The helmet market is a battlefield. With many established brands already in the segment, big bicycle manufacturers have now entered the market with their own models offering customers a bewildering line up. Since last year many trail-specific helmets have been launched and exponentially become popular, most with similar designs and features. But there was one helmet that caught our attention: The all-new Smith Forefront helmet.
With its compact and unique design the Forefront looks totally different to conventional helmets. Some find it super cool, others tell you you look like an alien. But let’s put looks aside, let’s dig deeper than just superficial babbling.
What’s really new about the Forefront is its totally different Aerocore™ construction, showing an approach to helmet design that has never been seen before in the bicycle industry.
The patented tubular core structure of the Koroyd® material in combination with EPS creates a system of materials which Smith calls Aerocore™. This is supposed to have a 30% improvement over standard EPS impact absorbing properties. Another benefit of this construction is a dramatically better airflow according to Smith. Weighing in at 337 grams in size Medium the helmet doesn’t beat all records, but is competitive with the current range of dedicated trail helmets. The Smith Forefront is available in three adult helmet sizes and in 10 color options offering a wide range of style choices. The price will be approx. $220 / 230€.
In conclusion the Smith Forefront shows a new, innovative approach towards helmet design and with its futuristic but minimalistic design reduces everything to a minimum while performing at a high level. Bringing new ideas into the equipment segment where it matters most – our safety – and keeping it competitive is very important. Smith made a huge step with its new Forefront helmet. The superb ventilation and clever features like the integrated camera and light mount make it a perfect option for normal trail riders who are looking for maximum performance and comfort.
Words: Robin Schmitt Photos: Robin Schmitt / Chris Trojer (Fox Rad Suspension Testing Session)