Aside from fresh colors and the occasional added feature or two, it's pretty rare that we see a massive departure from traditional helmet design and materials. Well, the new Smith Forefront all-mountain helmet is here to stir things up a bit. The Aerocore construction of the Forefront allows riders ventilated protection as never before seen in a bicycle helmet.

With up to a 30% improvement over standard EPS impact properties, the patented tubular core structure of the Koroyd material combines with EPS to create a system of materials known as Aerocore designed to surpass current standards at low and high speeds. Aerocore construction is said to allow for ventilated protection, reduced weight, and reduced volume.

Targeting a full production weight of 285 grams, the Forefront helmet features Smith’s new VaporFit adjustable fit system, integrated camera and light mounting area, and an additional helmet goggle retention strap. Based off of Smith’s proven head form and dedicated investment of three unique sets of tooling, three adult helmet sizes are available to accommodate a variety of fits while 10 progressive color options offer a range of style choices.

The Forefront will sell for $220 and is expected to be available in Spring 2014. The company isn't content with just an all-mountain helmet, and plans to introduce other helmets within a year. For more details, visit

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  • E William_Smithon

    12/29/2013 9:33 AM

    Overpriced??? So what you are saying is that protecting your head has a dollar limit.

  • robmanzanares

    8/21/2013 5:04 AM

    "Look mommy, an aeroplane up in the sky" Yes darling, but that plane ride is ABSURDLY overpriced.

  • Kerplunk

    8/15/2013 9:06 PM

    Lars, since your reading this - how do you clean the crap, mud, etc, out of these tubes? Or is this designed as a sunny day-only helmet? Seriously.

  • joelsman

    8/15/2013 7:21 PM

    the white one in the video reminds me of a storm trooper helmet!

  • NoahColorado

    8/15/2013 10:34 PM

  • b-kul

    8/16/2013 8:47 AM

    looks pretty funky to me.

  • mp

    8/15/2013 7:03 PM

    $220 ... hahahaa!

  • Northwest

    8/15/2013 1:53 PM

    Lars rides TLD helmets, no? What's going on?

  • ride

    8/15/2013 4:20 PM

    I was signed to the Smith Optics team earlier this season, and they asked me to be a part of this project a few months ago. I was fortunate enough to be able to do so. I will use the Forefront for my open face helmets and continue to use TLD Gear and the TLD D3 for all my full face helmet needs.

  • Adam_Schaeffer

    8/15/2013 1:36 PM


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