Smith Maze MIPS Helmet

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Smith Maze MIPS Helmet and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 89 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.7 stars 
Expert Rating: 3.8 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 414

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Low-profile and fits well.
  • Adjustable via elastic band in the rear of the helmet.
  • Stylish and lightweight.
  • Ear muffs are removable.
  • Can wear goggles on the underside of the helmet.
  • Ear pads compatible with headphones.
  • MIPS liner protects against rotational head impact.
  • Decent temperature regulation.
  • Passive vents above brim help keep goggles from fogging.
  • 3-year crash warranty.
  • Three internal velcro flaps to modify ventilation.
  • Soft fleece liner and chin liner.

Expert Reviews

  • 9 color combinations for variety.
  • Fits well with and without a beanie.
  • Removable earpieces, which can let air flow in on a warmer day.
  • No frills and a clean, sleek shape.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Not many high-tech specs.
  • No controllable vents on demand. Only passive venting.
  • Some reports of not being suited for multiple impacts.
  • Lack of breathability due to minimal ventilation.
  • Adjustable flap in the back may lose some tightness.
  • Some may not like the ‘matte’ style.

Expert Reviews

  • Fits best on rounder heads.
  • Some reports of a small gap between the helmet and the goggles.


The Smith Maze Helmet is a minimalist yet comfortable option for skiers and snowboarders not looking to break the bank. The helmet suffers from mediocre ventilation but can usually get the job done.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3.