Smith Over­take MIPS hel­met

£220 › Non-foam cored hel­met with added safety

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SMITH PI­O­NEERED AN al­ter­na­tive to EPS (Ex­panded Poly­styrene) foam called Ae­ro­core. It’s a patented hon­ey­comb-like de­sign, which uses a ma­te­rial called Koroyd. Smith claims, in the event of a crash, the ma­te­rial dis­si­pates pres­sure more evenly than EPS foam, al­low­ing the shock to spread. Add into that a MIPS [Mul­tidi­rec­tional Im­pact Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem] liner, which is de­signed to of­fer more pro­tec­tion from lat­eral and ro­ta­tional im­pacts by en­gi­neer­ing in a de­gree of slip into the con­struc­tion, to al­low for a more nat­u­ral head move­ment should the worst hap­pen.

The Over­take’s shape is wind tun­nel-op­ti­mised and the 21 vents are uniquely shaped, from the straight, horizontal lead­ing edges to the huge squared-off vents on the crown. Th­ese vents leave plenty of the tube-like hon­ey­comb core ex­posed, and the hel­met does feel airy when the wind is drawn through it.

If you dip your head for­ward when rid­ing you can get a quick blast of air to the top, but in nor­mal rid­ing con­di­tions the Smith feels a lit­tle clammy com­pared to the best vented hel­mets around.

The fit is great. The ad­justa­bil­ity of the Va­porFit dial sys­tem is ex­cel­lent, as are the soft­touch but thin, light­weight straps. The in­ter­nal X-Static pads wick sweat and mois­ture away well, but the shape of the pads does ob­scure the slim front-fac­ing vent on the brow of the hel­met. At 295g (size L) the Over­take is rea­son­ably light for an aero-road hel­met, and we were im­pressed with the fit and qual­ity, if not the vent­ing for warm days. The main prob­lem is the price. At £220 it’s twice the price of our bench­mark, the MET Ri­vale HES. Even with the added MIPS pro­tec­tion, we would still opt for the Ri­vale ev­ery time, es­pe­cially if that kept over £100 in our wal­lets.

HIGHS Unique de­sign, nice fit, MIPS pro­tec­tion LOWS Not the best vented hel­met around Tough, well put to­gether hel­met but a bit too hot in use for warm days

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