With a heap of tech hidden beneath a classic, skate-inspired exterior, Smith's Code MIPS may have found the perfect balance between style and performance. Although it looks relatively unassuming—with its minimal venting and sleek profile—testers actually found it to be one of the most progressively designed helmets on the market. Marked by its Aerocore construction, which features the unique Koroyd honeycomb-like material, the Code is optimized for impact absorption while simultaneously increasingly airflow. Plus, with a Boa fit system, a magnetic Fidlock buckle, and a design that appeased even the pickiest of helmet testers, the Code proved to be the secret to all our dome protecting needs.

Helmet Features & Details

  • MIPS equipped
  • Aerocore construction
  • AirEvac 2 ventilation
  • Boa FS360 fit system
  • MSRP $200.00

Rad: High-performance tech meets skate-approved style.

Bad: Favors integration with Smith-branded goggles.

Smith’s MIPS-equipped Code helmet was a favorite among testers due to its sleek and low profile design. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

A Boa FS360 system features both forward and lateral adjustment for a precise fit. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Innovative Aerocore Construction utilizes the proprietary honeycomb-like Koroyd material for increased airflow and optimal impact absorption. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The technical knit liner can be removed to fit personal preferences, and the helmet itself is easy to remove thanks to a magnetic Fidlock buckle. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

The goggle lock is also removable for those who prefer to wear their goggles under the helmet. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

An inside look at the proven MIPS technology—a system that allows the helmet to slide relative to angled impacts. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

A detailed look at the honeycomb-like Koroyd material, part of the Code’s Aerocore construction. | PHOTO: Chris Wellhausen

Tested + Approved 2018 presented by evo.com

Since its inception four years ago, Tested + Approved has swiftly and proudly established itself as snowboarding's most comprehensive and bullshit-free product test. With an endless sea of gear to choose from—bindings and boots, helmets and goggles, gloves, layers, and everything in between—it's not getting any easier to know where to spend your money when everything seems to be touted as the next great innovation in performance and technology. We set out to navigate this deep sea because, like everyone, we get bummed when something fails on its word.

We start the Tested + Approved process by reaching out to brands with reputable product offerings, asking them to submit qualifying gear across an array of categories. We then distribute this gear to insightful, diehard shredders across the country with distinguished product knowledge and an astute ability to critique it. Committed to eliminating inferior items, blown out soles, busted zippers, fogged up lenses, and gimmicky tech is sifted out. What remains is a collection of the industry’s most proven products; all of it Tested + Approved.

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