- Economically priced for MIPS helmet
- Lightweight and comfortable
- Reflective helmet straps for better visibility in lowlight
- Adjustable single rear dial for a secure fit
- 13 vents provide good airflow
- A clean, minimalistic shape increases the cool factor
- Removable fabric visor for added sun protection
- Removable rear light- not rechargeable, blocks one rear vent, not bright enough as a daytime running light
Price: $100 MSRP
Colors: Matte Neon Yellow Viz, Matte Pool, Matte Cloudgrey, Matte Black
Sizes: S (51-55), M (55-59), L (59-62)
Vents: 13 fixed vents
Additional Safety Feature: MIPS, Removable rear light, Reflective helmet straps
Weight (size small): 310g (helmet), 325g (helmet + visor), 337g (helmet + light)
Wallet-friendly with MIPS safety
Rarely do you find a commuter bike helmet for $100 that is lightweight, incorporates MIPS, and has a cool factor. Smith’s Express helmet, which launched in April, offers all that and a whole lot more.
To keep you from overheating and looking good upon arrival at your destination, the Express has 13 fixed vents. A rear dial lets you customize and secure the fit for added comfort. The removable cloth padded visor reduces glare and absorbs sweat.
The Express helmet has two features to help increase your visibility to drivers. First, there are reflective straps that are lightweight and low-bulk single-layer webbing. The second feature is a rear light that pops in the rear vent. When you press the light, there are two settings; solid or blinking.
The issues I have with this light are it isn’t bright enough as a daytime running light and isn’t rechargeable (not eco-friendly). Maybe the next version will address these issues.
At only $100, Smith’s new Express commuter helmet with MIPS is an excellent value with all the safety and comfort features. If you don’t want MIPS, there’s a version without it for $60 MSRP. In my opinion, you only have one brain, and I’d spend the extra money.
Sheri Rosenbaum regularly contributes articles and reviews products for RBR. She’s an avid recreational roadie who lives in the Chicago area and a major advocate for women’s cycling, serving on the board of directors and volunteering with the Dare2tri Paratriathlon Club. Click to read Sheri’s full bio or visit her web site sunflowersandpedals.com.