Smith Vantage Ski Helmet Review
Wednesday, 6 January 2016 | Alan - Escape 2
Smith Vantage Ski Helmet Review
Now the snow is starting to fall thick and fast in the Alps, and we start to prepare for a great ski season, I thought take the opportunity to review one of the very best Ski Helmets on the market.
Sleek & Light
The first thing that strikes when picking up the Smith Vantage Ski Helmet is it's lightness of weight and sleek, contemporary styling that will look smart on- or off-piste, while being sturdy and reliable enough to offer plenty of protection.
Absorbs Energy Upon Impact
I'm reviewing the matte black colour which has a smart, sophisticated appearance with clean lines and windows through to the protective guts of the helmet. And it's the guts of the helmet that's going to protect your head in an impact.
Hybrid Shell Construction
The exterior of the Smith Vantage Ski Helmet's hybrid shell construction looks cohesive and smooth, but you can clearly see that the lower section is constructed differently from the top of the helmet.
The lower portion is created from a protective Expanded Polystyrene liner with a Polycarbonate shell over the top. This form of protection formed the industry standard for many years and works particularly well for skiing purposes. The downside being its lack of possible ventilation.
Smith Bombshell Outer
When you look inside the top section of the helmet, you can see clearly the (in this colourway) bright green Koroyd® which has a layer of super-tough Smith Bombshell ABS over the top, providing the maximum possible protection.
As well as providing head protection, Koroyd's® hollow cores allow heat to escape from inside, while drawing in fresh air from outside, to maintain comfort when pushing it or in warmer weather. Smith can also increase the size and number of vents in the Koroyd® sections, again improving cooling potential.
Easily Adjustable Vents
While we're looking at vents, it's worth pointing out the neat sliders that close off the vents when you want to stay warm.
I really appreciate the fact that no matter when I ski, or what the weather conditions bring, I can adjust my temperature accordingly - even while on the fly - so I can let in more cool air when skiing moguls and then shut the vents up to go on the long chairlift back to the top.
Integrates With Smith Ski Goggles
On those days when the vents are firmly sealed, the Smith Vantage has a series of small vents tucked away at the back, forming the AirEvac Ventilation System which:
Dial Adjust Micro-Fitting System
When putting the Smith Vantage on, it feels light and comfy and it looks low-profile - not at all 'mushroomy'! The neat front brim bringing the style bang up-to-date.
I can perfectly adjust the fit around my head with the easy-twist dial that's located at the lower back.
I might have to take my outer ski gloves off to work it properly and get the perfect fit, but it's a neat and simple method of fine-tuned adjustment that works over a bare head or over a beanie for really cold conditions.
The inside of the Smith Vantage Ski Helmet is lined with a soft, fairly open mesh that feels comfortable and allows free air movement, and padding where needed:
The ear pieces are supposedly removable, but we wouldn't recommend doing so - they're pretty well integrated and also, more importantly, they form an important part of the Vantage's protection system. You're unlikely to need to wash them in my experience anyhow.
The Boring (but important) Bits
When it comes to caring for your Ski Helmet:
Please also bear in mind that any blow to your Ski Helmet can cause damage that can't always be seen, so any Ski Helmet that you suspect may have been damaged will need to be replaced.
Your Smith Vantage Ski Helmet should be neither too tight, nor too lose. You don't want your head to be able to move freely inside it, otherwise it may cover your eyes upon turning. It also needs to be worn in such away that it protects your forehead and mustn't be pushed back towards your neck.
To work out which size you need, measure your head around your forehead, and around above your ears to the base of your skull with a piece of string and then measure the string and then select the appropriate size:
Available in Gender-Specific & in MIPS Options
We'd love to see any photos you take of you skiing in your Smith Vantage Ski Helmet!