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    27 Reviews


    Setting new standards.

    The Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet offers the ultimate in ski- and snowboard-worthy protection, style, and comfort, so you can stay safe on the slopes while looking and feeling good. Between the lightweight feel, superior safety technology, and customizable fit and ventilation, there's no excuse not to rock one.

    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. Smith also engineered the Vantage MIPS with Aerocore construction, which combines lightweight EPS with revolutionary Koroyd material. This unique material absorbs more impact than traditional foams while simultaneously improving breathability and reducing weight and bulk.

    AirVac 2 ventilation features twenty-one vents that can be fully opened on warm spring days, partially closed when temps drop, or completely shut in the middle of a blizzard. The Boa FS360 fit system allows you to quickly and easily dial in the perfect fit. Snapfit S12 ear pads can be removed in warmer weather, and they're also audio-compatible with a (sold separately) Skullcandy audio system.

    • Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS)
    • Hybrid SL construction
    • Aerocore construction featuring Koroyd
    • Adjustable AirVac 2 ventilation with 21 vents
    • Adjustable Boa FS360 fit system
    • Snapfit Sl2 ear pads
    • Removable ultralight goggle lock
    • Item #SMI00AJ

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    Hybrid SL Shell
    Impact Foam
    Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd, EPS foam, Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS)
    Multiple Impact
    Audio Compatible
    yes, Skullcandy audio system compatible
    Audio System Included
    AirEvac 2 system, 21 vents
    Fit Adjustment
    Boa FS360 fit system
    ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 Class B
    Claimed Weight
    1 lb 1.5 oz
    Recommended Use
    skiing, snowboarding
    Manufacturer Warranty

    Tech Specs

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    MIPS/Aerocore FTW

      I'm a long time Vantage owner and decided it was finally time to upgrade to MIPS/Aerocore. Very pleased with that decision. This is a great looking, comfortable helmet that I trust and seamlessly integrates with Smith's googles.

      Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      Fits well and using the size chart sizing was right on (medium). Ear flaps comfortable with ODT Chips installed. Venting works great to regulate temps. Oakley Flight Deck XM Prizm Goggles fit just right with this helmet.

      Size is good

        I am at the low end of a size L. The first time I tried the helmet I was convinced that it was too small. But I tried it on a few more times and realized that it was just snug the way a ski helmet should be. I've skied with it a few times now and I'm glad I didn't size up to XL. I normally don't wear a helmet but I don't mind this one too much. I run super hot and this helmet works well, although it couldn't keep up on a hot day when I was skiing moguls. Still this is the best helmet I could find. Fairly light great quality, safety and features.

        Favorite fit MIPS

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I had some luck with the 2016-2017 fit when ordering one size up (58 cm measurement) but you should try it on. Warm, fits comfortably and lower profile for a MIPS helmet. The price point could be improved upon and 100% Made in USA would make me feel better.

        Fits like a glo.... helmet!

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Fits great on my extra large dome, the vents are great when you get to warm in the trees. It also fits perfect with my IOX googles, by design, but still worth noting.

        Good, could be better

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        My biggest (and only) complaint with this lid is that the MIPS addition makes the fit feel a little shallow. I would still purchase MIPS again, given the added protection, but I think they could have adjusted to fit to accommodate the extra.layer.

        Smith does not care about customers

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

        I am disappointed that Smith misrepresents that they stand behind their products by having a defective item replacement policy that effectively prevents me from getting a replacement. Smith requires 1) proof I bought it from an authorized dealer, 2) spend my time and my money to send it to Smith, 3) Smith will 2 weeks to decide to repair it or give me a 30% off coupon.
        I'll bet 99% of people don't keep receipts of things they bought a year ago. Smith made it and it's defective. Regardless of whether I bought it from an authorized dealer, got it as a gift, or bought it from a friend who gave up skiing, it's still defective. So Smith can probably sell 1,000 defective items and only have to replace maybe one.
        Smith is a Sleazy Company - Buy from another company.

        Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I have a large head and many I tried many brands of x-larges were not wide enough, so this may be good for ... large wide heads like mine. I am still not sure I got the best helmet for two reasons: (1) the ear flap material is not the softest, and (2) I have seen lighter helmets. On the lightness, I don't know whether lighter would be safe enough, but had I had more time and options available I would have investigated this more (or asked reps, because those I have talked to have really known their products). I've only skied six days with it, but believe it is very well constructed and durable.

        Saved my life

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        I'll spare you all the details of the accident but I've taken my fair share of falls on other helmets and I'm convinced that the way that MIPS helmets dissipate the force of a fall left me with just a mild concussion when it could have been exponentially worse.

        I'm trying to avoid hyperbole here because saying things like "saved my life," and "could have been exponentially worse" are certainly not quantifiable in this instance, but I was going hella fast and fell a hella long way and I'm here a day later with only a mild concussion and couldn't be happier about that result.

        I'm not saying you should buy this particular helmet, but I do think that the concept of an inner lining (and your brain) moving independently of the shell is a smart innovation and worth adopting.

        Excellent Helmet

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        I've been using this helmet for a couple weeks now and do not have a single complaint. The fit is excellent and seems to adapt to my head's shape better than other Smith helmets I have owned. The venting is excellent and cools me down quickly after those high output moments of post-holing out of the flats. Fits well with the Oakley Airbrake goggles i'm currently using. I also tried with the Anon M2 goggles and found a small gap between the helmet and goggle leaving a cold spot on my forehead.

        The Best

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

        I bought this helmet to update my kit this year and it had met or exceeded all of my expectations. When I tried it on out of the box, I was concerned it might be to small, but I quickly decided it was the right size and fit. I did measure my head prior to buying and the sizing chart on the site is accurate. My advice is this: measure accurately before you buy and use the sizing chart.

        The helmet fits well while skiing. keep my head and ears warm (without a liner cap), and the vents help me regulate my temperature when I get to hot. The Boa also allows for quick and easy adjustment. Lightweight, reliable and solid. Smith's has made a really great helmet!

        yes, plz

        • Familiarity: I've used it several times

        Just upgraded to this helmet - I got a size medium and it fits perfectly! Very comfortable, warm, and loving the outdoor tech headphones that couple with it. I don't think that I will end up wearing it with a beanie - it fits the best when its flush with your head. You can also close the vents on the top of the helmet to block the wind if you go without anything underneath. I didn't think that the sizing was weird - I measured the circumference of my head and it was spot on! Boa system is always a plus for adjustments . I would buy this again

        Quality Helmet!

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

        I purchased this as a gift and sharing feedback:

        "Initial impressions are the helmet sizing runs small. I ordered a large which fits perfectly, but I normally wear a medium. The MIPS system adds a level of confidence that you would expect out of a higher end helmet. Ventilation options up top are VERY nice on the slopes. Padding around the ears is top level. The adjustable boa strap in the back is also super nice. All and all I would rate this 5/5. It is innovative, safe, and very comfortable.

        Runs WAY Small

          Ouch! Painfully small compared to the other Smith M helmets.

          I have owned 3 Medium Smith Helmets in the past decade or so... Including the non-MIPS version of this helmet, which has been converted to my paragliding helmet with gear mounted all over it. Great helmets! I have always been comfortably in the middle of the Medium size. Not so with the MIPS! I figured since my head measures 56cm (M says 55-59cm), I would be fine. It was WAY too tight. I got a headache in 15 minutes. I am in the process of exchanging it for a L... although I am not sure I want a L. Is it going to feel like a huge shell bowling ball on my head?! Maybe I will just get another normal Vantage. Sigh...

          Love the fit!

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

          I ordered this helmet for my boyfriend who has a huge head! He has been trying to find a helmet that was comfortable and can accommodate for his big noggin for a while.
          The size chart was accurate and the XL size fits him great! My guy wanted to add some more info:
          "The Vantage helmet is awesome. I just got the helmet and wore it around the house to see how it felt. The final conclusion is that this helmet is very comfortable with or without ear pads. It took me a minuet to figure out how to get the pads off, but once I did the procedure is easy.
          I have the Smith IO/X goggles and they fit very well with the What helmet. They do not fog, and it doesn't effect the ventilation.
          I do not skimp on my brain buckets, so i decided to go with the MIPS option. I hope this serves me well for years to come! "

          Great helmet

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I've always been a fan of Smith helmets and this one even made me a bigger one. I have used it all season and have only good things to say. It is very lightweight and with the vents open extremely breathable. I have taken some good spills so and it is holding up just fine still. It is only the pricey side but protecting your head with the best helmet makes it worth it, plus this thing will last a longtime. Definitely would recommend to a friend.

          Great Helmet

          • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

          I have one, by brother has one, and my wife has one as well. These are super light, comfortable, and breathable. The vents work very well, and the internal boa system allows for a customized fit. I'm confident this helmet will protect my head in a big fall. This helmet with the Anon M2 goggle is a perfect fit.

          I am interested in this this helmet but I'm concerned about the fit based on the reviews here. I'm a medium (55-59cm) in a older vintage smith helmet without MIPS technology. My head measures around 57-58cm. Would you recommend a medium or large for this helmet? Thank you!

          Hi Stephen,

          I have this helmet in a Large and my head is 7 3/8 (58-59cm) and it fits me great, especially when I'm wearing a balaclava. The amount of adjustability on this helmet is pretty good so if I were you I would go with the medium in this case.

          If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me directly.


          Matthew Pizza: or 801.736.5363

          How can I identify MIPS or not?
          Does that have any sign or mark on the helmet or package?

          I have this helmet...great fit and style. Just wondering where I can get that Backcountry face mask in the photos? Checked the backcountry site but could not find??

          Does the MIPS only allow one crash all the tubes break or does it stay completely function after a crash.

          Depends how bad the crash. I hit a tree with my Smith bike helmet with Koroyd - all the tubes collapsed at the point of impact, but stayed intact around the rest of the helmet. The foam shell did not crack either - just collapsed a bit. Will be replacing it soon, but for now I feel it still offers a good deal of protection

          to whom it may concern,

          will you be offering different colors of this helmet at some point and if so any ideas as to when? thanks