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Smith Podium TT MIPS Helmet
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Item # SMI00FO

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Item # SMI00FO

Description

Flying egg.

You kicked off last season with a Merckx-style time trial attempt in a sea of fully kitted TT rigs and learned the hard way that your GC ambitions can go out the door in a decidedly non-aero snap—regardless of how much packing tape you put across your road helmet vents. This year though, you're back and much better prepared with the proper bike, pinned up in a size too small skinsuit, slick shoe covers, and a shiny new Smith Podium TT MIPS Helmet to complete the kit.

You unclip from the trainer and get the disc wheel in place, grab a last minute swig of energy, and double check the light conditions before choosing your lens and nestling it quickly onto your helmet as the final piece in the day's wind-cheating puzzle. The helmet's blunted tail means that the day's changing wind conditions and occasional lapses in form won't take as severe a toll on your efforts as the foot-long dorsal fin of a traditional aerodynamic lid.

Staging and gear checks completed, you arrive in the start house and fend off the nerves with a final helmet fit adjustment, wait for the countdown, and power off the start ramp with the confidence that this year is the year you get to the finish line first.

  • Smith brings its Aerocore technology to time trial specialists
  • Shell shaping and rear vents reduce drag across yaw angles
  • Koroyd material provides lightweight protection
  • MIPS technology reduces rotational force in certain crashes
  • VaporFit retention system dials in a customized fit
  • Stay cool with X-Static lining and Reactive Cooling Performance
  • Magnetic visor snaps quickly and securely into place
  • Includes ChromaPop lens and Clear lens for various conditions

Tech Specs

Shell Material:
Aerocore In-mold
Impact Foam:
Koroyd
Ventilation:
2 rear exhaust vents
Fit Adjustment:
VaporFit Adjustable Fit System, AirEvac Ventilation
Claimed Weight:
330g
Recommended Use:
time trail, triathlon, 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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Good, but with one minor quibble.

  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: Medium

This is a follow-up to my first review. I did get the fit dialed, and with the use of a Halo Headband (which really work great, by the way) I got the helmet to remain positioned properly and prevent slipping too low on my forehead. However, there still remains the issue with wind noise. It seems to be a bit less with the use of the headband; however, if I allow my head to drop very low, and depending on wind direction and speed, the airflow whistles through the honeycomb vent in the rear, emitting what sounds like a loud high-pitched scream. The first time you hear it it is quite startling! To reiterate what my moto-racer friend said, "at least you know there is air flowing through the helmet." I guess that's more incentive to keep my head up and not break form. If I didn't experience this annoyance, I would clearly give five stars. I am eager to know if any other owners experience the same issue.

Still Evaluating

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

Through nearly twenty years of time-trialing I have tried nearly all the brands of TT helmets from Spiuk, Rudy, Giro, Bell, and LG. On looks alone the new Podium should be worth a few seconds; however, after wearing the lid for the first time last night in competition I have a few quibbles. First off, the helmet produced an extremely loud and annoying whistle that was so loud that it startled me the first time I heard it! I suppose it's good to know that air is actually flowing through the helmet, but it was so loud that I literally thought someone was coming up behind me and yelling at me. Perhaps it is unique to the shape of my head, but if it persists it might be a problem. Secondly, despite a good, secure fit, the helmet still dropped down low on my forehead after hitting some bumps, so much so that it impeded my vision. This has been a perpetual problem with all the brands I have worn, as all helmets sit low on my head and I ride with a fairly extreme head-down position. Nevertheless, I can probably rectify that by wearing a sweatband to keep the lid from sliding down. All in all, I can say that this is an extremely well-made helmet ( which it should be for the price!), and the shield retention system is really slick. I will be racing with it again next week and hopefully can get it dialed. I will issue a follow-up report as the season progresses.