Smith Session helmet review$160.00

Extra protection MIPS lid

BikeRadar score4/5

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.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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