Featherweight protection, clean style.

What could possibly make the world's lightest certified snow helmet better? How about a new system that reduces potential brain injuries without adding extra bulk or weight? The Smith Maze MIPS Helmet offers the same ultra-light feel and minimalist look as the original, but with an added safety system that improves protection.

The Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) allows a small rotation of the outer shell relative to the liner when your head hits at an angle in order to decrease rotational forces, reducing potential damage to your brain. In-Mold construction fuses EPS foam to a polycarbonate shell to minimize weight and bulk without compromising impact protection.

The Airflow climate control system lets you crank open the vents on warm spring days and intense hikes, and the self-adjusting fit system offers a comfy, secure fit. AirEvac 2 ventilation keeps your goggles fog-free, while the removable goggle lock keeps them in place. Snapfit SL2 ear pads can be removed during heated park sessions, and they're Skullcandy audio system-compatible (sold separately) so you can turn up the jams while you surf powder stashes.

  • Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS)
  • In-Mold construction
  • Airflow climate control
  • Self-adjusting fit system
  • AirEvac 2 ventilation
  • Snapfit SL2 ear pads
  • Removable ultralight goggle lock
  • Sullcandy audio system-compatible (sold separately)
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Dynamic Duo

    This helmet is a dynamic duo when paired with any Smith snow goggles. I got the Smith I/O MAG goggles and they fit like a charm. I am used to bike helmets, which I normally wear a medium with adjustments. Since these are not as adjustable, I went with a large and it fits great.

    AWESOME - but didn't fit my noggin

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    This is a great MIPS helmet. Low profile and with simple features like vents (which do not adjust) make this a great option for the rider who doesn't want all the bells and whistles - just reliable protection. The only reason for 4 stars is that the fit system does not allow for as much adjustment as other Smith helmets, such as those with a BOA adjustment. I was in between sizes- wish I wasn't!

    Repeat Offender

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my second version of the Maze helmet. I've had an older version for years and loved it. It's simple, light and effective. They've only upgrade it with the MIPS version- maintains the qualities of the previous version and gets a little safer!

    Not Bulky!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Not a big fan of the bulky helmets. I don't need all the bells and whistles, just something to protect my dome! This is the one for you if we think alike. Super lite weight, warm, ear flaps for speakers, comfy, decent vents(non adjustable) and mips. Having a friend almost lose his life from head trauma, don't mess around and just get protected either way!

    Unanswered Question

    Is there any type of warranty for this helmet? My son fell on his back, in snow, and it cracked up the back.

    My Favorite Ski Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my third Maze helmet in 5ish years. It's comfortable, lightweight and low profile. I bought a Quantum earlier this season and it's great, but I went back to the Maze as it fits my head better and weighs less.

    Great fit

      This helmet does not only fit great, but is super lightweight and warm. I’d highly recommend

      a-MAZE-ing Helmet

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      I just moved from Texas to Utah and haven’t skied much so I knew I needed a good helmet!

      I went with this one bc I liked the style, price, and the AirEvac system to avoid fogging (I wear glasses/ OTG goggles).

      The only improvement I can think of is the Removable Goggle Lock. The piece plugs into the helmet and I would prefer it to screw in securely. The lock itself doesn’t have a catching system for your goggles when you’re off the slopes—so my goggles have fallen off walking to the car.

      With that being said, this helmet is comfortable and keeps my ears warm! I haven’t tried out the audio system yet but maybe in the future.

      MIPS FTW

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      I bought this particular helmet for my friend's birthday but I wear the same one riding. I LOVE it. It's so incredibly warm and I've definitely staved off more than a few concussions because of the MIPS. (I would never ever buy a helmet that wasn't MIPS.) I love that there aren't any vents on the body of the helmet itself, which keeps my head so warm.

      Safe and Stylish

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This helmet is really comfortable and looks great! The MIPs helps protect the dome from multi-directional impacts as well, so you'll feel much safer in this. The only thing I would change is the sizing adjustment system.

      I feel safe!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is a great helmet. It's comfortable and it looks good. MIPS technology is going to make sure your brain is safe. I totally recommend it!

      Protect your dome

      • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

      This helmet does exactly what it should; looks awesome, cradles your grey matter securely, and doesnt break the bank. Wearing a helmet is a no brainer if you like to ski big, and if you dont wear one you better like your brain like you like your eggs: scrambled.

      Comfortable Protection

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I definitely recommend this helmet if you decide to wear one.

      Looks good, feels good

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      If you're looking for a helmet with a smaller brim and you don't want the most ventilation out there, this helmet is great. It feels super light, but still keeps my head warm. The construction feels high quality for how light the helmet is, and the material around the ears is especially cozy. With any other questions on this helmet, feel free to hit me up at 8012044681 and I'll be there to help you out!

      Plush updates!

        Had an older version of this helmet and it was time for a new one. The updates are plush, extra padding all around, a micro adjustment dial in the back, and I’m also all about the MIPS integration. I wear a medium helmet in Specialized, Troy Lee and in older Smith models and this fit is as expected. I’d recommend this helmet to anyone looking for a quality, reliable helmet.

        Nice Helmet

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        This is my first ski helmet, it is very comfy, warm & super light, I wore it all day skiing and found it more comfortable then the beanie I typically wear. I also think it looks nice.

        The reason for 4 stars, it fits good but the process of re-sizing is a bit cumbersome.

        Sweet Brain Protector

        • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

        I hope this helmet works as well as my others have in the past. I used the Camber by Smith last year and it saved me a bunch of times. Like, really saved me. I hit a tree harder than I'd like to admit while in the woods last year and the MIPS tech inside of it kept me awake and, ultimately, undamaged in the skull department. I've had a number of concussions over the years so MIPs is not something to skip out on in my book. I hope this helmet fits as well as the Camber did, and more importantly, I hope it does as good a job at keeping me safe. Psyched to put it through the wringer and (hopefully) give it less a chance to prove itself.

        If I'm essentially a 23 inch head, would it be better to size up to the large or Size down to the medium?

        Hey James, I'd say the medium is a better bet here. The Maze does not have a dial retention system, so I'd say sizing down to the medium is going to be a better bet than having the large be potentially slightly loose. Feel free to give a shout at 801.204.4547 or my email cojohnson@backcountry.com and would be happy to help! Cheers, Connor

        Lightweight and comfortable.

        • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

        This is my 3rd Maze helmet from Smith. It's very comfortable and super lightweight. I really like the clean lines and low profile. I'd say the fit is true to size, just make sure to measure your head per Smith's recommendation.

        Do wear goggles over or under it?

        Hey JP -

        I wear my goggles over my helmet. If you prefer to wear a beanie and goggles under your helmet, just remove the ear flaps.

        Smith Maze MIPS Helmet


          I like that this helmet has a low profile, so it fits under hoods well. I have a 59cm head and the size M fits me with no more than a buff underneath. I would need a large to fit a beanie.