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Vantage MIPS Helmet

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.

  • A feature-rich ski and snowboard helmet with ultimate protection
  • MIPS technology reduces rotational impacts to protect your brain
  • Hybrid SL construction is lightweight and disperses impact
  • Koroyd material crushes to absorb impact under force
  • AirVac 2 ventilation system includes 21 vents to increase airflow
  • Adjustable Boa FS360 fit system dials in a perfect fit
  • Snapfit SL2 earpads are compatible with Outdoor Tech audio systems
  • Removable goggle lock prevents your goggles from coming off
  • Item #SMI00AJ

Shell Material
Hybrid SL Shell
Impact Foam
Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd, EPS foam, Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS)
Multiple Impact
yes
Audio Compatible
yes, Skullcandy audio system compatible
Audio System Included
no
Ventilation
AirEvac 2 system, 21 vents
Fit Adjustment
Boa FS360 fit system
Certifications
ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 Class B
Claimed Weight
1lb 1.5oz
Recommended Use
skiing, snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty
lifetime

Tech Specs

What do you think about this product?

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>Rating: 5

Best Warranty in the Business

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer
Fit:
True to size
Size Bought
L
Height
6` 3"
Weight
170 lbs

Great helmet. That’s a given. Smith’s customer service is really the reason to have allegiance to this company. I have experienced a 5 minute turn around time on a warranty claim.

>Rating: 5

I love it

Great Helmet. I get extra discount from here: coupon-bird.com

>Rating: 1

New sizing and poor customer service

Fit:
Runs small
Size Bought
XL

I bought this helmet as a replacement for the XL Vantage I already own that is due for replacement. The new Vantage is the same high quality as my old one. However, despite what Smith's sizing charts claim, they have apparently made changes to the Vantage as my current XL Vantage fits perfectly and this XL Vantage does not fit at all. I called and explained this to backcountry.com and I'm still being forced to pay $6.99 to return a helmet that is not sized as claimed by the manufacturer. Thumbs down to Smith, thumbs down to backcountry.com customer service.

>Rating: 4

Runs a bit small

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

This is a great helmet. Very little leakage, very warm, very solid feeling, yet when you need some air, it doesn't disappoint with the venting. However, all of that said, it runs a bit small. If you normally wear a medium, I suggest trying it on before buying.

>Rating: 1

Big Head Todds.... Don't Buy!

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

Awesome helmet and the one that I have been watching for the end of season sale.... While this is an "XL", it is actually smaller (front to back) than smaller diameter helmets that I have tried up to 63 cms. I figured all the other reviews didn't get that this was up to 67 cms and I'd be fine... no way. Don't get stuck with the $7.00 return fee. Smith...Please make a XXL for big heads (long narrow horse head) like me! -Todd W (wishing all the new snow would kill off the Covid and we could all go boarding/skiing while off work stuck on quarantine)

>Rating: 4

Run very small

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

Wow. I measured a medium--upper end--but the medium was way way to small. Sent it back and order a large without the MIPS hoping for enough room to wear a thin beanie on the those extremely bitter days--if you've been to Canada during a polar vortex you know--and the large just fit with barely any need to tighten the BOA adjustment. Order up my friends!

>Rating: 5

Great Helmet and yes seems to run small

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Great Helmet very comfortable. I was at the high end of the medium measurement so decided on a large. I'm definitely glad I did it fits perfect with a balaclava underneath and no tightening of the adjustment knob

>Rating: 3

Nice helmet, but runs small

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

I measured my head, and even tried on a different Smith model before buying a medium. When it showed up, it was definitely too small! The helmet was nice, though, and I returned it and ordered a large.

>Rating: 3

Great looking helmet but XL didn't fit

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

I really love the features of this helmet and it fit very well with the Smith goggles I have. The problem is that I bought a XL size and it pressed annoyingly against my forehead. I was surprised since my last helmet from 2012 was a Smith Aspect and a L size and it fit perfectly. I know MIPS helmets are meant to be snug but this was far too much and uncomfortable. I apparently have a long oval head so I will be switching to try a Giro. I sure wish Smith didn't shrink down all their sizes.

Found the same issue in sizing. I usually wear an M in Smith and I had to move up to an L.

Same issue here - I normally am an XL, measured my head, easily within the size range stated on the site and box, and was too small. Nice helmet but sizing seems off.

>Rating: 5

Excellent

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

The helmet is a perfect fit and looks great. I had to return it because I bought grey for my husband and he wanted black. Backcountry provides easy return directions. The return process itself would have been easier if I had kept the packaging box. If you are not 100% sure it is right, keep your shipping box.

>Rating: 5

Love it!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I don't think I have a weird shaped head but after trying on every helmet in every ski shop in town I realized I'm either REALLY picky or my head it weird. most helmets were too wide on the sides of my head and too tight on the front and back of my head. Also, the ear pieces of most helmets are set fairly far back and didn't cover my ears. Regardless, this helmet fit like a glove!!! i stay warm, the venting is nice, and the fit is PERFECT! finally!

>Rating: 2

Red Matte Vantage MIPS Helmet not good..

For starters, the Red Matte helmet is ORANGE, not red. Not sure how they describe this helmet at Red. Its more like burnt orange! Second, the helmet, size large, was way too small. Despite wearing the same exact Smith helmet for the last 7 seasons and matching the CM size of my old helmet to the new helmet I ordered, the new helmet is painfully small. Don't get me wrong, I'm going to order another Vantage MIPS Helmet, as it's the best helmet on the market, but this time in white in XL. I hope this review helps for those stoked about the matte red helment. Thxs I hope this review helps all t

Looks orange in the pic to me...maybe your phone or computer is off lol

>Rating: 1

XL is way too small for 64cm head

The XL size is way too small. Instant headache when putting it on my 64cm head. I tried on another Smith XL helmet (forget the model), and that was too small as well. Seems like Smith completely messed up their XL size this year.

>Rating: 2

Just Didn't Fit Right

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

I hardly ever return items, but did this time. Two main issues: First, the ear flaps use a material that doesn't really snug up. The wind noise was way louder than I have had with an older Giro helmet. Secondly, the fit wouldn't sit down on my XL melon. It was rotating back on my big fat head and left a few inches between the google and bottom of the helmet. Was really hoping this would work as other reviews and MIPS technology read great. Just not a fit for me.

>Rating: 2

Vantage MIPS XL Helmet runs Small

Familiarity:
I returned this product before using it

Like other reviews, the XL size runs extremely small. My head circumference at the largest point is barely 24 inches. The Size description on this Helmet states the XL is 25 to 26 niches. This helmet left a red band mark on my forehead after wearing 30 minutes in my kitchen. My guess this helmet is really a Large and not an XL (even though the Helmet and the box it came it state it is an XL - see picture). I have always had an XL Helmet for the last 3 decades of skiing and never had a problem before (I am usually on the small side of the XL size and then crank the adjustments on the Helmet to fit my head as a large is always too small). I have returned the Helmet and let the Gearhead's know the Vantage Helmets run extremely small and/or are mis-labeled and suggested they contact their supplier.

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>Rating: 5

look headsome

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>Rating: 4

Good Style and Function

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

Works well with Smith Goggles and vents well.

>Rating: 5

Well made!

Familiarity:
I've used it several times

I purchased this as a gift and "I wanted this Smith Vantage helmet as a replacement for an older, non-smith branded helmet that was past-due for retirement. My initial impression was very positive, noting how light the Smith Vantage felt, and how much better the BOA fit system worked than my previous helmet. Throughout the first week of use, I was quite impressed with ventilation capability and adjustability of the helmet. It was able to keep me warm while skiing fast fresh cord, and also remain cool working up multiple boot packs and skin tracks. I'd also add that this helmet worked great with my Smith I/O goggles, as I never had too much fogging to deal with (which was not the case when my previous helmet). All in all, I believe Smith makes a high-quality helmet and wouldn't think twice about recommending this to model to my friends.

>Rating: 5

adVANTAGE goes to Smith

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

Cheezy title but whatever...picked up this helmet at the start of the season and have been wearing it ever since. The fit (mine is medium for a 7 1/8 head) is right on, and the comfort level is second to none. Thank goodness no scary falls yet but did have one this season off a pipe where my head slammed back. Moral of the story...helmet worked as it should have and I kept riding. Highly recommend!

>Rating: 5

Awesome

Familiarity:
I've put it through the wringer

I get headaches easily when wearing a helmet of any sort, ski, climb, bike etc. this one hasn’t been too bad so far though and fits nicely!

>Rating:

will this helmet work with other audio systems like outdoor tech chips 2.0 or only skull candy audio?

>Rating:

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. Thanks, Matthew Pizza: mpizza@backcountry.com or 801.736.5363

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

I'm sure it will be noted on the package, at least. If not, you can see the inner ribbed MIPS liner on the inside of the helmet.

>Rating:

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??

Hey Martin, Unfortunately we don't make that neckie anymore. I want one too! Ben

>Rating:

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

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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

The Vantage MIPS will be available in Gunmetal, Mustard and White. The new colors should be arriving in the next week or two. If you are interested in a specific size/color let me know and I will gladly put one on hold for you. Kyle klivingston@backcountry.com 801-736-4337