Smith, makers of goggles and helmets, announced last week new global partnerships with U.S. Ski & Snowboard and the Austrian Ski Association (ÖSV) to support elite athletes from both teams with pinnacle products for training and competition.
Smith officially entered the race market this winter with the launch of its FIS-approved Icon helmet, a low-profile, advanced ABS shell construction formulated specifically for high speed impacts while providing extended coverage around the head. Smith further incorporated multiple internal construction materials to meet the demands of racers on the FIS stage including superior impact-absorbing benefits of Koroyd®, engineered EPP inserts at the front of the helmet for dual density construction that allow for multiple gate impacts, and a multi-directional impact protection system (MIPS®) lining.
For slalom disciplines, the Icon also has a compatible and removable nylon chin guard for added facial protection.
Land Rover U.S. Ski Team athletes Ryan Cochran-Siegle, Laurenne Ross, Bella Wright and River Radmus will debut the Icon race helmet during giant slalom competitions at the World Cup in Sölden, Austria on October 18, 2020. Each racer will also compete in Smith’s Squad XL goggles featuring proprietary ChromaPop™ lens technology offering greater definition of objects, natural color and superior optical clarity. Off the racecourse, U.S. Ski Team and ÖSV athletes will also sport iconic Smith sunglasses, powered by ChromaPop.
“Smith has been a key player in American winter sports for over 50 years and I am honored and excited to be a part of bringing that legacy back into American ski racing,” said Cochran-Siegle. “Smith’s foremost commitment in producing the highest quality products and providing athletes a maximum level of support continues to allow us to compete at the most elite levels across Freeskiing, Big Mountain, Freestyle, Pipe, Snowboarding, and once again Ski Racing. I can hardly wait to see what the future has in store,” he continued.
Jesse Hunt, USST Alpine Program Director commented, “In a sport like ski racing where speeds are high and hundredths of a second mean the difference between success and failure, quality equipment is essential. Improved visibility gives any racer an edge, so athletes pick their eyewear carefully. Smith has been supporting our athletes that specialize in the technical and speed events across both genders, and they have been doing it for years. Our athletes at the World Cup level trust Smith goggles and helmets for both precision and protection.”
With its official product launch into ski racing, Smith now offers a comprehensive collection of helmets and eyewear for every discipline of skiing. The new Icon helmet (MSRP $350 / Weight 25 oz), and it’s youth version – the Icon Jr. helmet – conforms to FIS RH 2013 requirements, and are available at select specialty retailers and online at smithoptics.com.
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