Finding the right aero helmet can be a challenge. There are a number of boxes that can be tricky to check, firstly, aerodynamics, then breathability, comfort, fit, and style. The first few may be easy to tick, but many aero helmets are a bit lacking when it comes to the aesthetic department, and result in you resembling a bobble-head or cartoon character. In spite of the challenge in the design department, Smith has pushed beyond the competition to deliver a helmet that offers protection, aerodynamics, ventilation, and it looks damn good too, with the Ignite MIPS Helmet. The Ignite is built with Smith's signature Aerocore in-mold construction, combing a hard polycarbonate shell with EPS foam, and Koroyd material that keeps ventilation a priority, while adding something to the protection game with a honeycomb structure. This model also packs in MIPS technology that's designed to help absorb impacts from rotational forces in certain kinds of crashes. Because breathability can be a challenge when helmets go aero, the designers at Smith pack in 8 vents that have been optimized to channel air inwards at the front, and pull warm air out in the back, helping you regulate temperature while you ride. Its finished off with the touches you'd expect from Smith, including an anti-odor performance lining, and VaporFit adjustable fit system that keeps you comfortable from mile one to 100.
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