Are 26" wheels still fast? According to this video by Will Greenfield, yes, yes they are.
Are 26" wheels still fast? According to this video by Will Greenfield, yes, yes they are.
Another record attendance for NEMBAfest. Just as years prior, NEMBAfest was all things mountain biking. Live music, camping with friends, good people, and quite possibly the best trail network, Kingdom Trails in Burke, VT.
Well, it's that time of year. Although some of us are still getting those last tracks up in the mountains, most of us have moved onto warmer activities. We admire those who stretch their ski season to the very end and search for the last bit of snow tucked away from the spring sun. So with that said, we are offering 15% off all snow goggles in our store by using the code "WINTER15" at checkout. Limited 1 use per customer.
See you next winter!
With rising temperatures and the remaining snow banks dwindling in size, it's safe to say that spring has arrived and so have the good times on two wheels. Getting the cycling gear tuned and ready for the upcoming season is a real joy for some of us because we all know what lies ahead. For us, spring means new product and new safety features in cycling protection and this year, the top contenders have stepped up in a big way.
Safety features and helmet designs are ever evolving and it can be hard to keep track sometimes. The advancements in safety have come a long way in just a short few years and luckily for you riders, so has the cost. Helmets come in all price ranges but this doesn't mean you're missing out on features when spending less. This guide will showcase some of our favorite mountain bike helmets for this year in all price ranges and what we feel are worth the buy.
The POC Tectal Race has been a staple in the line up for quite some time now and it's easy to see why. The sleek, low profile design of the Tectal Race fits around the head more rather than the top providing superior protection and coverage all around the head. This also means the helmet sits a bit lower on your head creating the ever sought after sleek and stylish look. This helmet looks darn good, and the safety features outweigh the looks here. POC optimized the shell by eliminating seams in crucial impact areas around the helmet. The shell itself is designed like a skeleton with Aramid filaments reinforcing the harder EPS shell to make a tough and durable protective layer. The inner Aramid filament reinforced EPS core is tough and resilient while the outer polycarbonate shell is constructed with the seams located in the areas of least exposure.
Last year, one of our favorite helmets was the Giro Feature featuring MIPS at a $100 price point for the first time. The Feature has returned in the form of the Chronicle and it's looking better than ever. Just as its previous rendition, the Chronicle features MIPS. MIPS is designed to protect the head against rotational forces to the brain by using a liner on the inside of the helmet. This low friction layer mimics the membrane between the skull and brain which allows the brain to slide along the inner surface of your skull during an impact. To have this level of safety in a sub $200 helmet was unheard of in the years past but Giro has once again proved that you don't have to break the bank for a high performance helmet. Along with MIPS, you get 21 air vents that create a wind tunnel across the top of your head keeping you cool on those hot days.
This is the world’s first ¾ coverage helmet with ODS technology. An engineering masterpiece, the ATB-1T has been painstakingly crafted to deliver all of the exceptional benefits of ODS into a more effective protective device. The ATB-1T reduces angular acceleration energy transfer by means of the 3-dimensional displacement capability of ODS when subject to impacts. Low-threshold energy accelerations are also dramatically reduced providing a more forgiving helmet over a much broader range of energy demands. There is simply no other helmet technology that can offer the athlete these combined safety benefits. To learn more about ODS technology, check out the video below from 6D.
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Bell Super 3R MIPS - $219.95
When Bell introduced the Super 2R helmet, it quickly became one of our favorites because of one simple yet awesome feature, the removable chin bar. This year Bell introduced the Super 3R which again features the removable chin bar along with some fun and refreshing color schemes. With the Super 3R, you have all your bases covered from those long, grueling uphill climbs to the fast and aggressive downhill speeds. The chin bar is quick to remove and locks in place with three simple levers with no tools needed. This year, the Super 3R also features the new Float Fit system by Bell. The Float Fit is a minimalist, lightweight fit adjustment system with an easy-to-turn rubber over-molded dial for on the fly adjustments.
These helmets are just some of our favorites this year and this list barely scratches the surface. We know some of the features and technical safety systems can be overwhelming but we hope this can help you in your endeavors to shred town. No matter the helmet you're wearing, you're at a good starting point by just wearing a brain bucket. Always remember to stay safe but never forget to keep the good times rolling on two wheels!
When buying your ski racing gear for the season, your helmet is one of the most important pieces after the skis. All the features and acronyms used may sound like a foreign language but it's really quite easy to understand once you read into it. We hope this guide can help you make a more informative decision on your purchase and please feels free to contact us if you had any further questions.
Before we get started, a FIS RH2013 certification sticker is required on all helmets for downhill ski racing as of 2013. So before you purchase your helmet, please be sure that the item your buying is certified and has the proper sticker. A FIS RH2013 sticker is not required for slalom events as you will be racing at a much slower speed. With that said, let's take a look at some of the best and most popular helmets so far this season.
To learn more about FIS RH2013 certification, visit this link from Skiracing.com
POC Orbic X - $199.95
POC's Orbic X helmet is one of the safest and best looking helmets we've seen at this price range. The Orbic X was designed with gate impacts in mind by increasing the thickness in the front with a Multi-Impact liner and a high-performance outer shell providing a lasting, more durable safety net. Another cool feature that has stood out to us is the redesigned ear chambers which are designed to improve hearing. We know that some helmets can muffle the outside noises and we found that not only do the ear chambers provide better hearing and balance, they are incredibly comfortable for long periods of time. The Orbic X comes in a variety of tasteful, subtle colors.
Briko Vulcano - $229.95
The Vulcano has long been one of our favorites and year after year, Briko keeps adding safety features to keep this helmet at the top of it's game. Briko's all new Vulcano FIS ski racing helmet has a straight forward design that looks sharp and clean. With Briko's Speed Proven design, all the Vulcano FIS ski racing helmets meet and exceed the new 6.8 Standard as defined by FIS making it among the best helmets available for ski racing today and worn by many World Cup athletes. These safety features did not go unnoticed at the Vulcano was a winner of a 2014-2015 ISPO Award.
Giro Avance MIPS - $599.95
The Avance MIPS is by far one of the most advanced helmets we have ever seen in ski racing. With Giro's reintroduction into the racing world, they designed a helmet so light yet still packed with some of the best safety features in the market today. If you're not familiar with MIPS, it's a Multi-directional Impact Protection System that has taken the helmet market by storm. MIPS is designed to let the helmet slide relative to the head providing far more protection against an angular impact. Giro and MIPS have taken this design and rather than a liner like the traditional MIPS, created two layers of EP-Premium foam to provide more protection against high-speed, angular impacts and collisions. The outer shell is designed with Textreme Carbon Fiber which is extremely light yet more durable and safe compared to other materials used in helmets. Check out the video provided by Giro below to really soak in the immense features of the Avance MIPS.
POC Sinuse SL - $179.95
POC's Sinuse SL is based on the award winning Receptor concept and includes a detachable and adjustable chin bar that makes it suitable for slalom skiing. The patented VDSAP system with two overlapping shells protects from sharp objects, while providing ventilation that can be closed for colder days. The advanced outer shell in ABS makes a robust barrier while the in-mold polycarbonate/EPS inner liner provides test-winning impact absorption. With the removable chin guard, the Sinuse SL also makes a great helmet for your casual needs outside of racing.
We know that it can be overwhelming when searching for the perfect race helmet so we hope this can help you find what exactly it is that you're looking for. Please keep in mind that this list is in no particular order. As long as the helmet is FIS RH2013 certified, you'll find a wonderful array of safety features and designs throughout all major brands.