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New Smith Triad Road, Gravel & XC Helmet Adds Another Option w/ Aleck CS Sensor

Smith Triad road gravel helmet with Aleck crash sensor actual weight-8
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Hot on the heels of their newest mountain bike helmet, the Payroll, Smith is ready with their next model – the Triad. Meant to be a versatile helmet with subdued styling, the Triad looks like a great option for road, gravel, XC, or adventure riding where a visor isn’t desired but increased protection is.

Continuing with their use of Koroyd for added protection and energy absorption, the Triad uses the material only along the sides of the helmet. That leaves the front and rear of the helmet vents completely open for increased ventilation. With the combination of MIPS and an integrated skeletal roll cage construction, the helmet is CPSC and CE EN 1078 certified.

Inside, the Smith VaporFit system offers 270º fit adjustment and three vertical adjustment positions for the cradle. The fit system is integrated into the Mips Evolve Core liner for a single layer inside the helmet. The Triad is also designed with the AirEvac ventilation system which is meant to integrate with Smith eyewear to help pull air from the helmet and keep glasses from fogging. You’ll find channels in the helmet designed to hold your glasses, which can be used with the glasses toward the front or the back of the helmet.

Smith Triad road gravel helmet with Aleck crash sensor straps

The helmet includes adjustable Y-Strap dividers and Ionic+ antimicrobial padding.

Aleck CS

Smith Triad road gravel helmet with Aleck crash sensor

The dial is where you’ll find the Aleck CS (crash sensor), which can now be found on the Payroll, Forefront 2, Trace, and Triad. The USB-C rechargeable device detects impacts and when paired with the Aleck app, it can alert your emergency contacts and nearby Aleck users that you’ve had a crash. The helmet includes a QR code on the hang tag with instructions to download the app, but our sample didn’t have much else.

It would be great if there was more instruction provided with the sensor or in the app, as I still have some unanswered questions like how to turn off the system so it won’t alert if packed in a suitcase for travel. I found out the hard way that you need to download the app and connect the helmet before plugging it in to charge. If you don’t, it makes the most terrible high-pitched noise presumably to alert you that it’s not paired to the app.

Our medium sample with Aleck CS weighs 305g, which compared to the Triad’s claimed weight of 290g likely means the sensor adds about 15g. Overall, the weight is very competitive with similar helmets like the new Specialized Search which checked in at 316g without a sensor (the Search is $30 cheaper though).

The Triad is offered in seven colors, though only the Limited Edition Matte Black/Topo version above includes the Aleck CS. Standard Triad helmets are priced at $190, while the Aleck version is $210.

Product Details

  • Aleck Crash Detection Sensor sends alerts in the event of a crash. It’s rechargeable and connects via Bluetooth to the companion Aleck phone app
  • Zonal KOROYD coverage for lightweight, energy-absorbing and ventilated impact protection
  • Mips Brain Protection System reduces rotational forces caused by angled impacts to the head
  • Integrated skeletal structure creates a roll cage for added strength and impact protection
  • CPSC and CE EN 1078 certified
  • Designed for ultimate integration with Smith performance eyewear for maximum comfort, venting and storage convenience
  • AirEvac ventilation system integrates with Smith eyewear for fog-free lenses
  • VaporFit dial adjustment system offers 270-degree fit adjustment with the turn of a dial
  • 19 fixed vents for consistent airflow
  • Ionic+ antimicrobial lining offers sweat-activated odor control
  • Lightweight, low-bulk single layer webbing
  • Y-strap divider keeps helmet straps flat and close to the face
  • Weight (Size M, Mips): 10 oz / 290 g

First Impressions

Overall, I really like the fit of the Triad and the VaporFit system makes it easy to dial in a snug fit. The helmet seems like it may be on the smaller side for a medium, but I have plenty of room to wear a cycling cap underneath. I needed to adjust the position of the Y-strap divider a bit, but it was easy enough to do. Like all similar dividers, they stick out a bit more along your jaw. As seen in the photo above, the sizing sticker leaves a small silhouette on the matte finish which doesn’t seem like it can be easily removed (an alcohol wipe and cleaner did nothing). I’ll update this if I find a way to remove it.

I’ll also update this with a more thorough first impression after wearing this on my ride into Sea Otter with Otso Cycles!


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1 month ago

Aleck is identical to the tocsen crash sensor, why doesn’t smith just use the same app?

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