Consider the high safety bar of mountain bike helmets with the Kortal MIPS Race. The new POC helmet, which is arguably the most secure mountain bike A helmet designed for trailblazers and enduro riders who push their limits.
The big innovation is MIPS Integra, New Invisible Molded Update for Mips. Silicone-filled pads (like those used in its SPIN system) slide onto a low-friction layer embedded in the helmet’s EPS foam, reducing the spin forces on your brain in the event of a collision. Molded coat allows helmet pads to move in any direction on impact, and the new design eliminates the distinctive yellow plastic mips that were uncomfortable, taut hair, and also restrained helmet hatch design.
But this isn’t the only “new” in the Kortal Race MIPS. The helmet mask, which can be raised high enough to place goggles on the edge of the helmet underneath, explodes if overextended, reducing the chance of a neck injury. Aramid bridges between enlarged helmet openings prevent it from loosening on impact. The helmet greatly exceeds standard bicycle safety standards. The RECCO reflector inside the helmet helps rescuers find you in the back country. And if you have a crash bad enough that you can’t speak for yourself, rescuers can access your medical information, name, birthdate, emergency contact and more through a scanable chip.
After two weeks of testing, we can also confirm that the helmet is the most comfortable mountain bike helmet POC has ever made. Eight vents in the front, three at the top, and five large exhaust outlets in the back kept my head cool. The molded Mips system syncs seamlessly with the POC helmet strap. Gone are the days of my POC helmet stepping forward and cruising down a cliff. The Kortal Mips stayed planted, very crackle-free, and felt like they were hanging. [$250, na.pocsports.com]
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