The right protection for your head, Giro Vanquish is the cycling helmet you need, writes Deepthi Velkur.
When I started cycling as a kid, head protection was top priority. Of course, it was the ‘80s, so it wasn’t really top-notch technology – it was basically a cap with some foam protection on the inside. All through my growing up years that was acceptable, nobody ever questioned it and my parents thought it was fine. Today, things are a lot different and with a deeper understanding of the dynamics of crashing, helmet manufacturers continue to push the limit in helmet advancements.
Tech to Protect
Nearly all new helmet models today incorporate MIPS (multi-directional impact protection system), a liner that allows the head to move slightly inside the helmet in the event of a crash. Protagonists say the MIPS liner can lessen a crash’s impact on the brain.
Helmets are designed keeping aerodynamics in mind which has an effect on shape, size and overall looks. Comfort needs to be considered in terms of sizing, padding and fit but crucially ventilation too.
With the advanced development tools available, Giro has created an even more aerodynamic and far better ventilated model called the Vanquish MIPS.
The new model like other aero road helmets sport a mostly smooth exterior, a close-fitting and highly tapered profile, and a short, squared-off tail. What sets the Vanquish MIPS apart is its “aerodynamic cliff” – a small step that runs across the width of the helmet, that helps bring in more cooling air to help prevent sweat from dripping down your face.
Some super cool features that make the Vanquish a thing of beauty are:
- With four slits in the front and six exhaust ports at the back, it helps guide incoming air across the rider’s head.
- Four generous sized indentations on the underside help bring in more cool air.
- The Vivid Optics tint filters out bad wavelengths of blue light to enhance contrast and colour definition.
- A low-friction MIPS liner is included as standard equipment that reduces rotational forces transmitted to the brain thereby minimizing chances of a traumatic brain injury during an impact.
- A dual-layer EPS foam liner, with a softer-density foam next to the head and a harder, more durable foam near the four-piece polycarbonate shell – this double-layer design reacts better to absorbing impact energy.
- Other features are lightweight webbing with low-profile tail-glides to keep the straps neatly tucked against the side of your head, eyewear grippers to help secure sunglasses and antimicrobial padding.
The Vanquish MIPS is available in 2 colors – Matte Bright Red / Black in 3 sizes and retails between INR 18,000 – 21,000 on www.bikeinn.com.
The initial impressions of the Vanquish do suggest that this could be an ideal everyday helmet for all conditions and while there are several other options in the market, the Vanquish is certainly worth considering.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Deepthi Velkur is a former sprinter who is trying her hand at various sports today. A tennis fanatic, who believes that sleep should never be compromised.