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Oakley is, of course, best known for its vast range of high quality shades, but the company has just announced that is launching a range of three road helmets later this year.
Oakley have launched a three-strong line-up of helmets that each use a unique BOA retention system, with the range also designed to integrate with your chosen eyewear – Oakley or otherwise.
Two of the helmets are aimed squarely at roadies, with the Aro 3 focusing on ventilation and the Aro 5 pitched as Oakley’s aero road lid. The Aro 7, meanwhile, is a time trial/triathlon helmet and will come with two visors (a mirrored Przym Road visor and a clear visor).
Chances are you’ll have seen BOA dials on cycling footwear – in the past few years it’s become the retention system of choice for most high-end shoes. By using a micro-adjustable dial and wraparound cable, BOA offers a secure, finely-tuned fit across the entire foot.
Now Oakley have worked with BOA to apply the same concept to the Aro helmets. Instead of an internal cradle which is pulled towards your head by a traditional retention system, the Aro lids simply have a lace inside the helmet, drawn in by the BOA dial at the rear.
Oakley say the design offers a 360 degree fit by wrapping around the head, with no pressure points and, by removing the cradle from inside the helmet, there’s nothing to interfere with your sunglasses or cause discomfort by trying to squeeze the sunglasses inside the helmet, perhaps sandwiched between the cradle and your head.
While the Aro 3 is designed with ventilation in mind, the Aro 5 has been CFD and wind tunnel tested, according to Oakley. Still, air flow matters on a long, hot sprint stage of the Tour de France and the helmet has plenty of vents to try and keep things cool. Speaking of WorldTour racing, Oakley have signed up as helmet supplier to Mark Cavendish’s Dimension Data squad for 2018.
Oakley has actually been producing a range of snowsports helmets for some time now, so this isn’t a totally new direction for the brand and we’re really looking forward to trying these out.
These helmets will be in very short supply as Oakley are hand selecting just a few stores in the UK to carry them. We expect to be able to deliver these to you in early 2018.