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Gear Review: Smith Attack MAG MTB

Smith Attack MAG MTB
Smith Attack MAG MTB

Smith recently sent us a pair of Attack MAG MTB Photochromic Clear to Gray Sunglasses to test. They are a large coverage lens and utilize Smith’s amazing PivLock technology enabling easy lens swaps. The particular lenses we used were a low-light amber lens and a clear lens.

Smith Attack MAG MTB
Smith Attack MAG MTB

A big reason why I love these is my commute. Now that the days are shorter, I’m finding myself cycling in darker times, and given how open and windy my route is, making sure my eyes are protected is key. The way these glasses wrap around, I haven’t had any issues with dust or other particulars slipping in and blurring my vision.

Smith Attack MAG MTB
Smith Attack MAG MTB

The coolest feature of these glasses is the FidLock. It’s a fast, tool-free lens swap mechanism built into the glasses. By simply applying pressure behind the hinge you can pull the arms off and swap a new lens in and they click into place.

The Attack MAG comes in a padded case with a lens clearer bag and a foam interior to keep your lenses protected. 

Optically, the lenses offer amazing clarity and no distortion. They offer goggle-like protection, but without the bulk.

Smith Attack MAG MTB
Smith Attack MAG MTB

I also found that the fit was great, even on long rides. With other glasses, I would find the sides of my head needing a break from the constant squeeze. But the Attack MAG was comfortable from beginning to end and didn’t butt up against my cheekbones or ride up on my forehead or helmet. They also integrated nicely with my Smith’s Forefront 2 helmet.

At the end of the ride, the Attack MAG are amazing glasses. The fact that they come with a second lens for a broader range of light conditions helps make them a pair I’d recommend to anyone for any conditions.

Gear Review: Smith Forefront 2 Mountain Bike Helmet

Smith Forefront 2
Smith Forefront 2

The Smith Forefront 2 stands head and shoulders above their competition. 

It’s integration of Koroyd—what looks like a series of stacked neon green, short, straw-like structures—adds an extra layer of ventilation and performance. Unlike it’s predecessor, the original Forefront, the Koroyd material is now split into two channels to allow for a larger air vent down the middle of the helmet. It also runs the entire length and width of the helmet for total head coverage.

Smith Forefront 2
Smith Forefront 2

The helmet also comes with a visor on the front. It’s short, but provides three positions for sun protection. They also include channels beneath the visor to secure your sunglasses.

Overall, fit was outstanding. Because of the airflow in the Koroyd material, the helmet stayed nice and cool. For our test rides, I was able to adjust the rear adjuster securely and it stayed put without triggering any pressure points and didn’t cause any discomfort during the long climbs. Additionally, on colder days, I was able to wear my Showers Pass Beanie and still be comfortable and secure.

Smith Forefront 2
Smith Forefront 2

Protection is top-notch, as well. The side and rear coverage extends around the head and covers the back, as well. The Koroyd is intended as a layer of impact absorption, so when combined with MIPs technology, you’re getting a full package. While I haven’t tested the impact absorption capabilities of this helmet (and don’t really intend to), it looks about as safe and you can get.

Buying a Mountain Bike? Check out these Instagram Favorites

Since the arrival of social media, we’re met with constant gear eye candy. We use platforms like Instagram and Facebook as an extension of our lives and by default, as an alternative online shopping tool. We follow influencers and athletes that we admire and scope out their newest swag and latest equipment, deciding what to buy based on their review.

If you’ve found yourself asking, “Do I need that?” when it comes to a new mountain bike, we’ve done the recon for you. Spoiler: Yes, you need it.

Here are the 5 best mountain bikes as reviewed by our favorite ‘grammers.

The SB 100 by Yeti Cycles, used by mountain biker, Joey Schusler, is anything but a traditional 100mm bike. This X-Country stunner, according to Bicycling Magazine, “descends like a downhill rig or trail bike and climbs like a hardtail.” Fast, sharp-handling, and extremely capable, this precision riding bike is one you’ll want to ride consistently. From $3,400.

Juliana Joplin,.

The Juliana Joplin, used by downhiller Katie Holden, has 29-inch wheels that are proven to roll quicker than smaller sizes. It combines the speed of an endurance racer with the distance of a trail bike, allowing the rider to go a little faster and a little further than ever before. A quick acceleration and nimble feel make this light, punchy climber a go-to for your next cross country adventure. From $2,599.

YT Capra 29

,The Capra 29, a potent enduro bike used by freeride MTB Hall of Famer, Brett Tippie, is ideal for racking up miles on the trail or chasing down seconds in a race. With the right balance of trail bike agility and downhill bike stability, this bike’s ingenious symmetry allows riders to tackle steep and rocky descents or flowy jump trails. If you’re looking for a dreamy combination of aggressiveness, speed, agility and handling, look no further than the Capra 29. From $2,599.

Marin’s Mountain Vision Pro

The Mountain Vision Pro, used by mountain biker, Mark Matthews, makes climbs and descends look effortless, with 150mm of travel front and rear that balances suspension and playfulness perfectly. This bike is suitable for any mountain and trail and laughs in the face of steep faces and trail brutality. Choose this lively mountain bike for its beauty and its grace. From $8,899.99.

Specialized’s Epic Expert EVO

As epic as its namesake suggests, the Epic Expert EVO is an ideal choice to level up your bike game. Used by British racing cyclist, Hannah Barnes, this stunner has three modes, Open, Medium, and Firm, allowing you to ride seamlessly through every kind of terrain. Built for speed and long rides, this bike can tackle steep descents and climbs with certainty. From $5,850.

Have you seen a bike on social media that you want some feedback on, or do you have a recommendation of your own? Hit us up in the comments below.