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Smith Vantage Helmet

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Protecting your dome, one piece of plastic at a time.

The low-profile Vantage Helmet from Smith provides optimal dome protection when you're shredding the park or teeing off North Baldy during country club days in Little Cottonwood Canyon. New this season, a Boa fit system lets you dial in a custom fit.
  • Hybrid SL Shell Construction combines Bombshell technology with In-Mold technology to create a lightweight low-profile helmet that fits well without compromising protection
  • Boa fit system lets you adjust the size of the helmet with precision
  • Snapfit SL Ear Pads are removable for spring riding
  • X-static lining features a soft, moisture-wicking, silver-coated fabric that moves sweat away from your head while you hike or shred
  • Dual-density EPS liner provides lightweight industry-standard protection against impact
  • Two rear sliders adjust front and rear vent zones to keep your head cool
  • Removable rear clip locks your goggle strap in place
  • Optional Skullcandy audio uses wires so you can jam out on the chairlift (Skullcandy sold separately)
  • Item #SMI0834

Tech Specs

Claimed Weight
15.5 oz
Fit Adjustment
Adjustable Vents
yes, dual regulator
[shell] ABS plastic, [padding] dual-density foam, [lining] X-Static silver fiber
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding
ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077
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Great helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've gone through a couple of helmets since the helmet era began. I started with a Leedom helmet which was more like a motorcycle helmet - there have obviously been many improvements since then. I then went to the Giro G10, which I liked only so-so. The Vantage is third in line now, but also my absolute favorite. It fits perfect. I paired it with a new pair of Smith Optics goggles so the fit at the brim is totally flush. The chinstrap and back of the neck adjustment works great. And most importantly, the vents are well placed and numerous. I like that you can vent the front or back of the helmet together or separately.

Great for hiking/climbing lines

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I like the easy to open/close vents and the hard plastic shell for when I'm climbing lines that may have exposure to rockfall. The Maze and other ultra light helmets are nice and light, but don't vent as well, and seem like they might not stand up quite as well to rockfall or falling on rock. Comfort is good, venting is great, Smith I/O or I/OX integration is a big bonus, and the ability to zip the Skullcandy headphones into the ear covers is nice too.

Great Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have now had this helmet for a season and love it. The best parts about it are the venting, super quick and easy and works well, how well it fits with my I/O's, the comfortable inside, and how rad it looks. The one con is that my BOA system doesn't seem to work anymore, otherwise awesome helmet.

Vantage Helmet + I/O goggle FTW.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Smith Vantage with the I/O goggle is a fantastic combination. The helmet is well shaped, comfortably padded, liberally vented and looks great. The I/O goggle integrates with it seamlessly for a nice clean, good looking fit that performs (blocks wind and vents) flawlessly. I came from a Giro G10MX with Oakley Wisdom/Smith Phenom combo and would never look back. The goggle integration and over all fit and finish is head and shoulders above my previous system. Lesson: Wait till you need to replace both helmet and goggles and get a system that was designed to work together.

Got to have it!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is literally the best helmet I have ever had. I am on my 2nd one. It fits great and the 3 different sizes allow each individual to shop for the right fit instead of settling. My favorite feature of this helmet is the dual regulator. On other models the venting just does not breath, but this really breathes well.

Helmets only work if you wear them...

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

...and you only wear things if you like them. 1) (IMO) This helmet looks rad. 2)It fits great and the micro adjustments allow you to get it dialed. 3)Super easy to do some climate adjustments...opening or closing different vents gives you a lot of freedom to keep your head feelin' proper. 4)Keeps your noggin safe!

Helmets only work if you wear them...

brain bucket

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I was stuck between the Variant and the Vantage this year. However after trying on the Vantage I was sold. I have a "sensitive head" and most helmets and goggles tend to give me pressure headaches. I can wear this all day and I am not hindered. I got a medium so that I could adjust the fit, which is seamless with the BOA system in back. The vents open so easily you can adjust them even while you ski or sitting on the chair. I def feel more brave to go a little faster and crazier than before with this bad boy protecting the noggin :)

Great Dome Saver

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Great fit and feels good on, but that's not the best part about it. Vents work really well allowing airflow like none other. Eliminates my goggle fog even in the slimmest of conditions. Zipped ear flats easily allow you to throw in some speakers if that's you thing, or just listed to your surroundings and they don't put too much pressure or limit your hearing. Best part is, like other helmets, they protect your dome. Don't be afraid to send it hard because your protected.

Solid Helmet

    After racing my entire life I finally decided I needed to ditch my hard-ear Uvex for a softie. I tried on a bunch of different helmets including different Poc's and Smith's Variant.

    The Vantage fit the best by far. It is light, breathable, and has versatile and easy-to-use vents to allow smooth temperature control.

    The only knock I have on this helmet is that it seems to get loud and a little cold in the presence of high wind speeds. That might just be a quality of soft-ears vs. hard ears so other than that this helmet is excellent.

    Best I've used

      After searching for a while for a comfortable helmet that didn't look like a baloon on my head I finally settled on the Vantage. The adjustable vets can regulate the temperature well, and it is very lightweight so I don't notice wearing it very often. The brim is only marginally useful, infact it mostly just reduces the appearance of the dreaded gap. Otherwise I have no real complaints about this helmet.

      Perfect helmet

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is a great helmet. Warm when closed, cool when the vents are open. The earpieces are really warm, and I've never had to use anything under the helmet to keep warm. I don't love the goggle loop in back, but I can live with it. Best ski helmet I've ever had.

      Hi,I need a gunmetal grey in size L. Do...

      Hi,I need a gunmetal grey in size L.

      Do you have them in stock ?when will you have them?

      Unanswered Question

      I took apart the ear pads one day and am...

      I took apart the ear pads one day and am not sure I put it back together again properly as the Boa seems to not loosen up anymore as well as it used to (fortunately it fits, but right now only without a hat on). Are there any instruction sheets showing how to put it back together again? I think I threaded something the wrong way?

      How well is the view , is it restricted...

      How well is the view , is it restricted at all , wondering how good for mountain biking ?

      Anyone see the Maritime Camp color in...

      Anyone see the Maritime Camp color in person? Think it looks great in the photo. Wondering if those aquamarine vents look kinda dumb in the flesh.

      Unanswered Question

      How do you take the ear pads off of this...

      How do you take the ear pads off of this helmet? Mine seems to be sewn around the BOA adjuster.

      Does this helmet have zippers in the ear...

      Does this helmet have zippers in the ear pieces for audio?

      You can easily stick your iphone earbuds in there too, but you need to switch the left and right ears if you want to be able to zipper it up with the little button controller sticking out. Just try to line it up the best you can and pump the volume and you're good!

      I have a 58 cm head, should I go with a...

      I have a 58 cm head, should I go with a Medium even though it's on the high end of the spectrum?

      The earpads look different in the various...

      The earpads look different in the various colors. Ex: the huntsman shows an earpiece fitting inside and the red does not. Are the different or just showing an option?



      Has anyone tried these combinations? If so, how was the fit?

      if the head is 59 cm what size to take the...

      if the head is 59 cm what size to take the M or L?

      Besides the matte black, can somebody tell...

      Besides the matte black, can somebody tell me which colors are matte colors versus shiny colors?

      Is it good for cold weather? Also is it...

      Is it good for cold weather? Also is it good for a petite woman head? I don't think this has a W version, does it?

      If you have a smaller head, the small should fit well in this size, especially because it has an adjustable fit system which you can tighten to keep the helmet in place on your head. The ability to adjust this helmet is also wonderful for those really cold, blustery days when a beanie is needed underneath. (I'm talking temps in the teens and snowing with wind. This thing is as warm as you'd want and as cool as you'd want with the vents.)

      I measure 55 cm... I have a small and it fits, but a medium might be a bit more comfortable. I would never be able to fit even the thinnest beanie under the small. Also its one of the lowest profile helmets I've tried on, which is nice since there is no women's version. It fits perfect with the smith I/O and the smith I/OS, not the heiress though. I've never been cold with it and I get cold very easy.

      Unanswered Question

      Is the Ember Legecy a darker or lighter...

      Is the Ember Legecy a darker or lighter red. I have the Arcteryx Sabre SV in Road Rash Red (with is a little orange-ish) and wondering if this will match at all.

      I can unclip the earpads, but how do I get...

      I can unclip the earpads, but how do I get it completely detached from the helmet? The boa plastic straps are woven into the pads so they won't come completely off unless the boa system can come separated too. Is this even possible?

      Hey there, I haven't looked at this helmet but I am familiar with the BOA system... your helmet should have came with a tool for the BOA system to pop the rotating dial off (when replacing the cable, etc). It should be a little pin type of tool to poke in a hole in the center of your BOA dial?

      Thanks, it didn't come with a tool but I have a torx screwdriver that fit and undid the screw. I took off the ratchet knob, but even if I unwire the BOA, doesn't look like it can come apart enough to completely detach the ear pads. I'm going to shoot an email to Smith in the meantime...

      Smith said it's fully detachable via velcro, but with the help of BC's live chat, I found that one mine (cyan team) the plastic arm of the BOA over the temples are detachable..just give it a tug and the arms will pop off and you can slip off the earpads completely.

      Anybody know if the ember color comes in...

      Anybody know if the ember color comes in XL?

      what is the speed rating on ski helmets...

      what is the speed rating on ski helmets in mph

      Generally, ski helmets are tested for a drop at up to 6.2 m/s, which is about 14mph.

      Keep in mind that they test for head impact speed, which is not the same thing as "the speed you're skiing." Your head might be going a lot faster or a lot slower than your skiing speed by the time it hits. You can get a decent amount of impact speed just falling over sideways or backwards and whacking your head!

      What you do want to remember is that no helmet made is designed to save you from a high speed collision involving serious trauma. Hit a tree at 30mph and you're going to be in trouble no matter what. Ski or ride with care.

      Does this thing fit well with oakley...

      Does this thing fit well with oakley crowbars?