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Helmets Aero 2.0

2013 buyer's guide helmets aero 2.0

With the sudden arrival of short-tailed aerodynamic helmets last year, we thought we’d focus on that new trend in our buyer’s guide this year. The idea is that these new designs should allow for a combination of aerodynamics and ventilation in a lightweight package. The latest research shows that while more traditional, long-tailed aero helmets test well in a windtunnel, in reallife use when athletes move their heads around, they don’t offer as much advantage as the tests might suggest. These new helmets are designed to perform better on the road.


Kask Bambino

Air f lows around the smooth-shelled Bambino and either slips on by or is directed into one of the six slits in the front and is channelled through the elaborate ventilation system. Both the rider’s head and the shell of the helmet are cooled by the air f low as it moves from the front of the helmet through four vents in the tail of this super-smooth helmet. Those vents are pretty small, though, so the Bambino might not be your best choice for super-hot races. It’s definitely a different shape to what we’re used to in the aerodynamic helmet world, but that’ll be quickly forgotten once you enjoy the speed and comfort this new design offers.


Lazer Wasp

Thanks to a special “trip wire” on the top of the helmet, the Wasp is designed to keep the gap between the helmet and the rider’s back to a minimum, ensuring optimal aerodynamics regardless of your head position. This innovative helmet uses an autofit system that automatically tightens the helmet around your head. An integrated visor can be adjusted, too, so you can position it comfortably on your face. There are four vents to channel air past your head to keep you cool.


Scott Split

A carefully designed face port helps channel air past the head before moving through the large rear exhaust port of this helmet that was created thanks to a collaboration between Scott’s aerodynamicists, the Team Greenedge pro cycling team and pro triathletes Luke McKenzie and Marino Vanhoenacker. The included vented visor increases aerodynamics while also enabling lots of air movement through the helmet.