New Bontrager helmet unveiled at Tour de France
By Sam Dansie | Wednesday, July 3, 2013 2.38am
The new lid retains the low profile and sculpted look of the Oracle – but with better venting Sam Dansie/Future Publishing
RadioShack Leopard Trek riders are wearing a new, unnamed Bontrager helmet at the 2013 Tour de France. Details of the new lid, which has a peak integrated under the padding, are yet to be released.
Weight will depend on size but we're told it will be under 220g – about a 100g improvement on the Oracle. Judging by the design, it looks better ventilated than the current top-of-the-range Bontrager Oracle.
A gaping, rounded central vent is much broader than on the Oracle, and V-shaped vents on either side suggest the new helmet should air well. If the rain starts to fall, expect to see the RadioShack Leopard Trek team attach the colour-coordinated cloth peak under the padding.
The Oracle's one-handed ratchet tightening system appears to have been updated as well. The system, dubbed Headmaster II, now employs a web of straps around the base of the head that can be tightened with the same one-hand dialling system.
We’re told the helmet will be available by September in Europe and later in the year in the US. For more information on Bontrager products see bontrager.com.
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Padding is extensive in the new Bontrager helmet
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