Gear

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

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