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Smith Optics Trace Bike Helmet $109.00 with M.I.P.S at AL's

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Als.com has the Smith Optics Trace Bike Helmet (normally $260) on sale for $109 for select colors and sizes.

(This went on sale while I was waiting for the REI anniversary sale to buy a new Smith helmet)

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SMITH OPTICS TRACE BIKE HELMET

Long winding descents and race-day lead-outs, the Smith Trace is all about versatility. Road, gravel or bikepacking, this bike helmet pairs complete Koroyd® with MIPS® for protection you can trust if the route gets hairy. And when the day heats up, you'll stay cool thanks to internal air channels with intake and exhaust ports that keep the air flowing. Side channels let you securely stash your sunglasses when you don't need them, and when you do, our AirEvac™ ventilation system prevents them from fogging up.

Free shipping with orders over $45

https://www.als.com/smitho-helmet-trace-mips/p
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Has MIPS will endorse
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Damn, the orange/blue helmet in Large is not on sale, but the Medium is. I guess I'll wait for the REI sale next weekend. Thank you anyway!
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Limited to the matte green in size L for this price. More options in S and M.

Here is the size chart:

S
20 - 22in
(51 - 55cm)

M
22 - 23in
(55 - 59cm)

L
23 - 25in
(59 - 63cm)
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Green is gone. Good deal. Sizes won't last at this price.
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Thumbs up for a bike deal. 👍
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can someone educate me why a bike helmet this expensive still consider a deal? is the real regular really $260? does it have like special feature when you crash the helmet become a full protective suit or something like that?
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Thumbs up even if no fat-head availability...
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can someone educate me why a bike helmet this expensive still consider a deal? is the real regular really $260? does it have like special feature when you crash the helmet become a full protective suit or something like that?
It's like a economy car vs super exotic car.

Both get you from point A to point B, The difference is aerodynamics, style, branding, research, testing, parts, etc etc.
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can someone educate me why a bike helmet this expensive still consider a deal? is the real regular really $260? does it have like special feature when you crash the helmet become a full protective suit or something like that?
For sure does more than a $3000 bag, yet ladies would go crazy to get a $6000 bag half off....

It is a high end helmet for a sport that has normalized high end $$ and glorifies diminishing returns.

It is no different than people spending 4 figures for a phone they totally not need (and still doesn't make coffee), but this is normalized now, but bike helmets are not. You are not happy with the flip phone from Walmart, others are not happy with $25 bike helmets.
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can someone educate me why a bike helmet this expensive still consider a deal? is the real regular really $260? does it have like special feature when you crash the helmet become a full protective suit or something like that?
In addition to what others have said, which is all true, this helmet also has MIPS - a piece of licensed technology that's meant to reduce brain injury from rotational forces during impacts.

Brands incorporate this technology at the cost of the license which gets baked into the cost to the consumer.

If you're into any outdoor sports, you may have heard of BOA lace systems. Similar situation. If you wanna have BOA laces on your snowboarding boots or road bike shoes, you're gonna pay extra.
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Nothing available in size medium for this price
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Still available
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These are solid helmets. I have the forefront 2 for mountain biking and love it.
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Why is this expired. Size S is available at this price.
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