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Item # SMI00CA

A new take on road helmets.

In 2013, Smith unveiled its first ever foray into the cycling helmet industry, the mountain bike-specific Forefront, to rave reviews. Now, it's upped the ante with the Overtake Helmet, designed specifically for the road. Situated firmly in the race-ready helmet domain, the Overtake is light weight and feature features welcome design elements such as sunglass channels to stow your shades just above the temples for coffee shop raids or slow, sweaty climbs, and some structural differences that make the Overtake really stand out.

That funny looking layer of honeycomb matter that runs beneath the outer shell and more traditional EPS foam is what Smith calls Koroyd. It's made of thousands of tiny, extruded co-polymer tubes that absorb impact but have a fenestrated surface that allows for a level of breathability impossible to achieve with solid EPS foam while absorbing a claimed 30% more energy. Plus, it's pretty cool looking, especially in Smith's mix of contrasting and complementary color schemes.

With aerodynamics becoming the preeminent buzz word in cycling helmets of late, Smith knew that the Overtake had to stack up against the industry's best in this department, so it brought in Len Brownlie, an aerodynamics guru whose CV includes helping Commonwealth Games champion Tara Whitten dial her time trial position, contributing to Canada's OwnthePodium project, and presenting a paper titled "The wind-averaged aerodynamic drag of competitive time trial cycling helmets" at the 2010 conference of the International Sports Engineering Association in Vienna. Brownlie adapted an automobile industry test for cycling-specific applications, and the Overtake was tossed into the wind tunnel for a test.

Apparently the Overtake studied, because it passed. At a simulated 25 miles per hour over 40 kilometers, the Overtake surrendered a mere 1.06 seconds of advantage to the Specialized Evade and actually gained 4.15 and 26.8 seconds over Giro's Air Attack and Aeon, respectively.

  • A road helmet that brings Smith's snow sport tech to cycling
  • Combines increased impact resistance with ventilation
  • Wind-tunnel tested aerodynamic design
  • Adjustment system for all-day comfort

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Aerocore In-Mold
Impact Foam:
Koroyd, EPS foam
21 vents
Fit Adjustment:
VaporFit Adjustable Fit System
CPSC, CE EN 1078, AS/NZS 2063
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:

Size chart


Arrival, Aspect, Camber, Compass, Forefront, Gage, Maze, Overtake, Sequel, Valence, Vantage, Variance
Head Circumference  20 - 22in
(51 - 55cm)
22 - 23in
(55 - 59cm)
23 - 25in
(59 - 63cm)
25 - 26in
(63 - 67cm)
Allure, Holt
Head Circumference 20.5 - 21in
(52 - 54cm)
21 - 22in
(54 - 56cm)
22 - 23in
(56 - 58cm)
23 - 24in
(58 - 60cm)
24 - 25in
(60 - 62cm)
Gage Jr, Holt Jr, Upstart Jr, Zoom Jr
  Youth SYouth M 
Head Circumference  19 - 21in
(48 - 53cm)
21 - 23in
(53 - 58cm)
How to Measure Head Circumference:
Measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.

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Great new helmet

  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

The Smith Overtake helmet is a perfect fit and true to size. It is as comfortable as any I've owned. As for impact absorption, fortunately I have no experience with that.

Avg. ride time: 5h 48m per week
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Nice Helmet

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

Got this on sale, would never pay $250 for it. But it's comfortable and light.