Summer is here and with it comes the heat. For those of you that bike…
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The Smith Forefront is currently my favorite mountain bike helmet so I am excited to see that the company plans to now launch a road bike helmet. Dubbed the Overtake, the helmet features the same Aerocore construction that uses Koroyd in place of traditional EPS foam.
Koroyd is said to absorb 30 percent more energy than EPS foam. The material is porous, allowing air to flow through for ventilation, while reducing the helmet’s profile at the same time. The strength of the Aerocore construction enables more vents—the Overtake features 21 vents across the helmet. I have found with the Forefront that although the material is porous, you don’t get quite as much airflow as you would with a completely open vent, but definitely more than you would covered in EPS foam.
If the key to getting urban cyclists to wear a helmet is to ultimately design a bike helmet that doesn't look like one, these two European companies might be on the right track. Rockwell Headgear and Hövding have each taken a different approach to make wearing a helmet while riding around the city look pretty darn cool.