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Smith Helmets and Goggles: Integrating Performance with Style

With more than 40 years of experience, the Smith Optics name is trusted and legendary. High-performing and fashionable Smith goggles have been around since the mid-1960s, while Smith ski helmets like the Smith Variant and Smith Vantage have quickly earned a stellar reputation in the snowboard and ski helmet industry. Smith helmets employ some of the highest technological advances in performance, protection, design and fit. More recently, Smith introduced an incredible bike helmet - the Smith Forefront - that brings new technology to the mountain bike helmet world. Learn more about the technology that goes into Smith helmets below.


How do Smith ski helmets and Smith goggles make a great day better?

Smith Optics’ motto is: “We make great days better.” Eliminating little annoyances—ski goggles fogging up, a ski helmet that makes you sweaty and fatigued—is one way of doing just that. Smith ski helmets are designed to enhance your on-mountain experience by making sure your equipment is annoyance-free, leaving you to concentrate on having a good time. Here are just some of the great technologies used in Smith helmets:

Smith ski helmets and Smith goggles: A match made in heaven (or Idaho)

Smith helmets are designed to match the curvature of the ski goggle frame, eliminating gaps and allowing precise alignment between the goggle venting system and the helmet’s AirEvac system. Warm air is exhausted out of the top of the goggles and flows through the AirEvac system, which drives the warm air away from the goggles through external vents and internal channels in the EPS liner and out the back of the helmet. The Regulator climate control system allows you to open the external vents partially or completely depending on whether you need to cool down a lot or just a little.

Smith goggles: Preventing fog since 1965

Smith goggles feature patented goggle ventilation technology with the Porex Filter, Dual Thermal Lens with Tapered Lens Technology (TLT), and Fog-X-Lens. Combine these advancements with the AirEvac helmet ventilation and you have one of the best performing ski or snowboard goggles on the market. In addition, the face foam conforms to your face, sealing out air and moisture. Smith helmet-goggle systems are designed to bring you fog-free skiing or snowboarding.

How are Smith ski helmets constructed?

Smith uses several innovative helmet construction technologies to maximize comfort, reduce mass, and still keep you protected. In-mold construction, an industry standard, fuses the exterior shell with the EPS protective liner to create a seamless, lightweight helmet. Smith’s Bombshell construction features an injection-molded ABS exterior shell that is designed to withstand high impacts while offering durability and dent resistance. Smith’s hybrid shell construction combines the durability of the Bombshell ABS construction with the light weight of in-mold technology. The end result? Smith helmets that are durable, lightweight, and designed for both performance and style.

Does your helmet really fit? Smith helmets do.

Smith’s Helmet Fit System (HFS) features a soft, flexible plate and liner system at the rear of the helmet. Tighten or loosen for a perfect fit. The self-centering system utilizes an intuitive pinch/pull design with 3 attachemnts for for easy use.

All access, all the time?

Want to listen to music on the lift but don’t want to worry about ear buds falling out? You can turn your Smith helmet into a music player with the Smith Optics Single-Shot Audio System.

Smith Optics

As the company name implies, Smith has its roots in goggles and sunglasses. Since 1965, Smith has pioneered innovations in sport optics. Smith began producing helmets in 2005, and has quickly grown its reputation in the ski and snowboard industry. Smith Helmets engineers snowboard protective gear with some of the highest technological advances in performance, protection, design, and fit. The company's background in optics informs its helmet design, and Smith prides itself on the seamless integration of its products. Among the technological advances Smith has developed are AirEvac and AirEvac 2 ventilation systems.