Users rave about how confident they feel in the Smith Optics Maze ski and snowboard helmet, and they appreciate its unusual lifetime warranty. The Maze fits almost every brand of goggles well, with no gap between goggles and helmet. One user complains that the earflap material came off after a few days of use and that the flaps, while quite warm, also block out sound. An expert reviewer likes the Maze's excellent ventilation, light weight and good visibility but warns it can feel cool in cold weather; another tester says the Maze does just fine with climate control, staying cool on spring days and warm on cold days.
The Smith Maze receives about eight user reviews on Amazon.com and more than 65 reviews on Buzzillions.com. It gets brief nods from SkiGenie.com and Powder Magazine, and praise from a GearJunkie.com reviewer who spent 45 winter and spring days snowboarding with the helmet.
The editor of SkiGenie.com, a former ski racer, praises the Smith Maze's minimalist, lightweight design and excellent ventilation. Although he says some users complain of insufficient insulation, he describes the Maze as "another in the long line of amazing Smith helmets."
Review: New Ski Helmet Reviews - Best of 2011, Editor of SkiGenie.com, Dec. 6, 2010
Buzzillions.com reviewers love the Smith Maze, giving it a 4.7-star average rating (out of 5) in more than 65 reviews. Users say the sound quality isn't the best and the goggle clip is weak, but they love the audio system's mute/control switch as well as the helmet's light weight and snug fit. Owners say over and over that they feel very confident in the protection the Maze offers, and several report taking dramatic falls with no ill effects.
Review: Smith Maze Helmet, Contributors to Buzzillions.com, As of Nov. 2011
3. Powder Magazine
The Smith Optics Maze is one of three helmet models in this 2010-2011 Gift Guide, and it scores high with its light, minimalist design and optional audio systems. There's no discussion of hands-on testing and no comparison to other helmets.
Review: 2010-11 Holiday Gift Guide, Editors of Powder Magazine, Not Dated
A single tester spent 45 days snowboarding with the Maze and admits to taking some "head-slamming diggers." Stephen Krcmar says the Maze protects as well as heavier helmets, and leaves no "goggle gap" between the top of his goggles and the helmet's leading edge. He also praises the Maze for staying warm on cold days and cool on spring days.
Review: Smith Maze Helmet, Stephen Krcmar, Oct. 28, 2009
About eight owner-reviewers give the Smith Maze a near-perfect rating on Amazon.com, along with the ultimate compliment of hardly noticing it's there during use. However, two users complain that the goggle clip isn't very secure.
Review: Smith Optics Maze Snow Helmets, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of Nov. 2011