A few months ago, Smith Optics released a teaser for a new project. Initially we thought it might be a campy post, but commentators speculated it was either beer goggles or a 650b compatible, multi sport helmet, with integrated GPS interface.

So whats the new big thing from the company who is the current market leader in snow sport helmets and goggles? SONY DSC

The ForeFront is the flagship helmet in the companies new line of cycling specific helmets. It utilizes a new patented tubular core material, called Koroyd, combined with EPS, to offer increased protection during low and high speed impactsForefront Image 2


The new materials also enabled Smith designers to create a helmet with a completely unique appearance at an incredibly low weight. At only 285 grams, the Forefront weighs as much as some road offerings.

The helmet will be available in three sizes and ten different color options. It has an integrated light and camera area, as well as a goggle retention strap. Availability at your local bike shop is slated for Spring 2014, which gives you plenty of time to save up for the $220 USD MSRP. For more, visit Smith Optics



  1. So if it is cycling specific, why does the original ‘teaser’ shot have a ski/’board theme on the left hand side of the image? It would be nice to see another multi-sport helmet, especially if it is bike/ski/whitewater kayak approved because after buying all of the required gear for each, it would be nice if a somewhat relatively disposable (well they are for a crash dummy like me anyway!) product could cater for as many sports as possible.

  2. I guess that’s cool, but what I really want is for all helmets and all helmet companies to incorporate MIPS technology. Might bring the price down. Props to Smith for even offering a ski helmet with MIPS, but still…

  3. Unique look…yes, if you consider the bowling ball look to be unique or positive. I’m not buying the increased airflow…those vents are few and far between.

  4. Like it for being different. Even the small detail of icon placement was cool. Could only wonder how a road helmet would turn out.

  5. Ham-planet

    I love the irony that you posted to a page complaining that the bicycling mag article was written without any supporting data, yet that same organization has another page talking about helmets for folks who have been injured and makes a number of equally baseless assertions about helmet safety. At least the MIPS folks are doing their own studies…

  6. Ham-MIPS is just a marketing exercise? On what basis do you make that claim? I think if it were just marketing, the big companies would be jumping on it. As it is, it’s damn hard to find one of these helmets.

  7. Doesn’t that honeycomb stuff hinder airflow? The cells of the honeycomb all seem to point away from the helmet center, thus blocking any airflow created by the rider’s movement.

What do you think?