Smith made some waves in the stagnant mountain bike helmet market by introducing Koroyd technology in the Forefront helmet. This technology mates the green Koroyd material with the EPS foam to reduce impact force by 40%. They also injected some fresh styling and colors into the category.
The Overtake helmet is the road version and it applies all the technology of the Forefront and uses the same head shape as well, which seems to fit a large variety of users. Styling on the Overtake seems to be quite dialed as well, as it is more streamlined and mature than the Forefront (albeit different categories).
New for Interbike is the introduction of MIPS models. MIPS is the technology that allows the helmet to rotate a bit during the crash. It is tested and has been proven to reduce concussions. What's cool about the Smith Overtake implementation as well, is the MIPS rotation is allowed on all axes (not just front to back as in earlier implementations).
The price for the Smith Overtake is $250 and $290 for MIPS version. It weighs in at 250 grams.
For more information visit www.smithoptics.com.
This article is part of RoadBikeReview's coverage of the 2014 Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. For more from Interbike CLICK HERE.