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Smith launches new road helmet, the Overtake

Published June 24, 2014

KETCHUM, Idaho (BRAIN) — Smith Optics, which introduced a mountain bike helmet constructed with an unusual material last year, is now launching a matching road bike helmet, called the Overtake.

Like the Forefront offroad lid, the Overtake is made with Koroyd in place of traditional EPS foam. Koroyd, a polymer, is formed into an array of cores said to absorb 30 percent more energy than EPS. The material is porous, allowing air to flow through it for ventilation, and it reduces the helmet’s profile, allowing a more aerodynamic helmet.

The Overtake weighs 250 grams and has an aerodynamic profile developed with Computational Fluid Dynamics software and wind tunnel use. The company claims the new helmet matches the aero performance of the best aero road helmets on the market, with superior ventilation, lower weight, and better impact protection.

The Overtake has 21 vents, a dial-operated fit system, and sunglass integration. Three adult helmet sizes and 12 color options will be available. Some models also include MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system) liners to reduce the rotational forces to the brain during impacts.

The Overtake will debut at Eurobike in August and will be available in late fall. MSRP will be $250, or $310 with MIPS.

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