We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet and summarize the results below:
PeakScore: 91 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars
Expert Rating: 4.1 stars
Number of Ratings Reviewed: 539
Pros & Cons
Reasons to buy:
- Soft interior and comfortable fit.
- BOA wheel for easy sizing adjustment.
- Warm and soft material on inside of earpieces.
- Low profile and stylish.
- Brimmed helmet gives protection against elements.
- Extra protection on the seam between the helmet and the goggles.
- Can wear with or without hat/beanie underneath.
- Smith IOX Goggles integrate well without a gap.
- Designed in such a way that blunt force trauma to the helmet will be dispersed throughout the helmet, minimizing the impact.
- Ventilation on underside is decent for temperature regulation.
- Vents can be closed if needed.
- Vent adjustments are easily operated with gloves on.
- Goggles don’t fog up when using this helmet.
- Construction is top-of-the-line and durable.
- Easy-to-operate ventilation switches.
- Fits wide range of head shapes, even though oval-shaped is most difficult to fit.
- Antimicrobial lining.
- 21 vents open and close to adjust to temperature.
- Easy-to-operate chin strap.
Reasons NOT to buy:
- BOA wheel may not lock in place if your collar rubs against the wheel.
- Some reports of true-to-size ordering being too small.
- Unnecessary to put anti-microbial treatment inside of helmets. Bad for the environment and possibly bad for your health.
- Air passes underneath earpieces which can let cold air in.
- Middle-of-the-road in terms of weight.
- Shell on the top part of the helmet can feel a bit separate from the shock absorption material inside.
The Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet is durable, has plenty of ventilation, is low profile, and looks good. The helmet is a nice combination of performance and affordability which is why it’s so ubiquitous on the ski slopes.