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 it 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.
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)