Iris from O'Neal Europe popped into the office to give us the lowdown on their 2012 protection range, and she brought with her two very interesting bits of kit – the latest version of the Fury full-face helmet with an innovative closure system, and a new neck brace from MOVEO Safety.
O'Neal Fury RL
The Fury has been around for a while – we reviewed an Azonic-branded version a couple of years ago – but it's been updated for 2011 and now has a neat new magnetic closure system. This aims to offer a less fiddly alternative to the D-loops found on many downhill and motocross lids, while providing more security than a standard plastic buckle.
To undo it, you simply slide the buckle sideways. To do it up, hold the end of the strap somewhere near the buckle and it'll snap into place. Click play on the video below to see it in action. Other features of the helmet include a polycarbonate shell, adjustable peak and removable padding. Claimed weight is 950g, it's CE certified and available in four colours. RRP is £69.
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Based in Valladolid, Spain, MOVEO are a new company set up to develop safety devices for motorcyclists. Their first product is the Movebrace, which looks like it should provide downhillers with a decent alternative to neck braces from the likes of Leatt and Alpinestars. It'll be available via O'Neal in the UK.
So, what sets the Movebrace apart from its rivals? It's designed to be lightweight, easily fitted and highly adjustable. It's also more flexible, in order to spread impact forces over your whole body instead of concentrating them in one place. Shown here is the £349 Movebrace Carbon; a £100 cheaper fibreglass version is also available. Claimed weights are 723g and 795g, respectively.