samwrote a review of Smith Vantage Helmet on December 30, 2012
Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I've had this helmet for about 8 weeks and use it 6 days a weeks for work and play on the hill.
It's undeniably one of the top helmets with well thought out design and quality construction.
The only issue I have with it is the sizing. I bought a large but have found I have to dial the boa thing down to the smallest setting. This is fine and all but I feel a bit like an orange on a toothpick.(When I tried it on in the shop I was in a bit of a hurry and didn't spend as much time figuring out the best size as perhaps I should.)
To satisfy my own curiosity I went back to the shop and tried a medium. It was lower profile in look and feel but I had to dial it to the largest setting. Which is fine but doesn't allow for the hood of my base layer when it gets really cold.
The point of this boring story is that I find it odd that there is apparently no cross over in the sizing. I thought this problem was somewhat unique to someone who had the unfortunate luck of having a head shaped like mine, but the guy in the shop said he owns a small and finds it a little too tight but the medium is too big.
'sigh'.. first world problems.