Sea Otter: New helmets from Giant, Kask and Lazer

Cooling, styling and aero-efficiency highlight these brain protectors

Helmets Sea Otter Classic

2015 Sea Otter Classic

Look for Team Sky to be rocking this lid during the Giro d'Italia and Tour de France.

Look for Team Sky to be rocking this lid during the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France (click to enlarge).

In the never ending quest for increased comfort, aero efficiency — and good looks — road cycling helmets continue to change and evolve. Here are some of the latest offerings from Lazer, Kask and Giant, which is making a big push into the head protection game.

The new flagship helmet from Kask combines aero efficiency with max cooling.

The new flagship helmet from Kask combines aero efficiency with max cooling (click to enlarge).

Kask Protone ($299)

The Italian helmet maker Kask, continues to expand its line-up, rolling out this new semi-aero lid with ample venting. Indeed, it was designed to mimic the wind-cheating ability of the Infinity, but provide the breathability of the Mojito. Claimed weight for a size medium is 230 grams, and the Protone has multiple fit-adjustment mechanisms, which allow for a truly dialed fit. There’s also a sunglasses port that’s claimed to work with just about every type of eyewear. More info at www.kask.it

If race wins equal top-tier performance, it's hard to argue with the success this helmet has already seen.

If race wins equal top-tier performance, it’s hard to argue with the success this helmet has already seen (click to enlarge).

Giant Rivet ($160)

This aero-enhancing race day brain protector is headwear of choice for German WorldTour star John Degenkolb, who lit up the spring classics season with wins at Milan-San Remo and then Paris-Roubaix. Developed using CFD and wind tunnel analysis, the Rivet is designed to keep its wearer moving fast while staying cool. The helmet’s interior features oversized vent ports that are claimed to have neutral aero effect, but greatly increase venting thanks to a large air exit channel in the rear. Claimed weight is 290 grams size medium and it’s available in four colors, including a Team Giant-Alpecin replica model if you want to channel your inner Degenkolb on the next Wednesday World’s group ride. More info at www.giant-bicycles.com

Lightweight, consistent cooling and good looks are all part of this affordable package.

Lightweight, consistent cooling and good looks are all part of this affordable package (click to enlarge).

Giant Rev ($150)

While not new to the Giant line, the Rev has been updated with better venting and continues to offer great value with a $150 price tag. Highlights include 21 vents and a claimed weight of just 240 grams for a size medium. Available in five colors, including Team Giant-Alpecin replica and bright orange. More info at www.giant-bicycles.com

Available in a multitude of colors, including this snappy black/orange model.

Available in a multitude of colors, including this snappy black/orange model (click to enlarge).

Lazer Blade ($95)

You’d be hard pressed to find a better value in head protection than the Lazer Blade. Twenty-two vents help keep you cool, while the innovative Rollsys retention system provides an even, snug fit. Claimed weight is 240 grams for a size medium. More info at www.lazersport.com

This article is part of RoadBikeReview’s coverage of the 2015 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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About the author: Jason Sumner

An avid cyclist, Jason Sumner has been writing about two-wheeled pursuits of all kinds since 1999. He’s covered the Tour de France, the Olympic Games, and dozens of other international cycling events. He also likes to throw himself into the fray, penning first-person accounts of cycling adventures all over the globe. Sumner, who joined the RoadBikeReview.com / Mtbr.com staff in 2013, has also done extensive gear testing and is the author of the cycling guide book "75 Classic Rides: Colorado." When not writing or riding, the native Coloradoan can be found enjoying time with his wife Lisa and daughter Cora.


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