NOW Zappi helmet review

Sharp looking aero helmet from new brand

Helmets
NOW Zappi Helmet

NOW’s aero-all-arounder Zappi helmet.

What is it

NOW (Non-Stop on Wheels) are making a splash in the cycling helmet world with eye catching designs backed by wind tunnel testing and design experience. The Zappi is their aero, all around offering that’s at home on the road or in the woods.

Pros
  • Low price
  • 12 color options
  • Aero shape
  • Low weight
  • Great fit
Cons
  • No MIPS option
  • Style not for everyone
NOW Zappi Helmet

Aerodynamic design and smartly placed vents make for all-over air flow.

RoadBikeReview’s Take

NOW may be a new name in the cycling industry, but its founder and designers are not. Collectively the nascent brand’s team has a dozen years of accumulated experience managing global motorcycle helmet brand KBC Helmet. That experience shines through in their design concepts and execution, which is reflected in a product catalog that spans commuter to aero race.

Weighing 240 grams, NOW’s Zappi is competitive with other lightweight aero helmets. And with a price of $198, the Zappi is inexpensive compared to offerings from Giro, Bell, Kask, and Lazer.

NOW Sappi Helmet

NOW helmets have a unique ovalized shape that is very comfortable.

NOW designed the Zappi with their proprietary In-Mold High Performance EPS Liner, Mirco Shell, and Skeleton Inner Construction System. This translates to high performance and heavyweight protection. Pads for the Zappi are anti-bacterial, cooling, and replaceable.

NOW Zappi Helmet

Zappi have hint of gloss that make the matte black pop.

With 32 vents and NOW’s trademarked SWAC (Spider Web Air-flow Channel), the Zappi boasts impressive cooling air flow while in motion. SWAC is designed to circulate air around your head while keeping NOW’s helmets as drag free as possible.

NOW’s helmets have a different shape than what many will be used to. Their helmets have an ovalized shape and look. But when considering the human head shape, it makes perfect sense. Our heads are not all perfect circles.

NOW Zappi Helmet

The Zappi employs an easy adjust knob that users will be familiar with.

While riding I could feel the airflow over my head, a nice change from my previous aero helmet. It’s also a quiet ride, as the aerodynamic design keeps chatter down, something you have to experience to truly appreciate. I didn’t have any crashes in the Zappi, but I felt confident in the design and fit. The Zappi delivered a comfortable and cool ride after miles in hot (and not so hot) weather.

NOW offers Zappi in 12 colors, so there is most definitely a match for your kit and/or bike. Bottom line, the Zappi is an eye catching, lightweight aero helmet that’s definitely worth trying on.

Rating: 4 out of 5 4 stars
Price: $198
More info: nowhelmet.com

About the author: Jordan Villella

Jordan comes from the steep streets of Pittsburgh PA, where he learned to dodge cars and rip single track. He has been involved in nearly every aspect of the cycling industry: from turning wrenches, store design, clothing production and bike park creation. Jordan spends his free time racing cross country and cyclocross around North America, though he has been know to enduro every now and then. His love of cycling is only second to his love of his family and punk rock.


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