Athletes should thank the aerospace engineers. Back in the ’60s, it was NASA and the U.S. Air Force who first tested the strength of carbon fiber; decades later, we’re still dependent on it. New for this millenium is Koroyd, a surface made from tens of thousands of co-polymer extruded tubes thermally welded together. Like carbon fiber before it, Koroyd is making athletes lighter and faster. And in the spirit of good progress, Koroyd’s greatest strength is also making us safer — for example, in Smith Optics’s Overtake. Equipped with a Koroyd core, the helmet offers best-in-class ventilation, top-mark aerodynamics, and the best skull protection you can find. It’s the helmet of the future, and it’s available now.

Smith Overtake

Koroyd’s tubular construction lends breathability to the entire inner surface of the helmet; it vents like nothing else on the market. It also registers at only 250 grams, making it not only an airy lid, but a light one. And as with carbon fiber, light doesn’t mean weak. Koroyd crushes in an completely controlled manner, decelerating impact energy and reducing the potential of brain trauma. The Overtake also offers a multidirectional impact protection system, which absorbs oblique forces by allowing a small rotation between the outer and inner shells. This distributes impact and reduces stress to your brain’s most vulnerable spots…

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