Smith Optics: Forefront Helmet

Words Morgan Taylor
Photos Morgan Taylor
Date Sep 16, 2013

Smith Optics may not be on your radar for bike helmets, and you’d be right – the Forefront is a step in a new direction for the company. However, they already produce a full line of snow helmets and so the move doesn’t seem so out of place. The Forefront is definitely unique in appearance and its aesthetics may not appeal to all, but that’s not really an unusual trait in mountain helmets these days.

Where this helmet truly stands out is in its construction: a recyclable polymer product called Koroyd with a honeycomb-like structure takes the place of traditional EPS foam in much of the helmet. Koroyd is said to absord 30% more energy in an impact than traditional foam while dropping weight at the same time.

The result is a helmet that claims to breathe better, provides protection in the vents, and does indeed weigh in light at 295 grams. We took the Forefront out for a pedal at Bootleg Canyon in 36-degree heat – a good test for the new ventilation system.

Smith, Smith Optics, Forefront, helmet, mountain bike, bike, Koroyd

The Forefront was available for demo in either black or white with the green Koroyd honeycomb.

The side profile is a bit more “normal” looking, at least by current mountain bike helmet standards.

_MG_4032

It looks like a bunch of straws stuck together.

_MG_4033

By replacing the usual EPS foam with Koroyd, Smith knocks out some weight and adds protection that otherwise didn’t exist.

_MG_4122

While the Koroyd is not soft to the touch, the Forefront fits comfortably.

_MG_4107

Matt went for the white helmet, which stands out a bit more…

_MG_4094

Then things started to get weird.

_MG_4116

The ventilation system does its job well – a triple digits fahrenheit day was a good day to test…

_MG_4110

Armpit hair not included.

_MG_4111

We’re just happy he kept his clothes on.

The Smith Forefront is expected to be available Spring 2014 and will run for $220 USD.


Does Smith’s new technology intrigue you? What about the looks? Weigh in below…

Posted in: News

Comments

0
Sept. 18, 2013, 6:51 p.m. -  Bradical

Yah, so ugly it makes you wanna crash and bust it.

What a mess it will become once its used in wet , muddy conditions.
Those straws or bee hive looking material will be full of shit

TLD A1 or Bell Super gets my vote

Reply

0
July 24, 2014, 2:37 p.m. -  Doug

Tried the A1 today deep sides clashed with all my glasses,the smith was just much more comfortable and a better fit,hate to say it cos I really like the A1,thing is I reckon the smith looks better,just my opinion ,though

Reply

0
Sept. 17, 2013, 12:45 p.m. -  Bryce

christ that's worse than the gold flake TLD one

Reply

0
Sept. 17, 2013, 12:26 p.m. -  Todd Hellinga

I know looks are subjective and whatnot, that being said….

…ugliest, helmet, ever.

Reply

0
Sept. 17, 2013, 9:45 a.m. -  SeanS.

Looks like a starship troopers helmet. Actually, it looks like they filmed the movie in that area as well.

Reply

0
Sept. 17, 2013, 9:33 a.m. -  Jerry-Rig

My eyes!!!!

Reply

0
Sept. 16, 2013, 9:54 p.m. -  satn

You naughty boy Matt!!

Reply

0
Sept. 16, 2013, 10:22 p.m. -  Matt Dennison

Oh you

Reply

Please log in to leave a comment.