New Smith Route and Rover helmets

Feature Koroyd-EPS blended liner, more friendly price points

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The new Rover and Route are the latest Koroyd equipped helmets from Smith.

The new Smith Rover and Route helmets with Koroyd (click to enlarge).

The majority of cycling helmets are made using an EPS foam liner. This material is effective at defusing impacts above a certain speed, but does not crush early enough to address sub-concussive impacts. That’s why several brands have begun experimenting with non-foam liners, which can be tuned for lower speed impacts, yet still offer protection against larger hits.

The unique properties of Koroyd give Smith helmets a distinct look.

The unique properties of Koroyd give Smith helmets a distinct look (click to enlarge).

One such brand is Smith, whose helmets are built using a combination of traditional and nontraditional materials. The main protective structure is made from Koroyd, which consists of thermally welded plastic tubes whose thickness can be adjusted precisely for specific impact zones.

The main difference between the road oriented Rover and MTB ready Route is the visor.

The main difference between the road oriented Rover and MTB ready Route is the visor (click to enlarge).

This blend of technology is exciting from a safety perspective, but with a retail price of over $200, the helmets were on the expensive side. That’s changed with the new Rover and Route.

Both of these helmets are built using a combination of Koroyd and EPS, and have a base price of $150, wile a MIPS version is available for $30 more.

Learn more at www.smithoptics.com.

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