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$80.99

Chain Reaction Cycles

Route Helmet 2017

1530107272524

1530107272524

$81.31

Bike24

Route Helmet 2017 - Matte White

1540004703384

1540004703384

$120.00

Bike Bling

Smith Optics Route Helmet Matte Reactor

1527971686206

1527971686206

$54.00

Competitive Cyclist

Route Helmet

1533271120983

1533271120983

$120.00

Bike Bling

Smith Optics Route Helmet Matte Black

1540004710185

1540004710185

$120.00

Bike Bling

Smith Optics Route Helmet Matte White

1527971685528

1527971685528

$120.00

Bike Bling

Smith Optics Route Helmet Matte Charcoal

1540004719917

1540004719917

$120.00

Bike Bling

Smith Optics Route Helmet Matte White

1527971687165

1527971687165

$120.00

Bike Bling

Smith Optics Route Helmet Matte Black

1540004729809

1540004729809

$120.00

Bike Bling

Smith Optics Route Helmet Matte Charcoal

1540004734557

1540004734557

$120.00

Bike Bling

Smith Optics Route Helmet Matte Reactor

1527971687725

1527971687725

$81.58

Bike24

Route Helmet - Matte Black

1527665831556

1527665831556

$80.99

Chain Reaction Cycles

Route Helmet

1530107268113

1530107268113

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Categories: Helmets

The Smith Route helmet is a stylish and comfortable road cycling helmet that comes in a variety of different colors. This model is a derivative of the earlier (and pricer) Smith models, but still contains the features that make this helmet top of the line. The size and number of the vents paired with the mesh material on the inside of the helmet make it more breathable than earlier models, but just as safe.

The Route Helmet is available for purchase in several different colors, so when purchasing, please make sure that you have clicked on the link for the correct color, because some vendors only have one color available per link. The Route helmet is just about the exact same as the Route MIPS helmet, with the exception that this one does not offer MIPS technology. 

To keep the rider safe in the event of a crash, the Route helmet features Koroyd technology to absorb impact and offer increased protection. One drawback to the use of Koroyd in the Route is that it also acts as an insulator, meaning that the ventilation isn't as comprehensive. Liam Cahill at Road.cc describes that "[his] head did get quite hot when the conditions were a little warm. The Koroyd isn't brilliantly breathable and the added bulk seems to block a lot of the airflow." In addition, the Route doesn't lend itself to be a very aerodynamic helmet, but it doesn't claim to be one, so if you are looking for something a little more sleek we would recommend looking elsewhere. As for comfort, vendor and user reviews all seem to agree that the straps as well as the dial adjuster fit well, and that the helmet was very pleasant to wear on a ride. In addition, it seems that the helmet is set up in such a way that allows the rider to use a wide variety of glasses, small or large, and experience minimal if any helmet interference.

At $120 MSRP (and less through certain vendors on our site), the Route helmet does an excellent job of protecting the rider. Though its ventilation system can at times keep the rider's head a bit warm, this can be a highly valued piece of equipment for those that ride frequently in colder weather. 

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