Smith Overtake MIPS helmet review

The Overtake is Smith’s top road helmet, incorporating its koroyd honeycomb structure and now with MIPS as standard

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

The Overtake MIPS is a nice looking helmet with a quality design. Its koroyd layer provides more crash protection than polystyrene and it comes with MIPS too.

Reasons to buy
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    Open, aero design

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    Koroyd impact protection – and acts as a bug net too

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    MIPS liner

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Reasons to avoid
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    Wide brim to front of helmet

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    Feels a bit hotter than some at lower speeds

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Unlike most helmets, where the polystyrene body provides impact protection too, Smith has incorporated a layer of koroyd within the outer shell. Smith says that this provides more protection than polystyrene, as it’s more crushable.

Since it surrounds the whole head, it also provides more structure to the helmet than a standard vented design. This allows Smith to provide the Overtake with larger openings, helping with air circulation and cooling.

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Paul Norman

Paul started writing for Cycling Weekly in 2015, covering cycling tech, new bikes and product testing. Since then, he’s reviewed hundreds of bikes and thousands of other pieces of cycling equipment for the magazine and the Cycling Weekly website.

He’s been cycling for a lot longer than that though and his travels by bike have taken him all around Europe and to California. He’s been riding gravel since before gravel bikes existed too, riding a cyclocross bike through the Chilterns and along the South Downs.