Smith Overtake MIPS helmet
£220 › Non-foam cored helmet with added safety
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