New British bike helmet producer Ruroc has solely been round a number of years however has already launched the third technology of its Atlas full-face helmet.
The corporate claims its ECE 22:05 and DOT FMVSS218 accredited, carbon-fibre Atlas 3.0 helmet is quieter, extra snug, safer and with extra color and graphic choices, though not likely any costlier.
I reviewed the Atlas 2.0 helmet just a little over a yr in the past. I discovered it fairly snug and stuffed with useful options, however with some points over noise.
Firm spokesman Ben Conie says they listened to rider suggestions in updating the helmet in addition to the accompanying Shockwave audio system.
Nonetheless, should you improve from the Atlas 2.0 to the Atlas 3.0, the outdated Shockwave audio ($A210) is not going to match, so you’ll have to purchase the brand new one, fortunately on the similar worth.
The Atlas 2.0 helmet initially value round A630-$A700 relying on graphics. There are nonetheless some obtainable at a couple of $150 low cost.
Atlas 3.0 fashions additionally begin at $A630 with most $A700, some $A740 and the Nebula Carbon and Liquid Carbon fashions $810. My “Carbonised Gold” take a look at mannequin is considered one of 16 varieties to select from.
Some of the primary upgrades has been going from two to 3 shells sizes which isn’t solely good for sizing and luxury, but in addition security.
The Atlas 2.0 has solely just lately been examined and rated at 4 out of 5 stars by the revered British helmet security web site, SHARP, so we are able to count on the up to date mannequin to be not less than the identical commonplace … perhaps increased!
The very first thing I observed after eradicating the helmet from its plush boxing is the-lusher and softer inside. It appears like sticking your head inside a pillow!
One other nice characteristic from the boxing is a contoured foam pad to position your helmet on when it isn’t in your head.
It even features a groove to carry your spare Pinlock-ready wraparound visor which is available in a spread of choices together with new Chrome and Pink iridescent.
Talking of which, they are saying the visor locking system is safer and simpler for swapping visors. It might be safer and air tight, however it’s fairly stiff making it tough to swap visors rapidly.
Possibly it would loosen up if I preserve altering the visor, however I not often experience into the evening due to wildlife points, so I doubt I’ll be changing the tinted visor anytime quickly.
Ruroc says the primary engineering enhancements are within the aerodynamics.
That ought to not solely make it really feel quieter however with much less drag there needs to be much less fatigue after a protracted day driving on a motorcycle with no windscreen.
I can’t discern any distinction within the noise ranges to the earlier mannequin.
However I can hear the audio a lot better in all probability as a result of the audio system have been improved and it’s simpler to place them precisely the place wanted.
By the way, for me, meaning putting them not the place the recess is, however just a little additional ahead and better. Possibly my ears are surprisingly positioned!
Fortunately they’re coated in a cushty thick foam in order that they don’t damage my ears.
I’m nonetheless not a fan of the discrete Bluetooth system’s controls in the back of the helmet, however not less than the buttons at the moment are thrice larger. They’re nonetheless fairly tough to search out with thick gloves on.
Set up is now a lot simpler with built-in cable routing for the audio system and mic, plus magnetic fitment for the unit so that you don’t need to fiddle with (and lose) tiny screws.
Like most fashionable Bluetooth programs, it’s fast and foolproof to pair and operates with none points.
It now additionally gives help for rider-pillion intercom and music sharing, enhancements to sound high quality, battery state monitoring and LED indications in addition to up to date voice prompts.
All Atlas 3.0 helmets are constituted of T-400 carbon fibre and weigh simply 1.4kg and no discernible weight improve from the tiny audio and audio system.
Along with the improved aero, this ends in little or no helmet fatigue after a protracted day within the saddle.
Fortunately the useful Magnetic Fidlock chinstrap has been retained from the earlier mannequin.
It means no fiddling round with double-D mechanisms and is even simpler than a snap-lock mechanism.
Simply put the clasps shut collectively and the magnetised ends “discover” one another and lock in. It feels secure and safe and won’t come undone except you seize the crimson launch strap.
Nonetheless, I can’t see the racing authorities approving the system.
I can in all probability nonetheless take it to on observe days. The truth is, out of all of the reviewed and acquired helmets in my cabinet, that is now my go-to helmet due to consolation, useful options such because the clasp and the discrete, built-in and high-quality sound system.