What they say: Safety is our focus and commitment to you, and every rider who chooses to ride with our gear.
What we say: While MIPs is undoubtedly great, it comes at a price. And that price can be out of reach for some people, which is why the Californian dudes at Kali dreamt up this, which substitutes MIPS for 10 Armourgel pads, of the type typically found in protective clothing, strategically placed throughout the interior instead.
Kali – who also make motorbike helmets as well as kit for gnarly mountain bikers- claim this reduce slow g-impact forces by 12% and rotational forces by up to 25. Which, given the apparent simplicity of the design – to say nothing of the price – is impressive.
With 21 vents on board, this also performs well on hot-weather rides, while the inside is lined with sweat pads made from fast-wicking, washable, anti-microbial material. A wheel at the rear and locking adjustable straps also feature to help you find a spot-on fit for safety and comfort.
Comes in two sizes small/medium for heads sized 54-58 cm, and large/extra-large for those sized 58-62 cm, weighing 283 g and 316 g respectively. They’re also available in three colorways: yellow/black, orange/ yellow and this rather fetching red/black.
Conclusion: If you put a high value on safety but don’t have the funds for a high-end helmet, this is a great value alternative.