Smith Vantage Helmet

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

Universal Ranking

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:

User Reviews

  • Soft interior and warm.
  • Available in a variety of colors.
  • BOA adjustment.
  • Extra protection on the seam between the helmet and goggles.
  • Can wear with or without a hat underneath.
  • Ample ventilation.
  • Smith iox goggles integrate very well without a gap.
  • The design allows for blunt force trauma to be dispersed throughout the helmet on impact, increasing the protectoin.
  • Ventilatoin on the underside is optimal for temperature regulation.
  • Vents can be closed, and are easily adjusted.
  • Many reports of the goggles staying clear and not fogging-up.

Expert Reviews

  • BOA adjustment wheel allows for easy adjustability and securing a snug fit.
  • Construction is top-of-the-line and durable.
  • Fits a wide range of head shapes.
  • Antimicrobial lining for sanitation.
  • 21 vents that open and close.
  • Vents in the front are opened with one slider, with vents in the middle and the back operated using a separate slider.
  • Striped and woolen earpieces for style.
  • Easy-to-operate chin strap.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • BOA wheel doesn’t lock in place if your collar accidentally turns 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.

Expert Reviews

  • Air passes underneath earpieces and lets cool air inside.
  • Middle-of-the-road in terms of weight.
  • Shell on the top part of the helmet seems to be separate from the material inside, and you can feel a distinct gap where the material isn’t connected, which may be uncomfortable or unsettling for some users.


The Smith Vantage 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.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4.