Last year Smith launched its first bicycle helmet, the Forefront. While the helmet was intended for mountain bike riders, it debuted technology never before seen in the cycling world – Aerocore construction. Aerocore allows for increased ventilation without sacrificing protection, reduces weight, and reduces volume. With up to a 30-percent improvement over standard EPS impact properties, the patented tubular core structure of the Koroyd material used in the Aerocore technique combines with EPS foam to create a system of materials intended to surpass current standards at low and high speed impacts.

The 360-degree fit system and minimal padding effectively suspend the helmet off of the rider’s head allowing each and every Koroyd tube to constantly evacuate hot air. The result is that instead of building up pools of sweat that then come in contact with air as it passes under the vent giving the traditional ‘cooling effect’, heat is constantly escaping to keep the rider cooler, longer.

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The new Overtake from Smith takes this technology and aims it at the road in a 250gram lid with serious aerodynamics. Sculpted with CFD and verified through a partnership with the FASTER wind tunnel and aerodynamicist Len Brownlie, the new Overtake was tested against the current best-in-class helmets. The results? The Overtake is only 1.06 seconds slower than the Evade, the aero specific road helmet from Specialized, over a 40K TT at 25mph.

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A few seasons ago 250grams would have been among the lightest on the road, today it’s rather middle of the road. Smith could have gone lighter but was unwilling to sacrifice fit, protection or aero performance and its belief is at 250grams it aids overall performance more than any lighter helmet. While this remains to be seen through long term test, one thing is certain, with Koroyd material and Aerocore construction no other helmet on the road looks like the Smith Overtake and in today’s derivative helmet market that is truly something special.

Price: $250 Weight: 250grams More: smithoptics.com