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Smith - Trace MIPS Helmet

Smith Trace MIPS Helmet

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$124.96 Original price:$250.00
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Item #SMI00KW



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Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Impact Foam:
Audio Compatible:
18 vents
Fit Adjustment:
VaporFit retention system
Claimed Weight:
[medium] 9.9oz
Manufacturer Warranty:
road cycling

Why We Like The Trace MIPS Helmet

Smith's road helmet lineup has never been one to disappoint, and this year is no different, with the bar being moved a little higher once again with a new helmet in the mix — the Trace MIPS Helmet. This pinnacle helmet in the road collection features all of the tech you would expect from Smith, like its Koroud protection that fully surrounds the helmet to provide next-level protection, while teaming up with internal air channels so intake as much air, and keep your scalp feeling cool when you're challenging yourself up new climbs, and soaring down canyon roads. The Trace features 18 large vents that are strategically placed to create an intake and exhaust system, pulling cool air in, and giving it a quick escape in the back. And because those long rides also mean varying lighting conditions, Smith builds the Trace with an AirEvac system that works to keep your shades fog-free while riding, and vents that neatly secure your glasses when you need to take them off after dusk falls.

  • Smith's new helmet takes the cake on the road
  • Full Koroyd protection surrounds helmet
  • MIPS technology protects from rotational hits
  • Air channels create intake and exhaust system
  • Keep your shades fog-free with AirEvac technology
  • Channels in helmet secure your glasses when off
  • Adjustable fit system keeps your noggin secure


  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

After a recent crash confirmed the value of the MIPPS technology,Ii went looking for a new helmet. Tried a few, bought this one and have been very satisfied with my choice. Comfortable, vented well, washes well without traumatizing the insides. Happy!

Smith Trace Mips

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I have used this helmet a handful of times. I find it to be as advertised, lightweight, good ventilation, easily adjustable and stylish. I own one other Smith helmet and the Trace is definitely lighter weight. Both helmets have the honeycomb mips lining but the Trace lining does not cover the entire inside of the helmet (a good thing) so you can fit your finger in there for that occasional scalp itch. It is easy to adjust and equally as easy if you are using one hand while riding. It is not inexpensive but a very good value.

Excellent helmet (still un-crashed)

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

While the real reason to buy this helmet is for the superior crash protection and I cannot comment as I have not crashed, I can say after nearly 8-9k miles of use, this helmet is very comfortable. The adjustments are good enough I can easily put a GoPro up top too for those fun descents. Having eyeglass holders integrated is a key for me too as I almost always remove glasses mid-ride. Listen to the podcast on Velonews about how important MIIPS is for crash protection. I love this helmet and definitely recommend to others.

Great helmet but warm

    used mine this past weekend for the first time. Very secure fit, which I like but seemed to run warmer than my previous helmet.

    Low Profile Protection

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    For those of us with larger heads, the struggle to keep the overall profile of your head low can be a struggle. The Trace does an excellent job of offering necessary protection while keeping your head from looking like a mushroom.

    Fit is spot on for slightly oblong heads, but should fit the majority of folks quite well. Excellent ventilation and killer color options for this season. All in all a great helmet for road cycling, especially if you get some Smith shades to match.

    Protect you noggin!

      I refuse to buy a helmet without the MIPS technology. You only get one brain. I will protect it as much as I can. The last thing you want to be worrying about while riding next to a bunch of cars going 25+ MPH, will my helmet protect me if I took a hit, or fall. So if a helmet offers better protection like MIPS...Just pay the extra amount for it!

      Trace’s AirEvac system relieves hot air that builds up on your eye wear to prevent fogging. Eyewear storage is made easy by channels on the side of the helmet that hold your eyewear in place for those grueling climbs.

      Don't you mean "without the MIPS" ? Will this fit a skinny width head OK?


      Head Circumference

      20 - 22in

      (51 - 55cm)

      22 - 23in

      (55 - 59cm)

      23 - 25in

      (59 - 63cm)

      25 - 26in

      (63 - 67cm)

       XSSMS / M
      Head Circumference

      18.9 - 20.5in

      (48 - 52cm)

      19 - 21in

      (48 - 53cm)

      21 - 23in

      (53 - 58cm)

      19 - 22in

      (48 - 56cm)

      How to Measure:
      Measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.