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Smith Session MIPS Helmet

Smith Session MIPS Helmet

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This helmet is great for anyone who is either just getting into mountain biking or just looking to upgrade helmets. Light comfortable and safe, this helmet is great for all types of riding. Whether you are taking it easy on the green trails or doing a long technical day this helmet will keep you protected and comfortable without weighing you down.

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Overall ratings
(4.3/5) 3 Expert reviews
Pros
  • Fit is very comfortable and snug.
  • Great protection, covers everything from forehead to neck with MIPS
  • Super lightweight with great ventilation helps to stay cool.
Cons
  • Vents do not close which allows water to get in.
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Product details

The Smith Session MIPS Helmet is a lightweight helmet for all-mountain, cross-country, and trail riding mountain bikers who want a mid-level helmet with advanced features like the MIPS system. The Session uses Koroyd material to make sure the helmet is breathable while still highly protective. Adjustment is done through a rear dial and buckles on the chinstraps, so riders can be sure of a secure and comfortable fit.

Key Features:

  • MIPS System – The Multi-directional Impact Protection System reduces forces on the brain in a crash situation.
  • Koroyd Material – Koroyd, Smith's proprietary protective material, has fibers that are strong but hollow. The result is both excellent ventilation and protection.
  • Adjustable Visor – The visor can flip to three different positions for trail riding, and is also removable.
Age Group
Adult
Bike type
Mountain
Visor/Brim
Yes
Shell material
Polycarbonate
Vents
15
Certification
CPSC, CE EN 1078 certified
Fit system
VaporFit™
Features
MIPS, VaporFit, CPSC
Helmet Construction
Aerocore™ In-mold
Impact Liner Type
MIPS®, Koroyd®
Internal Material
EPS (expanded polystyrene), Co-polymer
Model year
2022
Ventilation Type
AirEvac™
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Jacob Cummings
Jacob Cummings
Cycling Expert
63 customers helped
Jacob Cummings owns this product

The Smith Session MIPS is a visor helmet with a funny new technology in it that I wanted to try out, Koroyd. Smith claims that it absorbs impact better than traditional foams and I'm willing to believe that the claim could be true. Overall, I found the helmet to feel lightweight and comfortable and would put it in my list of best looking helmet options for 2022. The MIPS sublayer is great compared to some other options I looked at and I love that it has a spot built into the helmet for holding my glasses. The main thing about the helmet and it might be a make or break, is the ventilation is not as good as I expected with the Koroyd only allowing good air flor when pointing straight forward. Overall, it's a great helmet and I would recommend it for anyone serious about mountain biking.

Pros
  • MIPS Sublayer for reducing rotational trauma.
  • Koroyd improves angled impact absorption
  • Glasses parking building into the frame.
Cons
  • Ventilation of the helmet is not as good as expected.
Adam L.
Adam L.
Cycling Expert
7,429 customers helped
Adam L. tested this product

This helmet is perfect for XC, downcountry, and trail riders who want a lightweight yet protective helmet at a reasonable price point. It is well ventilated enough for hot summer rides while still being sturdy and protective in the unfortunate event of a crash. Enduro riders would want to consider other helmets.

Pros
  • MIPS protection in a lightweight package
  • Simple and lightweight internal system
  • Integrates with Smith brand sunglasses
Cons
  • Not as full coverage as an enduro helmet
Expert Q&A
Quick, accurate answers from Curated experts to the frequently asked questions
What is the most comfortable MTB helmet?
Mountain bike helmets are an essential part of your riding kit. Comfort is a personal preference, but lightweight models from POC are known as some of the most comfortable models available.
Cycling Expert Adam L.Cycling Expert Jacob CummingsCycling Expert Chris Snider
by Adam L. on July 5, 2022 · view 2 other answers
Should you buy a helmet without MIPS?
MIPS makes helmet safety systems that are used by over 140 brands. MIPS helmets utilize a low friction layer inside of the helmet that moves 10-15mm on certain angled impacts to help reduce the rotational forces on the head. By transferring these rotational forces to your helmet instead of your brain, MIPS is better able to protect you in a crash. Helmets without MIPS do not have this extra level of safety but undergo the same safety ratings as helmets with a MIPS system.
Cycling Expert Gunnar OCycling Expert Couri ChildsCycling Expert Adam L.
by Gunnar O on July 2, 2022 · view 2 other answers
What is MIPS Smith?
MIPS makes helmet safety systems that are used by over 140 brands. MIPS stands for Multi-Directional Impact Protection System. MIPS helmets utilize a low friction layer inside of the helmet that moves 10-15mm on certain angled impacts to help reduce the rotational forces on the head. By transferring these rotational forces to your helmet instead of your brain, MIPS is able better protect you in a crash. Companies like Smith use MIPS systems in some of their helmets to add extra safety to their helmet designs.
Cycling Expert Gunnar OCycling Expert Adam L.Cycling Expert Jacob Cummings
by Gunnar O on July 2, 2022 · view 2 other answers
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