With IRONMAN Sweden 12 weeks away I am doing final purchases of needed equipment. This week I’m trying out an Aero Helmet from Smith Optics. The Smith Podium TT. So far I’ve taken it for an hour test ride where I was in aero for 60% of the ride. Sun was just rising which made for a great test since on similar situations with regular sunglasses I sometimes still find it difficult to not have that glare bother me. But with the shield it was perfect, no distraction from the sun whatsoever. As far as being in aero I felt the advantage/difference in wearing an aero helmet on this first test – disclaimer: first aero helmet ever. You could really feel the wind if you were to tilt your head left or right in the opposing wind direction. But if you’re in an optimal position all you here is silence as the wind flows over the helmet.
This is just the first test. But my first impression is I love my aero helmet. Can’t wait to really take it out on a longer ride.
The fit is perfect. At first I thought the flaps over the ear would be too tight against my cheekbone but that wasn’t the case. It all fits snug and is not a hinderance. I really love the shield and how easy it ease to interchange the clear vs the tinted. It attaches via a magnetic clip. Added bonus is the fact that the Podium comes with two sets of shields as oppose to some competing brands. At the discounted prices I had to go with and love the choice of the Smith Podium TT.
Coming from an hour test ride
Color Comparison, went with the more visible white – for safety and style
Comes in a really cool pod case
Interesting I use a podium in Dubai- too hot with visor in summer
Does your helmet whistle – mine does via the koroyd at the back which can become a roar if you ride head down
It does whistle but mostly if not tucked in aero. Otherwise awesome helmet.