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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 SpecsSize
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


Head Circumference

20 - 22in

(51 - 55cm)

22 - 23in

(55 - 59cm)

23 - 25in

(59 - 63cm)

25 - 26in

(63 - 67cm)

 SMS / M
Head Circumference

19 - 21in

(48 - 53cm)

21 - 23in

(53 - 58cm)

19 - 22in

(48 - 56cm)

How to Measure:
Measure around your head where your hat would fit comfortably.

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Smith Overtake

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

I've been wearing Giro helmets for years because other brands I've tried don't fit well. The Overtake fit like the Giro and after a few adjustment it felt great. This may the lightest skid lid I've ever worn. The jury is still out on the Koroyd honeycomb. On a hot day i will frequent;y wet down my dew rag thru the top with a water bottle. Not sure the water gets there as quickly. I can feel the air flow but it does require the head to be tilted down a little. Please with the helmet so far.

This helmet retains heat!

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

I just wanted to put that out there first. The matrix they use inside the helmet retains heat from the second you put it on. I'm comparing this to my old Bell (looked like the Stratus, not sure of the exact model) helmet. If you look on the inside of the two helmets, you'll see why. The Bell helmet had a few more vents, but additionally, the inside was carved in a way to allow air to flow in and out of the helmet. The Smith helmet has a matrix that basically runs perpendicular to your head in every direction. The only vents that REALLY work are the two upfront that do not have the matrix behind them. So your forehead will stay pretty cool in those two spots, but the first time I took this helmet out, my scalp was DRIPPING sweat after 4 miles. Average effort, maybe high 70's F. Additionally, I thought it was in my head, but I noticed someone else mentioned it. This helmet creates a lot of wind noise. I usually have my cell phone strapped to the stem so I can listen to music, with this helmet, that was difficult at times.
All that being said, I decided to keep it. On subsequent rides, yes my head would still sweat but I didn't notice it as much. Additionally, I'm in Colorado and do ride in the winter. This is definitely going to be a plus in the cooler months. Also, I have to deal with cars for a portion of my ride, and although I don't like the matrix on the inside because it prevents airflow, I also see how it might be better in case of an accident. Maybe it's a better dampening mechanism than my super airy Bell that has minimal contact points. *shrugs* I'm a rider, not an engineer.
Also, on the size, I wear a Large and felt like I was at the upper end of the fit in this helmet. I think I had much more adjustment to play with in my Bell. I haven't tried it with a Balaclava yet. :|
Lastly, all the vents are blocked by the matrix, so you cannot shove your glasses in them, I was able to make my Oaks fall into the main contours but it was definitely testing their flexibility. JS

Avg. ride time: 5h 20m per week
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Light, Airy, Comfortable

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

Really like this helmet. It fits well, has comfortable straps and you don't notice it when you ride. Have taken it on a couple of hot rides and the ventilation is good. Added bonus, it looks different (cooler) than most helmets out there

Great for the melon

  • Fit: True to size

This helmet is very light and fits me better than the last two helmet i have owned. I like the way it sits on my head. It does not stick up like a mushroom on top of my head.

Avg. ride time: 5h 38m per week
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Smith Overtake

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Great fitting helmet, lightweight and comfortable!

Great Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I am so happy I decided to buy this helmet! With the fit and weight of the helmet, you can barely even tell that you are wearing anything at all. Very comfortable and fully adjustable harness and straps. Excellent ventilation. This helmet is well made and I have a high level of confidence it would do it's job, it called upon to do so.

Follows the First and Second Rule

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

What might those rules be you ask? The first is to always look good and the second is safety. I'm kidding, but this helmet is, in my honest opinion, one of the better looking cycling helmets.

The Smith Overtake arrived at my house within a couple of days after ordering and was followed up by a phone call from my own Gearhead, Mikell asking how I liked the helmet. Quick disclaimer, I don't have a wealth of knowledge in regards to cycling helmets, so this isn't a comparison to anything, just my honest opinion on what I've experienced.

The first time I put this helmet on and rode my bike, I actually forgot it was on my head. As I left the parking lot, I felt the top of my head because I thought I'd left my helmet at my truck. 250 grams felt like nothing on my head.

The helmet fit true to size and has a good amount of adjustability to fit almost any head. I (luckily) haven't had to test out the helmet's Koroyd core or the MIPS function yet but I'm sure other reviews mention how this helmet holds up in a crash. I had a MIPS equipped helmet on my mountain bike last year when I took a good spill at a race (concussion, 3 broken ribs, punctured lung, blood clot and stitches) and I'm willing to say it saved my life and prevented any long term effects related with a TBI.

So far I love the helmet. It comes with a drawstring bag that I keep it in as well as my gloves and heart rate monitor so It's all together. I would definitely suggest this to another ride.

cute for a helmet!

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

I'm liking this helmet a lot.. it's super lightweight and lower profile.

Avg. ride time: 6h 59m per week
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Not convinced. Still got a concussion

    I used the MIPS version of this helmet about 1.5 years. I found it to be much noisier (wind noise) than my previous helmet. I don't know if it was due to the straps not being against the side of my head or if it was from the honeycombs, but it made it tough to hear someone next to me trying to say something.
    Ironically, I found it useless in holding my older Smith sunglasses. I had to add some "fins" with Sugru to make a ledge and hold the sunglasses securely in place.
    I finally had a crash, while gravel riding - and landed in the mud and weeds on the side of the road. Got back up and started riding, no blood no torn clothes and I thought "no big deal." Next thing I know it's an hour later and I have no idea what road I'm on, when I turned on my lights, and no recollection of conversations with riding partners over that past hour. So yeah, I had a concussion and a splitting headache for 6 days.
    My replacement helmet was not a Smith.

    It worked.

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Went down this morning after a blow out on a corner. Hit side of helmet and could feel the helmet absorb the impact. Did exactly what it said it was supposed to do. I will be buying another. Now if only it could do something for the road rash.
    edit: I live in Tucson so naturally I ride when the temps are over a 100. I have never had a problem with this helmet being hot.


    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    This is a great helmet! It fits well. is comfortable, and looks good on (unlike many bike helmets). It also integrates well with my Smith sunglasses

    Comfortable but hot...

    • Fit: True to size

    Extremely comfortable and light as well. I love the fit and look. The only downside is that it is blazing hot. The ventilation only works if you look down at the ground and it still isn't that ventilating. I would have disliked this helmet for that reason except as a fat bike rider who rides in the winter, this helmet is perfect. I wear just a ear/head band and can ride down to 10F and put on a beanie if it's colder. I would say my upper limit of comfort with this helmet is 50-60F. I would consider 3 star rating as I think Smith marketing should do a better job explaining the airflow is not great and they have other models that allow more flow.

    It is hot as crap. That honey comb crap gotta go. Too bad cause it the freaking most comfortable helmet out there. I have tried both this and the forefront mtb version and both are hot as hell but oh so comfy you don't know you're wearing it comfy

    Avg. ride time: 4h 22m per week
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    Ridden a few hundred miles and love!

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

    I read a lot of great reviews and decided to take advantage of a great deal here at CC. I have a smaller "noggin" and love the fit and style of this helmet. It wears light and disappears on the ride! For reference, I have a Specialized Prevail 2, Giro Aeolus and Kask Mojito. All great helmets but the Smith now my favorite.

    Awesome helmet!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    This is a much more comfortable helmet from my previous Specialized one. Looks great on me as well!

    Hemet Fit

    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Medium

    This helmet is lighter than previous helmets. I feel very comfortable in wearing and it does not get hot in the warm temps.

    Great looking and like a feather !

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

    When you are riding you forget you have good protection on your head . There is room in the back of the helmet for a Blinky light . I love it and highly recommend it .

    Avg. ride time: 11m per week
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    Better than I expected

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

    I wanted a light helmet with top-notch safety. I'm certainly pleased with the light weight and I feel good about the Koroyd protection, but the nice snug fit is the best fit of any helmet I've worn. I'm also pleased with the airflow, which seems quite adequate to me (not much hair on my head, so I can easily feel it). The fit is really my favorite part. Very secure and comfy. My wife tried mine on and immediately bought her own.