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Smith Optics, aware of the advances in helmet technology, figured out a way to add the Mips protection system to their Overtake Helmet. The result is a highly-ventilated aero road helmet that offers greater angular impact protection.

Mips, or Multi-directional Impact Protection System, is the latest innovation in helmet technology. It allows the helmet to rotate slightly as it impacts the ground. This reduces the force on the head in rotational crashes, another way of describing it is rotational inertia, which, when you think about it, is probably a big portion of crashes.

Mips is, effectively, a liner that is secured to your head, and then attached with elastic to the hard interior of the helmet. Smith cored it out to the bare minimum, so it will barely reduce any venting that goes on with the Koroyd Aerocore material.

That Koroyd stuff is the big thing about the Overtake. Koroyd is kind of like a mass of rigid, hollow, plastic straws molded together. The “straws” are light and compact, and you need less thick Koroyd to equal similarly protective EPS. The second benefit to Koroyd is that the “straws” are hollow, and can be oriented to both aid in air intake and air exhaust. The Koroyd panels are oriented so that the panels in the front half of the helmet allow air in, while the panels on the back half of the helmet are for exhaust, or letting air out. For the venting characteristics, they call it Aerocore. With the protection doubling as venting, Smith made the pads as small and unobtrusive as possible to maximize airflow. They sit on the secondary retention system only where they’re absolutely needed.

The Koroyd contributes to the small shape of the helmet, which sits closer to the head than many a helmet. This, along with the EPS panels, help make the Overtake the second most aero road helmet on the market. It’s a close second behind the Specialized Evade, but thanks to Koroyd, it cools much better.

There are lots of smart features in the Overtake. One that can’t be seen in the picture is the ability to dock sunglasses on the helmet. Most aero helmets, with fewer vents, lost that ability. Smith brings it back. Sunglasses can be mounted upside down, upside up, or backwards, depending on your preference. There’s a ridge on the hard plastic that the temples will flex against, holding them in place.

The Smith Overtake Mips Helmet brings the latest head protection technology to one of the fastest aero road helmets on the market.

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