After reading about evolving helmet design and safety (What we can learn about helmet design and safety), I decided it was time to get a new helmet. There’s nothing wrong with my current helmet (I wear a Charles Owen skull cap) except that it’s several years old and has no vents. It has the advantage of fitting me very well, which has to be up there as one of the most important features.
My desire to buy a new helmet coincided with the VTO summer sale. Armed with a 20% discount I chose the new Devon-aire Aegis Matrix Helmet. It features a new type of foam shell that is supposed to reduce G-Force impact to your head by using special cone shaped foam in the shell. It is unfortunately called “Conehead” technology — bringing an instant and vivid memory to those of us old enough to remember the Saturday Night skit.
The concept sounds more promising than the name. According to Devon-Aire,
It is designed to absorb the force of impact and distribute the energy in a lateral motion away from the head through the upper layer of foam and this reduces the G-Force impact to the head. It features an adjustable dial fit retention system, a four point harness with quick snap buckle and multiple vents that give you the option to open in warmer weather to allow a breeze or to close in cooler weather to help retain body heat. This technology offers riders a top of the line helmet with top of the line comfort.
I will attest to the fact that it is light and well ventilated. The ventilation has been key during the very hot weather we’ve had this summer. You can open and close the vents on the top. I also like the dial-fit retention system because I change the way
I wear my hair and find it very annoying to buy a helmet for each hair style or length.
Do the little cones inside the shell of the helmet protect my head better? Maybe. There’s not enough independent testing of helmets to provide comps to other designs but compared to solid pieces of foam, it sounds like it should work. I am not aiming to find out any time soon but when riding Zelda (who is bigger than Freedom) I like the idea of having state-of-the-art protection on my head.