First Look: Smith MTB Helmet has New Type of Protective Foam

Smith Optics is known for its goggles, sunglasses, and snowsports helmets. Today, the Sun Valley, Idaho, company revealed a helmet made for mountain biking.

The FOREFRONT is not just another hard hat. Built to be light and better protective, the company uses a “patented tubular core structure” material called Koroyd.

The green Koroyd material is said to absorb 30% more energy on impact compared to industry standard EPS foam. The open pattern material also lets air through, making the helmet ostensibly cooler than a solid foam competitor.

The FOREFRONT helmet and the “Koroyd” material that makes it unique

Smith gave just a sneak peek this week. The helmet does not ship to stores until early 2014. It will cost $220.

As a bonus, the FOREFRONT has mounts on top for a camera and a bike light. There’s a goggle retention clip on back. It’s lightweight, too, spec’d at 285 grams — that’s comparable to a road-bike helmet you might wear.

Looks like a solid new entry. We’re excited to demo the FOREFRONT before wide release on our test trails this fall.

—Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold

Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.