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    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
    • Skullcandy audio system-compatible (sold separately)
    • Item #SMI00AY

    Tech Specs

    Audio Compatible
    yes
    Ventilation
    AirEvac 2, 9 vents, Airflow climate control
    Fit Adjustment
    Lifestyle self-adjusting system
    Certifications
    ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 Class B
    Claimed Weight
    12oz
    Recommended Use
    all-mountain skiing, all-mountain snowboarding, freeride/powder skiing, freeride/powder snowboarding, park & freestyle skiing, park & freestyle snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Warm and Sturdy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This helmet is low profile. It's small and compact and protects all the important parts of your head. You can't go wrong with MIPS and should always protect your brain.

    From Helmet Hater to Lover

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Okay, so I admit I went through a phase where I just wore a beanie while snowboarding. Dumb, I know. But after loose fitting, or bulky and heavy helmets cramping my style, I was a little burnt out. But then I remembered how light the Smith Allure was - it was just the wrong size for me (same size for men + women), and ordered this one in a white in a medium, and it was perfect!! The MIPs is key, too. I love the simplicity and skate influenced design, and barely feel this helmet (seriously, I had to touch my head to make sure it was there a couple times!) The ear pads are nice too for warmth and protection, although a tiny bit hard to hear my partner sometimes. Overall, a sweet helmet and I'm super stoked to protect my head again. Just last week I biffed it pretty hard and was so glad this had my back - felt nothing where I might have gotten a concussion! Works great with the POC orb goggles or Oakley Prizms. Super happy with this!!!!!

    All the protection without the bulk

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    When you can make the complicated simple and have style, you know you've done something right. Love this simplistic MIPS helmet!

    Love This

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great helmet at a great price. Super durable and a nice fit, goes well with Smith helmets. The vent control is a great feature for this as well, and really sold me on the helmet. It works! I love it.

    Great Buy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I run cold and this helmet alone keeps my head plenty warm (in 9 degree weather today, I was fine without a hat underneath). I love having the extra safety of MIPS and a seamless fit with my Smith I/O MAG Goggles. Overall, this helmet is a super solid choice.

    Minimalist style

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This helmet is awesome. It isn't overly bulky or looking like you have a massive helmet on. It is really low profile and minimalist. It has a great fit. MIPS was the high selling feature on this helmet along with the fit, just for that added safety benefit on harder crashes (which hopefully won't occur!)
    It is super comfortable, and fits true to size if you follow the size chart!

    Minimalist noggin protector

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    You really can't go wrong with a ski helmet, period. The Maze is a great option and is a solid price point for having MIPS. The helmet comes with ear covers, but is all removable so you can customize how the helmet really fits on you. Beanie underneath, or no beanie underneath, the choices is yours.

    a solid helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    this helmet is great! the sizing seems to be a bit small, and they are pretty limited when it comes to adjusting them, other then that they are great!

    Dynamic Duo

      This helmet is a dynamic duo when paired with any Smith snow goggles. I got the Smith I/O MAG goggles and they fit like a charm. I am used to bike helmets, which I normally wear a medium with adjustments. Since these are not as adjustable, I went with a large and it fits great.

      AWESOME - but didn't fit my noggin

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      This is a great MIPS helmet. Low profile and with simple features like vents (which do not adjust) make this a great option for the rider who doesn't want all the bells and whistles - just reliable protection. The only reason for 4 stars is that the fit system does not allow for as much adjustment as other Smith helmets, such as those with a BOA adjustment. I was in between sizes- wish I wasn't!

      Repeat Offender

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is my second version of the Maze helmet. I've had an older version for years and loved it. It's simple, light and effective. They've only upgrade it with the MIPS version- maintains the qualities of the previous version and gets a little safer!

      Not Bulky!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Not a big fan of the bulky helmets. I don't need all the bells and whistles, just something to protect my dome! This is the one for you if we think alike. Super lite weight, warm, ear flaps for speakers, comfy, decent vents(non adjustable) and mips. Having a friend almost lose his life from head trauma, don't mess around and just get protected either way!

      My Favorite Ski Helmet

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is my third Maze helmet in 5ish years. It's comfortable, lightweight and low profile. I bought a Quantum earlier this season and it's great, but I went back to the Maze as it fits my head better and weighs less.

      a-MAZE-ing Helmet

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

      I just moved from Texas to Utah and haven’t skied much so I knew I needed a good helmet!

      I went with this one bc I liked the style, price, and the AirEvac system to avoid fogging (I wear glasses/ OTG goggles).

      The only improvement I can think of is the Removable Goggle Lock. The piece plugs into the helmet and I would prefer it to screw in securely. The lock itself doesn’t have a catching system for your goggles when you’re off the slopes—so my goggles have fallen off walking to the car.

      With that being said, this helmet is comfortable and keeps my ears warm! I haven’t tried out the audio system yet but maybe in the future.

      MIPS FTW

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought this particular helmet for my friend's birthday but I wear the same one riding. I LOVE it. It's so incredibly warm and I've definitely staved off more than a few concussions because of the MIPS. (I would never ever buy a helmet that wasn't MIPS.) I love that there aren't any vents on the body of the helmet itself, which keeps my head so warm.

      Safe and Stylish

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This helmet is really comfortable and looks great! The MIPs helps protect the dome from multi-directional impacts as well, so you'll feel much safer in this. The only thing I would change is the sizing adjustment system.

      Protect your dome

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

      This helmet does exactly what it should; looks awesome, cradles your grey matter securely, and doesnt break the bank. Wearing a helmet is a no brainer if you like to ski big, and if you dont wear one you better like your brain like you like your eggs: scrambled.

      Unanswered Question

      Is there any type of warranty for this helmet? My son fell on his back, in snow, and it cracked up the back.

      If I'm essentially a 23 inch head, would it be better to size up to the large or Size down to the medium?

      Hey James, I'd say the medium is a better bet here. The Maze does not have a dial retention system, so I'd say sizing down to the medium is going to be a better bet than having the large be potentially slightly loose. Feel free to give a shout at 801.204.4547 or my email cojohnson@backcountry.com and would be happy to help! Cheers, Connor

      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

      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!



      Bill Porreca

      bporreca@backcountry.com

      801-736-6398