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Maze MIPS Helmet

One of the lightest snow helmets available today, 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 impacted at an angle in order to decrease rotational forces, while the In-Mold construction minimizes weight and bulk without compromising impact protection. The nine fixed vents and AirEvac system let you keep cool on warm spring days and intense hikes, and the self-adjusting fit system offers a comfy, secure fit. Snapfit SL ear pads can be removed during heated park sessions, and they're Outdoor Tech audio system-compatible (sold separately) so you can turn up the jams while you surf powder stashes.

  • Industry-leading safety and tech meet in this snow helmet
  • Lightweight in-mold construction is durable and ultra-light
  • MIPS reduces rotational forces caused by angled impact to head
  • Self-adjusting fit system flexes to match your head shape
  • AirEvac venting integrates with Smith goggles for fog-free lenses
  • Ear pads are easy to remove and can house Outdoor Tech audio systems
  • Removable goggle lock offers option when riding without goggles
  • Item #SMI00AY

Shell Material
polycarbonate
Impact Foam
EPS
Audio Compatible
Outdoor Tech audio system
Ventilation
AirEvac, 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

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Love MIPS

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Love the addition of MIPS to this helmet for added protection! My head never overheats, but still stays warm! This helmet easily fits with my Smith I/O's!

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With the I/O Mag goggles

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>Rating: 5

Great Helmet

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Keeps my head warm but doesn't overheat. I smacked my head going through a tunnel (feel free to laugh) and I got a minor concussion. I dented the helmet but can't imagine what would have happened if I weren't wearing a helmet or if it didn't have MIPS. Would definitely buy again.

>Rating: 5

Brain Bucket

Love the Maze helmet, especially with MIPS for even more protection! It is comfy, and super lightweight, it hardly feels like I have a helmet on. I've had a few slams this year with this helmet and can say for certain that it has saved me from a few concussions. Definitely recommend this helmet

>Rating: 5

Great lid!

Warm, stylish, and functional. A great helmet at a great pricepoint!

>Rating: 4

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.

>Rating: 5

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!!!!! Edit: The only small downside I can think of is that since the vents are kind of minimal and small, snow can get lodged in there sometimes, or the ventilation can be inadequate with high spring temps + I do a lot of bootpacking and run very hot (I'm totally a cold weather person). So if you are big on having a ton of ventilation options, I would look at some of their other helmets such as the Vantage.

>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

Great Buy

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I run cold and this helmet alone keeps my head plenty warm (in single digit weather 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.

>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 4

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!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 4

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!

>Rating: 5

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!

>Rating: 4

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!

>Rating: 5

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.

>Rating: 5

Great fit

This helmet does not only fit great, but is super lightweight and warm. I’d highly recommend

>Rating: 4

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.

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Any tips on fitting? I measured my head to be 60 cm, but the Large feels tight-snug, and the XLarge feels snug. I have the snaps set to the back-most (widest) position. I have another ski helmet that is supposed to fit 59-62 cm and that fits me perfectly (but it's not MIPS)..

Hard to say, you want the helmet to be snug in order to work properly and keep you safe, but you do not want it too tight where it hurts. It sounds like the XL is a better fit if its only a little snug. Also it depends on what kind of face mask you normally wear below the helmet.

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

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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

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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!

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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