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.
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.
- 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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