SMITH SESSION HELMET AND FUEL V2 GOGGLE - KIT TEST
Updated: Aug 11, 2019
Smith have to be one of the most well known brands when it comes to glasses, goggles and helmets. Having personally used the goggles for over thirteen years, back when I raced quads and MX, they are a brand that I'm well established with.
The big man himself, Aaron Gwin, representing the brand talks for its self. This mid range trail helmet fits smack bang in between two great lids, so it needs to pack a punch. The new Session helmet and what can only been seen as matching Fuel V2 goggle, are items to add to an already impressive list.
Shape and Fit
There can be an argument when it comes to the fit of any helmet. Everyone has a different shape head. When it came to the Smith Session helmet it fitted like a glove. With the Mips system not giving the feeling of a loose fitting lid, as I have found in some makes. Very little pressure was put on my head after the adjustment was made. It is always nice to feel comfortable in your safety gear.
The Session helmet seemed to cover all the areas that needed protecting. It sat snugly on my head without feeling like it was perched on top. There is a clip-on peak with a small amount of adjustment. This is the same design that you would find on the more expensive model. This clips out easy enough that when you have a spill, however it does not damage the workings.
There are other features that can be found on the Sessions more pricey brother. I am talking about the Straw-like honeycomb interior. This is not throughout the helmet as you will find large open vents through the middle. The vent really helps with keeping things cool on a long haul up the hill.
When it comes to the Fuel V2 goggle they will have their work cut out, with the Squad from Smith being by far the best goggle I have used. The strap holster design works well and really looks the part in the blue against the vibrant frame and strap.
When it came to riding with the goggle on for a long period of time it did get a little warm. With this came the magical steam up. After this and some more steaming up on an uplift day, the foam had to come out. This helped no end, with better air circulation similar to what the Squad goggle achieves with the lens vents and no foam.
In the grand scheme of things these are another great goggle from smith but after producing what I can only call perfection in the Squad model, its hard to compare. Comfortable fit to the face with little obstruction of vision. All in all a fantastic goggle and well up in the rankings at a good price.
Helmet - £136
Goggle - £76.50
WORDS - Ieuan Williams
PHOTOS - Ieuan Williams, Alex Hunter, Will Eaton