Gear Of The Year
From bikes to bibs to backpacks, here’s what we loved in 2018.
Bontrager’s Quantum – vaunted by Bontrager as a ‘do everything’ helmet – has seen various iterations over the years. For 2018, it was given a subtle overhaul. The Quantum’s in-mould composite skeleton sees the introduction of a MIPS liner, and a Boa dial to adjust fit. The MIPS system was developed by brain surgeons and scientists to reduce the impact of rotational and angled impacts. As a non-proprietary technology, it can be licensed by any helmet manufacturer. A recent independent study by US-based Virginia Tech quantified MIPS protection, with only four helmets claiming a five-star rating. All were equipped with MIPS. The Quantum scored four stars, due to ventilation. Coverage is generous, with the helmet extending deeper round the base of the skull, typical of open-face trail helmets. A strength of the Quantum is the styling and shape, and the peak can be removed for road use. And if you break it in your first year, Bontrager will replace it.
STEALTHY, COMFORTABLE MIPS PROTECTION