2015 Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Helmets

By Jené Shaw and Julia Beeson Polloreno • Published

Smith Overtake (MIPS)

$290, Smithoptics.com
The draw: Superior ventilation and safety

The newest offering in Smith’s road helmet line is also its most aerodynamic and breathable. Within the sturdy exoskeleton, a lightweight honeycomb network of straw-like tubes wraps around the entire head, providing significant protection while allowing air to flow freely for max ventilation. MIPS, a new impact safety feature, reduces twisting force in a crash to lower the chances of a head injury. Pair this helmet with the brand’s Pivlock shades, which can be stored on the helmet in a variety of positions.
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