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    Bombproof and breathable brain protection.

    When you refuse to settle with uncomfortable and stifling helmets that make for sub-par ski days, strap on the Smith Vantage Helmet and experience comfortable protection like never before. Its innovative Hybrid SL shell construction combines Smith's bombshell ABS shell along the top of the helmet, along with a flyweight In-Mold technology around the sides, so you get the perfect fit, without sacrificing an ounce of protection. The new Aerocore Technology covers your dome with four Koroyd inserts, which absorb more energy on impact, while allowing air to pass through while you ride. The AirEvac 2 Ventilation system provides constant airflow by moving cool air through external vents below the brim and pushing warm air out of the 21 vents across the top of your helmet. If you start to get too cold, you can close the vents with the dual regulator at the top of the helmet that's easy to adjust, even with gloves on.

    The Vantage provides a superior fit with its adjustable Boa FS360 Fit System, which has a full 360-degree halo design that offers both forward and lateral adjustments. The helmet's Nanosilver performance lining has antimicrobial features that keep the helmet smelling fresh after back-to-back days on the hill. Snapfit SL2 Ear Pads seal around your ears for reliable warmth on cold and stormy days, but can be removed once things heat up. 

    • Hybrid SL shell
    • AeroCore construction with Koroyd
    • EPS foam
    • AirEvac 2 ventilation
    • Boa FS360 adjustable fit system
    • Low-profile, adjustable vents
    • Snapfit SL2 ear pads
    • Removable goggle lock
    • Skullcandy audio system compatible (sold separately)
    • Item #SMI00AK

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    Hybrid SL
    Impact Foam
    Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd
    Multiple Impact
    Audio Compatible
    Audio System Included
    dual regulator adjustable climate control
    Fit Adjustment
    Boa FS360
    ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077 2007 Class B
    Claimed Weight
    17.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

    • Reviews
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    What do you think about this product?

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    Couldn't Be Happier

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is the way to go. I could imagine that a lot of people don't want to spend a lot of money on something they think the won't really need, but don't skimp out on protecting the brain bucket. I took a really bad fall landing head first and I was able to keep skiing without pain or worry. This alone makes the helmet a 5-Star piece of gear.

    The helmet is also very warm on cold days and the vents dump heat well without letting wind in. Highly recommend this helmet to anyone.

    Fit Review - did not test.

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I have not actually used this helmet, so read my review with that in mind.
    This is to comment on fit (and form).
    I have a somewhat oval head, and while the sizing chart says that a medium should fit my 57 cm head quite well, it does not. The range is stated as 55-59 cm, and it squishes my forehead. I can get it on, but it's not comfortable, and eventually causes a headache. It is very well made - better than any other helmet I've seen (though I haven't seen any Sweet Protection or POC helmets in person), but I have 0 doubts about quality, function, form. It's just unfortunate that it doesn't fit my head shape, so it's going back. Might get a large, but I've heard that for people in my boat, the large is just too large. Might look to Giro for something more oval, which is too bad because I like everything else about this helmet.

    works in all conditions

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This helmet fits true to size and is very comfortable with the easy to reach/control venting system. It works equally well in cold dry weather, near freezing precipitation, and in warm sunny weather (which I was able to encounter all in one weekend). All in all this is an excellent helmet.

    Good but sized small

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

    Purchased the helmet a couple days ago after research and advice from Backcountry. I have always trusted Backcountry and have done much business there. There Vantage is sized and built small - no doubt about it. If you are at the low end of a size, you are probably good. I am right at the top - 59. There is no way I can fit into a Medium. Too tight. That is without a liner.

    Within two days of purchase, the item went on a big sale. I was not advised. Not good. I should have been notified that a sale was less than two days away.

    Need to return for sizing. It is a well built helmet - but tight.

    Don't get me wrong. Backcountry is a great company, and I will return as a customer. But this was not the best customer experience.

    keeping dad's noggin in working order

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

    So, dad's are a wealth of help and information on just about every subject, and I am only realizing how much help dad can be the older I get. To help keep his head in proper working order, I got him this helmet as a Christmas gift. Super lightweight all things considered, good venting and most importantly comfortable. He resisted the idea of a helmet, thinking it would be a bulky and cumbersome object, affecting his skiing, but he can barely notice it. Note on size: had to return the small and get the medium for best fit. It seems it does fit a little smaller than the size chart indicates.

    XL won't fit 63-67 cm head as advertised

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Way too small!! This is a beautiful helmet with awesome features--and worth the price (if it fits). The size chart (along with Smith Optics) claim the XL helmet will fit a 63-67 cm head circumference. It will not, unless you jam it onto your noggin. I was skeptical when I read that claim, as I've always had to purchase XXL or XXXL helmets (which neither Smith nor Giro market anymore). I have a 63.5 cm head (7 7/8's). With the fit band fully extended, I could just barely squeeze my head uncomfortably into this lid--no extra room for a balaclava, and I could tell I would have a headache if I wore it all day. I contacted Smith Optics after getting my (as always lickity split Backcountry shipment), and all they did was reiterate what their fit chart states--they even sent me a new XL liner cable to see if that was the problem. It doesn't. If I take the liner completely out, the shell still fits snugly. There's no way the XL helmet shell is designed to fit a head bigger than 63 cm. If you are a 64, you'll need a jack hammer to get this thing on. Clearly most of us don't have enormous heads like me--but if you do, you'll unfortunately have to find a helmet elsewhere. I'm replacing an old XXL Giro--they also no longer make an XXL--instead they just claim that their XL is now a one size fits all. Not!! I'm still looking for a replacement helmet that will fit my large head.

    F/U--I was able to find a white Bern Watts helmet in size XXL/XXXL and it fit my 63.5 cm. noggin with room for balaclava. Nice helmet as well--just not as nice as the Vantage (vents don't close), but it fit so I can actually wear it.

    It's protecting your brain right!?!?!?!?

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Next to purchasing an FIS rated racing helmet... this item provides awesome protection, comfort and warmth. Easy to use vents and flexible fitting system. Everyone in my family uses this model in one color or another. It's protecting your brain... worth every cent.

    Comfy Lid

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    it fits great. Breathes well enough, and when I take the ear flaps off and run a buff (which is 100% of the time I wear it) I think it looks like the helmets the rebels wore on Endor in Return of the Jedi and also Rogue One.

    Look No Further

      If you already rock the smith IO's then look no further. This thing is light, half the time I forget it's there. Fit is great, the BOA 360 system gets it snug without feeling tight. I couldn't warrant the price of the mips upgrade and don't really feel it's necessary for my style skiing as we tend to ride powder and softer snow. Sizing is the only issue, this years does run small. The interface with my IO/X goggles is flawless. This is probably what makes me forget the helmet is there. My goggles don't slide around, pinch weird, or push down on my face. Great product if you don't mind the price. You definitely get what you pay for! Cheers

      Great Helmet

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I love this helmet. It fits great. With the vents closed is warm enough for single digit temps and with the vents open stays cool enough when the heat is on. The boa 360 fit is great to get a nice snug fit. If I had one complaint it is that the ear flaps tend to press too hard on my ears and they get a bit sore after a few hours. That may have to do with the fact that I have to wear glasses when I ski so the temples of the glasses may be pushing my ears out just slightly. But it is not enough of an issue to be a real problem.

      Awesome Helmet

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      This is only the 2nd helmet I have ridden in and it is awesome. The liner is warm and very comfortable. It fits perfect as i have a huge head and i was worried about that. Overall great buy for the money.

      Different Sizing Year-to-Year

      • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

      I've had an older vantage helmet for a few years and loved it for all the reasons you've read in these other reviews. Decided to re-up with a new color this year - the green one, it looks awesome! BUT, its wayyy smaller than my old one. Same size, same model, same measurements on the tag. But it barely even fits on my head. Maybe its a one-off misfit but consider this fair warning if you're an old fan of this helmet like I was. Otherwise, if you can find one that fits this helmet will serve you well!

      Great Helmet

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      Love this helmet, it is very light weight, and depending on your helmet size there is room for a beanie underneath, which I know a lot of skiers and boarders like to do, myself included. There are pockets in the ear pieces for chips, if your into that, or you can put your ear buds in their if you'd like, they are zippered pockets, so no worry in having your earbuds fall out.

      I'd say go for it, if you are on the fence about it!

      Awesome brain bucket **Update 3/1/17**

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Awesome helmet. This is my second one and the Aerocore is great and really light. It is also large enough to wear a thin beanie under if the weather is freezing. Like freezing, freezing -20 F cold. Strongly recommend getting ear 'chips' if you plan on listening to music. Earbuds under the ear pieces hurt over time.

      This Helmet... I can't praise this helmet enough. I'm pretty sure it saved my life. You don't need the protection until you are in a situation when you need the protection. Kind of like college, always be prepared. I was hit by a rogue Skier on my first run of the day riding resort in Colorado and it sent me cruising into a very aggressive mogul field on a black diamond. I tried to slam the brakes, but didn't have the space. I flipped over, and flew head first, down hill ,directly into the ground. Dislocated my shoulder and busted two ribs. After resetting my shoulder, I gathered the pieces of my hemet and my also broken M2 goggles then I rode my way to the bar. The helmet performed just as it was supposed to, flawless and surprisingly, somehow, I did not have a concussion or saw spots. I hopped a bus to a helmet store in town and bought an identical Smith Vantage Helmet and a new set of goggles. People say backcountry riding is dangerous... at least I am the victim of my own actions.

      Awesome brain bucket  **Update 3/1/17**
      Unanswered Question

      I would love to know what Smith has to say about the independent safety tests these guys performed. Some of the Smith results are kinda scary, especially the penetration tests.

      Can this helment be used for biking? If not what makes it different from the ones that have that as a recommened use? Thanks.

      Hey Gary!

      I would not recommend this helmet for biking. The biggest point is that bike helmets are going to offer a lot more breath-ability. They are also designed for different types of impacts.

      Check out the Smith Overtake or the Smith Forefront if you want an awesome bike helmet with similar technology from Smith.

      Hit me up if you have any questions or would like to pick up one of those helmets.


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      Will my OT Chips work with the Variance helmet and, if so, will the chips be easily accessible (in and out) for charging?