Review: Smith Forefront helmet

Helmets

Smith Forefront

Goggle and Glasses Compatibility

Goggle and glasses compatibility is excellent! With a flat line across the forehead, goggles mate in perfectly with the Forefront. Glasses are not an issue as well as there’s minimal interference. Glasses can be stored on the back vent line with the glasses arms slotting in the vent. Seems like that will take some practice getting them in there though. And if one forgets them and does a big descent, they’ll probably pop off unnoticed.

Extras, Weight and Value

A cool extra is the visor is the best in the business. It is small but enough to do the job. And when needs it out of the way, a simple push will flip it up or down. It has a detented swivel that makes it easy to move and keep in place. This shouldn’t be such a luxury but it is in this current crop of helmets.

Since the honeycomb material covers all the vents, it’s not simple to mount a light or a POV camera on this helmet. The straps of normal mounts cannot go through the vent holes. So Smith has addressed this by designing optional mounts for the GoPro and for the Light and Motion line of lights. But they are optional and will cost time and money to get. Other lights can work with the Light and Motion light as long as one uses the ‘handlebar’ mount of lights. The Light and Motion mount is really a ‘handlebar tube simulator’ as it makes a bar mounting platform available on the helmet.

Smith Forefront Colors

Bottom Line

Styling is interesting. We thought we’d hate it from the photos but it’s actually quite attractive. And with about 10 color schemes to choose from, one is likely to find a combo that will work for their tastes.

The price on this helmet is quite expensive at $220. But the quality is A+, much like a POC. Everything about the construction is perfect as it really seems like a well-manufactured piece of protective gear.

In the end, this helmet is about technology. They say it reduces impact force by 30% over other helmets and that should be enough to sway some buyers who want the leading edge in head protection. As long as the heat ventilation is not the key priority for the buyer, this helmet gets the nod.

Specifications
  • Price: $220.00
  • Claimed Weight: 285 grams
  • Measured Weight: n/a grams
  • Number of Vents: 21
  • Visor: Removable
  • Retention System: VaporFit™ Adjustable Fit System
  • Padding: Koroyd

For more information visit www.smithoptics.com/forefront.

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About the author: Francis Cebedo

The founder of mtbr and roadbikereview, Francis Cebedo believes that every cyclist has a lot to teach and a lot to learn. "Our websites are communal hubs for sharing cycling experiences, trading adventure stories, and passing along product information and opinions." Francis' favorite bike is the last bike he rode, whether it's a dirt jumper, singlespeed, trail bike, lugged commuter or ultralight carbon road steed. Indeed, Francis loves cycling in all its forms and is happiest when infecting others with that same passion. Francis also believes that IPA will save America.


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  • E.J. Levy says:

    Try wearing a mouth guard when cycling. A good one. It will protect your teeth and brain most likely make you feel stfonger with enhanced body alignment and when cold outside nake you feel warmer.

  • MTBP says:

    I 100% TOTALLY disagree with this review pertaining to the Ventilation. This is the most well ventilated helmet and keeps my head so much cooler in the 100 degree of Arizona than the Bell Super and 661’s latest trail helmet.

    The fit is A+ and hardly noticeable while wearing it.

    Cheers

  • nemhed says:

    10 pictures total, 5 of them being “action” photos that are of limited value, but not a single picture of the interior of the helmet.

  • Nate says:

    I agree with MTBP, While testing this helmet at dirt demo this year I found ventilation to be the best of any helmet I’ve used. I didn’t even notice I had it on! Fit is also second to none.

  • Hnn says:

    The ventilation comments are odd.
    I read elsewhere that ventilation isn’t good.
    Are you guys from Smith??

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