A pro-worthy lid to keep your cranium from cracking.
Born from Smith’s most coveted helmet technologies, the Vantage gives you the same protection used by the pipe-shredding and heli-dropping likes of Scotty Lago and Sage Cattabriga Alosa. Stashed in this low-profile life you’ll find dual adjustable vents, a moisture wicking liner, and removable Snap-fit SLR ear pads. Surviving a hard knock life requires strong, lightweight protection and the Vantage delivers in a streamline package.
- Xstatic liner easily uses a soft, moisture-wicking fabric to move sweat away from your head while you hike or shred
- Dual density EPS Liner provides lightweight, industry standard protection against impact
- Two rear sliders adjust front and rear zones of the 21 total vents that help to keep your head cool by venting out hot air and replacing it with a cool breeze
- A soft, adjustable Helmet Fit plate allows you to dial in your lid’s fit for silky smooth comfort
- Removable rear clip locks your goggle strap in place
- Optional Skullcandy audio uses wires or Bluetooth integration listen to ‘80s rap music while you ride (Skullcandy audio separately)
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During a rather amazing spill, my helmet took the force of my ski right across the top, protecting me from the hit and the ski edge slicing me up. This helmet not only protects your grey matter between your shoulders but it also keeps your head a perfect temperature. My head was always comfortable and with the vents you can adjust as necessary. The vent sliders can even be adjusted while wearing bulky gloves.
Smith has done a great job making a real skiers helmet. It is the perfect weight. The front/back vent zones are way better than the old left/right vents. It is stylin. My one criticism is that the ear flaps are a little too thin when you don't have the audio system in, but that was easily remedied with a little homemade insulation.
Great brain bucket
This Helmet is super light, and has lots of vents. Great for warm blooded peeps. If you get cold easily, look at buying the maze. I have been very satisfied.
New Favorite Helmet without a doubt
light, adjustable, great ventilation (and control over ventilation), stylish, warm, functional.
Love the dual venting adjustment but the fit could be more personalized. Next year this will come with a boa coil in the back that will cinch up the helmet and make the fit feel more customized to your head. Definitely a good catch next year.
I am kind of on the fence when it comes to helmets. At a certain point a helmet becomes useless. At around 15-20 MPH a helmet is not going to protect your brain (believe me). For a long time I refused to wear one, I have seen people die from head trauma while wearing a helmet. However I do see a purpose to them when it comes to low speed incidents in an area where there is a very real possibility of hitting a rock or tree. Don't think that because you have a helmet on means you can crash hard with no consequences.
That being said, this is a very comfortable, well vented helmet. I would highly recommend it.
Good enough for Sage, good enough for me
This helmet has served me well in various types of conditions. Best features are the vents and the weight. Multiple vents and vent positions allow you to wear this helmet comfortable on the warmest days. The helmet is also super light, so much so that you barely notice it at all. The one minor downside is the very small brim thing on the front (although it is technically a brimless helmet). I prefer a plain front
The New Gold Standard
I've tested a lot of helmets over the years and the Vantage is the bee's knees. The split adjustable ventilation is killer. When hiking or walking around, open the vents for maximum air flow. You can close just the front and keep the back vents open or close it completely.
It's lightweight, comfortable, warm and accepts audio options in the zippered earpieces. Another bonus for Fall 2011, the adjustment goes to a Boa system for easy ratcheting and a snug fit on-the-fly.
This is the best helmet i have ever had. It is incredibly light, incredibly comfortable, incredibly vented. If I would get hot, i would open the vents and i would cool down. The helmet cams fit perfect on the strap perfectly. I would never get another helmet. 100/100.
Very light and protective, liner needs some work
All of the extras for this helmet are great except one major feature - the liner. I read it somewhere else as well and wanted to agree that it seemed like an after-thought to smith. I know they are trying to keep it low-profile, but it isn't half as comfortable as helmets I have previously owned like the Variant Brim, the Giro G10 MX, etc. It is a great helmet, but definitely not $180 great. I am still trying to figure out how they could charge more than the Variant when the Vantage has less materials.
Smith Variant with Oakley Splice
How does this one work with Oakley...
How does this one work with Oakley Crowbars?
Not the greatest fit. The Crowbars aren't as wide or big of a goggle as the I/O or I/Os. MY buddy rocks the Crowbars or Splice with the Vantage and he always has a gaper gap between his goggles and helmet. He fogs up more than me (almost never) with his combination versus me with my vantage and I/O combo.
I use to think i was too cool for helmets, but i guess everyone has to grow up some day. Needless to say, this is my first helment. Couldn't ask for a more comfortable helmet. Everyone's head is different, so try it on, but for me its perfect. The static-x liner is great; cuts down on all that static you get from hats/helmets.
Warm but Ventable Safety and Performance.
Huge, huge fan of this helmet. Fit is outstanding, keeps your noggin warm, perfect fit with smith googles, Pimp style and outstanding safety. What you are paying for on this helmet is the fact that it vents epically. I dig it.. High marks from a guy who put in 42 days on the hill in this helmet last year....
wish it was adjustable
Both the Giro and Smith helmets have small holes in the base of the neck that let air in on really cold windy days. When you're sitting on a chairlift, and the wind is blowing from behind, it can make your head cold. On these days, I use a baklava or something underneath. This can be a problem with the smith helmet since it is not adjustable, like the gyro is. Also, the Smith's seem to fit a little small. The large in the Smith fit very snug and there was no room for layering underneath. I had to have XL and that was almost too loose. The quality seems comparable between both. But the gyro allows me to adjust to changing conditions. Smith should make their helmets adjustable
Vantage has it all. Light weight. Full motion ability. Sick style and graphics. Works perfectly with any Smith goggles, especially I/O.
The adjustable size and ear adjusts create the perfect fit for anyone
This helmet is awesome. The dual-control of the vents allows you to control your airflow. You can easy throw some ear buds in the ear flaps of the helmet. The helmet is very light and very comfortable.
Love this helmet. It is lower profile and lighter weight than my old Variant Brim. Looks sweet too....if I must say so myself. The venting is amazing and it fits soooo good!
Keep Your Brains
This bad boy is light, comfortable, and insulated. The air vent are very easy to open and close and allows you to control airflow. It also allows for easy headphone integration. This helmet fits perfectly (compatible) with my Smith I/O goggles.
Best Smith helmet yet!
The Smith Vantage is the best snowsports-specific helmet to come from Smith yet. The next iteration beyond Smith's Variant, the Vantage simply does everything better. The venting is superb: fore and aft control with each slider having three "notches" for fully open, halfway and closed. The helmet is wonderfully light and very comfortable to wear. The internal headband adjustor is easily controlled by a rear knob and the chinstrap can not only be loosened and tightened in the traditional manner, but is articulated at each point of contact with the helmet as well to allow for essentially forwards and backwards adjustment as well. The goggle holder is also truly an innovation. Not a simple strap and snap, it's more like a bungied tab that holds goggles secure while being very easy to operate.
Style-wise, Smith delivers as usual. Fans of low-profile helmets need to check out the Variant: no big bughead here! The Vantage sits at least as low as any other helmet on the market. Excellent integration with Smith goggles means zero gaper gap and absolutely no fogging thanks to the vents in the brim. That brim, by the way, is necessary to make the helmet fit with the goggles. The helmet is so low-profile that if it weren't for the brim, your goggles would probably stick out past the helmet! And did anybody mention day glo yet? DAY GLO! ON MY HEAD!
Simply put, if you are looking for a helmet at the Vantage's price point, your quest has ended RIGHT HERE. Nothing on the market is going to perform better or look steezier. The Smith Vantage: sleek, tricked-out and ready to hit the slopes!