KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) – Smith Optics' new mountain bike helmet, the Forefront, has received the prestigious Red Dot Award in the Outdoor/Leisure/Sports/Fun category, awarded by the Germany's Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen.
The awards committee said the helmet, "set itself apart from all comparable projects thanks to excellent design." The Forefront previously won the 2014 iF Design Award for innovative design, as well as the GOLD Award in the category of Design & Innovation 2014 by Enduro Mountainbike Magazine, following up on the Best of Interbike Show Awards this past fall from Outside magazine and Gear Junkie.
Introduced last August, the helmet was available for demo at fall events but is just starting to appear on retail shelves this spring.
The Forefront is designed to provide all-mountain protection with road-race weigh. Instead of EPS, it features an Aerocore liner that provides better ventilation and impact properties and lower weight.
The Forefront weighs 330 grams in a size medium.
More information: smithoptics.com/forefront.