromising impact protection.
The Airflow climate control system lets you crank open the vents on warm spring days and intense hikes, and the self-adjusting fit system offers a comfy, secure fit. AirEvac 2 ventilation keeps your goggles fog-free, while the removable goggle lock keeps them in place. Snapfit SL2 ear pads can be removed during heated park sessions, and they're Skullcandy audio system-compatible (sold separately) so you can turn up the jams while you surf powder stashes.
- Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS)
- In-Mold construction
- Airflow climate control
- Self-adjusting fit system
- AirEvac 2 ventilation
- Snapfit SL2 ear pads
- Removable ultralight goggle lock
- Sullcandy audio system-compatible (sold separately)
- Item #SMI00AY
- Q & A
Super comfortable, looks great, all around my favorite helmet on the market, it's super protective and very customizable
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
After 7 years of abuse on my Smith Holt, I decided it was time to get a new lid. With my Holt lasting 7 years of park and freeride skiing it was obvious that I was going to give my money to Smith again. This time around I was looking for something a bit lighter with improved protection. I'm not sure if the Holt has gotten lighter, but I know that today the Maze still weighs 7 ounces lighter than the Holt. HUGE selling point for me! I also liked seeing the Multi-directional Impact Protection System. I've had so many falls where my head gets caught in a twisting motion rather than a direct hit to the head, so the MIPS version was an absolute necessity for me. The sleek low profile design is definitely something I like about this helmet. I wear a beanie and goggles under my helmet so removable ear pads are critical. 10/10 on this helmet!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
This is my second Maze helmet, my last helmet was a small but the current small version fits a little bit too tight so i had to change it to a medium. Otherwise a great helmet that is lightweight and stylish.
Lightweight and stylish.
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This Smith Maze helmet with the mips technology is awesome.
The helmet is true to size, just measure your head and viola!
The helmet feels incredible to wear, in fact it is far less annoying than a beanie. Somehow the helmet felt like it was made for my head.
I have already taken a few impacts on the helmet and I can tell you I was stoked to have this helmet, something that would of ruined my day was diverted thanks to this helmet.
Because of the comfort of this helmet, I look forward to putting it on in the morning.
Smith Maze Saves Another Life
The POC helmets with mips tend to be bulkier then those without mips. Any opinion on the maze helmet? Is it the same fit and size with/without mips?
The Receptor Backcountry MIPS, (My current helmet) Has a Different Mips system using a Pin that shears, The inner helmet is actually a completely different layer from the outer shell so it is a bit bulkier, also they only go up to a size large in that and it gets fairly tight/uncomfortable when your on the outer boundary of its fitment. The Maze MIPS uses a drop in system that takes up less space and is also (presumably) more effective because you wouldn't be trying to shear a foam pin
The Maze with and without MIPS feel exactly the same, and the MIPS is a thin plastic piece on the inside of the helmet that has a bit of movement. I hope that helps!
If you want to Use this helmet with a beanie, should you consider sizing up if you're on the upper end of its fitting size?
Connor, you can take the ear pads off of this helmet. So the beanie will actually fit a bit better. I do find the helmet to run on the snugger side of things so I would size up but, then it wouldnt fit right without the beanie. The beanie would make it snug but, if you size up and wear it without the beanie there will be movement. This means that if you hit your head it will have a higher impact than when its snug on your head.
If you have anymore questions feel free to send me an email or call!