Smith has grabbed headlines with the introduction of the new Forefront Helmet which is unlike any bike helmet ever created. The Forefront’s tagline is “Protection Reinvented,” and it’s a justified slogan thanks to the Aerocore construction that has never been used in the cycling industry. The green material is called Koroyd, which looks like a bunch of straws. This material absorbs 30% more energy from an impact when tested to international standards according to Smith, but what makes it a game changer is the fact that it vastly improves airflow and lowers weight.
On top of the Koroyd material, there’s an integrated skeletal structure with carbon reinforcements for complete protection. The angle of the visor is adjustable and it can be removed if you so desire. There’s also an integrated camera/light mount and a goggle retention strap that holds your goggles in place at the back of the helmet.
We got our hands on a few pre-production prototypes and were really impressed with the construction, fit and overall finish of this helmet. The Forefront will be available in March of 2014 and will sell for $220.
Designed to be worn with sunglasses or goggles, we see this all-mountain helmet being popular with the enduro crowd but it’s light enough at 313g to be worn as a cross-country lid.
The slots on the side of the helmet were intentionally designed to hold your sunglasses if you need to take them off and stash them.
The Koroyd tubes don’t actually sit against your head. The X-Static Performance lining is soft and wicks moisture.
There will be 10 different color options when the Forefront hits stores in March of 2014.
The VaporFit retention system is controlled by an easy to turn dial. We tried on a medium, which felt true to size. It sits fairly low on the head and doesn’t suffer from mushroom disease.