It’s undeniable that one of the bike important pieces of kit for mountain biking is the helmet – next to the bike itself, of course. Brands are beginning to understand our concern for having a super safe piece of protective wear that doesn’t feel too lumpy, uncomfortable and downright ugly.
One such brand to boldly attempt to marry style and safety is Smith Optics. The US brand is highly regarded for producing some of the best protective wear for urban and snow sports, such as snowboarding, skating and cycling.
I was pretty impressed by the Smith Rover helmet earlier this year which saved my head from the fat-biking challenge of the Snow Bike Festival in Switzerland. So when the new Smith’s Forefront MIPS Helmet landed on my desk, I wondered whether it would surpass my high expectations.
Smith’s Forefront MIPS Helmet – Features
As you can see in the photos, Smith’s Forefront MIPS helmet has plenty of vents throughout and what makes this design even cooler is that the ventilation has been carefully incorporated into the aesthetic of the lid. So rather having a helmet with sections carved out for air-flow, Smith has made their ventilation a trendy feature.