Smith Optics Forefront Helmet Review

by Brian Mullin on March 10, 2015

Article by Guest Reviewer – Tyler Moran

Optics is doing way more than just putting out glasses and snowboarding
goggles these days. Their new All Mountain Forefront helmet has become
one of the most popular cycling helmets now on the market. This fact
made evident by both the increased frequency at which I see them on my
local trails, and the overwhelming usage of riders on any “enduro”
circuit you pick.

Aside from being the new stylish kid on the block,
Smith claims that with their revolutionary Aerocore technology featuring
Koroyd has remarkably increased the safety and level of protection you
can expect from all their helmets.


  • 21 Vents
  • X-Static Performance Lining
  • Ventilated Protection Featuring Patented Koroyd Material
  • Integrated Skeletal Structure and Carbon Fiber Reinforcements
  • VaporFit Adjustable Fit System
  • Adjustable/Removeable Visor
  •  Weight: 310 grams (Size Medium)
  • Integrated Camera & Light Mount
  • Ultra-Light Single Layer Webbing
  • AirEvac Goggle Ventilation
  • Goggle Retention Strap Included
  • Certification: CPSC, CE EN 1078
  • Helmet Sizing (Dial Fit System): Small 51-55cm + Medium 55-59cm + Large 59-63cm
  • For additional information visit


off, before we go any further, you must know that this helmet comes in
at the steep price of $220.00. Trust me I’ve scoured the internet and
toured many a bike shop to find a better deal than this, it only exists
on that rare occurrence that you are a sponsored rider.

If you
have that kind of change to throw down on a new helmet, this one is well
worth it. The Forefront is the most comfortable helmet I have worn to
date. This helmet sits nicely on my head; a rarity compared to many of
its competitors in this category of All Mountain and Trail helmets. It’s
also super light, and you can barely tell its on. The padding and Vapor
Fit Adjustable Fit System makes for a helmet that when synched down
nice, and snug you could probably wear without the strap (not

One of my favorite features about this helmet is the
honeycomb style ventilation system that also doubles as the patented
Koroyd protection system. I’m a guy who normally sweats quite a bit
while I ride. Even on the hottest of days while hammering the big climbs
we have here on the Front Range, my head has stayed cool, and more
importantly no sweat dripping in my eyes. The perspiration capabilities
can also partially be attributed to the nicely padded sweatband in the
front of the helmet.

I have yet to take a good spill with this
thing yet and ultimately hope not to. I feel confident and safe knowing a
company like Smith has put their name on the line to make this stylish
new helmet. I would recommend trying to find a local bike shop with
these in stock. You can then try this helmet on before dropping that
kind of coin, but for me the sizing chart from their website was spot
on. After I had measured my noggin, I decided on a medium and after
trying it on in the store, the medium fit like a glove or a helmet…
whatever, it fit nicely.

Hope this review helps you pull the
trigger when you face the decision on your next cycling helmet. But even
if it doesn’t, check out this video on smith’s website to see dudes
shredding in the new Forefront helmet.

Editor addition:

Koroyd’s Technology Explained

I had never seen the Koroyd tubular impact system before. It reminds me of a couple of other systems that were made specifically for football helmets. It looks like a very promising protection, and it’s nice to see some technology beyond the default EPS foam. I am always for more safety and protection when it comes to helmets, and I look forward to trying this helmet out sometime. They use this same system as a core in some brands of snowboards.

Engineered Protection

It utilizes technology that improves performance. The design uses tens of thousands of copolymer extruded tubes, thermally welded to create an unparalleled consistent and fully engineered core. It can be cut, shaped, cnc-ed, thermoformed or laminated and further integrated into the best sport and protection products that give you the edge.

Energy Absorption

The combination of Koroyd’s precise extrusion and unique thermal welding process leads to a structure with both extremely efficient and consistent energy absorption properties. The Koroyd core is proven time and time again against traditional energy absorbers including EPS and foams. Upon impact, the cores crush in a completely controlled manner, decelerating the energy from the impact and reducing the final trauma levels.

Full Breathability

An energy absorber that is fully breathable and doesn’t compromise impact performance. Koroyd’s open cell construction allows cool air in while expelling hot air from the riders head. When air channels are introduced to traditional energy absorbers like EPS and foams, the impact performance decreases – unless thicker parts are installed. Koroyd’s completely open cell construction channels airflow around the rider, without limitation.

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