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  1. Hey guys, Today I went to pick up my bike from This Way Out and I was amazed how many cyclist I saw without helmets. Yeah, they are not in Tygerberg MTB Club or any other, but still... It is like riding a car without a safety belt. This one oke was driving on Fairtrees Rd (16:15) with medium traffic without a helmet. Best of all, he was driving an XTC Advanced 29er 2 LTD. Surely he can afford a helmet. There is also a dirt path which he could have followed instead of being on the road with cars flying by. I do not want to rant, but I am pretty stretch about wearing a helmet and will always be. No matter what the scenario. Heck, I even wear my helmet when visiting my friend in a residential area about 1km away. No Helmet No Ride
  2. Hi all, are the Cairbull helmets for sale on takealot any good? https://www.takealot.com/cairbull-alltrace-mtb-cycling-helmet/PLID65657399/reviews/1?gclid=Cj0KCQjw1PSDBhDbARIsAPeTqrcdgE2krUkdlcJPPsYZjdgidNxFFrDwsmgsLJAYikxLil95GnBItBwaAmccEALw_wcB&colour_variant=White&gclsrc=aw.ds&size=M Looking at a trail helmet with more coverage at the back, peak and looks cool (poser alert ) What other alternatives are there that are around the R1000 - R1500 mark? Thanks
  3. I'm looking to get feedback from people who have used the Leatt (formerly DBX) now MTB 3.0 Enduro full face helmet with the detachable chin bar in terms of comfort, durability (if you took a fall with it), airflow and how hot it gets in summer, I know a few years ago people had issues in terms of the clasps breaking off from the detachable chin bar? I have attached a link below to the 2021 version https://leatt.com/za/shop/mtb/protection/helmets/helmet-mtb-3-0-enduro-v21-sku-1021000640-W?selected-color=5440
  4. Debuted by the INEOS Grenadiers at Strade Bianche, the Wasabi features adjustable airflow channels and a moisture-wicking Merino wool lining - for every ride, whatever the conditions. Download attachment: wasabi2.jpg Click here to view the article
  5. 9 March 2021 - Chiuduno, Italy: Premium Italian helmet manufacturer KASK today reveals a sneak peak of its latest addition: the Wasabi. A high performance cycling helmet designed to be worn in all seasons by road, gravel and cyclocross riders, the new model made its first public appearance at the Strade Bianche on Saturday, 6 March. Featuring an adjustable airflow port that allows the wearer to easily increase or decrease ventilation depending on conditions, the Wasabi offers optimal comfort and thermoregulation. This neat feature, combined with a Merino wool lining by REDA, Italian styling and a highly aerodynamic profile, makes the Wasabi an exciting new introduction to KASK’s existing range of premium cycling helmets. Worn by and developed in collaboration with INEOS GrenadiersFollowing close collaboration with INEOS Grenadiers in the design and development of the Wasabi, eagle-eyed fans will have spotted the new model making an appearance by the team at the Strade Bianche on Saturday. As the rest of the 2021 season unfurls, the Wasabi will accompany the likes of World Time Trial Champion Filippo Ganna, 2020 Giro D'Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and exciting new talent taking on multiple disciplines, Tom Pidcock, for the INEOS Grenadiers’ upcoming pursuits - earning its credentials as a helmet fit for world-class riders. Adjustable airflow, optimum aeroThe Wasabi ensures temperature regulation like no other helmet, thanks to its adjustable airflow system. With the push of a finger, a centralised vent can be opened when conditions start to heat up, or closed when things cool down for a 1.5℃ internal temperature increase, when ridden at the same speed. With less than one watt lost between the helmet vent being opened and closed at 50km/h, wind tunnel testing confirms the Wasabi is one of the pro peloton’s fastest helmets - second only to KASK’s Utopia. Thanks to these impressive aerodynamic and ventilating features, coupled with a premium merino wool lining made by Italian wool mill, REDA for protection against uncomfortable temperatures, it is no surprise that the Wasabi is quickly becoming a firm favorite amongst the INEOS Grenadiers. KASK’s premium touchThe Wasabi comes equipped with KASK’s tried and tested Octo Fit head retention system - a mechanism that allows both vertical and horizontal adjustment for the perfect fit. Despite the helmet’s advanced adjustable ventilation system, it weighs just 290g in a size Medium. Safety firstAs a manufacturer at the forefront of helmet design across multiple sporting disciplines, KASK strives to develop class-leading helmets that have been subjected to rigorous testing far beyond the mandatory industry standards. Ensuring that all KASK helmets offer the best possible protection against rotational impacts is fundamental to this principle. As such, the Wasabi has been rigorously tested against both linear and rotational impacts at an independent laboratory, striking flat and angled surfaces. When it comes to safety, KASK makes no compromises. Diego Zambon, General Manager at KASK says: The Wasabi is the result of continuous and careful innovation that we are committed to as a brand. We are excited to introduce to our collection a helmet that is truly designed to be worn in all seasons and terrains, and we look forward to watching how its active ventilation and thermoregulating capabilities meet the demands of road cyclists, gravel and cyclocross riders everywhere. AvailabilityThe Wasabi will be available in sizes Small, Medium and Large. A full selection of colorways and availability will be announced soon. Check out the full range of KASK helmets here.
  6. Hi Guys So I'm looking for downhill helmets for my 2 boys. I was specifically looking at the O'neal helmets as they have those easy snap fasteners that work with magnets, and of course GM rides with them. These will be used for BMX racing. I'm just fed up with the heavy MX helmets that are available to us here in Jo'burg. My one boy currently rides with a 100% Aircraft but even these aren't available in SA anymore and he cracked his peak a couple weeks ago. Any help would be appreciated. Cheers Mark
  7. I've just received a marketing mail from Cycle Lab which advises "Significant changes in temperature as well as lengthy exposure to UV light can degrade the EPS (expanded polystyrene), which is the core/shell of the modern cycling helmet. Some sunblocks contain substances that can erode EPS and sweat can also gradually wear into your helmet’s EPS and affect its structure. By replacing your helmet every three years, you are giving yourself both peace of mind as well as optimal protection." and then directs me to their range of helmets for sale. There is clearly some truth in these statements, such as the deterioration caused by exposure to UV. Some of the rest, like sweat affecting the EPS structure, is real scaremongering (hopefully not deliberate on Cycle Lab's part). Three years is a period only recommended by a handful of players in the industry, with most others advocating significantly longer periods. If you spend huge amounts of time on your bike, 3 years may well be a good yardstick, but for the vast majority a modern helmet will be good for several more years. Cycle Lab should, at the very least, ensure that the information they present is correct and not misleading. Frightening consumers into land-filling perfectly good helmets in the interests of selling more product is not something of which they should be proud.
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    Lumos Ultra

    I've been using a Lumos Helmetfor the over 4 years and can really recommend it. It's a innovative helmet with built in LED lighting including indicators! Check out their latest helmet, the Lumos Ultra, on Kickstarter.
  9. Peak performance is achieved when things fall into place, when the head is free from obstructions, when the mind drives the legs. The Lazer Genesis helmet helps you to reach maximum performance. On the flats, in the mountains, in the dirt, in sunshine or in rain, it performs. Light as a feather, aerodynamic as a bird, fitting like a glove. It will help you focus on what matters, pedaling those legs. The superlight version of Lazer’s’ patented Advanced Rollsys System® secures an easy 360° adjustment. Together with the Adjustable Head Basket, it secures a perfect and comfortable fit. The Lazer Genesis features ingenious vent channeling, maximizing cooling efficiency along the warmer rides. It even generates a better ventilation versus riding bare headed³. Both Race and Comfort padding sets are included to shave grams or increase comfort. The patented Aeroshell that is available as option simply transfers the Lazer Genesis to an aerodynamic yet still lightweight helmet. During the colder rides, the Aeroshell can be used as a cover that will protect you from the elements. The Lazer Genesis will be offered in all main standards (CE, CPSC and AS). It will be made available in versions with and without MIPS. The Lazer Genesis will have its debut during the UCI World Championship in Yorkshire (UK). The helmet will be proudly used by top tier teams such as Jumbo Visma, Team Sunweb, and Corendon-Circus. ¹ Within the US and Canada regions the helmet will be named G1 ² Based on CE model in size S, non-MIPS version ³ During ventilation testing the ventilation of the head while riding bare headed is set at 100%. The Genesis performs at 108%, mainly by the open structure and the smart air guidance towards the rear part of the riders’ head. DETAILSFit System: Advanced Rollsys System Construction: In-Mold Ventilation: 22 Vents Weight: 189g (S-CE) Certification: CE-CPSC-AS Sizes: S / M / L Colours: Titanium, White Black SRP: TBC Availability: December 2019 FEATURESInternal ventilation channels Comes with Race and Comfort padding Aeroshell compatible (option)
  10. Its time to trade my 10 year old roadie helmet for a proper MTB version and I need some help deciding please. Usage include lots of trail riding, technical and downhill riding. On my short list is: 1. Uvex jakkyl hde, 2. Leatt DBX 3.0 Enduro 3. Bell super 3s 4. Fox Flux 5. Fox Metah 6. Specialised Ambush The options with the removable chin guard is really useful, but would consider a helmet without that. I’m sure all of these brands and models are in the “difference-between-them-is-negligible” category when it comes to the important stuff – which is keeping my pip away from rocks. What is however important for me is: Proper fit which is obviously specific to my kop, and I do have a big kop so I will have to go and fit before buy. Massive airflow. I sweat a lot while riding and a cool head is a must. Have heard some rave about the flow in the Ambush, others complain the Bell is too hot. Some of these also feature a MIPS system, others not. How much of a marketing hype is this MIPS business, or is it vastly better that a traditional system Durability – any issues with any of these models? The adjustment mechanisms, straps, etc etc. Built quality – some helmets feel cheap, others feel expensive – like a car’s interior. Would love to hear your experiences on the above please (or if you have additional suggestions of course)
  11. The Quatro is uvex's top of the line helmet aimed at trail, all-mountain, and enduro riders. It offers a good amount of coverage around the back of the helmet and several other great features. The first of which is uvex's unique retention system dubbed "anatomic IAS". It features a 360-degree adjustment system with a familiar dial at the back that picks up the slack for a snug fit. To further adjust fit over the head, there are vertical clips above the ear that provide seven different height positions. The inner lining is made from anti-allergenic, antibacterial, fast drying material that can be both removed and washed. The chin strap is secured using a ratchet system that is super easy to open and close. It offers a perfect fit without the need to fiddle with adjusting nylon straps in the hope that you get it right. There's even a felt strip to increase comfort around your chin. There is a universal mount on top and it comes with optional adapters for a light or action camera. At the back, there's a triangular gap that a rear facing light can be clipped into. These accessories are well made and fit securely to the Quatro. Team PYGA Euro Steel and Absolute Motion's Henry Liebenberg, Zandri Strydom and the newly formed Team Darkhorse Wheels are all ambassadors for the brand; testimony to the quality of the product and uvex's commitment to South African cycling. Features: Double in-mould technology 360-degree micro-adjustable headband with vertical adjustments Adjustable visor Button operated quick adjust monomatic comfort closure Fast Adapting System (FAS) webbing Moulded bug netting Reinforced shell Quick release camera mount (sold separately) Lupine Light mount (sold separately) Meets EN 1078, TUV GS, CE, and CPSC standards Made in Germany Sizes: X-small/small and medium/large 17 integrated ventilation channels Weight: 295 gram 2-year warranty and 40% of RRP payable crash replacement policy. Recommended retail price: R1999 Light – RRP 149.00, Camera adapter – RRP 199.00 On the Trail The Quatro was immediately a comfortable fit only requiring minor adjustments to ensure that it would remain securely in place. I really liked how cranking up the tension on the retention did not cause any discomfort or hot spots with the pressure being applied evenly around the head. I cannot stress enough how impressed I was with the retention system.The generously sized ventilation channels all around the helmet mean that the ventilation is superb. Not once did I feel that the helmet suffers from heat build-up. It was noticeably better at keeping my noggin cool than the Fox Metah that the uvex has replaced. Another plus compared to the Fox is the adjustable visor - especially on steep descents where the Fox could do with a centimetre or so chopped off for a better field of view. I used my GoPro on the optional action camera mount and the footage was good with no evidence of the mount shifting during filming. I made use of the rear light on every ride. I found it comforting knowing that I was out riding with a high-mounted rear facing light. Think of it as the third brake light that comes standard with vehicles. Thankfully, I did not test the protection or robustness of the Quatro in a crash, but looking at the thoughtfulness of the features and build quality, I have few doubts that the uvex Quatro will get the job done should the need arise. Verdict uvex sports clearly did their homework with the Quatro and have brought a comfortable helmet that is rich in features to the market. ProsClever features Very comfortable Optional accessories are well thought out 2-year warranty and comes with a crash replacement policy Competitive weight and ventilation will make it suitable for XC racers ConsLimited dealer network at this stage WIN A R2,000.00 uvex sports shopping voucherTo win a R2,000 uvex sports shopping voucher: Like uvex sports SA page on Facebook; Find the post sharing this article on the uvex sports Facebook wall here; Post your answer to this question in the comment section of the Facebook post: Which South African mountain biking team or rider does uvex sports sponsor? (Hint: the answer is in the article above). Terms and ConditionsCompetition closes on Friday 18 January at midnight and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 22 January at 12pm on uvex sports' Facebook Page The winner will be picked at random The prize is a R2,000.00 uvex shopping voucher that can be redeemed at any uvex sports dealer in South Africa or Namibia The competition is open to all ages and residents from South Africa and Namibia No friends, family or employees of uvex sports and Bike Hub will be eligible to win the prize
  12. What is ANGi? ANGi is a helmet-mounted sensor that notifies selected contacts when it detects that you are involved in a crash. ANGi also allows your contacts to monitor your progress through live tracking during a ride. The Specialized S-Works Prevail II sporting the new ANGi sensor and MIPS SL integration. The ANGi sensor uses an accelerometer and gyroscope to detect movement and forces. These sensors can measure impacts to the head in a crash and even harmful rotational forces that might not involve a direct knock to the helmet. The device pairs with Specialized's Ride App on your Android or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth to warn your contacts should it detect that you have been involved in a dangerous crash. The ANGi acronym stands for Angular and G-Force indicator. The ANGi sensor attached to the Mindset retention system on the S-Works Prevail II. How does ANGi work? When heading out for a ride, you connect the ANGi sensor to the Ride App on your smartphone and start a ride. If the ANGi sensor detects forces that it associates with a crash, it will notify the Ride App which will start the notification procedure. Beginning setup. Shake to wake. ANGi found. Choose wisely. The Ride App will first initiate a countdown which you can cancel should you be alright. If you’re in trouble, however, the countdown will expire and the Ride App will send out an alert to your emergency contacts via text message and email. The warning notifies all your contacts about the potential harm and includes the GPS coordinates (using the GPS functionality of your smartphone) of your position. Ready to roll. Emergency alert countdown. The rider can also call for help. Activity recording coming soon. When starting a ride, you can also opt to let your contacts know that you are heading out. The notification will include a link to a map where they can track your real-time movement. The rider can also send out a distress signal should they be in an emergency that might not have been detected by ANGi using the Ride App on the smartphone. What if I am riding in an area without signal? The Ride App, through which ANGi communicates with the world, requires a data connection to send out any distress calls and tracking information. This means that if you are not within signal these features will not have full functionality.But ANGi does try to provide a solution in such situations. All you need is a data connection at the start of your ride so that you can input an estimate of your ride time. Should you not complete your ride within the estimated timeframe, ANGi will notify your contacts that you have not returned in time and include your last uploaded location. The Ride App The Ride App is a necessary part of the ANGi ecosystem acting as the communications hub for the ANGi sensor on the helmet. The app uses the phone's data connection to send out emergency messages and location information. The Ride App will also record your activity data like ride time, distance, route, etc. It can be linked to Strava so that the ride will automatically appear there too.A Premium subscription is required to make use of the ANGi sensor. A free 1-year subscription is provided with every ANGi equipped Specialized helmet or aftermarket ANGi sensor. After the 12-months end, an annual subscription costs US$ 29.99. Subscription payments are processed through the Ride App. ANGi First Ride We received an S-Works Prevail II with the ANGi sensor for testing. It is fixed to the Mindset retention system just to the left of the adjustment dial. The sensor is attached with adhesive to a mount that is screwed onto the Mindset system. As you might expect, when wearing the helmet, there’s no indication that the ANGi sensor is attached. The Ride App version that Specialized provided us with was clearly a pre-release version. It lacked certain functionality like recording the ride data but the core ANGi crash detection and warning system worked a treat. Pairing the ANGi sensor to an iPhone through the Ride App was an intuitive process with no communication problems between the two devices. The sensor requires a gentle shake to wake it up before a ride. Admittedly, we’ve only had a few days with the ANGi equipped Prevail II helmet but in our initial testing, the system worked well. We had no false alarms when out riding. In fact, we had no alarms to report at all, as we did not crash. This meant that we had to resort to some rather unscientific testing back at the office. Shaking the helmet around, the ANGi sensor ignored our 'normal riding forces' test that we’d expect not to set off the crash alarms. When we ramped up the violence, two of the more vigorous efforts resulted in the Ride App setting off the countdown screen and alarm, followed by sending off notifications of the incidents to our emergency contact. We were satisfied that in the case of both ‘impacts’ having been real crashes, we’d have wanted ANGi to kick into action. The location of the incident. ANGi also takes note of the severity of each impact and reported them to the emergency contact differently. It distinguished the more forceful test as an Impact Event while the milder collision was labelled as a Potential Crash. During the pre-launch testing, the SMS reporting appeared to not be operational. Instead, we received the warnings via email. From the time the countdown alarm expired, it took around 40 seconds for us to receive the email notification. Of course, like any system reliant on a smartphone there are obvious potential problems. For example, should the smartphone run out of battery, lose signal, or be destroyed in the crash, the ANGi system would likely fail. ANGI Technical specifications Connectivity: Bluetooth Battery: CR2032 Battery life: Six months Waterproof: IPx7 (30 minutes at 1 meter) Warranty: 2-year Specialized introduces MIPS SL In addition to announcing ANGi, Specialized has committed to adding a MIPS option to all its helmets with certain models receiving the exclusive MIPS SL, created in partnership with MIPS researchers.A brief MIPS refresher. While foam is good at absorbing direct linear impacts, it fails to protect against rotational forces created when a helmet strikes objects at an angle. MIPS is designed to allow movement of the helmet to reduce the twisting forces in these angled collisions. In most applications of MIPS, the system is applied independently between the foam shell and the padding. MIPS SL is different in that it combines the MIPS technology and the helmet padding into a single piece. This more compact system offers weight savings, a more comfortable fit, and better airflow for cooling and ventilation. This minimalist application of MIPS is claimed to offer between 10 and 15 millimetres of rotational movement in every direction and the same level of brain protection that other versions of MIPS offer. The MIPS SL technology will debut on the following Specialized helmets: Ambush, S-Works TT, S-Works Evade II, and S-Works Prevail II. Specailized S-Works Prevail II with MIPS SL. Giro Synthe with MIPS. Our test S-Works Prevail II with ANGi is fitted with the MIPS SL system. We are impressed with how clean the application of MIPS appears compared to other helmets, as it blends in seamlessly with the padding.
  13. The biggest feature about the Bell Spark is the price. You should be able to find it in stores for around R895. Many helmets in this price range often take noticeable shortcuts compared to more expensive models but the Spark pulls it off with a premium feel and good looks. The Bell Spark is a mountain bike trail helmet. The trail helmet description means that the Spark offers some additional foam cover on the back of the helmet compared to cross-country/ road race type helmets and it comes with a large peak to protect the rider from the elements. The Spark is available in one universal size designed to fit heads measuring 53 to 60cm. I often straddle between medium and large sized helmets, so it is little surprise that the Spark was a good fit. Bell did not skimp on the padding creating a well-cushioned, pressure point free interior. Bell included the front Sweat Guide pad that I first tested on the Bell 4Forty helmet earlier this year. On the Spark, the pad is much larger which I found worked better at distributing the moisture than the narrower pad on the 4Forty did. The retention system is basic but effective. The rear retention uses a dial to tune the tightness while the chin straps can be adjusted at the y-joint and chin clip via familiar mechanisms. The Spark has been moulded with thirteen large vents which provide adequate airflow. There is a rather large foam column that runs through the middle of the helmet that can trap heat but Bell has shaped a channel to try to minimise this. The Spark breathes adequately on the bike but does get a little steamy on hot days at slower speeds on the climbs. Turn it downhill and the breeze quickly cools things down. Bell claim that the Spark weights around 330 grams. Our test helmet measured 338 grams. The Bell Spark takes no shortcuts on looks either. The overall design is on trend for a trail helmet. The large peak flows seamlessly into the helmet design but with one compromise, it is not adjustable. The peak is finely set to be just within the rider’s vision but never too much to distract. The top of the helmet provides a good flat surface should you wish to mount lights or cameras. The rear rounds off the style with three large vents that remind me of the rear of a modern supercar. The only issue is that the matte finish on the outside of the helmet is prone to scuffing and greasy finger marks. Verdict On a budget or not, the Bell Spark provides outstanding value with its stylish looks and practical features. ProsValue Good looks Comfortable fit ConsAt this price point, it's hard to be critical Ok, maybe an adjustable visor And the matte finish is easily scuffed
  14. The Bell Z20 is an evolution of the Zephyr helmet, hence the "Z" naming, and it boasts some impressive features. According to Bell it's "the result of years spent analyzing how helmets fit, optimizing aerodynamics, reviewing test data, gathering real-world feedback, and applying our cumulative knowledge of impact management". In the construction of the Z20, Bell uses a technology they dub "Progressive Layering" which uses two layers of EPS foam of different densities to provide improved impact performance while still retaining a compact shape and appealing design. The Z20 also features integrated MIPS and Bell's Float Fit Race retention system, both said to set a new standard in fit and comfort. Specifications Integrated ReflectivityTreated with a durable reflective coating under the clear coat, the Z20 Ghost glows with eye-searing intensity when hit with direct light.TechnologiesNo-Twist Tri-Glides X-Static Padding Sweat Guide Lightweight Straps Sunglass Guides Integrated Reflectivity (Ghost only) MIPS (integrated with fit system) Vents - 18ConstructionProgressive Layering Fusion In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell FIT SYSTEM Float Fit Race (integrated with MIPS)Weight263 grams (size M)PriceFrom R3995 and R4200 Our take The Z20 is a generously vented helmet and the obvious airflow combined with the sweat guide work well to both minimise sweat and keep it away from your shades or out of your eyes. I tend to wear my helmets low on my forehead with the side effect of drenching my sunglass lenses. No such issues with the Z20 in some of the hottest conditions I’ve faced in 2018.The orange and dark grey colourway (Ghost Matte Orange Reflective), as tested, certainly won’t go unnoticed in daylight or darkness. The “Ghost” versions in the Bell helmets range all feature a reflective undercoat which illuminates under direct light (e.g. vehicle headlights). The matte finish and reflective layering do have a propensity to scratch and scuff easily and for this reason, this particular variant may be best kept on the road. The retention system offers height and width adjustability, fastening with a dial at the back of the helmet. It makes for a comfortable fit with no pressure points and despite the MIPS adding a few grams, it doesn’t feel heavy. The Z20 sports a rear-facing sunglass guide to stash your shades when needed. For those familiar with front-facing ports (like me) it takes some adjustment, but makes a whole lot of sense to keep the vents free of restrictions and doing their job. The Bell Z20 has some top end safety features in the form of MIPS and multi-density foam layering said to further improve impact absorption. Neither of these were tested, but when it comes to helmets I’m inclined to trade some weight (and a few more rands) for enhanced crash protection. All in all the Bell Z20 offers what you’d expect from a flagship helmet. Make no mistake, the added safety features do show up in the price, but if you’re in the market for a high-end bicycle helmet, add the Z20 to your list of options. The Bell Z20 in action at The U. Although not strictly a mountain bike helmet, the ample venting is well suited to hot days on the dirt. Photo: Chris Hitchcock / The U ProsGenerous venting keeps cool in heat Reflective visibility Integrated MIPS protection ConsMay be beyond of some budgets Prone to scuffing
  15. With an actual weight of 785g (size 56-58cm), the Proframe sits neatly between the open face Metah (actual weight 415g, size S/M) and proper full face Rampage. Unlike the Bell Super 2R, the Proframe's chinbar cannot be removed as Fox felt it was not necessary to add the complexity to the design, thanks to the weight and breathability of the helmet. The helmet is made of EPS foam and lined with Fox’s own ‘Varizorb’ shock-absorbing technology and features MIPS to minimize rotational forces. What does that all mean? Varizorb is an EPS foam with softer, cone-shaped foam sandwiched between strategically designed layers of denser foam. This allows the foam to slow impact and provide better cushioning for your head during a crash. MIPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System, which is a leading slip-plane technology inside the helmet designed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. This, together with Varizorb, results in one very protective helmet. 24 big bore vents have been added to the design to ensure maximum airflow to keep your head cool while climbing or when it is really hot out. The inside padding is fairly thin, but still very comfortable for extended use. Padding on the cheeks is a bit wider to aid with the overall comfort. There is no cushioning on the front part of the chin guard and unlike some DH lids the mouthpiece does not have a mesh cover. The visor is fixed in position and can’t be adjusted. This is done to ensure that it sits in the best possible position to drive air into the helmet. The helmet strap has a magnetic closure which can be done up with one hand. Along with four helmet sizes, each lid comes with three different sets of pads (brow, chin, crown and neck) that you can mix and match to adjust the fit in order to find what is most comfortable for you. Full SpecificationsFox’s lightest DH approved full frame helmet at 750 grams for a size medium. Integrated chinbar is secured to the main helmet structure with a patent pending system. Highly breathable liner system is moisture wicking and has anti-microbial properties. 24 Big Bore vents make Proframe one of the lightest and most breathable DH approved helmets. Fixed visor is positioned perfectly to ram maximum air flow into the Big Bore vents. Fidlock SNAP helmet buckle provides quick entry and exit with maximum security. Proven MIPS multiple impact protection system reduces rotation forces in a crash. Dual density Varizorb EPS liner provides improved protection Seven colour options. Sizes: S(52-56cm), M(56-58), L(58-61), XL(61-64) Price: R 5,399.00 On the Trail Before I headed out for the first time, I took some time to play around with different pad combinations. I'm glad I did as the fit and feel was great once I hit the trail. There seems to be just the right amount of padding to keep the fit snug, but not too much to block airflow around the face and to the back of the helmet. Climbing with the Proframe was more comfortable than expected, even in warm conditions. As with any helmet, cooling is down to airflow which means you need to be moving along to keep things cool. Do that and the Proframe is quite pleasant on climbs and much, much, much better than any other full face helmet I've tried. Airflow is of such a nature that on a really cold morning you may even want or need to consider a buff to add some warmth to your head. An open face helmet will always be more pleasant, but the trade-off between the added protection and breathability is on a good level with the Proframe. No longer did I feel the need to climb with the helmet strapped to my hydration pack or that I wanted to get it off my head the moment I stopped for some air at the top of a trail. It is worth stressing the fact that the difference between the Proframe and a traditional full face helmet is breathability and overall comfort is huge. It is not a marginal gain you will have to go looking for. I tried the helmet with three different sets of goggles (Fox, Oakley, and Spy) and all three fitted perfectly with a slightly better fit around the top of the goggles when pairing the Proframe with one of Fox's own goggles which is understandable. Regardless of trail conditions the goggles stayed put. If you'd like to use your normal riding glasses then you should be okay as provision has been made for that as well. I only tried my trusty Oakley Jawbreakers and it worked well, even though I prefer goggles for full face riding. Another benefit of the helmet is that you can still hear what is going on around you. Some full face helmets block your hearing quite a bit, not so with the Proframe. In terms of fit, the overall comfort is very good with no high-pressure areas or discomfort experienced due to funny shapes or hard materials. For reference, I wear a S/M Fox Metah as well: it is on the tight side of the size spectrum and the 56-58cm Proframe as tested falls into the same category for me. A comfortable, snug fit. The adjustable chin strap goes unnoticed once on the move. Verdict I really like the Fox Proframe for the fine balance it manages between full face and all-day comfort. The only real stumbling block is the asking price, but if you're looking for a helmet that will make the hottest conditions bearable and not sacrifice on protection then the Proframe deserves a look. The fit is great, it looks the part and with Fox's usual attention to detail and excellent build quality it will be a long-term investment. Unless you are good at crashing. ProsLooks the part Breathes very well Light for a full face MIPS offers additional protection Local availability is good ConsThe price
  16. The Bontrager Circuit MIPS incorporates a number of clever ideas into a neat and convenient package. The whole system is made up of the Circuit helmet which features the Blendr magnetic mounts on the front and back of the Circuit helmet to fix Bontrager’s Ion or Flare lights (and even a GoPro camera). Bontrager Circuit MIPS Our test model arrived in the "visibility yellow and black" colourway. For those that don’t enjoy the utilitarian high viz colour, don’t despair there is also the classic black and white colour options as well as a bright pink. The shape is similar to the new Velocis that we tested late last year but with added foam bridges to enable the mounts on the front and the back and some variations to the vent shapes to accommodate them. The front of the Circuit is smooth with clear aerodynamic inspiration and flows to the back where the six rows of foam meet to form sharp angles around the exhaust vents. With the mounts removed, there is very little to hint at the helmets added benefits. Granted that I ride on the road with hairy legs, therefore my fashion advice is up for debate, I think it is a good modern look while remaining understated (aside from the obvious colour choice on our test helmet). Comfort and Fit The helmet retention system is adjustable using a Boa dial that is easy to fine tune with sufficient control in each turn get a tight fit. The closure system wraps around either side of the head, anchoring close to the temple of the head. The rear piece has three height settings to enable you to choose the best spot for it to hug the back of your head. Much like the Velocis, the Circuit was a good fit for my head shape. It was a snug fit with slight movement over rough sections or bumps on the road with the weight of the lights attached on top. The antibacterial padding on the inside of the helmet does well to protect from pressure points. Having used the Circuit mostly during early morning pre-work road rides and being the change of season, the Circuit has seen little action in the blasting midday sun. That said, the vents worked well to channel air through and over my head with a noticeable feel of airflow (especially head down into the Cape's South Easter).The straps (on our test helmet) matched the high viz yellow of the helmet's shell. Bontrager's uses what it calls Lockdown adjustors at the y-junction which do well to keep the straps neat and away from the ears. The straps are secured in place using a familiar plastic buckle under the chin. Safety The Circuit MIPS is crafted with foam using an in-mold composite skeleton which is said to improve the helmets structural integrity. The helmet also features the MIPS system (it’s in the name after all) that works to reduce dangerous twisting, rotational forces experienced in an impact.Like the Velocis, the Circuit also adds a touch more foam on the rear to increase the area covered at the back which goes a long way to add to the perception of safety. On top of impact safety, Bontrager has done a lot to try to prevent collisions with other road users on the Circuit MIPS. The hi-viz colour of our test helmet is designed to draw the attention of other road users. If that is too subtle, there is the built-in Blendr system that allows for convenient mounting of bike lights (read more about this under the Mounting heading below). And for even further visibility, Bontrager has also placed two reflective strips on the rear of the helmet, either side of the rear light mount. Crash replacement Bontrager’s Crash Replacement Guarantee provides a free helmet replacement should you damage the Circuit MIPS (or any of their other helmets) in a collision for the first year of ownership. Mounting Simply put, the Blendr system uses magnets to hold the mounts in place on the top and back of the Circuit helmet. At first, I was sceptical that the lights would hold fast, but with almost two months of riding I’ve had no cause for concern. The mounts have proven to be more than up to the task of holding the lights securely. I even briefly tested the front with a GoPro Hero including some head banging which failed to detach the mount. The front and back mounts use different systems. The front mount is elongated with a hook in front that goes under a foam bridge while the magnet holds the back of the mount in place. The back mount is attracted to a flat triangular surface with the lip at the bottom to assist in keeping it in place. The Blendr system is simple to use and with some concentration, you can mount and unmount the lights whilst riding. Yes, simply strapping your existing lights to your helmet can achieve much the same thing. The Blender integrated solution, however, is far more convenient which resulted in me riding on the road with additional lights where previously I could not be bothered.The lights do add some extra weight atop of the helmet. Not the best place for it but while it is noticeable, it’s not enough to distract from the ride and it soon becomes a new norm. The bike lights Bontrager says that the Circuit MIPS and Blendr mounts will work with any lights from their Ion and Flare range as well as cameras such as the trusty GoPro. We tested the Circuit MIPS using Bontrager's Ion 100 R front light and Flare R City backlight. The lights fit into a tiny, neat package, especially considering the built-in batteries and the level of light they emit. Perfect for mounting on top of a helmet. These lights are not specifically designed for use on the Circuit helmet and are sold with rubber mounts for handlebar or seat post mounting, should you want to purchase them separately. Ion 100 R front light The Ion 100 R is a white front light with a Cree LED that can produce up to 100 lumens. It has a built-in light sensor that differentiates between night and day, adjusting the intensity accordingly. The Ion 100 R has been designed with consideration for other road users in mind, unlike the powerful MTB lights I often strap onto my road bike handlebars.The battery is built into the unit and is charged via USB cables. Considering the compact size I was fairly impressed with the battery life, with a claimed 90 minutes in the brightest mode to 16 hours at the lowest 5 lumen setting. I tested the light on the brightest 100 lumen setting and achieved the 90-minute claim before it automatically switched to a flashing mode which lasted until I got home 30 minutes later. With only 100 lumens, don’t expect to use the light for vision on anything but the road and even then, I’d stick to areas with urban ambient lighting but it just about works as an only light at maximum brightness. I viewed it more as an additional warning to other road users and continued to use a more powerful handlebar light to illuminate the road ahead in the dark. Flare R City Rear The Flare R is a 35 lumen red rear light that promises visibility in both day and night conditions. Like the Ion 100 R, it also has a light sensor that adjusts the intensity of the light between day and night. The claimed battery life is 8 hours for daytime flash while night time is double that. The steady mode will get three hours in the day and 20 hours at night.The light is intended to be used in cities and like the Ion light takes other road users into consideration trying not to blind or annoy them while still providing a wide angle for the rider to be seen. Being on the back of my head, it was hard to assess but my riding buddies assured me that it worked a treat. So what does this whole system cost? The Circuit MIPS arrives with the Blendr mounts included in the box. The lights need to purchased separately.The Circuit MIPS helmet retails for R2,599 which all considered is in the ballpark for helmets with this level of features. The Ion 100 R and Flare R City retail for R599 each. You probably did the math already but the whole package (as reviewed) will set you back R3,797. Yes, that is a rather significant number to invest in a helmet and two lights but if you want a system that offers a simple, neat, and practical integration for added safety, then this system might make a lot of sense for you. In the end The Circuit MIPS is a compelling helmet. The refined looks, colour options for varying tastes, safety features, and excellent comfort make it an easy recommendation. That’s even before considering the benefit of the super convenient Blendr system. With lights atop the helmet, road users have even fewer excuses for not spotting you during your training rides or daily commutes. ProsA comfy, qaulity helmet 1-year crash replacement has you covered Compact lights with smart features Simplicity and convenience as a package ConsThe price of the helmet plus the lights does add up
  17. Fit and comfort The medium-sized 4Forty wrapped around my head, hugging it comfortably. The retention system is height adjustable allowing me to place it low, cupping the back of my head above the neck. The Float system is easily adjusted with one hand, with small enough progression to find the right fit without being annoyingly tight or loose. My only complaint is that it when in the lowest setting, the retention system obstructed my Oakley Radar EV sunglasses behind the ear pushing them forward on my face. This can be avoided by intentionally places the sunglasses over the plastic retention system or wearing the Float system in a higher setting. It's worth noting that this was not an issue for me with pair of D'Arcs or for our Hela tester wearing Oakley Jawbreaker.There is standard padding on the top and front with thinner striped side pads on the temples. The back of the inside of the helmet is bare with the retention system serving to avoid uncomfortable contact. The pads and retention system do well to prevent any pressure points and irritating rubbing. The chin straps make use of Bell’s Tri-Glide junctions for easy adjustment around the ear and avoid any twisting of the strap while doing so. The strap clips under the chin with a standard plastic quick release buckle. It is a system that works well causing no reason to notice the straps once correctly set up for the wearer.The 4Forty features an adjustable visor which can be moved upward to help fit goggles and other bulky eyewear. The visor is perfectly sized to provide some protection from the elements while not being a distraction or blocking vision. The 4Forty on test weighed 338 grams (spot on with the manufacturer's claimed weight) with the Hela coming in slightly lighter at 334 grams. This is a decent weight for this type of helmet and added to the effortless feel of wearing the 4Forty. Even on cross-country rides, the helmet did not feel too bulky or out of place with the faster pace and lighter equipment. Overall, the 4Forty's fit is spot on, allowing you get on with riding without giving the helmet a second thought. Cooling The 4Forty boasts 15 vents which perform adequately in most conditions keeping cool even on the hardest and slowest climbs. Only on the hottest South African days, the available airflow through the vents can be overpowered allowing the helmet to get a touch warm. The padding along the brow is designed to push the sweat forward towards the "guide pad" on the underside of the rim. The idea is for the sweat to drip down in front of the riders face ahead of their eyewear, rather than rolling down the forehead into the rider’s eyes. The guide pad works well but with one fault: on hot days, the sweat dripped from the helmet straight onto my sunglasses leaving a massive streak down the lens. I’m not an excessive sweater so that can’t be blamed although I’m sure the position where each rider’s sunglasses sit in relation to the helmet can vary. Safety Like most mountain bike helmets, the Bell 4Forty is constructed from EPS foam with a polycarbonate shell. There is a version with MIPS integrated into the retention system (available on special order). Our test model, however, was the non-MIPS model. As expected, the 4Forty also meets the usual bicycle helmet safety standards. The overall build quality is good. It might not be a direct safety feature but the workmanship and snug fit certainly gave me confidence that Bell had done a top job on quality control and finish on the 4Forty. Hopefully, this attention to detail carries over to the impact protection qualities of the helmet. Bell Hela Besides the female-oriented Joy Ride colour treatments, the Hela helmet is identical to the 4Forty. The Hela comes in three unique colourways. Some of the Joy Ride helmets take ponytails into consideration with their retention system but the low backed Hela remains identical to the 4Forty. Kylie’s take on the Hela:Putting on the Hela, my first impression was a sense of security. This may be a result of the extensive rear coverage, or perhaps simply because it is slightly bulkier and less ventilated than the featherweight road helmet I usually ride in. Either way, with the Hela on my head I felt protected. I was concerned that my glasses would not fit comfortably with the helmet, given how low on my forehead the coverage extends, but I had no issues at all with my Oakley Jawbreakers. As mentioned, there is no specific ponytail port at the rear, a feature often seen on ladies' helmets. While this was a minor inconvenience, it didn’t really trouble me. My hair is short, and my ponytail small enough to squeeze through the small gap between the helmet and the retention system. Ladies with long hair will probably need to tie their hair low, below the retention adjuster. Once riding I did not notice the Hela at all, which is exactly what I look for in a helmet. Even on the most jarring descents, the helmet did not budge, and my glasses remained fixed in position, re-enforcing the sense of security I experienced when first putting on the helmet. I did not have the same issues with sweat that Nick did, and didn’t struggle in the heat: although I have mainly been riding in the Autumn cool that Cape Town is experiencing. The adjustable peak provided welcome sun protection, and improved vision in certain light, by keeping my eyes shaded. All in all, I appreciate the feeling of safety that the Hela provides, and the no-nonsense comfort and functionality it offers. Pricing and warranty A notable feature of the Bell 4Forty and Hela is the pricing. The 4Forty retails for R1,295 while the Hela can be had for R45 cheaper. For this style of helmet, the price is on-par or even better than many similar helmets on the market. The MIPS editions are currently only available through special order.Bell's crash replacement policy is a pretty good deal too. Customers pay 30% of the retail pricing should they damage their helmet in a crash within 3 years of purchase. The helmets also carry a 1-year warranty against most defects including colouring, fitment systems, plastic lifting, etc. In the end The Bell 4Forty hits the nail on the head as a wallet-friendly trail helmet. It looks the part, offers extended cover and has a quality look-and-feel with a comfortable secure fit. ProsGood build quality Reasonable price Stylish modern look ConsSweat dripping into my eyewear Rentention system can interfer with certain sunglass arms in the lowest setting
  18. Good morning all I took a bit of a tumble and damaged my helmet. Insurance paid out and now I'm in the market for a new MTB lid. My needs are as follow: Sufficient protection especially around the back of the head, decent ventilation and not completely horrible looking. I'm not a massive weight weeny but a light helmet will be enjoyed. At the moment I ride a 661 Recon, which I really like. So far I am considering getting the same 661 again, however I don't like the new shiny finish, or the Leatt DBX 3.0. Budget is R2k incl shipping. Price on the Recon is R1290.00 + shipping and on the Leatt R1990.00 incl shipping. Is there any other helmet I should consider? Kind regards L
  19. While weight gains are easily measured, aerodynamics is more of a dark art for those without access to a wind tunnel. Despite this, and in a world where a racing bike's weight is supposedly restricted, efficiency through the air is the latest battleground for enthusiasts trying to squeeze out any performance gains. Safety All performance aspects aside, the primary purpose of a helmet is to protect the wearer from injury. Bontrager has beefed this up by offering the Velocis with a MIPS liner. The MIPS liner is said to reduce dangerous twisting, rotational forces in the case of an impact. The Velocis shape also provides more rear protection than many other road helmets. Comfort and fit The large Velocis worked well with my head shape. There was some side-to-side play but tightening the retention system made it feel more stable. Internal padding consists of a brow piece and another smaller piece for the top of your head which served well to prevent pressure points or chafing. Even after four to five hour rides, the Velocis was comfortable and never drew attention to itself.The head retention system is controlled by a BOA system which reaches around to the temple and up the back to the top of the head. The BOA system will go as tight as you want it while the five-point height adjustment will allow you to place it in just the right spot for your head shape. The chin strap was easy to adjust at the split around the ear and caused no discomfort or frustration. Apart from my road training rides, I also wore the Velocis for the duration of the Cape Pioneer Trek, a mountain bike stage race, where it proved to stay firmly in place even when being bounced around over rough Klein Karoo rocks. The Velocis can also fit a soft visor that mimics a cycling cap, without having to actually wear a full hat. It connects behind the brow padding using velcro and offers slim protection from the elements. The outer front vents feature gripper pads for sunglass storage. These worked well to keep my Oakley Radar EV Path sunglasses firmly in place. Aerodynamic shape The previous Velocis had a flowing curved shape with a huge amount of vents. While it looked impressive and fast, all those holes and angles were not ideal for aerodynamic efficiency. The new Velocis lacks these stylish angles and curves adopting a plain oval shape. That’s not to say it’s an eyesore but it is functionally minimalistic, with the rear vents seemingly the only place the designers were allowed to add flair.Unfortunately, we do not have access to the correct equipment to measure the aerodynamic claims, so we have to trust that Bontrager have done a good job in this department. Bontrager is frank that the Velocis is a compromise between aerodynamics and breathability: attempting to develop a balance between the two in the Velocis. It is worth noting that Bontrager also offers the Ballista which is even more aerodynamic and less airy than the Velocis. The Velocis is not the lightest helmet on the road weighing in at 300 grams for the large size on test. It makes sense that more holes mean a lighter helmet and with the Velocis’s aerodynamic panels there will is a bit more foam than some other helmets. Cooling The Velocis features five elongated vents on the front, a single vent on top and another five at the back. The arrangement does well at cooling the head, showing no signs of being overly warm. That said, I did wear it mostly during spring, and the scorching temperatures of summer have not yet arrived at the Cape. I do get the impression that while the Velocis will be adequate for most rider’s needs, it won’t perform as well as a fully vented helmet, but there does have to be some compromise for the aerodynamic abilities of the helmet. The Velocis can easily do the job as an everyday helmet.The Velocis's padding was developed with 37.5 fabric technology. The company aims to produce a fabric that will assist in keeping your body at an optimal 37.5 degree temperature as well as help with sweat dispersion and odours. I am not the sweatiest person on a bike and the brow pad was sufficient for my needs, keeping sweat from rolling down my forehead into my eyes. One thing to consider is that the pads are attached directly to the MIPS membrane and placed right behind the helmet foam, which restricts the effect of wind flow in drying and cooling the brow pad. Pricing and Warranty The previous Velocis was a premium helmet and this has not changed with the 2018 model. The asking price is R3,299 putting it right up there with the superstars of the segment. It's a considerable chunk of change but the Velocis does offer the modern touches that you would expect from a premium helmet.If you do take the plunge on the Bontrager Velocis, there is some peace of mind with the warranty promising a free replacement for crash damage within the first year of owning your Velocis. Not that we wish for you to crash, but that's a pretty good offering. In the end If you are looking to get in on the aerodynamic advantage but still want a helmet that is practical for everyday riding, then the Velocis is a good compromise providing some slipperiness through the air while still allowing for the cooling effect of fresh air. ProsPromises aerodyamic benefits while still remaining bearable in the heat 2018 edition has more coverage and MIPS Full crash replacement warranty ConsPremium features comes with the price tag Time for a helmet upgrade? Sell or search for gear in our marketplace here.
  20. I have been toying with the idea of getting myself a pair of goggles for All mountain riding and possibly to be used with my half lid at the Enduro events. Had my first ride in the wet last weekend and boy! my face and shades was covered in SPLAT... Also, hitting 60km/hr on two occasions at enduro events, had my eyes watery behind the shades. Enough said, i think this is more than enough motivation to consider getting pimp'd with some awesome looking stuffs. Was roaming about and these tickled my fancy: Fox AIRSPC goggles 100% Accuri Von Zipper Bushwick XT These Three above are pretty much in the same price range. Performance wise... i cannot comment though. Keen to hear what you guys think... to goggles or not to goggles? haha better yet lets see yours!?!
  21. The KASK brand is distributed by NSquared, in Cape Town, who clearly have a fetish for Italian styled products as they are also responsible for plying us with quality products such as Fizik, Vittoria, Santini and De Rosa (I have yet to have the pleasure of trying a De Rosa out). A helmet can be subjective as head shape, head size and thickness of hair will all have bearing on the overall experience, so I chose a few criteria upfront to evaluate the helmets; these being weight, comfort and adjustability, price and performance. Rapido – “Light Value” The first of the three models I tried was the Rapido which is KASK’s entry level helmet. The Rapido weighs 220 grams (medium) which is a tad lighter than similar helmets in this price range. This helmet floats in at around the R1000 mark and offers incredible value and comfort. The tightening dial is easy to use even with thick gloves and didn’t loosen while riding. The inner harness is fitted with a pivot that pulls the harness under the back of your skull, so the tightening effect pulls the helmet onto the head and prevents the helmet from moving up off the head, as often happens when a rider changes their head position while riding. The 24 vents spread over the helmet give sufficient in and out air flow to keep your head cool.On the ride the Rapido is light and the chin strap sits in a comfortable position, but this should be the case for all helmets if they are fitted correctly. On other helmets that I have tried in this range there tends to be excess wind noise around the vents particularly on faster descents, but the Rapido does not boast too much of this. The low fit on the head meant I didn’t look or feel like a mushroom – BONUS! The internal padding was also a pleasant surprise for a helmet in this range as it offers proper comfort and the required absorbency.It comes in six different colours, but accents are easily applied. I am really impressed by the Rapido, it punches way above its price range and offers huge value and still looks every part Italian design. Mojito – “All-rounder” Midway through the KASK range sits the Mojito which weighs 220 grams for the medium that I slung on. The 22 vents kept my head cool and, like the Rapido, it sits low on the head so you don’t get the feeling that your heads wants to over balance to one side. The same pivot system on the Rapido is fitted on the Mojito, but comes with additional padding on this model and also pulls the helmet down onto the head for a more natural and comfortable fit which is again controlled by an easy to use dial at the back of the helmet, albeit this dial dresses up a bit with the Italian colours. The straps follow the industry norm, where two separate straps thread through an adjustable clip, KASK step this up nicely by attaching a soft leather strap which definitely adds an element of comfort over the standard Nylon type strap.Sufficiently padded on the inside, the helmet is comfortable and although primarily designed for road use I wouldn’t have any issue using it while mountain biking. From a design perspective the helmet fits into the mould of most helmets in this range which is a little disappointing as I would have expected a little more flair, but this doesn’t really affect the performance as such, but I did find this particular helmet a little less comfortable than the Protone which is reviewed below. Coming in at around R2500 upwards this model should fit the more serious riders’ needs and budget, and should fulfil a dual purpose role both on the road and MTB. Protone – “Balanced Comfort” The last of the three that I tested, albeit the first that caught my eye based on looks, is the Protone worn by team Sky in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France this year. I was super eager to get this on my head and out on the road. In the hand, the medium Protone weighs 230 grams, but on the head it feels as though it weighs nothing and I found myself making sure it was still there on the odd occasion. The cage at the back was small but with a manageable dial for tightening the adjustable pads on the left and right that pull in under the base of the skull for protection and the configuration options make for a super comfortable fit.Once again, as with the other helmets, the padding was sufficient and soft with plenty absorption to prevent sweat streaming into your eyes. This is a professional level helmet with safety and protection not compromised for the sake of Italian design. The ride experience was awesome with little to no noise around the few vents and you just feel more aerodynamic when you get low into the drops. What stood out for me is the design of the chin strap around the ears as just about 90% of helmets have the stock standard dual Nylon strap that feeds into an adjuster and then continues under the chin, these often get twisted or adjust themselves resulting in rubbing on or under the ear. The Protone has a single strap that runs front to back around the bottom of the ear which sits comfortably. The chin strap itself, as with the Mojito, is a soft leather strap which just improves the overall comfort level. The biggest problem I have with the Protone is that I really want one and that’s going to cost me around the R4000 mark which is a tad pricey, however for the price you are getting a high level of safety and protection in a helmet that has great aerodynamics and in my opinion also looks ... Bellissimo. KASK Safety KASK advertise a technology called MIT which marries an outer polycarbonate shell to the inner polystyrene inner which provides additional safety, not really too keen on playing crash test dummy, I am going to take their word for it, but the helmets feel strong and sturdy and in my opinion can be worn with all confidence.KASK Technology:
  22. The KASK brand of helmets, as worn by Team Sky, is fast growing in popularity and I had the pleasure of donning three different models from the KASK stable over a number of weeks. Click here to view the article
  23. Aerodynamics with style The shape of the Airnet is low but rounded. The design of the Airnet pays homage to vintage hairnet helmets with its vented lines.The Airnet offers a similar aerodynamic shape to Specialized’s Evade helmet but that’s where the likeness ends. The Airnet is a more practical helmet with serious consideration given to cooling. It has 23 vents forming channels for air to flow over the head and out the exhaust ports at the rear, which work well to keep the head cool in hot conditions. The aerodynamic benefits of the helmet are a bit harder for us to ascertain. The Airnet features an optional cap which is attached to the inner padding. I found the cap very practical for keeping out the early morning sun and protection from bad weather. The cap flips up out of sight should you wish to look a bit more stylish. For purists who wish to go visorless or have their own caps, the Airnet also arrives with a full set of inner pads without the cap attached. The practicality of the Airnet compared to the dedicated aero helmets further up the Specialized hierarchy (and price range) comes with a slight weight penalty. The Airnet retails for R2,160 weighing 308 grams in size medium with the cap fitted (claimed weight without it is 283 grams) while the aerodynamic SWorks Evade weighs around 270 grams but costs R3,760. Comfort and fit We’ve yet to test an uncomfortable Specialized helmet, and the Airnet continues this trend. The retention system is simple to use with a familiar dial to tighten. The ‘Mindset’ 5 point height adjustment goes a long way to improving the overall comfort but adjustment can be a bit sticky requiring some delicacy to get the right setting. As an overall package, the retention system does well at providing a sturdy and comfortable fit. The merino wool padding is sufficient and stays reasonably dry when things get sweaty. I experienced no pressure points and quickly forgot about the helmet once it was placed it on my head. Specialized have used their fixed Tri-Fix splitting system on the straps. I find that it keeps the strapping clear of my ears and I enjoy not having to fuss with setting the height of the Y-joint but with it being unadjustable, it might be worth checking that you are not an outlier on the fit curve. The general build quality and finishing of the Airnet are excellent. Added touches include grips in the front and rear of the side air vents for storing sunglasses and reflective strips on the rear for added visibility. Final take The Specialized Airnet is a solid package, offering some aerodynamic advantage while still keeping the head cool. It might be a bit heavier than some helmets but with many practical features, you will find this easy to forgive. ProsComfortable fit with good retention Good ventilation Well built Excellent quality and features for mid-range pricing Optional peak cap is a useful addition beyond styling ConsHeight adjustment can be sticky Non-adjustable Y-joint straps might limit some wearers
  24. I am looking for the best place in Gauteng to by Specialized gear and accessories. It seems to be super pricey, isn't there an outlet store somewhere or is that wishful thinking...
  25. Just a quick question regarding the difference between the men's and women's Fox Flux helmets.... is there a difference between the two? Only thing that I can see are the colours?? I picked up a Women's Flux yesterday at the Fox Shop in Springfield Park that was marked at less 50%. It was a L/XL (My size) So I tried it on and it fitted perfectly (Better than my current Sweep) Mainly white with some blue on it with a black peak. I couldn't see any reason that it should be women's specific.... At that price I bought it.
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