Abus Gamechanger hel­met

£179.99, zy­rofisher.co.uk

Cyclist - - Lead Out -

If you were to trust any­one to keep your grey mat­ter safe it would be se­cu­rity com­pany Abus, but the Ger­man man­u­fac­turer of bike locks and se­cu­rity sys­tems might not be the ob­vi­ous name that springs to mind when con­sid­er­ing buy­ing a bike hel­met at the cut­ting edge of aero­dy­namic per­for­mance. Yet that is ex­actly what Abus is claim­ing for its new Gamechanger hel­met, say­ing it presents 23% less frontal area than its pre­vi­ous top-tier hel­met.

A slip­pery shape can still be to the detri­ment of per­for­mance if ven­ti­la­tion isn’t catered for, so Abus has in­cluded ‘Forced Air Cool­ing Tech­nol­ogy’ – a set of chan­nels cut into the un­der­side of the EPS shell that direct air from the front vents over the head to the ‘Air­port’ ex­haust area sculpted into the rear of the hel­met.

In­ter­est­ingly the re­ten­tion straps don’t have ad­justable di­viders. They are sleek-look­ing fixed lengths that Abus claims have been de­signed so ef­fi­ciently that cus­tomi­sa­tion isn’t nec­es­sary. And yes, they too have a spe­cial name – they are the ‘Flow­straps’.

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