Today Smith announced the upcoming release of an new all-mountain helmet called the Forefront and the thing looks different. Rather than using foam like every other helmet manufacturer, the Sun Valley, Idaho, company utilizes a material called Koroyd to absorb impacts. The tubular construction of the Koroyd material apparently offers huge gains in ventilation and weight savings. It’s only 285 grams. You’ll also notice that with this material the vents in the helmet don’t have to be open, allowing increased protection from protruding branches and angry wasps. The Forefront also features integrated camera and light mounts.
Really, it seems pretty groundbreaking. Most helmets in this class are heavy, hot and have dodgy compatibility with eyewear. We’re pretty excited to get our first ride in on the Forefront next month at Interbike.
The Forefront will be available in three sizes, 10 colors and will retail for $220.