Forefront 2 MIPS Helmet
Mountain biking protective gear is constantly being re-engineered to be lighter, stronger, and sleeker, seeing demanding trail and all-mountain riders want more comfortable helmets without sacrificing good looks. Following this evolution in design, the Smith Forefront 2 MIPS Helmet builds on the success of the original with increased aerodynamics, heightened protection, and airy-cool ventilation in a sleek, attractive lid for trail and all-mountain disciplines.
Smith's proprietary Aerocore In-Mold construction pairs traditional EPS foam with Koroyd tubular structures for better ventilation and a lighter overall weight, but without sacrificing impact dispersion and structural integrity. For the Forefront 2 Helmet, Smith fully encompasses the backside of the helmet with Koroyd structures for an even lighter, more airy feel than before. 20 optimized vents work with Koroyd tubular structures, allowing built-up heat to readily escape in all directions, so you're not susceptible to overheating and excessive sweating.
Of course, you're probably not surprised to see MIPS on a helmet of this pedigree, seeing the stand-out success this relatively new technology has witnessed over the past few years. MIPS technology places a low-friction liner inside the helmet, which allows the helmet to rotate independently around your head during a crash occurring at an angle. What this does is help to lessen rotational forces transmitted through the helmet, thereby giving you peace of mind when you're ripping down the trail and plunging into rocky stretches, especially when things go horribly wrong and you find yourself flying over the bars at high speeds.
- Smith's premiere helmet for trail and all-mountain
- MIPS low-friction liner disperses rotational forces
- Aerocore In-Mold design is light, breathable, rugged
- 20 large vents with Koroyd for increased breathability
- Three-position visor is compatible with enduro goggles
- VaporFit adjustable fit system for a customized fit
- X-Static anti-odor lining with Reflective Cooling
- Item #SMI00HV
What do you think about this product?
January 30, 2020
I have the predecessor model that in essence is the same design and fit. No complaints there. It fits great and snug, although I was drawn in by the appearance that the newer model covered lower on the back of the head. The fit and adjustment is equally as great as its predecessor, but the visor is more firmly attached and clicks through adjustments nicely. The disappointments rest with the coverage design and the accessories. There are two considerable sized holes on the top of the helmet that if you did an endo could end up with a nice short circuit from an unfortunate landing in scree or branches. This might have been done for ventilation reasons, but it was already working perfectly before so now it's just dangerous. The previous model has at least full coverage with the honeycomb and the angles to the head from the shell are not as direct. I started using goggles and the last model had clips to mount for the strap, which don't exist with the new model, and for the helmet cam crowd, there's not an adapter for one on this model compared to the last. Like I said, I was drawn to this helmet because it looked lower on the back of the head, but it's the same model with the same fit as the year earlier and less safety and gimmicks. If it wasn't such a pain, I'd return it to get a different helmet for my transalp.
December 30, 2019
Best helmet I have owned
I just upgraded from a Fox Flight to a Smith Forefront 2 in matte moss/vapor and it is the best helmet I have owned to date. It is extremely comfortable due to micro adjustments and the venting kept my head cool throughout my entire ride. Not once did I ha e to readjust the helmet during the ride and I honestly forgot I even had it on. Smith nailed it with this helmet for sure. Plus, getting it for 50% off was an even better bonus!
December 28, 2019
Great Fitting Helmet
Couldn't believe how comfortable this helmet was right out of the box!. Didn't need to make any adjustments, as if the helmet were made for just my head! Wish there was a way to mount a tail light on the back of the helmet though.
October 24, 2019
I wore this helmet mountain biking and I never once felt like it was coming loose or sinking over my brows. The straps are easy to adjust and it was really comfortable, I felt like it was hugging my head in a good way. Definitely recommend.
September 17, 2019
I have this helmet after various recommendations from people who took a header wearing it. You don't find a better vouch then that. I can't really add anything to the conversation but I can say, the only annoying thing is the open whole in the upper forehead area. I literally had a bee get stuck in there and sting me on Holy Roller at Dear valley. Other than the Bee Hole, it's amazing.
November 13, 2019
Hey Kyle, any idea if this helmet is compatible with strap mounted night lights, such as the Nite Rider Lumina series? Looks like the Koroyd layer may prevent that, or at least make it difficult. Thanks -Brian
November 17, 2019
Sorry, I have not tried it with any of the lumina series.
August 6, 2019
Forgot i was wearing it
I got to use this helmet on a decent length ride the other day and thoroughly enjoyed the feel and overall comfort of the helmet. The ventilation was superb, the adjust-ability made for a great fit and over all i was happy with my choice of helmet.
July 17, 2019
Light and Breezy
This thing is super easy to adjust, very light weight, and breathes quite well. Honestly you forget it's on until you get back to the car and bump it against the headrest.
July 11, 2019
I love this helmet. It's light, super comfy and breathes even with the MIPS liner.. The visor sits nicely as to not move down over the eyes as I have noticed with some helmets. Indigo/peony/iceberg color i chose, and love. Size M fits me good with adjustments which are easy and precise to make. Yay Smith helmets!
Marla Bailey Gearhead
July 2, 2019
Light, breathable, comfortable
This is hands down the most comfortable bike helmet I have ever worn! I tend to sweat a bunch from my head but this helmet helped minimize the problem. There's so much air running through it that the sweat evaporated much quicker than normal and it was much easier to keep it from getting in my eyes. It's also very comfortable and light, it almost gets to the mythical "forget that it's there" status. There are other half shel helmet out there that offer better coverage that could be more appropriate for enduro riding but for xc, trail and light-duty enduro it's hard to top this!
Jesse Gus Allen
June 13, 2019
I thought I liked my current helmet until I demo'd this one for a Moab trip. The breathability was a night and day difference thanks to the Koroyd honeycomb construction. I loved that I could stash my sunglasses in the visor when I wasn't needing them. Only downside is now I want to buy a new helmet...
June 12, 2019
I have tried many MTB helmets and there is always something that doesn't fit right on my head. I tried one of these and on and knew I had to buy it immediately (bought it as soon as we got back to service!). The fit is perfect for me, and the dial tightener in back moves in very small increments to help with a perfect fit for all. Not to mention the improved ventilation and the lightness of the helmet!
June 3, 2019
I love Smith's helmets, and this one is no exception. Extremely light, super breathable (thanks to it's Koroyd honeycomb construction) and it looks good too! (Helmet is pictured in the middle)
June 1, 2019
Love this helmet!
May 8, 2019
Super breathable and a really comfortable fit on these things. Trustworthy and safe as usual for Smith, and durable. It's not perfect, and the fit isn't spot on for my head, but for what it is, it's gotten the job done.
May 2, 2019
Perfect and everything I need
Super stoked on this helmet. I agree with the review below me, it is hard to find a helmet where you don't want to be seen in but Smith did a killer job with the design on this helmet. It is very breathable too and I like the adjustable fit system in it too. The first day I wore it I took a pretty hefty fall and my noggin was kept safe and sound. Definitely would recommend this helmet!
May 2, 2019
Everything that I was Looking For
I was more than impressed with this helmet. We all know how hard it is to look no-dorky in a helmet, but I felt confident in this guy. It felt light and breathability was amazing I almost didn't notice it on my head after a while. I'm a giant fan of the Koroyd, but I would like to see a designed helmet hole for compatibility with Osprey's helmet holder system.
Bo Mykal Buchanan
November 5, 2019
I was reading reviews one more time before I switched over and realized how much I actually use the helmet loop on my Osprey commuter... thanks for the heads up on that!
April 29, 2019
Easy Easy, Light and Breezy
I had been wanting this helmet for a long time and finally decided to get one this season. Must say, best decisions I have made in a while. This helmet is exceedingly light, comfortable, and cool. The fit system is like a suction cup to your head, when fitted correctly and unbuckled you can head bang like you are at a rock concert and the thing doesn't move. I used to be blind with sunscreen dripping into my eye with sweat from my old helmet, and after my first to rides in the sun with this one, I had none such issues, very good venting. I also feel safer in this helmet as it is highly rated and the MIPS system helps with certain impacts. If you want a light, safe, and stylish helmet, this is the one!
April 28, 2019
Makes Me Faster
The original forefront was my go to helmet, but the new Forefront 2 is a significant improvement over the original. Immediately noticeable better fit and coverage. The 3 Position Visor that's much more stable and versatile (Which is HUGE). Similar to the original, the sunglasses compatibility is clutch and well thought out for perching shades up high while climbing. Comfortable, MIPS, I thought sizing was spot on, looks sweet, and my head is protected! Checks all my boxes...
April 25, 2019
The Forefront 2 is really nice, but...
I admit I have a large head and it just doesn't fit quite right and pinched my forehead, so more of a "me problem" I guess. It also immediately felt warm, just trying it on inside, I think the honeycomb, Koroyd, layer doesn't vent very well. Had to return it and try something else.
March 21, 2019
Good helmet for a hot head
Great breathability for a helmet with such good coverage, straightforward sizing, and probably the best looking all mountain helmet out there.