The starter helmet you’ve had for, well, you can’t quite remember how many years now, has served you loyally in everything from beginner spills to over-the-handlebar launches. We know it’s hard to part with such an essential part of your kit, but believe us, it’ll be better for you in the long run. Once the EPS foam in Ol’ Reliable reaches a certain age, it doesn’t protect you as well as it should. Plus, with the impressive crop of new designs on offer this year, an upgrade will just be plain fun. We particularly like the looks of Smith’s latest off-road release, the Rover Helmet. Constructed to protect you without overwhelming, the Rover comes with a more affordable price than Smith’s previous offerings, which is something we can always get behind.
Since they were introduced, Smith bike helmets have been known for the standout material that sits underneath their vents. It's called Koroyd, it looks like honeycomb, and it's Smith’s proprietary take on impact protection. The innovative tubes compress when Koroyd takes a hit, absorbing shock alongside the usual In-Mold polycarbonate shell and EPS foam duo. Smith sets the Rover apart from its original mountain helmet, the Forefront, by using Koroyd more sparingly, thus creating a lighter, more breathable design and saving the above-mentioned cash. Equipping the helmet for run-ins with unyielding trail furniture, Smith carries over the generous coverage of the Forefront to the Rover, extending coverage along the temples and back of the head for increased protection.
As a relative newcomer to the world of bike helmets, Smith demonstrates it learned a thing or two making snow sports gear first by adding effective ventilation and fit adjustment to all of its cycling helmets. Features like the efficient VaporFit Adjustable Fit system and the network of 18 vents as part of Smith’s AirEvac ventilation system demonstrate why Smith has made such a seamless transition into making four seasons of gear. No kinks to be worked out in this design; the Rover comes ready to accompany you to the brown pow and keep you safe when you go a little too big.
- An airy helmet rugged enough for off-road bruises
- Forefront-inspired design is lighter and more breathable
- Extended coverage along the temples and back of head
- One-handed size adjustment for customized fit
- 18 vents keep air moving through the helmet