The latest addition.
Smith’s gradual migration into the world of cycling helmets has been an exciting one to watch, as the brand's innovative designs represent a new approach to safety that stands on its own next to tried-and-true classics. Inspired by Smith's Overtake, the all-new Route Helmet comes with a more palatable price tag and an airier design.
Rather than focus exclusively on racers, Smith targeted the Route at commuters and everyday cyclists. That means using less of its Koroyd material and more EPS foam in a design that meets the breathability and ventilation standards of its Aerocore design ethos without sacrificing safety.
Koroyd itself has evoked all manner of comparisons—our favorite being honeycomb—but its safety benefits aren’t a gimmick; according to Smith, the material compresses upon impact to offer better protection than the standard EPS/polycarbonate In-Mold construction that’s been ubiquitous across the helmet industry for years now. Smith still uses EPS in the shell, meaning you’ll still get the protection of the traditional EPS foam in the event of an impact, but the Aerocore construction further boosts its protective properties.
A wealth of 18 vents strategically carved into the helmet feed air through its AirEvac ventilation system to help you shed heat through your head. Smith also includes its one-handed VaporFit adjustment system—which adjusts on-the-go via a quick spin of a dial—and an assortment of breathable X-Static pads made with a cooling synthetic liner help prevent sweat buildup and add cushion to your ride.
- A road helmet with innovative safety technology
- Lighter, more ventilated design ideal for summer rides
- Aerocore material enhances impact protection
- Clean aesthetics are versatile for multiple disciplines
- Adjustable fit and X-Static pads for comfort
- Q & A
Very comfortable helmet with excellent air flow. Sunglasses do become a bit snug but nothing unbearable.
Pretty Good Helmet
This is a pretty good helmet. Fits well, appears to offer great protection and adjustable fit.
Sunglasses interface, or being able to slide/fit sunglasses into the helmet just does not work, at all, even with Smith Pivlock shades. I tried, and they bounce right off. However, expected that, and can't be disappointed.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I had a forefront before buying this helmet, as it was the most comfortable thing to ever rest on my head, so i thought, why not try the route.
well, i give it a 5 out of 5. significantly more airflow than the forefront, solid retention system, and overall very comfortable.
one thing to notice is the shape and sizing are a little different than the forefront, (for me), and I have a Large forefront and started with a Large Route, I am going to size down on the route to a medium, as it was a bit large and pushing my sunglasses down while riding.