Smith Session helmet review

Extra protection MIPS lid

Our rating 
4.0 out of 5 star rating 4.0
GBP £136.00 RRP | USD $160.00
Smith's Session helmet

Our review

It may not be the lightest, but the Session is packed with safety features and feels comfy and airy
Buy if, You want a helmet that's comfortable with extra safety features
Pros: Good coverage and plenty of safety features; comfortable fit; well ventilated
Cons: Matt finish marks easily; peak’s indexing doesn’t feel overly secure
Skip to view product specifications

My medium Smith Session helmet weighed 393g, so it’s certainly not the lightest lid out there, but, thanks to 15 massive vents and extensive internal channelling, there’s plenty of airflow, which means the weight isn’t a concern on the trail.


Smith has opted to place Koroyd protection in just four of the air intakes (a much more sparing approach than on its Forefront helmet). This ensures ventilation isn’t stifled too much, but improves safety in areas where impacts are common. The lid also features the MIPS brain protection system.

While the Session feels breezy, the deep fit and dropped rear mean your head is well protected. Thanks to the easy-to-use indexed dial on the retention cradle, things feel nicely secure too.

Though the padding is thin, I never suffered any pinch points or hot spots when the lid was cinched up snugly during long days on the hill.

The peak is indexed, with three different positions to choose from. While it doesn’t wobble, the indexed positions are quite vague and it doesn’t have the reassuringly rigid feel of some peaks. I left mine in the middle position, where it stayed put throughout testing.


My only other niggle is that the matt black finish marks up pretty easily. The Session has worked well with all the glasses I’ve tried it with, which is always a plus.

Product Specifications


Name Session helmet
Brand Smith Optics

Vented Yes
No of Vents 15