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Item # SMI008Y

A truly new idea in 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. At 250 grams, it enjoys the company of peloton-grade helmets from the likes of POC and Giro, and it's actually 10 to 20 grams lighter than helmets from Catlike and Kask. So it's lightweight, and it features some welcome design elements like sunglass channels to stow your shades just above the temples for coffee shop raids or slow, sweaty climbs, but there are some differences that make the Overtake really stand out.

Let's address the elephant in the helmet right off. Koroyd is what Smith is calling the funny looking layer of honeycomb matter that runs beneath the outer shell and more traditional EPS foam. 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.

Now for aerodynamics, which has become the buzz word in cycling helmets of late. Smith is aware that the Overtake would have to stack up against the industry's best in this department or it would be received as just another novelty act, 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 — oh yeah — 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.

The Smith Overtake is available in three sizes ranging from Small to Large in the colors Black, Black Ombre, Frost Mint, Matte Acid Ombre, Matte Black, Matte Mustard, Matte Navy, Matte Neon Orange, Matte Red/white, Neon Pink, White, and White Frost.

  • Road-specific design
  • Koroyd protection layer
  • Aerodynamically designed

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd
Impact Foam:
Koroyd, EPS (foam)
Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets (16 CFR Part 1203)
Claimed Weight:
size medium 250 g
Recommended Use:
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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Favorite helmet I've ever had!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Crash tested!
Have to say this helmet saved my life and I will be getting another one.
Prior to messing it up, I love how light it felt and provided very good airflow.

Favorite helmet I've ever had!

Fine helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

First, all helmets meet the minimum safety requirement, so what I am looking at here are fit, feel, price, and lastly the looks.

The fit is good for me, and that is a very nice thing. True to size, and comfortable.

The feel is just fine! I have worn it on cold and warm days, and it just does not feel like it is there most of the time.

Most reviewers don't think it is hotter than other helmets, but I disagree. I used this and a Kask Proteone on succeeding days, and this felt hotter on long climbs. That is not good nor bad, it just is. This particular day was a double century and outside of the climb, I really did not notice the helmet.

Price? Great value on sale!

Looks. It is fine for me. I may be a bit less concerned about that, but it seems just fine!

In short, a great deal on a good helmet.

I have always understood that a helmet should be replaced every couple years---I just ordered a new overtake (looks great) but I wondered what it means that it has a life time guarantee. marilyn

I think that this is more about market position than anything. How often you replace it would be based on how many hours you take it on rides. You can check on this, but in my sense 2 years is about right for a rider who gets out a few times a week. I use that as my time to toss. But if you keep it longer because you are less frequently in the sun, then a lifetime just covers the difference between riders.

brother loves it

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

bought it for my brother for him to ride in the MS 150 from Austin to Houston, says it fits like a dream and is crazy lightweight.

Great lid.

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Our team decided to use these and so far they work very well. I was concerned about cooling but riding in temps up to 90-95 has been no problem. My only complaint is that unless you have smith glasses you can't put them in your helmet...I generally like to do this on climbs but it's a small thing.

Great lid.

Thanks for the review Sterling! Super helpful to get this feedback out to the community.

Great Fit, Light weight

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

Following the measurement guide I opted for the medium and it fits me perfectly. After the first ride I noticed the light weight which left me with less neck fatigue as compared to my previous bulky Bontrager basic helmet. The Overtake also has a better profile slope over the ears than the Bontrager so that my sunglasses are not pushed down onto my ears. On my extreme downhills I do believe that I could notice that the Overtake is superior in aerodynamics to my old helmet and my segment data confirms it as well. The helmet holds my Bolle sunglasses in the slots, but as I have prescription lenses, I will probably not be using it, the world is too blurry without them. Crash tested? Not yet and I hope never to have to comment on this aspect of the helmet. So until then I will have to trust that it will do it's job.

I bought it because of the great price and the positive reviews I read here. First day, I tightened the straps, put it on and rode away. Three hours later I realized I had forgotten the Overtake was on my head. Is there any higher praise?
No, it doesn't look like a Giro; let's hope it doesn't break the adjustment dial in the back like every Giro I've owned. I've already grown to love the looks. Got it in mint to keep me cool in the sun. As long as it keeps performing as it is, I'm sold.

If all eyewear companies made helmets

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I'm a Giro guy through and through, but am happy to say that this is the first non-Giro helmet that I could really get behind. This is my primary roadie helmet at this point as I got the ridiculously loud blaze orange. It matches my blaze orange Giro shoes well, so there's that. As for fit, the medium is on par with my medium Giro offerings. Most importantly, it looks good, fits good, and I simply forget it while wearing it. That's kind of the idea. A buddy of mine likes to make a habit of crashing on road rides for no apparent reason - his last couple were in the Smith Overtake, the last of which he bounced his head pretty hard. The helmet sucked it up no problem - he was so impressed he had another one ordered before we got home. I may add another color for the trails.

Round heads of the world, rejoice!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size

I'm not going to lie. It took me a few months to warm up to the design. My first impressions were very storm trooper-esque. I wasn't sold on the Koroyd design (the honey comb protection system). When I finally put the Overtake on my head, however, I began falling head over heels for the helmet.

Here are all the great things I discovered:

1. Color choices! Like things loud? Prefer the more subtle approach? The Overtake has a color for everyone.
2. It fit my very round (almost wide) head perfectly.
3. Despite my preconceived notions about the Koroyd not breathing well, I had plenty of airflow to keep my head cool.
4. The Koroyd keeps the bugs out!

The one and only thing I wasn't thrilled with: the chin strap is pretty short on the size small. I don't have much adjustment at all to loosen the fit (but I have just enough room so that it's comfortable under my chin).

801-736-6396 ext. 4756

Round heads of the world, rejoice!

Gift for my wife

  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift but have feedback to share

She has used the helmet for Only a single ride, 100 miles however, so she is super pleased. She said it fit well immediately and still felt comfortable after 100 miles. She was pleased also with the Color and the quality of materials. Also Backcountry service was quick and excellent as usual. Helmet is pricey but I don't feel that I wasted my money.

This helmet fits like a glove

    Super comfortable fit and lightweight. I bought the mountain bike model first and liked it so much that I got the Overtake for road biking. I think the lining helps keep you cool because it protects your head from direct sun.

    Avg. ride time: 11h 9m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Buy it. Now.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Best fitting helmet I've had(and I've had them all) Cool even in the AZ heat, in light of other comments about the ability of the helmet to hold sunglasses(I have Flak 2.0) I think it works very well, so long as you make certain you have each arm in the groove that it designed to hold it. Not to mention it's the only helmet I have ever had the got multiple positive comments from the boys on the Sat. coffee shop ride, even to the extent another rider showed up the next week with one. :-)

    Buy it. Now.

    Keeps the Bugs Out!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    If you're like me and bike in insect infested areas, then you'll appreciate this lid immensely. Considering that the general consensus is that you'll need to ride in excess of 12 mph to outpace those pesky biting deer flies, this lid handles that & slower speeds equally well. Bug nets are close to the scalp, and that hasn't kept the biting & sucking bugs at bay in my experiences. But the Koroyd "straws" are long & narrow, and no bugs bugged me at all for the Lutsen 99er, which literally swarms with bugs in late June (Lake Superior, North Shore).

    Probably not an intended characteristic by Smith (and the Overtake - road helmet), but I thought I'd point this out as it is nice benefit.

    One Con: The glossy finish gets dull & doesn't wash well. I would have expected mosquito repellent to wash right off, but it left a residue. Stick to matte finish, and I think you'll be happier.

    Great helmet

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Pleased with the overtake helmet. Very comfortable and high quality padding that also does a great job at keep sweat out of my eyes. Ventilation is on par with the many other heavily vented helmets I've owned. Retention system is great as it can be adjusted to be further up or down your head depending on your head shape. I'd say this is fits oval heads very well. I'm not too confident in resting my Smith pivlocks in the grooves like they say you can because it just doesn't feel overly secure, but I haven't really given it a chance so take it for what it's worth. I love the color options and the unique look. I got it to stand out of the crowd and it does that. Overall very pleased.

    Not bad!

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Really a great fitting helmet. Feels nice and snug, but, not "scanners" snug. Very lightweight too. I've read about airflow problems, but, honestly it's hotter than hades in NC right now, and the helmet feels great. I bought the white/black/red one and it's pretty dope looking. The tension system is simple, but the ratchets seem to bite really well.

    The only beef is that I can't scratch my head with the Koryoid as the vents are all essentially filled in. Also, there's no place to really hold glasses other than if you wear some Smiths. Lucky for me I have a pair of Smiths, so no big deal (even though I prefer my Oakleys!), I'll be interested in seeing how it does with a cap underneath it this winter.

    All in all, a great piece of kit that I'd gladly buy again.

    Avg. ride time: 5h 58m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Fantastic Helmet

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is the best fitting helmet I've ever owned. It feels like it was made for my head. Very light, like it's not even there. It's a head turner as well. My friends commented on it immediately.

    I like it.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Fit is excellent , very light and comfortable, good looking and
    sunglasses integrate perfectly. Can't think of any cons.
    Worth the high price.

    Avg. ride time: 9h 41m per week
    • Average ride time is based on Strava activity over the last 3 months. Give your reviews credibility by connecting your account.

    Flashy and Comfy

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This helmet is by far the most comfortable I've worn in long time. Super light and supposedly aero. I have to give the helmet one star less than the full five do to the sunglasses channel system. I'm a fan of smith optics and as such I often use their pivlock sunglasses. I was excited to hear that this helmet would fit the sunglasses in a special channel. So far I'm pretty unimpressed with the holding system because it doesn't seem very secure. Maybe it's enough for cafe breaks but there's not enough hold for biking. I tried with spy and oakley brands as well to no avail. Otherwise it's a great looking and comfortable helmet!

    I measure 60cm, but I usually wear a Halo to help with sweat. Is a large still OK for me?

    Hey drj,

    The large will fit you well, even with the halo, assuming the halo is not super thick. The large will fit up to a 63cm head circumference.