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Smith Optics Persist helmet review

Looking for a lid that won't break the bank? Matt Baird tests Smith's best sub-£100 helmet for training and racing...

Our rating 
3.9 out of 5 star rating 3.9

At £95 and 297g, the Smith Optics Persist sits high in the weight-andwallet stakes compared to the rest on test. It offers more backof-the-head coverage than others on test (it’d be one of our offroad choices here) and a durable outer shell that neatly covers the external area of the lid.


There’s the reassuring presence of MIPS, even if it isn’t as smartly integrated as the Bell or Giro, and the orange colour adds further safety appeal. The padding is plump, but the straps can become entwined with the rear retention system.

The ratchet dial is easy to adjust on the move, as are the straps, but the latter don’t sit as flush as some around the ears. Ventilation, however, is impressive via the 21 channels.

Verdict: Solid lid, but pricier and heavier than most here.


Score: 78%