Smith Vantage Helmet


Pros: comfy, light, grate ventilation, good goggle integration,

Cons: fit system could be reworked and could use some tweaks

grate helmet really love it. fits grate with my dragon nfx and has very good ventilation. also nice and comfy.  


heres my video review


Pros: Everything

Cons: Price?

This helmet is awesome, I'm not sure what else I can say


The vent system is well thought out and the levers allow some to be open while others are closed. With the vents closed and ear flaps on, the helmet is warm enough on the super cold days, yet hasn't overheated me on the day it was 45+. I also enjoy the elastic goggle clip over the older snap on ones, although I do see potential for that to wear out someday. 


The big plus on this helmet is the weight, its like its not there, I sat through lunch wearing it without realizing it was still on my head. Not much else I can say, 


At 180 retail it is pricey but shop around and you can find it for cheaper. I got mine for 100, but I shopped around for at least 2 months.


Pros: Light, Zonal venting, simple goggle keeper

Cons: Size adjuster

After being unhappy with the 2 helmets I owned previously. I dropped the extra money, and got the best that Smith had to offer. The Vantage is light, warm, and integrates perfectly with the Smith I/O. It has also worked well with the Anon Realm, and Oakley Crowbar. The venting is top notch and zonal so you can get it just right on those spring days or when doing a little light hiking.

My only complaint is the ease of adjustability. Something I believe Smith has improved on the current year model.  If you are looking to upgrade your helmet, or getting your first one. I would highly recommend getting a Smith Vantage. This helmet erases all preconceived notions of what skiing with a helmet is like


Pros: Light Weight ,well constructed

Cons: cost

Of all the helmets I've owned this one is the lightest and features the most flexibility. You can adjust the fit and the venting to suit your needs. Quality is just what you'd expect from Smith and unless you're a racer I'd recommend this helmet to anyone who is in the market. (In my opinion racers have different helmet needs)

EDIT: After actually having worn this helmet I stand by my previous review with the exception that Smith could do a better job on the liner of this helmet. It's stuck in there with some low nap velcro,for the price the liner should be a little more plush.  The vents work very well.


Pros: Light, low-profile, comfortable, innovative design, integration with Smith goggles, looks great

Cons: Draws too much attention from the ladies

Review Information

Skier Info: Male, 24, 6'0", 175 lbs, Chicago

Skier Type: Expert, aggressive, likes taking hikes

Test Locations: Vail, Aspen Highlands, Breckenridge, Jackson Hole MR

Test Conditions: Bluebird, overcast, blizzard, hardpack, powder, crud



The Vantage has a beautiful appearance with a very low profile compared to previous helmets.  I owned a Giro G10 for a long time and hated wearing it because it was bulky and I felt like it was something mommy got me to keep me safe when I started riding my bike.  The Vantage absolutely does not do that: the lines are sleek and crisp while still retaining an undeniably cool look.  The low profile also makes the helmet incredibly light: I have at times forgotten that what I was wearing on my head was a helmet and some sort of stiff hat.  Compared to other helmets I tried on in my quest for the perfect helmet, the Vantage was among the lightest and that really counts for something over the course of a long day.  Smith did not sacrifice safety to bring about the low weight either: the Vantage's hybrid SL shell construction complies with all major safety standards out there.  The dual-density EPS liner will keep your brain intact without straining your neck.


Let's talk tech, something the Vantage has in spades.  The first is the dual zone vent zones.  I cannot emphasize how nice it is to have the front and rear vent areas be separately adjustable.  If you get very hot, opening them all; if you want to cool off but don't want the wind on your skull, open the back and close the front; if you want something in between, set both to halfway (and there's a halfway notch in each zone's slider so you can set it without seeing it).  The clip on the back is a new bungee and tab system instead of the plastic strap and snap system which is infinitely less of a hassle to use.  It keeps your goggles just as secure but is makes adjusting goggles so much easier.  


Oops ran out of space in that paragraph, gotta keep talking about the features in another one!  Liner: perfect.  It's called X-static and it's moisture wicking and silver-threaded to be anti-odor.  I sweat like a dog when I'm skiing hard, so keeping my head dry is a priority that the Vantage meets.  Earflaps are detachable for the spring and are already set up for your earbuds.  Yeah, no need to buy a custom system, you can run your own buds into the waterproof flaps.  The boa adjustment system ensures a snug and comfortable fit and all the other straps allow you to fiddle around until it's just right.  I also appreciate the chin pad on the strap.  If there's an industry-standard feature for a helmet, the Vantage has it, it does it better and it brings a few new toys to make it the best.


Beyond simple features, the Vantage brings with it the excellence that is the hallmark of Smith's products.  The Vantage integrates perfectly with Smith's goggles (I personally use Smith's Phenoms) to virtually guarantee no fog and no gaper gap.  The fit is pretty much perfect and shows the care that Smith has put into delivering an excellent skiing / riding headwear experience.  You also get Smith's fantastic customer care.  If something on it breaks because of poor manufacturing, send it and Smith will take care of you.  If you smash your head and it saves your brain, they will replace it at significantly reduced cost.  Pretty much, if you have beef with their product, Smith is going to do everything they can to make you happy, which is not something that all companies will do.  Remember: you buy the company's service as much as the company's product.


An astute reader will notice that I am only gushing positive things, and that is true.  The immediate downside of the Vantage is the pricetag which is why I only gave it four stars in value.  At $180 retail--and you will probably pay retail on the Vantage--that is a lot to ask for on top of skiing's already astronomical costs.  The Variant runs $60-70 cheaper and most helmets run in the $50-90 range.  Only a select few models exist at this price point which does make it a somewhat hard sell when reasonable helmets exist for substantially cheaper prices.  My answer is that the abundance of features, the fantastic construction, the lightweight low-profile design and the assurance of Smith's customer-oriented service make the helmet worth it.  For a serious, aggressive skier like myself, this is hands-down a worthwhile investment.  For a casual skier or someone just getting into snowsport who needs a helmet (you need a helmet!), the Vantage is a harder sell.  The features are undeniably nice, but it was hard for me to drop nearly $200 on a helmet and I knew that I was going to make the most of out it.  In the end, it is a decision they must make for their own circumstances.


In conclusion, I firmly believe the Vantage is the best helmet on the market.  There might be some helmets that have a more park-oriented look and there are a few models competing at the price point that have unique applications, but the Vantage is without a doubt the best buy in the market overall.  It has fantastic overall design and is loaded with features.  On top of that, it's expressly designed for Smith goggles which are unquestionably some of the best and most popular optics on the market as well.  Anyone who wants a helmet that meets the needs of the best, most aggressive skiers yet still distinctly improves the day of anyone who wears it needs to get their hands on a Smith Vantage.


Pros: Very light.

Cons: Not the best padding.



Product: 2011 Smith Vantage Brim


Length/size Tested: Med


Environment of Conditions:

*Location of review: North Lake Tahoe Region/Stowe VT

*Runs Taken: Many (15 days using it this season)

*Snow Conditions: Varied

*Demo or Purchase: Purchase


Summery (inc. Strengths & Weaknesses):


Strengths: First of all, this helmet is damn light, it feels like I am wearing nothing at all. I believe Colin Chapman was involved in the design of this helmet, they took the Vantage, on of the post popular helmets from last year) and added lightness. The Vent design does work better with fore/aft openings than the Vantage and in typical Smith fashion, work well in all temps. The new elastic goggle clip works great compared to previous incarnations. 


Weaknesses: It's strengths are it's weakness, in adding lightness, the padding isn't as comfortable as its brother the Variant and the Vantage isn't quite as warm. 


Summery: This will be a fine warmer weather helmet, and depending on shape of head, it should be considered with the Variant and Giro Seam as top choices for a brimmed helmet. Not surprisingly, it fit perfect with my Smith I/O goggles. 



Tester Info:

Age: 47

Height/Weight: 5'10"/185

Average days on snow: 0-10, 11-25, 30+  (pick one)

Years Skiing: 0-5, 6-15, 15+  (pick one)


Aggressiveness: Conservative / Moderate / Aggressive / Competitor (pick one)

Smith Vantage Helmet

Born from Smith's most coveted helmet technologies, the Vantage gives you the same protection used by the pipe-shredding and heli-dropping likes of Scotty Lago and Sage Cattabriga Alosa. Stashed in this low-profile life you'll find dual adjustable vents, a moisture wicking liner, and removable Snap-fit SLR ear pads. Surviving a hard knock life requires strong, lightweight protection and the Vantage delivers in a streamline package.

Recommended UseSkiing, snowboarding
Manufacturer WarrantyLifetime
Weight15.5oz (440g)
Material[Shell] ABS plastic; [Padding] dual-density EPS; [Lining] Xstatic removable
Ventilation2 Zones of two-position adjustable, 21 total
AdjustabilitySide-clip chin strap
CertificationASTM F 2040, CE EN 1077 Class B
Model Name/TypeMPNEAN/UPC
Color: Hertiage Chocolate Evolve, Size: LH01-VACELG715757341732
Color: Gunmetal RFC, Size: XLH01-VATRXL
Color: Silver Max, Size: LH01-VASMLG715757351830
Color: Matte Black, Size: XLH01-VABMXL715757341619
Color: Matte Black, Size: SH01-VABMSM715757341589
Color: Matte Black, Size: MH01-VABMMD715757341596
Color: Matte Black, Size: LH01-VABMLG715757341602
Color: Heritage Navy Evolve, Size: XLH01-VANEXL
Color: Heritage Navy Evolve, Size: SH01-VANESM
Color: Heritage Navy Evolve, Size: MH01-VANEMD715757341695
Color: Heritage Navy Evolve, Size: LH01-VANELG715757341701
Color: Hertiage Chocolate Evolve, Size: MH01-VACEMD715757341725
Color: Gunmetal RFC, Size: SH01-VATRSM715757341770
Color: Gunmetal RFC, Size: MH01-VATRMD715757341787
Color: Stone Horrorgami, Size: XLH01-VASHXL
Color: Stone Horrorgami, Size: SH01-VASHSM
Color: Stone Horrorgami, Size: MH01-VASHMD715757341756
Color: Stone Horrorgami, Size: LH01-VASHLG715757341763
Color: Silver Max, Size: XLH01-VASMXL
Color: Silver Max, Size: SH01-VASMSM715757351816
Color: Silver Max, Size: MH01-VASMMD715757351823
Color: Matte White, Size: XLH01-VAWTXL
Color: Matte White, Size: SH01-VAWTSM715757341626
Color: Matte White, Size: MH01-VAWTMD715757341633
Color: Matte White, Size: LH01-VAWTLG715757341640
Color: Hertiage Chocolate Evolve, Size: XLH01-VACEXL
Color: Hertiage Chocolate Evolve, Size: SH01-VACESM715757341718
Color: Gunmetal RFC, Size: LH01-VATRLG715757341794
Color: Black Good Word, Size: XLH01-VAGWXL
Color: Black Good Word, Size: SH01-VAGWSM715757341800
Color: Black Good Word, Size: MH01-VAGWMD715757341817
Color: Black Good Word, Size: LH01-VAGWLG715757341824