Assos’ innovative new helmet is a super-skinny, head-protecting, scalpcooling marvel
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Anyone looking for a new helmet usually has three things in mind when they start their search: looks, protection and weight. It’s not a complex equation yet it’s surprising how many product manufacturers muck it up, coming back from their helmet development labs either with something that looks like an angry extraterrestrial would wear or a giant fluorescent mushroom. Not so Assos, whose Jingo helmet is a thing of beauty while also managing to be protective and – at just 170g – incredibly light. It achieves this by doing away with the EPS insert (or polystyrene liner) commonly found in other helmets but without compromising safety. The Jingo still meets all the necessary European safety standards thanks to its unique design, which sees the entire helmet absorb the energy of any impact by distributing it around the frame evenly. It’s a clever idea that Ranking (who created the helmet for Assos) nicked from the motor industry, which has used this buffer principle in car frames for years. And because the Jingo has no EPS, Assos has even managed to make inroads on the fourth (often overlooked) factor to consider when buying a new helmet – how well it cools your head. It uses a combination of oversized air inlets at the front, smaller outlets at the rear and an internal ventilation groove to help force heat out the Jingo’s top. It all adds up to a lid that is literally so light and airy you’ll barely notice it’s there.
ASSOS JINGO HELMET PRICE: £ 150 CONTACT: Assos.com