Smith Ven­ture hel­met £93.50

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

The Ven­ture is de­signed as an all-round trail lid and looks al­most iden­ti­cal to Smith’s slightly more ex­pen­sive Rover, just with­out any im­pact-ab­sorb­ing Koroyd sec­tions. It still has a MIPS layer though, and a shell that fully en­closes the EPS liner, both of which are good fea­tures for the money. The hel­met pro­vides good cov­er­age and looks great, with sub­tle colours and brand­ing. It has 21 vents, connected by deep chan­nels. Com­bined with its fairly light 336g weight (medium), this makes it pretty airy for a trail lid. The fit is good too, though we found the edges of the ‘Va­porFit’ cra­dle dial dug into the back of our skulls slightly, which be­came un­com­fort­able after a few hours. Our only other gripe is the fixed-po­si­tion peak. It’s not po­si­tioned so low as to re­ally ob­struct your vi­sion, but we’d def­i­nitely run it higher if we could. It lim­its gog­gle com­pat­i­bil­ity too. Ed www.smithop­tics.com

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