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The heart of brain protection.

In the realm of cycling helmets, few innovations of the past couple of years have caused as much of a stir as Multi-Directional Impact System (MIPS) and Smith's impact-absorbing Koroyd structure. For 2016, the two technologies return as the protective heart of the Smith Overtake MIPS Helmet, which has been left largely unchanged except for some aesthetic tinkering. In addition to MIPS and Koroyd, the aerodynamic benefits, weight savings, and heat evacuation of the new Overtake Helmet are the exact same as its predecessor.

MIPS addresses the specific pressures of an oblique, or non-direct impact, by separating the outer shell from the inner, MIPS layer. In the event of an angled impact, the outer layer slides across the MIPS layer, dissipating rotational force to reduce brain deformation, which is often responsible for concussions and long term damage. Since the impact of cycling crashes tends to happen at angles other than 90 degrees, this added element of protection will likely come into play if you take an unfortunate tumble.

The rest of the features are the same as those of the non-MIPS Overtake, including the distinctive Koroyd layer. Koroyd is what Smith is calling the funny looking layer of honeycomb tubes 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 time trial medalists dial their 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. And at 250 grams, there's no weight penalty, putting it in 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 aerodynamic, lightweight, and it features some welcome design elements like sunglass channels to stow your shades just above the temples for coffee shop raids.

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:
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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Mips version runs hot on forehead

  • Fit: True to size

I love the styling and the look and the helmet is very comfortable, but the Mips version runs very hot in the forehead. The Mips insert blocks all the ventilation on the forehead. Other than that, its a great helmet with great colors.

Avg. ride time: 11h 16m per week
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does the layer protect from the sun?

Hi Patrick!

I have used my Overtake helmet during some pretty hot and sunny Oklahoma summer days. I'm bald, so I'm very sensitive to too much sun on the head. With all my previous helmets, I'd come home from a long summer ride with the typical tanned/burned spots on my scalp (I came to view them as a status symbol...proof that I put in the long hours on the saddle!) With my Overtake MIPS helmet, I have no more of the tanned/burned spots. I can still tell I get some sun through the koroyd liner, but its more diffuse and not nearly as bad as with other helmets. Hope this helps.


Avg. ride time: 6h 31m per week
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You need a safe helmet!

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Large

I am just recovering from a bad crash that gave me blood on the brain! I had purchased the Smith with MIPS after the crash but before the symptoms of the crash showed up. I have only used the new Smith several times.....great looking and very comfortable. But most importantly it is the safest helmet I could buy and that is very important to me. I also bought one for my wife as her safety is also very important to me.

Just coming off of the prolonged recovery with the concussion/brain bleed so this helmet seems the safest and I am glad to hear an agreed view. And also glad you are OK Be safe

Can a helmet light using a basic velco strap thru the helmet work or does the Koroyd liner prevent this?

Hey Renee,

The Koroyd Impact Foam is attached to the outer shell of the Smith Overtake Helmet so you are not going to be able to thread a velcro strap to attach your light. Your best option is to glue the velcro to the outside of the shell or wear a traditional headlamp. Feel free to contact me directly with any more questions about Smith Helmets.


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What do consider a "traditional" headlamp? I consider what Renee is using traditional. Aside from a handlebar mounted light, all my helmet mounted lights have used the mount with straps/buckle or Velcro straps (eg: Niterider, Serfas). Can you give an example? Thanks!



I was very successful in mounting a NiteRider helmet mount for my Lumina headlight to the Overtake helmet. There is just enough space to gently work the straps between the outer shell and the inner liner. I used what amounts to a letter opener (something very very thin and flat, but not sharp enough on the end to pierce the strap. I carefully worked it through the very slim space and have had zero problems with this set up.



  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Comfortable, looks great and my Oakley and POC sunglasses fit in well.

Why is it so hard to find road bike helmets with the MIPS? Enough with trying to make helmets more aero. It does not make any difference to recreational road riders. Glad Smith worked on making their helmets safer instead.

Excellent helmet

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

I just received my MIPS Overtake. Initial impressions taking out it of the box were very good. The helmet looks and feels well made. Looking at it, it doesn't appear much smaller on the outside than my Giro Atmos, although the shape is definitely different. After an adjustment or two, the helmet fits very well. Since I normally ride with a bill cap to shade my eyes, keep the sweat out, and protect my head from UV rays (since my hair is increasing failing at that task...), I like the protruding brow area of this helmet. Almost like a mini bill. The Koroyd also seems to let in less UV since the sun would need to be lined up with the Koroyd tubes to hit the scalp.
About those Koroyd tubes...At first look, this helmet just doesn't look like it will vent very well. So today I went out for a 100k first ride with it in 94 degree heat in Atlanta (not what you would call a dry heat!). For the first hour I wore a Halo cap and it was very comfortable, but hard to tell about the venting. At the one hour point, I took off the cap to see if I could feel the venting on my sweaty head. As soon as I started rolling I could feel the venting throughout the helmet! After nearly 4 hours in the saddle on this hot humid day, I can say this helmet vents very well and is very comfortable.
Of course, the real reason to buy this helmet is for the added safety of the Koroyd and the MIPS. Excellent fit and finish and venting are just icing on the cake. If you value your noggin, you need this helmet.

New Materials and Great Styling...

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Over the last few months I have been looking to replace my dated Giro. After extensive research I came across MIPS, Koroyd and the Smith Overtake. Let's start with the fit; It has a longer front to back fit but remains rather neutral. The internal pad placement, along with the retaining elements can be adjusted to seat the helmet perfectly. The styling is unlike any other helmet, with plastic covering almost all the EPS frame. The Koroyd material in bright green gets plenty of attention and vents the helmet well. How much airflow passes through the helmet is always hard to determine, but I can say that when I stop, my head feels hot and when I get moving again the heat dissipates rather quickly. The chin straps are softer than what Giro uses which makes them more comfortable. The MIPS cage is unnoticeable when wearing the helmet, but after researching the technology I'm glad to spend on anything that can prevent further injury during a get-off. I hope never to test it! The helmet comes with a vented carry bag that is excellent for storing. Also, I purchased the matching PivLock V2 Max sunglasses and they integrate into the "sunglass garage" very well. Overall it is an excellent helmet that gets plenty of attention, vents and fits well and has the latest technology to prevent injury.