Smith Helmets = The Best!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: Runs small
- Size Bought: Large
The Vantage is hands down my favorite helmet of all time - it's pricey, but it's worth it! Also, massive props to Backcountry for size exchanges! I'll get to that in a hot second...
I got my first Vantage in 2014 and quickly realized it was worth the price! My home mountain is Mammoth, so temps can range quite a bit. The ventilation on this helmet is the best, especially for spring days. It's also super warm and toasty for those bitter winter months. The protection is stellar on this helmet too - I haven't hit my head a lot, but my husband's Vantage has taken a beating and it's definitely saved his brain!
Since our Vantages had taken a beating (mine was still pretty good), we got Variances a season or two ago. Figured we'd mix it up a bit - great protection and overall a superb helmet, but not the same. We both noticed the fit on that helmet was a bit different and neither of us really loved it. So, we decided to just get new Vantages this season. Why mess with a good thing?
One thing of note with the recent iterations of the Vantage... they seem to fit smaller! I ordered a Medium, my size in all Smith helmets, and it fit like a small (couldn't even really get it properly on my head). Thanks to Backcountry (Ashleigh is the BEST!), I was able to exchange it for a Large and it fits just like my old Vantage. My husband also said the new Large is tighter than his old one, so he's upping his size too when it comes in. So, if you have older models that you are use to, I suggest maybe ordering a size up... or maybe you'll be lucky and the sizing is the same. My head measures in the middle of the Medium size range for reference.