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Smith - Vantage MIPS Helmet

Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet

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$114.96 Original price:$260.00
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Item #SMI00AJ




Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Hybrid SL Shell
Impact Foam:
Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd, EPS foam, Multi-directional Impact Protection System (MIPS)
Multiple Impact:
Audio Compatible:
yes, Skullcandy audio system compatible
Audio System Included:
AirEvac 2 system, 21 vents
Fit Adjustment:
Boa FS360 fit system
ASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077:2007 Class B
Claimed Weight:
1lb 1.5oz
Recommended Use:
skiing, snowboarding
Manufacturer Warranty:

Vantage MIPS Helmet

The Smith Vantage MIPS Helmet offers the ultimate in ski- and snowboard-worthy protection, style, and comfort, so you can stay safe on the slopes while looking and feeling good. Between the lightweight feel, superior safety technology, and customizable fit and ventilation, there's no excuse not to rock one.

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. Smith also engineered the Vantage MIPS with Aerocore construction, which combines lightweight EPS with revolutionary Koroyd material. This unique material absorbs more impact than traditional foams while simultaneously improving breathability and reducing weight and bulk.

AirVac 2 ventilation features twenty-one vents that can be fully opened on warm spring days, partially closed when temps drop, or completely shut in the middle of a blizzard. The Boa FS360 fit system allows you to quickly and easily dial in the perfect fit. Snapfit S12 ear pads can be removed in warmer weather, and they're also audio-compatible with a (sold separately) Skullcandy audio system.

  • A feature-rich ski and snowboard helmet with ultimate protection
  • MIPS technology reduces rotational impacts to protect your brain
  • Hybrid SL construction is lightweight and disperses impact
  • Koroyd material crushes to absorb impact under force
  • AirVac 2 ventilation system includes 21 vents to increase airflow
  • Adjustable Boa FS360 fit system dials in a perfect fit
  • Snapfit SL2 earpads are compatible with Outdoor Tech audio systems
  • Removable goggle lock prevents your goggles from coming off

Best combo of weight and comfort

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

Not the lightest, but pretty darn good. Backcountry? Sure, why not. Unless you have to have the lightest, which means you will sacrifice comfort. Me, I'll carry a few extra helmet ounces to guarantee comfort and safety. Frontside skiing, you won't find a better helmet. A bit expensive. I was initially annoyed by the price, but after a few days of skiing the price tag evaporated, and I was grateful for a piece of high quality gear. Lots of chatter out there about how it runs small. Not really true if you know the actual circumference of your head in cm. I was on the cusp of S/M and sized up to medium and fits well. No helmet is perfect. Worth the money.

WTH with Vantage sizing?!

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

Is Smith on something? How is this sizing correct?? There is NO WAY the head circumference/sizing described is accurate.

As you may have guessed, I had to return the Vantage and switch to a different brand because their XL is more like an Large... even in their own line (the Quantum fits completely differently and true to size).

I don't understand how after all the complaints and reviews, they continue to advertise the sizes the way they do... WTH are they smoking?

Runs small

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

Gave as a gift and he said it does fit a little smaller then he is use to.
He got a large and could have used and XL

Good product, but Size is way off

  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
  • Fit: Runs small

Let me start by saying that I love Smith products and I have been using ski helmets for over 15 years now - Maze, Transport, etc. So, it was time to upgrade and based on the sizing charts I was Large, but base on the size of my previous Smith I went for the XL. I ordered Mission and Vantage. Vantage way too small to the point that gave me headaches in 5 min of wear, where Mission in the same size was fine. Needless to say I ended up with Mission, but would have kept this one if the fit was fine. Worth pointing is that neither one match the sizing chart either, and I did try some Giros at the store and I was L, as well as my bike helmet. As someone else mentioned, Smith really needs to address this issues if they want to increase sales. Great product when fits.

Best Warranty in the Business

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

Great helmet. That’s a given. Smith’s customer service is really the reason to have allegiance to this company. I have experienced a 5 minute turn around time on a warranty claim.

I love it

    Great Helmet. I get extra discount from here: coupon-bird.com

    New sizing and poor customer service

    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: XL

    I bought this helmet as a replacement for the XL Vantage I already own that is due for replacement. The new Vantage is the same high quality as my old one. However, despite what Smith's sizing charts claim, they have apparently made changes to the Vantage as my current XL Vantage fits perfectly and this XL Vantage does not fit at all. I called and explained this to backcountry.com and I'm still being forced to pay $6.99 to return a helmet that is not sized as claimed by the manufacturer. Thumbs down to Smith, thumbs down to backcountry.com customer service.

    Runs a bit small

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a great helmet. Very little leakage, very warm, very solid feeling, yet when you need some air, it doesn't disappoint with the venting. However, all of that said, it runs a bit small. If you normally wear a medium, I suggest trying it on before buying.

    Big Head Todds.... Don't Buy!

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Awesome helmet and the one that I have been watching for the end of season sale....
    While this is an "XL", it is actually smaller (front to back) than smaller diameter helmets that I have tried up to 63 cms.
    I figured all the other reviews didn't get that this was up to 67 cms and I'd be fine... no way.
    Don't get stuck with the $7.00 return fee.
    Smith...Please make a XXL for big heads (long narrow horse head) like me!

    -Todd W
    (wishing all the new snow would kill off the Covid and we could all go boarding/skiing while off work stuck on quarantine)

    Run very small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    Wow. I measured a medium--upper end--but the medium was way way to small. Sent it back and order a large without the MIPS hoping for enough room to wear a thin beanie on the those extremely bitter days--if you've been to Canada during a polar vortex you know--and the large just fit with barely any need to tighten the BOA adjustment. Order up my friends!

    Great Helmet and yes seems to run small

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    Great Helmet very comfortable. I was at the high end of the medium measurement so decided on a large. I'm definitely glad I did it fits perfect with a balaclava underneath and no tightening of the adjustment knob

    Nice helmet, but runs small

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I measured my head, and even tried on a different Smith model before buying a medium. When it showed up, it was definitely too small! The helmet was nice, though, and I returned it and ordered a large.

    Great looking helmet but XL didn't fit

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

    I really love the features of this helmet and it fit very well with the Smith goggles I have. The problem is that I bought a XL size and it pressed annoyingly against my forehead. I was surprised since my last helmet from 2012 was a Smith Aspect and a L size and it fit perfectly. I know MIPS helmets are meant to be snug but this was far too much and uncomfortable. I apparently have a long oval head so I will be switching to try a Giro. I sure wish Smith didn't shrink down all their sizes.

    Found the same issue in sizing. I usually wear an M in Smith and I had to move up to an L.

    Same issue here - I normally am an XL, measured my head, easily within the size range stated on the site and box, and was too small.

    Nice helmet but sizing seems off.


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

    The helmet is a perfect fit and looks great. I had to return it because I bought grey for my husband and he wanted black. Backcountry provides easy return directions. The return process itself would have been easier if I had kept the packaging box. If you are not 100% sure it is right, keep your shipping box.

    Love it!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I don't think I have a weird shaped head but after trying on every helmet in every ski shop in town I realized I'm either REALLY picky or my head it weird. most helmets were too wide on the sides of my head and too tight on the front and back of my head. Also, the ear pieces of most helmets are set fairly far back and didn't cover my ears. Regardless, this helmet fit like a glove!!! i stay warm, the venting is nice, and the fit is PERFECT! finally!

    Red Matte Vantage MIPS Helmet not good..

      For starters, the Red Matte helmet is ORANGE, not red. Not sure how they describe this helmet at Red. Its more like burnt orange!

      Second, the helmet, size large, was way too small. Despite wearing the same exact Smith helmet for the last 7 seasons and matching the CM size of my old helmet to the new helmet I ordered, the new helmet is painfully small.

      Don't get me wrong, I'm going to order another Vantage MIPS Helmet, as it's the best helmet on the market, but this time in white in XL.

      I hope this review helps for those stoked about the matte red helment. Thxs

      I hope this review helps all t

      Looks orange in the pic to me...maybe your phone or computer is off lol

      XL is way too small for 64cm head

        The XL size is way too small. Instant headache when putting it on my 64cm head.

        I tried on another Smith XL helmet (forget the model), and that was too small as well. Seems like Smith completely messed up their XL size this year.

        Just Didn't Fit Right

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

        I hardly ever return items, but did this time. Two main issues: First, the ear flaps use a material that doesn't really snug up. The wind noise was way louder than I have had with an older Giro helmet. Secondly, the fit wouldn't sit down on my XL melon. It was rotating back on my big fat head and left a few inches between the google and bottom of the helmet. Was really hoping this would work as other reviews and MIPS technology read great. Just not a fit for me.

        Vantage MIPS XL Helmet runs Small

        • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

        Like other reviews, the XL size runs extremely small. My head circumference at the largest point is barely 24 inches. The Size description on this Helmet states the XL is 25 to 26 niches. This helmet left a red band mark on my forehead after wearing 30 minutes in my kitchen. My guess this helmet is really a Large and not an XL (even though the Helmet and the box it came it state it is an XL - see picture). I have always had an XL Helmet for the last 3 decades of skiing and never had a problem before (I am usually on the small side of the XL size and then crank the adjustments on the Helmet to fit my head as a large is always too small). I have returned the Helmet and let the Gearhead's know the Vantage Helmets run extremely small and/or are mis-labeled and suggested they contact their supplier.

        Vantage MIPS XL Helmet runs Small

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          Head Circumference

          20 - 22in

          (51 - 55cm)

          22 - 23in

          (55 - 59cm)

          23 - 25in

          (59 - 63cm)

          25 - 26in

          (63 - 67cm)

           SMS / M
          Head Circumference

          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.