Bell Zephyr Helmet Protects Your Head with Dual Density Foam, MIPS:
Bell’s new helmet, the Zephyr, integrates MIPS and fine dial adjustment into one piece allowing the helmet to fit more like a cap, rather than a helmet. In addition, two varying densities of EPS foam, an inner and outer layer both mated to their own polycarbonate shell, are designed to protect from varying impact intensities and makes for a visually dynamic helmet that exceeds CPSC certification standards. The helmet weighs in at 280 grams in size Medium, costs $230, and is available now.
The helmet aims to be a leader in comfort and fit, rather than the lightweight or aerodynamics champ. That’s probably a good thing for most cyclocross and gravel athletes, as our lower speeds and bumpy terrain prioritize a helmet staying in place over being best on a scale or at 50kph in a wind tunnel.
The Bell Zephyr aims to have top-notch fit and comfort through innovative integration of sweat pads and a dial adjustment that works with the MIPS rotational protection.
Varying densities of foam is one way to effectively absorb the shock of impacts to the head. Kali famously uses different densities of foam and cone shapes that crush on impact, while Catlike also uses varying foam densities with a honeycomb structure to maintain safety while keeping weight down and ventilation up.
Might we see Bell-sponsored 2015 Cyclocross World Champ Mathieu van der Poel trade in his Bell Star Pro and Gage helmets and wear one to his duels with Wout van Aert? Stay tuned.
More info: bellhelmets.com
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