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Smith Optics Moves Into Ski Helmets

DECEMBER 28, 2005 -- Smith Optics announced its launch into the helmet category with a full line of snow sports helmets for the 2006/2007 winter season. Smith said it will use their knowledge of winter sports technologies to enhance the combined function of goggle and helmet performance.

"We're going into the helmet market because we feel there is an opportunity today and a ton of potential growth in the coming years," said Smith Optics President, Ned Post. "We're working with the most advanced helmet factory in the world and know that we can take what we've learned in the last 40 plus years in the eyewear business to combine unmatched technology with cutting edge style."

Smith has entered into a long-term agreement working directly with a leading helmet factory to develop helmets using lightwieght In Mold and Bombshell hardshell construction technologies, plus an entirely new construction technology called Smartshellä On Mold, which allows designers more freedom to create unique shapes and maximizes the final products' cosmetic appearence.

"Smartshell opens the boundaries of EPS helmet design, allowing mold shapes, shell types and joint lines previously impossible with In Mold or hardshell construction," said Drew Chilson, Helmet Product Development Manager. "It's exciting because we have an entirely new, very proprietary tool box with which to design and manufacture new shapes."





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