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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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My Most Comfortable Helmet

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

When buying a helmet or shoes through a cyber store there is a certain amount of risk that the fit won't be right. I needed an extra large and it turned out to be a perfect fit. The strap is comfortable, too. My prior helmet was probably only two years old, but I really wanted the new MIPS technology. My only regret is that I had to go to plain Jane white. Basic colors from 2016 were the only options remaining during a close out sale and I wanted something that was highly visible I would recommend a Smith Overtake Helmet to anyone and hope that they never need to test it.

First Smith helmet

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

My first Smith helmet and very happy. The medium fit true to size. Well built. I've been wearing Trek and Mavic for awhile but this helmet is just as or more comfortable. Most important reason that I bought the helmet is my riding buddy went over the bars and only had a slight headache when he should have had at least a concussion.

Function and Fit

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Smith makes great ski helmets as we all know, but when I purchased the Overtake Helmet for road biking this year I was beyond impressed. It is light but super durable, and has great airflow and doesn't get to hot on sweltering days. I got it in black and it is sleek and fits the head very well.

Love it!

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

This is a awesome helmet. It has great airflow and is super durable. Plus it has a super cool color!

Saved my life

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This isn't a mountain biking helmet, but I used it anyway because I neglected to buy a new helmet...regardless, I took a pretty nasty spill and was totally fine, thanks to this helmet. It's amazing to think that I would probably be a vegetable bleeding out on a rock, instead I was able to finish my ride and still have fun...amazing helmet, breaths well, looks good, saves lives.

Saved my life

One of the best helmets...

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

love this helmet ...very light great coverage and love the fact no bugs can get in too!! MIPS very comfortable...I also have a POC which I love but with the big vents.... bugs ...bees have gotten in...Hope to never test it...but coverage great front and back...only used twice as I just received it...


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

This is a great helmet. I was initially skeptical of the helmet due to the design and materials (koyrod) but wow does it work. I went with the black matte, I like how Smith decided to tone down the look of this helmet by not having contrasting colors with the koyrod. The previous iterrations were just too loud for me. The fit is spot on and the mechanisms for keeping the helmet in place are unobtrusive and work as they should. I can't fully comment on whether this helemet is cool or hot in the summer, since I've only ridden it in the winter. But, I will say that even with a skull cap on my head is significantly cooler than my old Giro Aeon. So I have high hopes for the summer and ventillation, I can really feel the cold air getting sucked over my head in the winter. Not the best for winter, but seems like it will be fine in the summer months. My only gripe with this helemet is the price, it just doesn't feel like a $250 helemt, I got mine on sale however. Highly recommended!

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: 7h 33m 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.