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Safety first.

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.

  • MIPS protection
  • AEROCORE construction
  • 21 vents
  • Optics perch
  • Cooling X-Static lining
  • VaporFit Adjustable Fit System
  • Carbon fiber structural reinforcements
Tech SpecsSize
Tech Specs
Shell Material
Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd
Impact Foam
Fit Adjustment
Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets (16 CFR Part 1203)
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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Comfy and keeps the bugs out!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is my everyday commute, single-track, bike-packing, go to helmet. Most of the time in Alaska, we don't have to worry so much about a helmet being too hot, so breathability is not something I really consider. However, I do appreciate a helmet that will keep all the mosquitoes from being sucked into it and in winter, even with my thickest gloves on, I can easily adjust it. This is probably the most comfortable helmet I've owned and I sometimes double check that I've actually put it on it is so light. Talked it up so much, I had to buy one for the husband and he's a fan now too.

Hey Amy- Thanks for the rad review! Thanks for sharing your experience wearing it while in various conditions :)

Good Helmet, good ventilation

  • Fit: True to size

I bought this because I was curious and the price was good. I was worried about the ventilation but liked the Koroyd for the compact, controlled impact absorption. I also liked the MIPs, and the low drag in wind tunnel tests.

I had a severe concussion about 6 years ago, in an accident I don't remember, so safety is important. I am coming off Gen1 POC just prior to the MIPS.

There are several things I really like. The helmet is much less bulky than the POC, the fit is near perfect for me, and it has much less wind noise, which can be a situational awareness issue. I think this is mostly due to the closer fitting straps. In addition, I don't end up with a goofy triple mohawk after the ride, and I don't get bugs stuck in my hair.

My big concern was ventilation and I should not have worried. If there is motion, I get cooling. I know it works because I never have a problem when I am moving, and as I go over the top on a long hot climb, I can feel the cool across most of my scalp as soon as my speed increase. Basically the air hitting the top edge of each of the little tubes causes an area of high pressure which forces air through the straw and directly against my skull. My contained sweaty hair dries quickly and I cool off. My previous helmets probably passed more air, but I would say it mostly went through the helmet without bothering to cool my head. The directed flow from the Koroyd seems superior.

The only negative I have is that the Koroyd gets rid of any channels to park your glasses. POC's park pads and large channel were easy. I tend to remove my glasses when I am climbing to keep sweat from dripping on the lenses. The Smith has a parking channel, and I bought some $20 glasses, that I like, which will stay put. My Maui Jims and my Oakley prescription temples are both too thin to stay in place and too expensive to bounce. While the new riding glasses stay put, it will take more practice to reliably get them seated in the channels while moving, and they have bounced a couple of times. :^(

Glasses aside, I am really happy with this helmet, and hope not to test the MIPS and Koroyd any time soon. I like the fit and find the cooling to be at least as good as any helmet I have owned and maybe better.

Good stuff

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was initially hesitant about buying this helmet because many reviews negatively reviewed the breathability, and being in Texas makes that a primary concern of mine; but I went ahead with the purchase because I loved the look and it was on sale (and Backcountry's return policy is generous).
Long story short I find this helmet to be just as breathable as any other helmet that is not toting "superior breathability and airflow." The helmet is very lightweight and comfortable and, as people are oft to say, "I forget it's even there."

Glad I had it on!

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

Had worn it for over a year without any issues and thought it was very comfortable. I am an M in Giro helmets and the M in this fit great. I live in W. Texas and don't find it much warmer than the Giro Synthe so ventilation seems okay.

The one caution I will give is be careful what you clean it with. I ruined the finished wiping it down with rubbing alcohol.

I had a nice wreck at our MTB park and cracked it open with very little damage to myself despite a very hard hit.

I am going to buy another one and would certainly recommend.

Glad I had it on!

Great shot! Thanks for letting us know we always need to ride with our helmet...that looks like quite an endo. How did the honeycomb hold up?

Really glad you're ok. This is a great helmet, I love mine and would buy another without a second thought if I needed a replacement.

Great Helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This helmet is incredibly light, provides great air flow and is supposedly great for safety! I'm happy to report that i havent tested out the safety portion of this helmet yet... But i'm very happy with this product!

Unanswered Question

Which one is $140.00 ??

Great helmet

    This helmet is light, stylish and built with MIPS. I enjoy using this on very hot days and really enjoy the great ventilation. I hope to not be able to write back on the safety and impact ratings

    Worked As Advertised

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

    Unfortunately, I managed to crash on my first ride with a new Overtake MIPS. The impact damaged the right rear section of the helmet (behind my right ear), so I was very glad to have helmet coverage in that area - not all helmets do. The helmet was very effective in minimizing injury. I seem to have no symptoms of head injury at all despite the helmet being ruined. This is a bitter-sweet review in that I'm glad I was wearing the latest technology, but disappointed to have ruined a new helmet. The only downside I noticed was that ventilation was reduced relative to some other helmets I've used, but this is not a major problem in the cooler climate where I live.

    Extremely comfortable

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

    I bought this for the extra promised safety, vis a vis the MIPS and koroyd. Thankfully, I haven't tested those features yet.

    But what did surprise me right off was just how comfortable it is. My head doesn't finish rides as covered in sweat as in my old helmet, so it seems the ventilation described is for real. And just sitting on my head, it's very easy to forget that it's there.

    Edit: I forgot one possible disadvantage (hasn't affected me). You can't use strap-based helmet mounts for cameras or lights. And that would apply for all koroyd helmets.

    Comfortable, but needs better directions

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

    The good: I've worn this since November 2017 on rides from 25-101F. It sits higher than my old Giro, but it has room for a thin thermal skullcap or balaclava in the winter and a cycling cap or sun beanie in the summer. It's light and I don't think it's any warmer than any other helmet I've worn. The MIPS is a good thing, and the honeycomb helps avoid those incidents where a flying, buzzy, stinging thing gets caught in your helmet/hair. You can get a good, secure fit but getting that fit is where it loses a point.
    The bad: the directions/manual is horribly sparse. There's nothing in it to tell you how to adjust the Vapor Fit band to sit lower on the back of your skull (yes, it is adjustable up/down). The strap positions don't sit as well on my face and if you're of the "sunglasses over the strap" school, there's enough of a gap that it's hit or miss where the sunglass arms will wind up. Lastly, I haven't figured out how to *securely* stow my sunglasses (there's nothing in the manual to even say where they should go; you're left to figure it out on your own: front? rear? It's all trial and error.) You have to have completely straight sunglass arms with no ear bend to get a secure fit. Even my Smith glasses don't stay in place because they have a slight ear bend. After a couple of times having to fish my glasses out of a toilet, coupled with much cursing, I don't put any glasses in the dock at all.

    Did you ever get an answer? I have the same two questions, adjusting the Vapor Fit to get it to sit lower and, less importantly, the sunglasses dock one!

    Great Fit

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I always love helmets that while you're wearing them, you can't even tell they are there. Smith's seem to always be that way for me. Really light weight and comfortable fit. I'd say the only down side is that the air flow isn't good as some as the other ones I've had in the past but I'd still recommend it.

    So far so good

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

    I decided to spend the extra money on this helmet because of the MIPS technology. I had a bad crash years ago and felt lucky my brains weren't scrambled. This light helmet should offer me the added protection if I go down again. I was pleased to learn that the helmet is cool on the head in warm weather and neutral temperature during the colder days. I have used this helmet half of a dozen times so far and am very pleased.


    • Size Bought: Large

    it is a really cool helmet, well built and i with mips you are safer on the rode, i would recommend that if you are at the edge of a size, go a bigger size

    Close but no cigar

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Size Bought: Medium

    I really wanted to like this helmet. The MIPS plus the Koroyd make the design exceptionally safe, and it's beautifully made--the workmanship, materials, and look all mark it out as a premium helmet. But it sits very high on the head (a feature of the new MIPS insert, perhaps?) and I just couldn't get it to feel secure, even though I got the right size (medium for a 57cm head circumference). My Giro and Kask helmets both sit a little lower/have a deeper interior, and do a better job with this. I don't think this would be too much of a problem for riding without a cap/beanie underneath, but living in the Pacific Northwest means that kind of riding occupies about 5 months of the year. So back it goes, unfortunately.

    I've felt the same about all Smith helmets.... very odd when trying to wear with a cap

    Very conformable

    • Size Bought: Large

    It fits much better than other Gears I have used so far. I am really satisfied with my purchase. Highly recommended.

    No more askew helmet head

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

    I've worn many a helmet...Giro, Mavic, Bell, Laser and none of these fit my head like my new Smith Overtake. All other helmets sat on my head like I was doffing my chapeau and I took no end of ribbing about it.
    The Overtake is light and I don't experience any hot head issues. Finally, a helmet I really like and it's MIPS to boot.


      This helmet is amazing its light weight i almost forgot i was wearing a helmet because of how light weight it is differently worth getting

      Great helmet

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I have used smith for skiing and when I read about the mips decided to give it a try. True to the smith brand, comfortable and worth it. Never going back

      Smith Overtake MIPS Helmet

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

      This is a great helmet. I was worried about sweating too much with a bike helmet but this one is so lightweight and breathable. The dial on the back of it also allowed me to tighten it to fit snug around my head. Def recommend this helmet!

      Extremely Happy

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times

      I was looking for a different cycling helmet other than all of those Giro helmets that I see and I was very happy to find this one.

      It's very lightweight and fits really well. They don't show you in the pictures above, but there is a dial on the back that you can crank to further tighten/loosen fit of the helmet (VaporFit Adjustable Fit System).

      All-in-all, very happy with this purchase! And it looks great!