Will the new Smith Level live up to the manufacturer’s reputation as one of big players in the helmet market?
The Ski Club’s Content Manager, Joe, got his mitts on the new Smith Level helmet to put it through its paces ahead of its release in Autumn 2019.
I have always been a fan of Smith helmets, for me, they are the benchmark in balancing form and function, especially for freeride and all mountain riders. On first inspection, the new Level helmet seems to tick all the boxes: light, stylish and adorned with many of Smith’s trademark innovations, most notably the instantly identifiable Smith’s trademark Koroyd technology. Unboxing the helmet, the Level is what I have come to expect of Smith, with a very high-quality finish and sleek look.
After trying the helmet on at work and the obligatory ‘show and tell’ pass around the office, I was itching to log some time on the mountain with the new Level. I packed the helmet in my hold bag ahead of attending the third stop of this year’s Freeride World Tour in Fieberbrunn, Austria. What better place to test Smith’s new backcountry lid?
I tested a medium helmet and the product was true to size, fitting the contours of my skull well. As I adjusted the patented VaporFit system for the first time, the helmet felt secure and comfortable around the back of my head, but the fit system tightened around the very top of my forehead, giving the impression that the helmet was sat tilted back. After checking in a mirror that the helmet was positioned correctly, I was reassured to see the helmet sitting correctly, and am pleased to report that the overall security of the helmet on my head is fantastic. I was able to ski all day without needing to adjust and it was easy to put on and take off without fiddling with the fit system.
I should note that everyone has a unique skull shape, so many users may not feel the same fit as I have. As always, be sure to try any helmet on before you buy to ensure a good fit as returning protective gear can be easier said than done!