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2011 Smith Vantage Brim Helmet

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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. 

 

 

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)

post #2 of 13

I'm loving mine. When it gets extra cold I throw on a real thin skullcap. Fits well with both my I/O's and my Crowbars.

post #3 of 13

I'm a big fan of this helmet.  Just came back from three days on the slopes in Tahoe.  It was unbelievably warm for January and the venting made a huge difference.  I have a full review on my site and some photos at GearGuide.

post #4 of 13

My .02

 

Great helmet, super light, very comfortable. Coming off a variant, they are similar but the Vantage is more comfortable and I really like the front/back vents. I had the back vents open on a powder day and it was great to have ventilation without snow getting into the helmet.

 

Ear flaps- yeah, not sure what they are thinking here.  They are too thin and don't make good contact with the ears. Definitely colder- no wind blocking ability. So Greg Merz had a genius idea.  The ear flaps are designed for speakers to be added in so unzip the flaps and insert hand heaters!  I was going to shove in some kind of fleece on a sub-zero morning, Greg suggested just putting those charcoal heater packs. Holy crap! I had instant heated ears. This is the idea of the season! 

 

I do plan to make some kind of wind stopper fleece flaps to insert into the flaps on colder days. I think for most days, this would be fine but give the Greg ear heater method a try on the next cold day!

post #5 of 13

Your review is of the Variant, not the Vantage.  Variant is a good helmet, but is a bit heavy.  I'm currently using the Smith Maze and like it a lot.  Super light and comfy, very low profile, but doesn't have adjustable venting so if you get hot it's not the helmet for you.  I'll have to check out the Vantage, sounds like it's the best of both worlds.

 

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by GearGuide View Post

I'm a big fan of this helmet.  Just came back from three days on the slopes in Tahoe.  It was unbelievably warm for January and the venting made a huge difference.  I have a full review on my site and some photos at GearGuide.

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TOO FUNNY!  check it out, just carry ear warmers..... 
 

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Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

Your review is of the Variant, not the Vantage.  Variant is a good helmet, but is a bit heavy.  I'm currently using the Smith Maze and like it a lot.  Super light and comfy, very low profile, but doesn't have adjustable venting so if you get hot it's not the helmet for you.  I'll have to check out the Vantage, sounds like it's the best of both worlds.

 

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by GearGuide View Post

I'm a big fan of this helmet.  Just came back from three days on the slopes in Tahoe.  It was unbelievably warm for January and the venting made a huge difference.  I have a full review on my site and some photos at GearGuide.


 
post #7 of 13

Finn, I typically wear a lightweight hat on cold days anyway.  Maze ear flaps aren't particularly warm either!
 

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Originally Posted by Finndog View Post


TOO FUNNY!  check it out, just carry ear warmers..... 
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by MikeC View Post

Your review is of the Variant, not the Vantage.  Variant is a good helmet, but is a bit heavy.  I'm currently using the Smith Maze and like it a lot.  Super light and comfy, very low profile, but doesn't have adjustable venting so if you get hot it's not the helmet for you.  I'll have to check out the Vantage, sounds like it's the best of both worlds.

 

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by GearGuide View Post

I'm a big fan of this helmet.  Just came back from three days on the slopes in Tahoe.  It was unbelievably warm for January and the venting made a huge difference.  I have a full review on my site and some photos at GearGuide.


 

 
post #8 of 13

Anyone familiar enough with this helmet & Giro?  I'm trying to figure out if it is possible to use my Bluetooth audio Scullcandy from my Giro helmet on a Smith. If you are familiar, they just snap into the earpiece. Haven't seen the Smith with audio in person.

post #9 of 13

Just catching up with this thread. Sorry for posting in the wrong spot.

post #10 of 13

Yes, Colin Chapman would applaud this helmet.  I'm new to helmets (I know, I know), and worked with a good shop while in Jackson to get into one that did not drive me crazy.  This was the third one I tried, and one run was all it took.  Very "invisible" to the user, except for a bit of wind noise.  Maybe stuffing the earflaps would help with that.

 

Towards the end of my first day in the helmet, I was hit from behind while skiing at nearly 50 on an empty run (first collision in 46 seasons).  I was reportedly "turning too much".  So, in a Pythonesque fit of loony logic, I have concluded that wearing helmets causes collisions!

post #11 of 13

I don't have another ski helmet to compare to. This is my first Ski helmet. Strange to get used to at first. Really nice quality.( I'm pretty picky that way on gear.) Pretty happy with it all the way around. I also bought the Smith I/O Goggles which I didn't really need. I have a good pair of Scotts............The Scotts don't even come close the mountains anymore.  I bought both the helmet and goggles at a REI half price sale. I scored big time.biggrin.gif

 

I highly recommend both Smith Helmets and Goggles......

 

* I haven't used the helmet on an extremely cold day. I figure I'll just pull up the hood on my jacket over it on the lift when that occurs. This was my course of action before the helmet anyway. 

post #12 of 13

 

 

 

Can anyone tell me how to remove the earpads from the helmet completely.  I don''t want to break them.  Do you just pull them out?  Is there a release that you have to pull?  Thanks.

post #13 of 13

No release on the two Smith Helmets I've owned.  Just pull them straight down to get them out.

 

Mike
 

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Originally Posted by Kevin Squadroni View Post

 

 

 

Can anyone tell me how to remove the earpads from the helmet completely.  I don''t want to break them.  Do you just pull them out?  Is there a release that you have to pull?  Thanks.



 

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