The Smith Vantage Women’s Helmet is the most comfortable ski helmet I have ever worn, and I have worn a lot of helmets; in the ten plus years I’ve been skiing, I’ve owned ski helmets by Giro, Red, POC, and other brands.
Smith Vantage Women’s Helmet Review
The Smith Vantage Women’s Helmet fit is based in-depth research on head form mapping, at which Smith has worked tirelessly since entering the helmet market some years ago. The Smith Vantage helmet also comes with an integrated custom Boa FS360 closure system, making it possible to dial in the fit even more precisely if needed.
Until wearing the Smith Vantage helmet, one might not realize the benefits of having a perfectly fitting helmet. For me, this certainly was the case. However, recently, on a warm day, I wore just my hat for a portion of a technical run before quickly realizing this was not optimal, as my hat moved on my head haphazardly and my goggles bobbed up and down. The issue was so bad that it was affecting my performance. I stopped in the middle of the run, took off my hat and switched to my Smith Vantage helmet, after which I was able to bomb down the rest of the run worry-free.
Many people (specifically, a few ski patrollers I know) don’t wear helmets because they are worried that the added headgear will reduce their peripheral vision, hearing and response times. I’m happy to report that’s not the case with the Smith Vantage helmet as fit is so perfect with the Smith Vantage helmet that performance is actually improved.
Not only is the mold of the Smith Vantage helmet seemingly perfect, but also, the lining on the inside is very plush and comfortable, while not being overdone. I also am very fond of the integrated AirEvac 2 ventilation system. When I get hot, I can simply open the vents on top of the helmet with a quick one-handed maneuver, allowing cool air to flow in and warm air to flow out. After defogging, I can close the vents and seal airflow to keep warm.
As far as safety is concerned, the Smith Vantage Helmet ($230) combines a proprietary Hybrid SL shell construction with bombshell ABS, an impact material that is measured and certified under the ASTM United States helmet standard to withstand high impact. However, although the Smith Vantage helmet uses great materials, it does not also use MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) technology, which is said to reduce the rotational forces to the brain in the case of an oblique impact. As a skier that rides pretty hard, I’d like to see something like MIPS incorporated into Smith helmets, as another level of safety is always welcome.
Overall, I am incredibly happy with the Smith Vantage Helmet and highly recommend it to all skiers and riders alike. For the ultimate integration of performance, comfort, fit and style, you can’t go wrong with the Smith Vantage helmet.