Interbike is here so get set for a raft of shiny new bike product announcements. First up — Smith and their three new helmets for road, mountain bike, and aero race.
The completely re-designed Forefront 2 (pictured top) is a full coverage helmet ideal for all-mountain riders. Smith extended the Koroyd impact protection into the back of the helmet in order to fully encompass your head to buffer from injury and impact.
For improved ventilation, the new helmet features 20 vents and utilizes internal air channels that combine with open intake and exhaust ports to maximize ventilation. AirEvac channels promote airflow to prevent fogging when worn with performance eyewear and goggles.
The Forefront 2 also features channels on the front and rear of the helmet for sunglass storage, and a three position visor that pivots upward for complete goggle storage under the brim.
All Forefront 2 helmets feature a MIPS lining that reduces rotational forces that the brain is exposed to during oblique impacts to the head (select colors are available without MIPS). The new Forefront 2 helmet ($200; $230 with MIPS) will be available in seven colors.
The Trace helmet for roadies features a lightweight Aerocore in-mold construction with Koroyd fully surrounding the interior of the helmet. Internal air channels together with open intake and exhaust ports work to provide maximum airflow while riding.
All Trace helmets include a MIPS lining that reduces rotational forces that the brain is exposed to during oblique impacts to the head. The Trace also includes Smith’s AirEvac system to relieve built up hot air and prevent fogging when worn with performance eyewear, while storage channels on the side of the helmet hold your sunglasses in place during grueling climbs.
The Trace retails for $250 and comes in eight colors.
Finally, the Ignite is an aerodynamic race helmet with Koroyd in zonal protection areas and a progressive aero design that supports increased speeds. The Ignite includes a MIPS lining that reduces rotational forces that the brain is exposed to during oblique impacts to the head.
The new Ignite helmet retails for $250 and comes in five colors.
The three new Smith helmets will start shipping in February.