At Outdoor Retailer, I made my usual stop to visit with Chopper at Smith. While it’s typically a new pair of shades or goggles, this year it was a killer new ski helmet–the Smith Vantage. Taking some of the construction cues from the Smith Maze helmet, the Vantage is just a hair heavier than the Maze (by a mere 3.5 oz) and way more versatile than the Maze, but it comes at a price.

Features of the Smith Vantage Helmet:

  • Dual-zone ventilation allows front and back vents to open/close independently
  • Zip-in audio system reduces production and SKU overhead (same helmet can be non-audio, wired or bluetooth)
  • Skullcandy audio
  • Xstatic liner with adjustable fit
  • Weight: 15 oz
  • MSRP: $180 (non-audio) / $210 (wired) / $340 (bluetooth)

I really like the Maze for its simplicity and light weight, but I’d gladly add 3.5 oz to my head to get dual-zone vents and a flexible audio option. Looks like a great new lid for the masses come Fall 2010.

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A Seattle native, Jason developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 –sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah’s Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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