KASK has unveiled its most aerodynamic road helmet. The Utopia offers the company’s latest technology in aerodynamics and ventilation.
Like some other KASK helmets, the Utopia was developed in conjunction with Team Sky to ensure the helmet is designed and tested in the toughest conditions possible and able to withstand the demands of the world’s top pro riders. Team Sky will race in the Utopia at the upcoming Tour Down Under in Australia.
“When it comes to aerodynamics there is little that is more important than the helmet,” said Carsten Jeppesen, Team Sky’s head of technical operations. “But it’s not just about aerodynamics. The safety of our riders is our first priority, and KASK share this philosophy. In addition to this, our riders need comfort, breathability, temperature management and style, all of which to contribute towards optimizing performance. Working with KASK on the development of the Utopia has enabled us to hone in on many of these areas to produce a fully tested, well-rounded helmet, which proves to be a great addition to the versatile KASK range.”
To develop the Utopia, KASK tested 10 of the top aero road helmets in the wind tunnel, and created a 3D scan for a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. The helmets were tested at various speeds and yaw angles to reflect cross winds. At the end of the test, the drag data of Utopia versus the best competitor helmet resulted in a saving of up to 6 watts when riding at 50kph, claims KASK.
Aerodynamics is at the forefront of Utopia’s design with ventilation also a key factor considered during its development. Suitable for riding road racing and triathlon, Utopia can be used year-round in all climates, due to its refined design to keep the rider cool, especially when riding at high speed.
Utopia uses a breathable and quick-dry padding, offering a 5mm layer of fast-wicking material called Resistex that is designed to take moisture away from the rider’s head and moves it to the helmet’s outer shell. Resistex carbon is a yarn with unique technical characteristics involving a continuous filament of conductive material based on active carbon.
Key features of Utopia
- Lightweight, coming in at 235g (size medium)
- Vents are designed to improve aerodynamics and cooling
- Quiet riding experience thanks to the reduced wind rush close to riders’ ears
- Internal channeling designed to improve aerodynamics
- Uses the easily adjustable Octo Fit adjustment system
Utopia will be available later in the year in three sizes. Pricing has not yet been released.
For more information, visit www.kask.com