The Smith Podium is probably triathlon’s worst-kept secret; we saw Jodie Swallow, Paul Matthews and Callum Millward wearing this helmet that Smith was quite mum about. Until Interbike.
The blunted aero helmet is a truly unique design, incorporating not only MIPS technology (one of very few brands building this technology into its aero helmets), but also the Koroyd cellular impact material. The signature Koroyd material mainly at the aft (doubling as an aero port) but provides increased impact protection over just EPS foam.
Since the helmet was prototyped for over a year (on the heads of the athletes above as well as the UHC Pro Cycling Team), Smith dialed it. The front lens (easily removable and reversible via strong magnets along the helmet’s browline and temples) matches Smith’s existing eyewear, and athletes have been providing feedback about little to no fogging, even in humid conditions, as well as remarking about the helmet’s light weight (a challenge given the unwieldy weight of many aero helmets).
The helmet weighs in at 360 grams in medium, and will come in two sizes: medium and large. Smith says it’ll be on the market in March… and of course look for the three above triathletes to be running it less than two weeks from now in Kona. It will price at $350.