Smith Forefront 2 Helmet | Tested, Crashed and Reviewed

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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.

Smith Forefront 2
The Smith Forefront 2

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
Smith Forefront 2
Increased rear coverage

Construction

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.

Smith Forefront 2
MIPS Liner

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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Review Info

Brand:Smith
Product:Forefront 2
From:Smith
Price:£180
Tested:by Ross for 11

Ross Demain

Ross pairs his childlike excitement for bikes with a complete disregard for the wellbeing of his ribs, or his rims. Formerly a design consultant in the kitchen industry, in August 2016 he joined Singletrack as our ad sales guy and 50% of the Ross and Andi show. Best known for riding cheeky trails, his time is also spent trail building in his local woods, drinking beer, eating pies and entertaining his two children.
His plans for the future are to respect the ad sales deadline, give up dairy and spend more time linking arms with Andi in the woods.

Comments (6)

    Apparently it’s not a cheap helmet. I wonder how much it costs…?

    @boomerlives it’s £180, apologies for the prior glitch.

    Be aware getting spares for Smith helmets appears to be incredibly hard. My pads fell apart after one hand wash, not good in itself but I’ve been chasing a replacement set for 5 months now with no luck…

    “Apparently it’s not a cheap helmet. I wonder how much it costs…?”

    It appears to be the STW way, to require its readers to leave the site if they want the full story.

    How else do we explain the complete lack of a location in the “Orange Bikes Blue Moon Event” article?

    Or are we supposed to just know where Orange’s HQ is?

    I have crashed the last 2 models. The first model was non-MIPS (dented) and the second was MIPS, (snapped rubber liner anchors). The latest version was not quite as comfortable, so went with a Specialized.

    Both helmets came with 2 sets of liner pads, from memory.

    Shame you couldn’t show the helmet attachment. If it was the same as previously it worked quite well in a crash (breaking off).. I used mine for a light mount and gopro, it was a good design.

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