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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.

  • MIPS protection
  • AEROCORE construction
  • 21 vents
  • Optics perch
  • Cooling X-Static lining
  • VaporFit Adjustable Fit System
  • Carbon fiber structural reinforcements

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Aerocore technology featuring Koroyd
Impact Foam:
EPS
Fit Adjustment:
VaporFit
Visor:
no
Certifications:
Safety Standard for Bicycle Helmets (16 CFR Part 1203)
Claimed Weight:
[size medium] 250 g
Recommended Use:
road cycling
Manufacturer Warranty:
lifetime

Size chart

Smith

Helmets
Arrival, Aspect, Camber, Compass, Forefront, Gage, Maze, Overtake, Sequel, Valence, Vantage, Variance
  SMLXL
Head Circumference  20 - 22in
(51 - 55cm)
22 - 23in
(55 - 59cm)
23 - 25in
(59 - 63cm)
25 - 26in
(63 - 67cm)
Allure, Holt
 XSSMLXL
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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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!

Avg. ride time: 8h 18m per week
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Not as nice as expected

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This Helmet is extremely hot on my head. I don't like that when i have an itch (from sweat or dirt) that i can't stick my finger in a vent hole and be done with it. I have an orbea and it fits secure. If i wrecked, I'm not 100% confident that it will stay in place and protect me. I also don't like the gap above my ear. Again, my orbea or bell doesn't have this vulnerable area exposed.

The Absolute Best Helmet I've Ever Owned

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

After 20+ years of burning through various helmets and never actually loving any of them, I've finally found the Smith Overtake. It's got a perfect fit, and doesn't look like a big goofy unproportional piece of foam and plastic. Instead, it's low profile, stylish, aero, and even has a design that allows you to clip your Smith sunglasses on it, which is quite easy to do while you're riding if you want to take them off.

I love this helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Worn mine since Oct 2016 almost daily. It is a great helmet. Breathes well. Light enough to not be aware of it. great retention system. Only issue is that the little honeycomb things are a pain to clean muddy road muck out of after rain rides. (Mine is the black matte one, so the dirt is super obvious if I don't clean it)

Great Upgrade

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Very comfortable and easy to adjust to fit a woman's head & hair. I am definitely reassured by the construction and the protection the helmet offers for if and when I fall.

Can this helmet be used for mountain biking, or is it road specific only?

No problem for mountain use. Many times the only difference between a mountain and road helmet is a visor. If you are racing XC then a visor is so amateur. Haha. If you are an Enduro Bro then a visor obviously keeps you maximally stoked at all times.

5 stars for smith overtake mips helmet

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Helmet is th most comfortable that I have worn. I have own numerous helmets from, Giro Prolight, Atmos helmets, Bell helmets, laser and kask helmets. Now in all honesty I have yet to ride it in high temperatures so I cannot say how it handles in extreme heat, but I have ridden it in 70's and below thus far it is by far the most comfortable helmet I have worn. And unlike other helmets it is easy to forget that your wearing the helmet. With all that being said, if you find the helmet comfortable then you'll find that you will be wearing it when it is most needed.

Saved me from a concussion

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This helmet with MIPS saved me from an almost certain concussion. I struck the ground (large gravel surface) with enough force to break the shell of the helmet and ring my bell as I could not remember exactly what or why I was on the side of the road. My riding companions were concerned enough at my repeating of phrases to call for SAG and an ambulance. We felt that certainly I had sustained a concussion but were amazed when the CAT scans at the ER showed negative. Great helmet and SMITH offer a replacement for helmet at 30% off if you damage it within 2-years of your original purchase. I will be buying another one.

You might want to check with your doctor. A CAT scan is looking for a bleeder in your head that potentially could need repair or be fatal. It's not the definitive diagnosis of concussion. You almost certainly sustained a concussion if you had memory loss and the repeating question symptom and I'm sure further timely neuropsych testing would reveal the extent. If it didn't, you're one lucky cyclist. But it's important to know if you did sustain a concussion with respect to your medical history and if you sustain a head injury in the future. That all said, since damage is nonlinear with acceleration, the MIPs and the helmet almost certainly made this injury to be far less than it could have been. A small reduction in acceleration experienced by the brain pays off huge. Glad you lived to ride again.

Avg. ride time: 16m per week
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Great fit, awesome looks

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

Probably one of the few helmets that fits me really well on my bald head. Feels fantastic under the hyper-humid 90 degree weather of Washington DC. I also like the concept of MIPS. Obviously, I can't say how it feels against the ground but, I can tell you that putting aside all the technology talk and why it protects you better; it will definitely take you a bit to get over the initial impression of taking this helmet out of the box. The design is just amazing. Beautiful. The smith logo on the sides is a nice touch too.

Fits Great, Breathes Great

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Love it. I've now had the opportunity to wear it quite a bit and have been vey pleased with its adjustability for a great fit. I wanted MIPS and breathability... this helmet is excellent. I would have to say the airflow exceeded my expectations. I recommend it; you will not be disappointed. On a long ride in blistering sun, you will be glad you bought this helmet.

Avg. ride time: 5h 54m per week
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Extremely comfortable

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

My wife ordered this helmet for it's aerodynamic benefits and was very pleasantly surprised by it's comfort. The honeycomb lining provides plenty of ventilation and the adjustable fit is perfect. Great helmet and even better when paired with the Smith riding glasses.