Ross tests (perhaps a little too literally) the latest Forefront 2 helmet from Smith Optics
The Smith Forefront 2, as the name suggests, is the updated version to Smith’s popular Forefront helmet. Rather than just making a few small tweaks to the existing model though, the Forefront 2 has been completely redesigned.
Big changes over the last model include deeper rear protection and a bigger visor, which has three fixed positions allowing you to store glasses and goggles underneath when you’re not wearing them.
Smith Forefront 2 Helmet Features
- Lightweight Aerocore in-mold constructionZonal ventilated protection featuring patented Koroyd material
- Integrated skeletal structure
- MIPS system available in all colours
- VaporFit adjustable fit system
- 20 optimised vents
- XT2 anti-bacterial performance lining
- Ultra-light single layer webbing
- AirEvac ventilation
- Three-position adjustable visor
- Ultimate sunglass and goggle integration
- Integrated accessory mount sold separately
- Weight (Size M, MIPS,) 385 grams
- CERTIFICATION: CPSC, CE EN 1078
The protection on the rear of the helmet has been increased over the previous model by extending the Koroyd panel further down. For those that aren’t familiar with the term Koroyd, it’s the drinking straw lookalike protection set into the helmet that’s designed to crush and deform to absorb an impact. Conversely, it has also been removed from other strategic sections of the helmet, which is to increase air flow. In the sections where there is no Koroyd, Smith has formed internal air channels, which combined with the open sections of shell aim to increase ventilation over the previous model.
The Forefront 2 also features AirEvac™ channels that are designed to channel airflow to prevent your eyewear from fogging up and there are also front and rear channels allowing you to store glasses when not wearing them. As you’d also expect from a company that produces their own bike specific goggles, the Forefront 2 has worked fine on the odd occasion that I’ve gone full enduro and opted for goggles. On top of the helmet is a removable cover that reveals a screw socket for an accessory mount (GoPro, Lights etc.) that can be purchased separately.
The Forefront 2 benefits from a lightweight Aerocore in-mould construction, with our size medium weighing in at 385 grams with a smattering of local (and not so local!) dirt and grit. On top of the increased Koroyd protection, all colours of the Forefront 2 are available with a MIPS liner for additional brain saving protection. Adding MIPS into the mix does make the helmet heavier (and more expensive) but it’s only a 20 gram increase which is a reasonable trade off for the added protection. If you decide to go without the added MIPS liner, you’ll save those 20 grams and 20 quid.
There are seven different colour options for the Forefront 2 meaning that even the most style conscious of riders can find one to match their latest goggles and matching kit. The one we’ve had on test is the Matte Grey with no shouty colours or graphics, just subtle, understated copper branding.
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