Expert Review: Smith Women's Mirage W/mips Snow Helmet
This review is my honest opinion of the helmet which I purchased with my own money in January of 2021.
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the helmet which I purchased with my own money in January of 2021.
The Smith Optics Mirage is a sleek and classic helmet offering multi-directional impact protection with a soft tricot lining for warmth, with adjustable dial fit sizing adjustment for comfort to all skill levels.
About the gear
- Model: 2021 Smith Optics Mirage - MIPS Matte Black Pearl
- Size: Small
- Height: 5’3”
- Weight: 125 lbs
- Head circumference: 54 cm
- Goggles: Smith Skyline
- Experience: 4 years
- When I bought this helmet: January 2021
- Days tested: 15
- Where I’ve used it: Snowbird, SLC Utah, Alta SLC Utah, Brighton SLC Utah (Snowtrails, Mansfield OH)
- How I’ve used it: Resort skiing
How it performs
What I was looking for
When I set out looking for my first helmet, I was hoping to find one that was comfortable, warm, and protective, but also affordable. The MIPS technology, which provides multi-directional impact protection, was a must for me to feel safe going full send. I also wanted to find a helmet with vents so I had flexibility between frigid temps and bluebird days.
Why I chose this gear
The matte black finish really caught my eye with this helmet. As I was comparing options, primarily the Giro Terra MIPS helmet, this helmet seemed to offer the style I was looking for at a cheaper price point. I love all of my gear from Smith and knew I wouldn’t be disappointed sticking with the brand.
What I love about it
- Protection: The combination of the MIPS technology, Aerocore construction, and customizable dial-fit really feel like this helmet offers the highest protection possible.
- Comfort: It feels like butter putting on this helmet. It is extremely comfortable and I honestly look forward to putting on my helmet every time. The padded chin strap is another nice addition for that extra comfort.
- Sizing: This helmet fits true to size, with small, medium, and large options. I didn’t have trouble finding my size and it seemed like all sizes were in stock when I looked.
- Fit system: The dial-fit system on this helmet helps make it feel like it is molded perfectly to my head. The dial is easy to turn, even with my mittens on.
- Breathability: I love having the option to open or close the vents. I usually run cold, so I typically keep the vents shut, but it is always nice to have that breathability when I open them on those sunny days. The vents are a little tough to open/close, but seem to be loosening up a little the more I use them.
- Weight: This is a really light helmet, it doesn’t feel like I am weighed down one bit.
- Quality of Materials: I am really impressed with the quality of the materials. It is a soft, almost velvet texture that feels luxurious. The Aerocore construction includes a honeycomb material called Koroyd which is superior for airflow and impact absorption. The soft tricot lining is comfortable on the head.
- Style: I love the look of this helmet. I would classify it as a classic, sleek style. It is a fairly low-profile look.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Liner: The liner is super soft and I couldn’t be happier with it. I typically run on the cold side though, so I could see it getting a little too warm and sweaty in others.
- Ear pads: The fabric of the ear pads is extremely soft and I have never had cold ears when wearing this helmet. However, by the end of the day, I sometimes notice my ears are a little sore from the slight pressure from the ear pads. This is probably a little exaggerated for me as I have a few ear piercings that can cause discomfort with even the slightest pressure for long periods of time.
- Goggle compatibility: The goggle strap fits well in the clip on the back. However, occasionally when I am taking my goggles off to put them on top of my helmet, the goggles do slide off the top.
- Built-in features: This helmet doesn’t offer any built-in features, so for anyone looking for those, this wouldn’t be the best choice.
- Durability: The helmet as a whole feels extremely durable. Though I love the matte black finish of this helmet, I have started to see little scratches on the finish. They are not noticeable unless I am looking up close, but they are definitely there.
Favorite moment with this gear
This helmet gave me the little boost of confidence that I needed to hit a few black diamonds on my first trip out to Snowbird. The first half of the day I knew I was holding back, but after a mid-mountain snack and reminding myself of the quality of this helmet, I knew I was safe to go for it. Sent a few black diamonds and couldn’t wipe a smile off of my face for at least an hour after.
Value for the money vs. other options
This helmet is not the cheapest option out there, but it is definitely not the most expensive either. When compared to similar Giro models offering MIPS, the Smith Mirage was cheaper. The material of the liner feels high quality and luxurious. This helmet is 100% worth the price.
I feel like I made a great choice buying this helmet. It honestly feels like butter every time I put it on my head. It keeps me protected, keeps my ears warm, and I love the matte black finish.