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Smith Rover MIPS Review

Smith Rover MIPS
Price:  $150 List | $105.00 at Competitive Cyclist
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Pros:  Awesome style, excellent compatibility between eyewear and helmet, great ventilation
Cons:  Minimal padding, non-adjustable visor
Bottom line:  Technology, style, and comfort - for all riding abilities.
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Rotational Impact Protection System?:  MIPS
Adjustable Visor?:  No
Number of vents:  18
Manufacturer:   Smith

Our Verdict

The Smith Rover is a solid choice for riders who want a well-designed, highly-breathable helmet. At $150, it was a high performer and fell in between a couple of award winners when it came to overall scoring. That said, the lack of visor adjustability might be a bummer for some riders. The Rover can hold its own due to the outstanding protection offered by the Koroyd material as well as the MIPS system. Additionally, it's obvious that the designers at Smith are paying attention, as the matte colors and designs are up-to-date and gorgeous.

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Our Analysis and Test Results

Review by:
Dustin Schaad

Last Updated:
March 19, 2018


The Smith Rover is somewhat of a newcomer to the world of bike helmets. Smith's history first making snow sports gear allowed them to represent the mountain biking world with high standards and quality design features, by adding effective ventilation and fit adjustment to all of its cycling helmets. Features like the efficient VaporFit Adjustable Fit system and the airy 18 vents as part of Smith's AirEvac ventilation system is why Smith has made such a seamless transition into making four seasons of gear. The Rover comes stacked ready to see you off for that big adventure on two wheels!

Performance Comparison

Smith Rover in action
Smith Rover in action


In comparison to the deluxe padding inside the Leatt DBX 3.0 or the Bell Stoker, the Rover feels good but could use an upgrade to the padding areas. Too much plastic, not enough padding. Like we mention in other reviews, helmets are very subjective. One brand of a helmet may fit your head just fine, but another may not - it's imperative that you try on the brands and style that you like before committing to the big purchase.

Smith Rover is a great looking helemet
Smith Rover is a great looking helemet


The compatibility between eyewear and helmet is a feature we look for during the testing of mountain bike helmets; the glasses fit perfect, but the lack of visor adjustment deters us from wearing goggles. As you can see in the pictures, the goggles still sit directly on the visor, but they fall off easily. Let's hope Smith makes the upgrades for 2018.

Goggle compatibility could use an upgrade.  Not being able to adjust the Visor really sucks. The goggles will rest directly on the visor  but not optimal
Smith Rover Goggles ON


The Rover is not the lightest helmet in the test but has a light, airy feel, much like the Giro Hex. Its stylish look, and excellent ventilation make for a great feel while climbing during those long warm days!


Zonal ventilated protection featuring patented koroyd material along with 18 Optimized Vents, and VaporFit adjustable fit system makes for one of the best-ventilated helmets on the market today.

Smith Rover Adjustment
Smith Rover


The Rover's MIPS technology is the latest in helmet innovation that focuses on protecting the brain during rotational impacts. Aerocore technology teams up with AirEvac for ventilation supreme while an adjustable fit system allows for easy on trail tweaks. Plus, if you ride with Smith's sunglasses or goggles, the compatibility between eyewear and helmet is on point.



The Rover provides excellent durability throughout the long testing days in the Sierra mountains. All the material held strong, including the visor and MIPs liner and we experienced no durability issues whatsoever.

Best Applications

The Rover MIPS is a trail helmet suited for backcountry tours, all-mountain adventures, and Enduro style riding. Featuring Smith's cutting-edge Koroyd technology, the Rover is ready for dirt with extra protection at key impact areas.


You can also purchase the Rover without MIPS for 150 bucks. The quality design, great features list, and full adjustment give the Rover amazing value.


The Smith Rover is one of the most stylish helmets we tested, with the exception of the award-winning Leatt DBX 3.0. It's such a well-designed helmet, but it could use a few tweaks. One being the padding and plastic inside the helmet, which have not been placed in the best locations.

Dustin Schaad

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