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