Tackling trails you want a helmet that suits you are your riding. Ventilation, safety, good fit and the right features are all factors to consider for people looking for the right mountain bike helmet for 2019. Here is a first look and some details of the Smith Forefront 2 and Giant Rail SX MIPS.

by Gus Alexandropoulos

Giant Rail SX MIPS $190

Initially developed for Giant’s pro enduro riders, the Rail SX MIPS offers exceptional protection and ventilation for extended, aggressive riding. Giant achieves these qualities by employing a MIPS liner for improved impact protection and adding 20 vents for maximum airflow. Other trail-specific features include a goggle retention strap, an adjustable visor and integrated mounting points for an action camera and Giant’s light systems.

Smith Forefront 2 $280

The completely redesigned Forefront 2 is a full-coverage helmet perfectly suited for challenging trail-riding conditions. Smith uses its time-tested Koroyd impact protecting technology and extends the coverage on the back of the helmet for greater protection during unexpected crashes. A series of sophisticated air channels ensures optimal cooling during warm weather rides and helps minimize goggle fogging in more sultry conditions. Smith’s unique visor is highly adjustable, provides excellent sun protection and pivots out of the way for google storage. Riders who prefer to use conventional sunglasses will also appreciate the front and rear channels that act as sunglasses docks

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