Urge is a company that has long focused on the enduro market, and the Archi Enduro RR (Race Ready) helmet was specifically designed for the world’s toughest enduro events and the riders who race them. The design is intended to provide the lightest weight and best ventilation possible for long enduro stages with plenty of uphill pedaling.
The Archi RR is made from a mix of glass and linen fibers. The layup of the materials is designed to better spread impact shock waves around the helmet so that less is transmitted to the skull.
Ten vents are designed to provide ventilation even at low speeds, and redesigned cheek pads should allow better airflow around the ears. The wide front opening of the helmet was shaped to work with all googles on the market. “Gripping pads” on the sides of the helmet help hold the goggle straps in place.
- Weight: 990 grams (2.2 pounds)
- Sizes: XS (53-54 cm), S (55-56 cm), M (57-58 cm), L (59-60 cm), XL (61-62 cm)
- Price: $300
- Available: May 15
- More info: Urge Archi Enduro RR
With the capabilities of modern trail bikes increasing every year, it makes sense to up the level of protection for the rider. This new helmet from Lazer allows the rider to choose just how much coverage is wanted or needed.
This isn’t an entirely new concept (see Bell’s excellent Super 2R), but the Revolution adds a few more features.
As shown in the picture above, the ear pads are removable, in addition to an optional bolt-on chinbar. The top of the helmet has what Lazer calls SMS: “The SMS (Safety Mounting System) for cameras and other accessories has been fully crash tested to assure that Revolution still passes all safety certifications when these items are attached and in use.” Lazer claims this is the only helmets to pass all the safety tests with accessories mounted.
The rest of the features are as expected: a visor that pushes up enough to park goggles below, a dial-adjust retention system and lots of vents. Lazer expects this helmet to pass ASTM-DH certification, which is not common for helmets with removable chinbars. Price is not announced yet, helmets should go on sale in early 2016.
This is the second Uvex helmet I’ve had, and I’m really sold on their design. For me the fit is dialed, the enclosure system is simple and dependable, and helmet doesn’t look stupid on my head.
The visor is very easy to adjust, but it does seem a bit narrower than others. As with most helmets, the pads are removable and washable. It’s pretty light to boot.
Oh yeah, before I let you think I love everything about this helmet. It ships with a stupid back spoiler that came off as soon as I looked at myself in the mirror. Seriously…is this supposed to create downdraft and help me stay connected to my bike or something? I just don’t get it, but there are a lot of other things from Europe I don’t get either. And here’s to hoping they incorporate MIPS into the next generation.
Helmet fit is subjective. People’s heads are all different shapes and sizes.
The Uvex Quatro Pro tries to overcome this problem with something Uvex terms as anatomic IAS fitting. IAS allows the wearer to adjust both the height and length of the internal retention system. Height is adjusted by way of above the ear vertical clips that have seven different positions. Diameter is adjusted with the rear knob we’re all accustomed too.
In addition the straps are easily configurable and the chin strap closure system is one of my favorites. Easy to open, close and adjust with one hand, gloved or not.
There are 17 vent holes, with the front three featuring some much welcomed bug netting. I mean who likes having bees find a way into their helmet while concentrating on that next section of trail?
The Quatro Pro has a polycarbonate exterior shell molded around an internal EPS foam structure.
Sizing and MSRP
The uvex Quatro Pro comes in two sizes: 56-61 and 52-57. MSRP is $190.
Brush up on your German and watch uvex’s promo video for some more highlights.