Smith Perfects High Performance Integration with Their Helmet and Sunglasses

Smith is no doubt known for their high performance sunglasses and just about everyone knows someone wearing one of their helmets. However, the real story here is the integration of products within the brand. The Forefront 2 helmet and the Pathway sunglasses were designed to mesh together perfectly while on and off the face. Smith has provided the perfect helmet design to allow the temple pieces on the sunglasses to sit unimpeded on your head creating virtually no pressure points. They also created a channel on the outside of the helmet to store the glasses when off your face, eliminating the need to bring along a sunglasses holder. We not only tested their perfect continuity with each other, but also their incredible fit and finish apart.

Smith Forefront 2 helmet

Forefront 2

Fit: This helmet is extremely comfortable due to the depth of the shell itself. It hits just above the eyebrows up front and completely covers the important stuff in the back. The VaporFit technology creates a 360º halo around the head cradling it perfectly. The system is fully adjustable using a dial which allows it to accommodate many shapes and sizes.

Style: Come on, you know your helmet doesn’t look this slick. I find too many manufacturers trying to create helmets with stylings from 2045, futuristic yet stylish. I don’t need that. The Forefront2 is perfectly proportioned and the Matte Gravy colorway is perfectly subtle.

Venting: Due to the use of Smith’s Aerocore construction, a special blend of EPS and Koroyd, they were able to place more vents on the helmet while keeping it safe and reliable.

MIPS: Looks like a tight bundle of straws, but MIPS provides incredible protection. The idea behind MIPS is that it provides slight movement between the outer shell and the liner during impact which reduces oblique forces on the brain.

Visor: The visor on the Forefront 2 fully articulates to allow for use with goggles and to store Smith sunglasses when not in use.

  • Lightweight Aerocore in-mold construction
  • Zonal ventilated protection featuring patented Koroydmaterial
  • Integrated skeletal structure
  • MIPS system available in all colors
  • VaporFit adjustable fit system
  • 20 optimized vents
  • XT2 anti-bacterial performance lining
  • Ultra-light single layer webbing
  • AirEvac ventilation
  • Three-position adjustable visor
  • Ultimate sunglass and goggle integration
  • Integrated accessory mount sold separately
  • Weight (Size M, MIPS) 13.4 oz / 380 grams
Mips Sticker on Smith Forefront 2 helmet
Photo: Adam Scott
Mips Sticker on Smith Forefront 2 helmet
Photo: Adam Scott
Smith Forefront 2 helmet on man
Smith Forefront 2 helmet on man
Smith Forefront 2 helmet on man


Fit: You guessed it, the Pathway sunglasses were literally designed to fit perfectly with the Forefront 2 helmet. The soft megol nose and temple pieces make for a super comfortable fit at all contact points.

Style: These sunglasses look like performance sunglasses, they aren’t something I would wear around off the trail. They are sleek in design and lower profile to integrate with helmets.

Lens: The specific lens I tried was a Photochromic lens with a great reaction time when exiting and entering light. The lens provided enough tint in harsh sunlight while keeping depth perception a priority. I would say these are a very safe choice for all day riding or bikepacking.

  • ChromaPop™ lenses – Photochromic Clear to Gray
  • Anti-reflective and hydroleophobic lens coatings
  • Evolve eco-friendly frame material
  • Auto-lock hinges
  • Medium fit/large coverage
  • Hydrophilic megol temple & nose pads for a secure fit
  • 8 base frame
  • Microfiber bag included
  • Lens Width 62 Lens Height 44 Nose Bridge 14 Temple Length 130
Hydrophilic megol temple pads
Hydrophilic megol nose pads
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