Gear Of The Year

From bikes to bibs to back­packs, here’s what we loved in 2018.

Bicycling (South Africa) - - Inside - By Dino Lloyd

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.


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