I went to a few stores to try on helmets before I decided on this one. I put a bunch on my head and some were uncomfortable, and some were tolerable. I even tried the cheaper Smith helmets in order to save some money, and I tried to avoid the Maze. But the guy at the store forced me to put the Maze on my head, and I'm glad he did. It was the lightest helmet I've ever tried on, which is factual because I later found out it's the lightest helmet on the market. Now that sounds great and all, but when you're doing a sport that requires constant moving of your head, the weight of a helmet will really start to bug you. This helmet won't even be noticeable; I forget I'm even wearing it when I'm on the hill.
The ventilation is good; although I haven't worn it in warm conditions yet. I've worn it in the house, and I can feel the air vents working. That worried me because I figured it would be really cold but after a long day in -18C I found it to be perfect; no beanie underneath or anything. Overall, I didn't think about what was on my head at all, which is perfect. And it looks good. Works well with my Spy Soldier goggles, and doesn't feel like there's a helmet on my head at all. I love this helmet and would recommend it to anyone.
I was shopping for my first helmet at age 39 after snowboarding without one from age 22. I tried on a bunch, and was picky, and found this to be the best in terms of comfort and appearance. Amazon's price was right. And since purchase, it has proven itself a worthy purchase. I would buy this same one again if I needed to replace it.
Buying on line without first trying on a helmet left me a bit concerned, but it fits perfect and is exactly what I wanted. Comfortable, great removable liner, and it looks good. Can't wait to hit Whistler in February, will need to go local to Big Bear soon to give it a test run or two. Smith has been around along time and makes great gear.