Great fit, decent value and smart looks, just a tad warmer than other helmets
Nov 5 2018
Wide array of colours available, from glossy bright colours to subtle matte colours
A tad warmer than fully open vented helmets
Large peak may put people off from an aesthetic point of view
You want MIPS and Koroyd technology on a smaller budget
The Smith Rover is a great evolution of the previous Smith helmets; while it still offers the Keroyd technology (that’s the “straws” in the vents for added impact damping) it also has some larger, more open, vents at the rear, and it now comes with MIPS technology. It's also a chunk cheaper than the Forefront.
I gotta say, I’m loving these new, subtle, matte-finish colours. Although there are bright colours available, the Matte Charcoal on test here really suited the sleek and modern aesthetics of the Rover helmet. I can’t say I’m a massive fan of the large peak; however, as I couldn’t help but think it looked like the spaceship from Flight of the Navigator when I looked sideways (the youngun won’t get that reference, I know), but it was rather useful in the low autumn sun.
The fit is very comfortable if a bit on the larger side in comparison to other brands, but the Rover does feel like it’s perched rather than engulfing. This didn’t prove to be a problem out on the trail; as there was no movement or worry that it would fall off, but it took a few rides to get used to, as my usual helmet (an Endura MT500) comes further down the back of the head and towards the ears.
The perched position of the Rover did compliment the extra cooling properties, however, and it was noticeably cooler than the MT500 on hot days, which has full Koroyd in all vents. But despite all this, the Rover is still a touch warmer than other competitive helmets with no Koroyd technology, so you’ve really got to like the looks or want the safety features to opt for this helmet over others.
The straps were easily adjustable and didn’t come loose during a ride. The tension system was also easy to use and comfortable once in place. Thankfully I didn’t properly test the MIPS (which focuses on protecting the brain during rotational impacts) or the other safety features in a crash, but I certainly felt secure knowing it was there.
All in all, I may not like the extra long visor, and the Koroyd can be a tad warm in hot weather, but aside from these personal gripes, it is a good-looking helmet at a fair price - though heavy discounts are available if you look around.