Smith Forefront MIPS Helmet

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The Smith Forefront MIPS helmet is a first-rate option for discerning trail riders, whatever their favoured terrain. In our opinion (and the press seem to agree!), the Forefront nails the always-tricky balance of comfort, ventilation, low weight and safety. By using the latest in helmet innovation, Smith has achieved a helmet design which has all the ‘must haves’ required of an all-mountain lid whilst also packing in a whole load of ‘nice to haves’, taking it straight to the top of the shortlist. And whilst it is a wee bit of the pricey side, for riders looking for the added peace of mind of wearing a lid with the top impact protection out there, it really does answer in that regard.

Smith use an innovative material called Koroyd in the construction of their helmets. Koroyd is made up of bonded plastic tubes and, as well as making it look a bit like your helmet is constructed from a bunch of drinking straws, also absorbs impact more effectively than traditional liners. By being designed to crush on impact, Koroyd enables a higher level of protection to be achieved whilst keeping bulk down, contributing to a very sleek (albeit fairly unusual looking) lid. Combined with a MIPS liner, which provides greater protection from rotational forces than traditional helmets in the event of an impact, and an EPS outer shell, the Forefront offers a superior level of impact protection. Koroyd has other benefits too: air vents retain their airiness but do not let unwanted insects or other UFOs in… one less thing to worry about when tackling twisty descents!

Helmet fit is always an individual thing, but based on various reviews praising its comfortable fit, the Forefront seems to be one of those lucky gems which suits a range of riders’ heads. It has good adjustability across the board, including 5cm of granular adjustment along the main adjustment band, and its light weight contributes to a very unobtrusive fit. The 21 large air vents provide a good level of airflow and the helmet’s low weight contributes to its overall unobtrusiveness.

Other features which Smith have incorporated in the design of the Forefront include an adjustable visor, a google retention strap and a camera/light mount point. The narrower air vents across the front of the helmet are designed to hold sunglasses and, as might be expected, work particularly well with Smith sunglasses. All in all, a trail helmet with standout looks, but, most important for many, the top level of protection out there.

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  • A full coverage helmet ideal for trail and all-mountain riders looking for a superior level of protection
  • Light weight, low volume AEROCORE™ construction
  • Koroyd increases impact protection, minimises bulk and aids in ventilation
  • 21 large air vents to keep you cool
  • VaporFit™ adjustable fit system for a comfortable, secure fit
  • One of the top dogs in the all mountain helmet world
  • Will work with all your other kit: front air vent holds sunglasses in place for Ultimate Sunglass Integration whilst the helmet also features a mount point for a camera/light mount and a goggle retention strap
  • Adjustable/removeable visor
  • MIPS provides additional protection from rotational forces in the event of an impact
  • Small - 51 - 55cm
  • Medium - 55 - 59cm
  • Large - 59 - 63cm
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This is the brand’s general size chart, use this to get an idea of which size is right for you.
head circumference (cm) 51 - 55 55 - 59 59 - 63

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All orders are packed & shipped from our HQ in the UK on the same day you order, if in stock and ordered before 3pm GMT Monday to Friday.


We offer both mail and express ship options courtesy of Royal Mail and DHL respectively. Below you will find a rundown of default delivery costs, but to see your personalised shipping cost, please visit the delivery section of checkout when you have added some items to your bag. Please note that orders of bulky items will attract a surcharge.

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UK Free, or £3 for Tracked 48 DPD Next Day (Mon-Fri), £5.00
N. AMERICA Up to 10 working days, from $8 2 day, from $10
EUROPE Up to 5 working days, from €5 Next day, from €8
SCANDINAVIA Up to 5 working days, from €5 Next day, from €10
AUSTRALIA / NZ Up to 10 working days, from $10 3 day, from $20
JAPAN Up to 10 working days, from ¥700 3 day, from ¥1400
REST OF WORLD Up to 14 working days, from $10 3 day, from £20

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