Review: Smith's Forefront helmet with MIPS protects your head

A great mountain bike helmet gets even better for your brainpan

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Protect your gray matter with Smith Optics' Forefront bike helmet (now with MIPS), and maybe toss in some cool shades, too.
Protect your gray matter with Smith Optics' Forefront bike helmet (now with MIPS), and maybe toss in some cool shades, too.
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Best List: Forefront bike helmet with MIPS by Smith Optics

There’s MIPS in that there Forefront. Smith Optics’ Forefront mountain bike helmet has been around for a bit and has gotten excellent reviews from both the media and the man on the trail.

Now Smith has added the latest buzzword in safety — MIPS, or Multi-Directional Impact Protection System — to the award-winning lid.

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For years, helmets have been getting better and better at protecting your head from impact damage. Swedish company MIPS AB has come on the scene to place its protective liners, known as the MIPS Brain Protection System, into as many manufacturers’ helmets as possible. MIPS is designed to address rotational forces on your noggin during a crash and is said to add an additional amount of protection.

All this being said, if you are out hucking yourself off mountains or railing some sweet single track, you should be wearing an excellent and stylish lid like the Smith Forefront. Why not throw down a little extra cash for the added security of MIPS?

P.S. Since you’re already pulling out the AmEx to protect your brainpan, you might as well pick up a pair of Smith Arena Max PivLock shades (in matching Matte Cement with Blue Sol-X Mirror shades) to dial in your style. The PivLocks ($159) provide great coverage and excellent optics.

Buy from: Amazon, Smith

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