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Smith Overtake MIPS Helmet

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    Safety first.

    With its futuristic Koroyd layer and innovative MIPS lining, the Smith Overtake MIPS Helmet might make your older relatives think that you're dressing up for some kind of space-themed party when they first see it, muttering "that's the style nowadays" when you correct them that you're just going out for a ride. Protecting your head on a ride is serious business, and the tech Smith uses for the Overtake represents some significant steps forward for mankind. Take the Overtake MIPS out on your next ride knowing that in the event of a crash, you'll have some of the best protection available on your side, with the added comfort of a light, airy design that's a far cry from the cumbersome helmets of decades past.

    To start, MIPS, or Multi Directional Impact Protection System, refers to the technology added to the helmet in the form of a thin inner lining that rotates slightly upon impact to absorb the brain-damaging rotational energy generated by side-angle crashes. The lining is barely perceptible, but it represents a big change in angled-impact protection. Smith then uses a combination of lightweight EPS foam and honeycomb-like Koroyd to construct the inner layers of the helmet, with Koroyd adding ventilation and allowing for more vents to keep you cool as you ride. An aerodynamically-shaped plastic shell wraps across the top of the helmet, guarding against more straightforward impacts, and even with so many pieces working together, the Overtake MIPS manages to weigh in at a pro-approved 250g.

    • MIPS protection
    • AEROCORE construction
    • 21 vents
    • Optics perch
    • Cooling X-Static lining
    • VaporFit Adjustable Fit System
    • Carbon fiber structural reinforcements
    • Item #SMI00CB

    Tech Specs

    Shell Material
    Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd
    Impact Foam
    EPS
    Fit Adjustment
    VaporFit
    Visor
    no
    Certifications
    Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets (16 CFR Part 1203)
    Claimed Weight
    [size medium] 250 g
    Recommended Use
    road cycling
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Comfy and keeps the bugs out!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is my everyday commute, single-track, bike-packing, go to helmet. Most of the time in Alaska, we don't have to worry so much about a helmet being too hot, so breathability is not something I really consider. However, I do appreciate a helmet that will keep all the mosquitoes from being sucked into it and in winter, even with my thickest gloves on, I can easily adjust it. This is probably the most comfortable helmet I've owned and I sometimes double check that I've actually put it on it is so light. Talked it up so much, I had to buy one for the husband and he's a fan now too.

    Good Helmet, good ventilation

    • Fit: True to size

    I bought this because I was curious and the price was good. I was worried about the ventilation but liked the Koroyd for the compact, controlled impact absorption. I also liked the MIPs, and the low drag in wind tunnel tests.

    I had a severe concussion about 6 years ago, in an accident I don't remember, so safety is important. I am coming off Gen1 POC just prior to the MIPS.

    There are several things I really like. The helmet is much less bulky than the POC, the fit is near perfect for me, and it has much less wind noise, which can be a situational awareness issue. I think this is mostly due to the closer fitting straps. In addition, I don't end up with a goofy triple mohawk after the ride, and I don't get bugs stuck in my hair.

    My big concern was ventilation and I should not have worried. If there is motion, I get cooling. I know it works because I never have a problem when I am moving, and as I go over the top on a long hot climb, I can feel the cool across most of my scalp as soon as my speed increase. Basically the air hitting the top edge of each of the little tubes causes an area of high pressure which forces air through the straw and directly against my skull. My contained sweaty hair dries quickly and I cool off. My previous helmets probably passed more air, but I would say it mostly went through the helmet without bothering to cool my head. The directed flow from the Koroyd seems superior.

    The only negative I have is that the Koroyd gets rid of any channels to park your glasses. POC's park pads and large channel were easy. I tend to remove my glasses when I am climbing to keep sweat from dripping on the lenses. The Smith has a parking channel, and I bought some $20 glasses, that I like, which will stay put. My Maui Jims and my Oakley prescription temples are both too thin to stay in place and too expensive to bounce. While the new riding glasses stay put, it will take more practice to reliably get them seated in the channels while moving, and they have bounced a couple of times. :^(

    Glasses aside, I am really happy with this helmet, and hope not to test the MIPS and Koroyd any time soon. I like the fit and find the cooling to be at least as good as any helmet I have owned and maybe better.

    Good stuff

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was initially hesitant about buying this helmet because many reviews negatively reviewed the breathability, and being in Texas makes that a primary concern of mine; but I went ahead with the purchase because I loved the look and it was on sale (and Backcountry's return policy is generous).
    Long story short I find this helmet to be just as breathable as any other helmet that is not toting "superior breathability and airflow." The helmet is very lightweight and comfortable and, as people are oft to say, "I forget it's even there."

    Glad I had it on!

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    Had worn it for over a year without any issues and thought it was very comfortable. I am an M in Giro helmets and the M in this fit great. I live in W. Texas and don't find it much warmer than the Giro Synthe so ventilation seems okay.



    The one caution I will give is be careful what you clean it with. I ruined the finished wiping it down with rubbing alcohol.



    I had a nice wreck at our MTB park and cracked it open with very little damage to myself despite a very hard hit.



    I am going to buy another one and would certainly recommend.

    Glad I had it on!

    Great Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is incredibly light, provides great air flow and is supposedly great for safety! I'm happy to report that i havent tested out the safety portion of this helmet yet... But i'm very happy with this product!

    Worked As Advertised

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    Unfortunately, I managed to crash on my first ride with a new Overtake MIPS. The impact damaged the right rear section of the helmet (behind my right ear), so I was very glad to have helmet coverage in that area - not all helmets do. The helmet was very effective in minimizing injury. I seem to have no symptoms of head injury at all despite the helmet being ruined. This is a bitter-sweet review in that I'm glad I was wearing the latest technology, but disappointed to have ruined a new helmet. The only downside I noticed was that ventilation was reduced relative to some other helmets I've used, but this is not a major problem in the cooler climate where I live.

    Extremely comfortable

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size

    I bought this for the extra promised safety, vis a vis the MIPS and koroyd. Thankfully, I haven't tested those features yet.

    But what did surprise me right off was just how comfortable it is. My head doesn't finish rides as covered in sweat as in my old helmet, so it seems the ventilation described is for real. And just sitting on my head, it's very easy to forget that it's there.

    Edit: I forgot one possible disadvantage (hasn't affected me). You can't use strap-based helmet mounts for cameras or lights. And that would apply for all koroyd helmets.

    Comfortable, but needs better directions

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 6'4"
    • Weight: 193lbs

    The good: I've worn this since November 2017 on rides from 25-101F. It sits higher than my old Giro, but it has room for a thin thermal skullcap or balaclava in the winter and a cycling cap or sun beanie in the summer. It's light and I don't think it's any warmer than any other helmet I've worn. The MIPS is a good thing, and the honeycomb helps avoid those incidents where a flying, buzzy, stinging thing gets caught in your helmet/hair. You can get a good, secure fit but getting that fit is where it loses a point.
    The bad: the directions/manual is horribly sparse. There's nothing in it to tell you how to adjust the Vapor Fit band to sit lower on the back of your skull (yes, it is adjustable up/down). The strap positions don't sit as well on my face and if you're of the "sunglasses over the strap" school, there's enough of a gap that it's hit or miss where the sunglass arms will wind up. Lastly, I haven't figured out how to *securely* stow my sunglasses (there's nothing in the manual to even say where they should go; you're left to figure it out on your own: front? rear? It's all trial and error.) You have to have completely straight sunglass arms with no ear bend to get a secure fit. Even my Smith glasses don't stay in place because they have a slight ear bend. After a couple of times having to fish my glasses out of a toilet, coupled with much cursing, I don't put any glasses in the dock at all.

    Great Fit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I always love helmets that while you're wearing them, you can't even tell they are there. Smith's seem to always be that way for me. Really light weight and comfortable fit. I'd say the only down side is that the air flow isn't good as some as the other ones I've had in the past but I'd still recommend it.

    So far so good

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'7"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I decided to spend the extra money on this helmet because of the MIPS technology. I had a bad crash years ago and felt lucky my brains weren't scrambled. This light helmet should offer me the added protection if I go down again. I was pleased to learn that the helmet is cool on the head in warm weather and neutral temperature during the colder days. I have used this helmet half of a dozen times so far and am very pleased.

    Close but no cigar

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: Medium
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 160lbs

    I really wanted to like this helmet. The MIPS plus the Koroyd make the design exceptionally safe, and it's beautifully made--the workmanship, materials, and look all mark it out as a premium helmet. But it sits very high on the head (a feature of the new MIPS insert, perhaps?) and I just couldn't get it to feel secure, even though I got the right size (medium for a 57cm head circumference). My Giro and Kask helmets both sit a little lower/have a deeper interior, and do a better job with this. I don't think this would be too much of a problem for riding without a cap/beanie underneath, but living in the Pacific Northwest means that kind of riding occupies about 5 months of the year. So back it goes, unfortunately.

    No more askew helmet head

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I've worn many a helmet...Giro, Mavic, Bell, Laser and none of these fit my head like my new Smith Overtake. All other helmets sat on my head like I was doffing my chapeau and I took no end of ribbing about it.
    The Overtake is light and I don't experience any hot head issues. Finally, a helmet I really like and it's MIPS to boot.

    Great helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I have used smith for skiing and when I read about the mips decided to give it a try. True to the smith brand, comfortable and worth it. Never going back

    Smith Overtake MIPS Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    This is a great helmet. I was worried about sweating too much with a bike helmet but this one is so lightweight and breathable. The dial on the back of it also allowed me to tighten it to fit snug around my head. Def recommend this helmet!

    Extremely Happy

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I was looking for a different cycling helmet other than all of those Giro helmets that I see and I was very happy to find this one.

    It's very lightweight and fits really well. They don't show you in the pictures above, but there is a dial on the back that you can crank to further tighten/loosen fit of the helmet (VaporFit Adjustable Fit System).

    All-in-all, very happy with this purchase! And it looks great!

    Not as nice as expected

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This Helmet is extremely hot on my head. I don't like that when i have an itch (from sweat or dirt) that i can't stick my finger in a vent hole and be done with it. I have an orbea and it fits secure. If i wrecked, I'm not 100% confident that it will stay in place and protect me. I also don't like the gap above my ear. Again, my orbea or bell doesn't have this vulnerable area exposed.

    Can this helmet be used for mountain biking, or is it road specific only?

    No problem for mountain use. Many times the only difference between a mountain and road helmet is a visor. If you are racing XC then a visor is so amateur. Haha. If you are an Enduro Bro then a visor obviously keeps you maximally stoked at all times.