The Smith Vantage MIPS will be a good option for those who value comfort and increased safety. This model has good build quality, a soft and supportive liner, and a chin strap. Its surface contains 21 vent openings, providing impressive ventilation.
The Smith Vantage helmet MIPS is offered in 4 sizes: small (20 – 21.6 in), medium (21.6 – 23.2 in), large (23.2 – 24.8 in), and X-large (24.8 – 26.3 in). The small one, for example, measures 12 x 12 x 12 inches. The helmet weighs slightly more than one pound, being lightweight enough to provide comfort for long hours of wear.
The Smith Vantage MIPS has a multidirectional brain protection system. It works by reducing rotational forces in angled impacts. More precisely, the low friction layer, that separates the shell and the liner, makes the helmet glide relative to the head.
The Koroyd coverage serves for impact protection. Koroyd is a technology that uses fully breathable material with superior energy-absorbing properties. It exiles hot air from your head by letting the cold air in. Still, it doesn’t mean that you are going to feel cold since the helmet has a very tight seal. Moreover, you can open and close front and rear vents to adjust the ventilation level according to the weather conditions. The Koroyd protection is reinforced in the most delicate zones, like the occiput and the top of the head.
The unit’s core consists of multiple co-polymer extruded tubes. They are heat-welded together and have an increased level of impact resistance. Hence, the helmet is able to decrease the trauma level.
Just like Smith’s premium-class helmets, this model features the Boa fit system. It helps you adjust the helmet evenly to the shape of your head, reducing the feeling of tightness. The adjustment can be performed with just one hand. This system also gives you the opportunity to wear a hat under the helmet if you wish. However, Smith helmets are more aimed at users with round-shaped heads, so there is a chance that individuals with an oval head shape may feel some inconvenience.
The Smith Vantage MIPS snow helmet features the Snapfit SL2 earpads that are audio-compatible. It also offers an excellent eyewear integration system since it not only allows you to fit most types of goggles but also uses the AirEvac technology that repels moisture to ensure a fog-free riding experience. For the best fit, the manufacturer recommends using Smith goggles.
The Smith Vantage MIPS helmet is available in 15 colors (black, orange, charcoal, etc.) and has a matte finish. It uses a hybrid in-shell construction that makes it both durable and lightweight.
The Vantage has a low-profile design, so it doesn’t look bulky on the head. The upper part of the helmet is made of tough ABS plastic, so it will take a long time before the helmet starts to show signs of wear.
At the end of this Smith Vantage MIPS review, I can say that this model will work great for riders who prioritize ventilation, safety, and comfort. This helmet has an advanced ventilation system, uses the Koroyd technology for trauma prevention, and features a light weight. So you can wear it for long hours without feeling tired. Plus, it uses the Boa fit system for added convenience and offers audio-compatibility.