PressCamp 2016: Smith launches new Rover MTB helmet

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Smith launched its Forefront helmet a couple of years ago now and it has proven popular with many riders, though the price put it out of the reach of many other riders. Smith has worked to produce a more affordable helmet, still using the Koroyd material (you know, the stuff that looks like drinking straws all together), while also trying to increase ventilation and user-friendliness.

Smith Rover

Enter the new Smith Rover (and its road cousin, the Route). It features much bigger, emptier, vents than the Forefront, but there’s still the wonder absorption material on the sides of the head, where most helmets take a hit.

The good news is that the helmets will come in a MIPS and non MIPS version for significantly less than the Forefront (which will carry on). The UK prices, from distributor Ultrasport are set to be £120 for the MIPS version and £100 for the regular version.

There’s still eyewear storage on the Rover
Not all colours are bright either
The rear also has a hollow that’s ideal for goggle strap buckles
Or running a blinky light too

Smith Route

The Smith Route (that it pronounces ‘Rout’) is the road version. Similar at the front, though without a peak, there’s a little less rear coverage. Price is the same.


To match sir’s Bianchi?
We like this worn camo look
Some of the Route family

Unlike many launches, the Smith Rover is already shipping to dealers so you should see it any moment now.


Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (2)

    Mesh in the sides & not the front?
    Should one wear these helmets side ways?

    Weight? not on website either

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