Smith Launches New Route and Rover Bike Helmets - Video

Jun 21, 2016 at 2:39
by Smith Optics  
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Adding to its comprehensive collection of award-winning performance cycling headwear, Smith announces the launch of the new Route and Rover bike helmets. Built for the everyday rider, both models incorporate enhanced safety materials, sleek design and a customized fit system for cyclists pursuing their thrill on the road or out on the trail.


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Comprised of proven lightweight in-mold Aerocore™ construction, featuring Koroyd® technology, both helmet models utilize zonal ventilated protection in targeted impact areas to offer safeguarded coverage where and when it matters most. Built for the road, the Route offers optimized AirEvac ventilation through 18 vents and channels for added heat dispersion along any paved ride. For the trail-seeking wanderer, the Rover boasts 20 optimized vents and an integrated visor for all-mountain riding. Both helmets include AirEvacventilation, anti-microbial X-Static performance liners with Reactive Cooling, ultra light single layer webbing, and a VaporFit™ adjustable fit system for increased comfort.


The Rover
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The Route and Rover helmets represent a movement within Smith to bring the award winning technologies found in our popular Forefront and Overtake helmets to the everyday rider said Graham Sours, Smith Helmet Category Manager. We ride on the road, in the dirt, and commute by bike and these new models exemplify all of us as cyclists in our own unique way. Smith helmets are created to efficiently absorb direct impacts, and all colorways of the Route and Rover are available with an optional multi-directional impact protection system (MIPS®) lining that reduces rotational forces that the brain is exposed to during oblique impacts to the head. When combined with MIPS, the helmet liner is separated from the head by a low-friction slip plane that allows the head to slide during impact and may reduce instances of traumatic brain injuries. The low-profile helmet designs seamlessly to integrate with Smith’s collection of performance eyewear, including the best-selling PivLock interchangeable shields and the recently launched Squad MTB goggle.

The Route road helmet and Rover mountain bike helmet (MSRP $150, $180 with MIPS liner), along with the entire collection of Smith’s bike offerings, are available now at specialty retailers worldwide and smithoptics.com. About Smith: Originating from Sun Valley, Idaho, Smith was founded in 1965 with the invention of the first snow goggle featuring a sealed thermal lens and breathable vent foam.


The Route
Smith Launches New Route and Rover Bike Helmets
Smith Launches New Route and Rover Bike Helmets
Smith Launches New Route and Rover Bike Helmets
Smith Launches New Route and Rover Bike Helmets
Smith Launches New Route and Rover Bike Helmets
Smith Launches New Route and Rover Bike Helmets
Smith Launches New Route and Rover Bike Helmets
Smith Launches New Route and Rover Bike Helmets

With 50 years of innovation and design experience, Smith is widely known today as an industry leader that pioneers advanced eyewear and helmets that incorporate dynamic technologies, optimized performance and clean styling to fuel fun beyond walls. Smith seeks to power thrilling experiences in snow, surf, bike, fish and peak performance outdoor adventures with a comprehensive collection that exudes modern style and vibrant personality. To Smith, the experience is everything. Smith is part of Safilo Group.

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63 Comments

  • 21 1
 They may look strange, but the Forefront is the most comfortable, and well fitting I've ever tried. If the fit on these is equally good, I'd gladly buy one - especially as the styling is significantly more conventional than the Forefront or Overtake.
  • 11 2
 Smith helmets could use a bit more venting but they are hands-down the best fitting helmets on the market (for my noggin). Great build quality too.

If they've kept the fit of the Forefront, these should be welcome additions to Smith's lineup. Nice work Smith!
  • 16 2
 @bogey: I upvoted you just for the use of the word "noggin".
  • 3 2
 was just thinking how ugly the forefront is this past weekend. These look a lot better!
  • 1 0
 The colors are sweet also! Really like the matte slate blue and matte maroon!
  • 3 1
 @racerfacer: Maybe they got somebody with actual functioning eyes to design these ones?
  • 3 0
 The forefront looks fine to me, I don't know what the thought process was on the overtake
  • 12 0
 I have broken several helmets and I can assure you that my helmet slid a little bit on my head. . . Hair is the poor mans MIPS.
  • 31 0
 Some of us don't have the luxury of hair.
  • 5 0
 @deli-hustler: better lube that head up!
  • 8 0
 @deli-hustler: guys with hair have the hair problem...washing, brushing, cuts $$$$
  • 9 1
 @unrooted: Lube is for newbs. Kashima coat your scalp!
  • 2 0
 Gotta watch the sunburn through the vents. Found that out the hardway!
  • 2 0
 Doo-rag = MIPS ?
  • 2 0
 @slowrider73: I've suffered from the very same and it hurts.
  • 2 0
 It's probably better for the cooler environments since it looks like the venting remains poor. Look at the angle of the aerocore holes... they do not allow air to flow into the helmet unless you rotate your head so that the wind hits the holes straight on. I have the Forefront, it fits well, but cooks your noggin.
  • 3 1
 A ride partner was hauled off in an ambulance today; after pedal striking a tree stub that was cut 6'' from the ground and was hidden by overgrowth. The crash rendered His helmet split and Him a bad concussion with possible fractures on the body ! WEAR THAT HELMET!!!
  • 3 0
 Also, don't leave pungi sticks when doing trailwork.
  • 6 3
 Someone needs to check all the photos are uploaded before publishing. There is a glaring hole where a helmet should be near the bottom of the Route Helmet section.
  • 4 0
 The bit just after the first three pictures, they should have saved that for April Fools.
  • 2 0
 "Comprised of proven lightweight in-mold Aerocore™ construction, featuring Koroyd® technology, both helmet models utilize zonal ventilated protection in targeted impact areas to offer safeguarded coverage where and when it matters most. Built for the road, the Route offers optimized AirEvac ventilation through 18 vents and channels for added heat dispersion along any paved ride. For the trail-seeking wanderer, the Rover boasts 20 optimized vents and an integrated visor for all-mountain riding. Both helmets include AirEvacventilation, anti-microbial X-Static performance liners with Reactive Cooling, ultra light single layer webbing, and a VaporFit™ adjustable fit system for increased comfort."

complete marketing garbbly gook haha
  • 1 1
 Smith would have done better with this article by just putting the pics, prices and weights up and spare us all the marketing rubbish! .......they look good, cost appropriate and weights are ok. Im interested in their helmets now! Simple!
  • 3 0
 Commuter/bike path helmets on PB...


RIDE, for the love of GOD RIDE!!!!!! The end times are near....
  • 5 2
 They are literally the same helmet with a visor differentiating.
  • 2 0
 I'm also going to rag on Smith a bit here: www.smithoptics.com/us/route-rover?utm_source=pinkbike&utm_medium=digital-ad&utm_campaign=Route%20Rover

Really? Why would we care what a bartender or finance person think about a bike helmet? Oh a hipster bartender likes biking! oh finally some mainstream acceptance within the finance community, can't wait to be cool now. Or do I need that helmet first?
  • 3 0
 Can someone say DNA sample taker?
  • 9 6
 I'll stick with Kali Protectives.
  • 1 0
 LOL.. SOOOO the Difference is a Sun Visor.. Mmmkay, Not hatin, just thinking out loud~ u really needed 2 different names/categories to add or remove a sun visor??
  • 2 0
 These vents are getting really big.
  • 1 0
 My Forefront is the best, sometimes I shower and go to bed still wearing it.
  • 1 0
 anyone found where they are available online?
  • 3 0
 They are shipping to SMITH Bike shops this week! We will have a finder on the website shortly. They will also come online in August.
  • 1 0
 @SmithOptics: awesome! Can you tell me which dealer in my area will have them? Zip- 37212
  • 1 0
 Understated...which is good...
  • 1 0
 ...also, that office dude...Keep shit loose mate....never tight
  • 1 0
 Will it fit in my fanny pack?
  • 1 0
 Never heard of the company adeedas
  • 1 0
 Smith...Yawn...Kali Protective's ...Yes!!
  • 7 8
 now i didn't read the article but it looks like two pretty much identical helmets but one has a 30 dollar visor.
  • 18 0
 You're right, you didn't read the article! They both have the same listed price! The extra $30 is for a MIPS liner.
  • 2 1
 @ratedgg13: ah thanks clearing that upSmile
  • 1 0
 nice colors!
  • 1 0
 Still too expensive
  • 1 0
 Fuel the machine.
  • 2 5
 The new Lazer helmet is the best fitting helmet I've tried, and I own a Forefront
  • 1 0
 Is that the one with the optional chin guard?
  • 1 0
 @deli-hustler: no I tried on the the Lazer Z1 mips which is a road helmet , very comfortable!! It seemed comparable to the Smith which is why I made the comparison.
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