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MET Helmets’ New Veleno MIPS is For Road, Gravel, or MTB

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MET Helmets’ New Veleno MIPS is For Road, Gravel, or MTB

MET Helmets addresses a concern many of us have when it comes to head protection: is a road helmet suited for gravel or MTB too? Or is a MTB helmet ok for road use? Road and MTB helmets have different impact areas and coverage, so traditionally it has been frowned upon but the Veleno provides protection by offering full coverage and by using a MIPS system. There’s even a removable MTB visor if you feel the need to slim the helmet’s silhouette up for road. Check out more information at MET Helmets.

100 Percent New Altis Gravel Helmet

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100 Percent New Altis Gravel Helmet

100 Percent has been increasing its cycling apparel and accessories catalog over the years and this week the brand announced its newest product: the Altis Gravel Helmet. This helmet was designed to be slim fitting for gravel riding but built to endure the demands of modern mountain biking. While this helmet is packed with details, the most impressive is its pricepoint of $100.

Specs:
-Smartshock® Rotational Protective System (11 point)
-High-Density EPS foam injection and molded with polycarbonate. All sized in specific molds (XS/S, S/M, and L/XL)
-Massive airflow with an impressive 14 ventilation ports
-Expanded coverage while staying lightweight
-Washable, moisture-wicking anti-microbial liner
-Adjustable ratcheting fitment system
-Nexus push release snap-buckle

See more at 100 Percent.

Blue Lug Makes Da Brim Look Cool

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Blue Lug Makes Da Brim Look Cool

Chances are, you’ve seen Da Brim before. I know you have. Usually, it’s the cyclo-tourists on the Adventure Cycling Bicycle Route 66, or the TransAmerica Trail that wear these kooky devices.

Let’s be real, skin cancer is a very real threat and keeping your nose, ears, and neck protected from the relentless sun is only going to get more important in the coming years.

Our friends at Blue Lug know how to take a product like Da Brim and make it look cool, meshing safety with fashion.

What do you think? Excessive sunblock? Or a kooky (in a good way) sum brim?

POC’s Ventral Light Helmet Weighs in at Under 270g

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POC’s Ventral Light Helmet Weighs in at Under 270g

There’s this website that offers up weight comparisons. For instance, you can put in 270g and it will tell you what weighs about that or by what multitude. For instance, 270g is about three times the weight of a deck of cards. Or, my personal favorite, 270g is about the weight of an adult hamster.

Having light-weight gear is a game we all like to play and having a light helmet might just make you want to wear it even more, which is a good measure when it comes to something that can save your life. The new POC Ventral Light helmet shaves the unnecessary grams without compromising your safety.

It’s the weight of a hamster on your head, with a retail of $275. See more at POC.

Smith Gets Wild in New Surprise Pack

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Smith Gets Wild in New Surprise Pack

In what looks like a wardrobe selection from a cycling-themed episode of Saved by the Bell, Smith just dropped a fun and playful pack, inspired by 1980s graphics. The “Wild” pack is part safari, part party, and all serious protection. With an entire road kit, bottles, goggles, sunglasses, storage kegs, and mountain helmet, the “Wild” kit has got to be the loudest on the market right now. Check it out at Smith.

Behind the Lens: Photoshoot in Simi Valley with Giro

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Behind the Lens: Photoshoot in Simi Valley with Giro

One of the ways we keep the lights on over here at the Radavist is I try to pick up as much commercial photography work as possible. A lot of which I won’t post here on the site but every so often, I get complete creative control and those shoots are always special to me. I will say when I do post the work here on the website you can rest assured I am not being paid to do so. I’m simply sharing because I’m really stoked on how these photos came out and this is a cycling website, right? This particular shoot covers a zone we haven’t shared much here on the Radavist, so everyone should get out and ride these trails if they have the chance! With that said, check out this Behind the Lens series featuring Giro’s new Manifest helmet in Simi Valley with Kathy Pruitt and Chris Akrigg

Smith’s 2020 Limited Edition Color: Mystic Green

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Smith’s 2020 Limited Edition Color: Mystic Green

Smith just launched their new limited helmet color for 2020, dubbed Mystic Green. The color is available across their entire helmet collection, not just the high-end models. That includes the $160 Network road and $160 Session MTB (pictured), all the way to the $250 Trace road and $250 Forefront 2 MTB helmets. Head to Smith to see more specs and information and your local dealer for ordering.

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Fox Enters the Race Towards Safer Helmets with the Rampage Pro Carbon

The world of Rampage is something I don’t think is possible to fully understand until you see what those athletes are willing to do in person. Drops, gaps, and jumps that us mere mortals would never attempt, yet these athletes charge them with such confidence that we lose the ability to comprehend what exactly they’re doing. That world has many demands on the riders and Fox is looking to make one aspect even safer with their Rampage Pro Carbon helmet, which uses fluid technologies and carbon structures to ensure crashes become safer.

While I don’t intend of hitting 30′ hips or 100′ gaps, I can say this product looks intriguing, yet with so many helmet systems out there, it begs the question, is this race towards safer helmets just marketing, or is there something else there?

See more at Fox.

Giro Launches their Custom Aether MIPS Program

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Giro Launches their Custom Aether MIPS Program

Each week, Giro is opening up their custom helmet configurator with something they’re calling the Tuesday 25. The first twenty-five people will be able to design their Aether MIPS helmet, down to the straps, fitting system, and colors, choosing from a variety of patterns as well. This is the opportunity to design a truly unique helmet.

Check out more information at Giro!

Side 2 Side with the Giro Aether MIPS

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Side 2 Side with the Giro Aether MIPS

While I don’t plan to be “twistin my body from side 2 side” anytime soon on my road bike, it’s comforting to know that like technology, cycling safety design is progressing at a – pardon the analogy here – breakneck speed. I’ll be honest, I don’t often do helmet reviews but I’ll admit I was really upset when Giro canceled the Atmos helmet. As a guy with a large dome, the Atmos fit me quite well, didn’t look obtuse, and felt great, even after long, hot days in the mountains. Later, Giro launched the Synthe, which I liked enough to make a Radavist edition, which I still stand firmly behind. So I’ll be honest with 100% transparency here. I really didn’t feel the need to talk about Giro’s new Aether MIPS when it launched today but upon my second ride in the helmet this morning, I was sold on both the comfort and the safety features of this revolutionary design…

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Giro Launches the Aether MIPS

If there is one piece of technology that can save your life, it’s a helmet. But that doesn’t mean you should have to sacrifice fit, functionality, and yeah, fashion in the process. Giro’s new Aether MIPS looks to solve all three. Check out more at Giro and tech specs below.

Oakley Launches Their Head to Ankle Collection

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Oakley Launches Their Head to Ankle Collection

After dominating the cycling eyewear market for decades, Oakley has decided to throw their hat, err helmet into the apparel and accessory ring. With multiple cycling kit designs, gloves, packs and three helmet designs, Oakley hopes to bring something for everyone with this new launch, from the aero-roadie to the all-day endurance road bike dirt rider. This entire collection will be available in February 2018. Check out more colors and helmet designs below and see more at Oakley.

Bell’s New Zephyr Helmet

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Bell’s New Zephyr Helmet

It’s tradeshow season and for companies like Bell, it’s one of the most important times of year for new product launches. Helmet design has changed a lot over the years and since the implementation of MIPS, helmets can now shed some layers on the inner lining making them lighter, safer and ultimately, more comfortable. That’s the case with the new Zephyr road helmet. Coming in 2017 and available in seven finishes, including a reflective “ghost” coating. See more details at Bell.

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Brooks’ Helmet Line

Brooks England may be known best for their saddles, yet over the years, they’ve developed various other products including apparel, tools, bags and now helmets. They just announced two helmets for 2017: the Harrier, a road and the Island, a commuter. Currently, Brooks is looking for 300 “Brooks Boomers” to help in the R&D of these helmets. Head to Brooks to see more details.

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Giro’s Switchblade MIPS

If you ride downhill or race enduro, chances are you spend a lot of time in a full-face helmet. The Giro Switchblade is a throwback to their first removable chin bar helmet. Back in 1998 they created the first mainstream mountain bike helmet with a removable chin bar and now, the design has been updated to include ASTM Downhill Certification…

Now to answer everyone’s pressing question: no, this will not make you shred like Aaron Bradford, but it’ll keep your smile pretty when you eat shit trying to!