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Louis Garneau
$29.95 $23.96 at Backcountry.com

Face the facts. Your little sprout is gonna take some tumbles learning to ride that shiny new bike. Give them all the protection y...ou can with the Louis Garneau Kids' Baby Boomer Helmet, elbow pads, knee pads, and maybe a strategically placed sofa... Read More

Louis Garneau
$349.95 $279.96 at Backcountry.com

Our favorite feature of Louis Garneau's P-09 Helmet is definitely the fact that, instead of just a fairing attached to a normal EP...S foam body, the P-09 is built from the inside out in an aerodynamic shape. Since the inside is fully supported -- even... Read More

Louis Garneau
$124.95 $99.96 at Backcountry.com

Triathlons and TTs can be pricey, since the equipment is exclusive to these events and not as widely distributed. Louis Garneau he...ars your pain. The Louis Garneau P-06 TT Helmet is packing the same features as many of the top-shelf offerings from other... Read More

Louis Garneau
$39.95 $31.96 at Backcountry.com

Louis Garneau brings surprising value and versatility to the table with its Tiffany Women's Mountain or Road Helmet. The Tiffany b...oasts features that you would only expect to find on high-end helmets, but at a price that will make you double-take. Even... Read More

Louis Garneau
$189.95 $151.96 at Backcountry.com

It's true, we're starting to see an industry trend that's leading away from helmet ventilation in favor of aerodynamics. However, ...the question begs to be asked, 'what are you willing to give up for marginal gains?' And while we're a fan of free speed and innovation, in our books, ventilation is king. Not surprisingly, Louis Garneau agrees, and its new Diamond II Helmet takes this idea and rides away with it. In fact, we detect a slight hint of one-upsmanship. While the industry overkill of ventilation has for years been dominated by the Whisper Plus' 39 vents, the Diamond II features 40 and weighs in around a svelte 285 grams. And on top of this, the Diamond II met all North American certifications right out of the gate. So, you can be assured that increasing safety is still the paramount feature of this helmet. So, how did Garneau do it? Its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and EXI technologies, of course. Basically, these two designs work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Diamond II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the EXI-insert with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This ... Read More

Louis Garneau
$189.95 $151.96 at Backcountry.com

It's true, we're starting to see an industry trend that's leading away from helmet ventilation in favor of aerodynamics. However, ...the question begs to be asked, 'what are you willing to give up for marginal gains?' And while we're a fan of free speed and innovation, in our books, ventilation is king. Not surprisingly, Louis Garneau agrees, and its new Diamond II Helmet takes this idea and rides away with it. In fact, we detect a slight hint of one-upsmanship. While the industry overkill of ventilation has for years been dominated by the Whisper Plus' 39 vents, the Diamond II features 40 and weighs in around a svelte 285 grams. And on top of this, the Diamond II met all North American certifications right out of the gate. So, you can be assured that increasing safety is still the paramount feature of this helmet. So, how did Garneau do it? Its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and EXI technologies, of course. Basically, these two designs work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Diamond II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the EXI-insert with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This ... Read More

Louis Garneau
$169.95 $135.96 at Backcountry.com

With 37 vents, the Louis Garneaue X-lite Helmet not only provides protection during a crash--it keeps your noggin cool when pushin...g hard. An ergonomic, anatomically correct fit, easy-to-adjust fit system and ultra low weight help keep the X-Lite as unnoticeable as possible when spinning pedals. One-handed Spiderlock SL rack-and-pinion adjusting system quickly and easily provides a comfortable, ergonomic fitRing-shaped Super MSB technology at the base of the helmet reinforces the perimeter for enhanced protectionWashable, sealed adjustment padding for enhanced durability, and optimum comfortTough in-mold construction provides impact protection without excess weight Read More

Louis Garneau
$169.95 $135.96 at Backcountry.com

With 37 vents, the Louis Garneaue X-lite Helmet not only provides protection during a crash--it keeps your noggin cool when pushin...g hard. An ergonomic, anatomically correct fit, easy-to-adjust fit system and ultra low weight help keep the X-Lite as unnoticeable as possible when spinning pedals. One-handed Spiderlock SL rack-and-pinion adjusting system quickly and easily provides a comfortable, ergonomic fitRing-shaped Super MSB technology at the base of the helmet reinforces the perimeter for enhanced protectionWashable, sealed adjustment padding for enhanced durability, and optimum comfortTough in-mold construction provides impact protection without excess weight Read More

Louis Garneau
$74.95 $59.96 at Backcountry.com

Riding the trails requires a helmet with a secure fit that protects from all angles of impact. The Louis Garneau Carve II's reinfo...rced exoskeleton and highly ventilated structure make it ideal for hot summer days on the trails. The Carve II is the latest generation of the Garneau Carve helmet. As a mountain bike helmet, it features several levels of impact protection. Its Super MSB technology is a ring-shaped protection at the base of the helmet that reinforces the perimeter for extra protection in case of impact. This style of protection was highly inspired by the Exo-Nerv technology that originated in earlier Garneau helmets. Adding to this, the U-Bar technology is a series of plastic ribs that are folded a total of six times. This acts as a complex exoskeleton upon which the helmet's structure is designed. Working in conjunction with the skeleton is the integrated strap system that works with an inner frame to evenly distribute the shock of impacts. The patented Spiderlock Pro II is a helmet stabilizing system with lightly ventilated polymer neck support. It can be easily tightened on the head using only one hand, and its inclination can be adjusted to several positions. Because your helmet is worn daily, Garneau incorporated sealed Airdry padding. This durable padding molds to your head for comfort and is fully washable. Moisture channels placed into the helmet help to provide airflow through the helmet and wick moisture away to keep your head cool and dry. The Carve II features 29 vents to ensure that your head doesn't overheat. Finally, the visor fits into the V-Pro system, which is a receptacle molded into the helmet so that it may be put on and taken off as much as you desire without damaging the helmet. Then Louis Garneau Carve II Helmet comes in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large and in White, Matte Black/yellow, and Black. Read More

Louis Garneau
$159.95 $79.98 at Backcountry.com

We hear a lot about aerodynamics in helmet design. Few helmets combine flawless design with top of the line technology the way the... Louis Garneau Superleggera Helmet does. The teardrop design of the Superleggera Helmet greatly reduces drag when seconds count and the wind is threatening your time. The dimpled frontal area makes your TT's faster by improving laminar airflow (think golf balls), and the adjustable, detachable rack-and-pinion fit mechanism (think cars) stabilizes the helmet on your noggin. Sealed, durable, ergonomic and washable Airdry padding provides years of comfort. Keylock Side Adjustment allows for accurate and secure strap-length adjustmentBonded Construction binds the micro shell to the EPS without the use of conventional tapeWind-tunnel tested for optimal aerodynamicsStickers included to match your race kitWindscreen compatible Read More

Louis Garneau
$189.95 $151.96 at Backcountry.com

Forty Vents! Yes 40! Forty vents including eight front Venturi Vents for maximum ventilation. Forty vents at 285 g and still surpa...ss the safety standard, how did we achieve it? With our own patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and EXI technologies. The monocoque polycarbonate base acts like an exo-skeleton providing more than a fashion statement or protection against abrasion for the base of the helmet, it is one of the strongest ways to achieve structural strength. Instead of using internal rib cages which add more weight and limit the number of vents, we used in conjunction the Super MSB and EXI technologies. This consists of two polycarbonate bars placed inside the helmet at specific structural location and nine carbon bridge inserts which provide the strength exactly where it is needed. The result: more vents less weight. Read More

Louis Garneau
$239.95 $191.96 at Backcountry.com

The Course Helmet bridges aerodynamics and ventilation for a practical solution for everyday cyclists. By superiorly achieving the... utmost in aerodynamics, ventilation, comfort, safety, and design, the Course Helmet is for sure, a winner. Computational Fluid Dynamics Software enabled us to simulate the aerodynamic performance of several helmets on the market. Our analysis determined that it was possible to optimize performance by maximazing the frontal surface of the helmet. In order to reduce this highest pressure zone on the helmet, the front, frontal openings were designed to optimize air follow and evacuate air internally to the back of the helmet. An aerodynamically designed inner-nerve system molded inside of the EPS liner to force air inside the helmet, circulate the rider's head, and evacuate to through the back of the helmet. Internally molded evacuation channels move the airflow, cool the head, and eliminate moisture. The Course Helmet was designed directly on the head of a rider in a cycling position, so it naturally adapts to the contour of the human head without excess material. SIZESS: 61/2 - 7, 201/2 - 22 in, 52-56 cmM: 7 - 73/8, 22 - 231/4 in, 56-59 cmL: 73/8 - 73/4, 231/4 - 241/2 in, 59-62 cm Read More

Louis Garneau
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry.com

Whether it be your six-mile commute, a weekend ride with friends, or just a quick jaunt down to the grocery for toilet paper, neve...r leave the house without your Louis Garneau Sharp Helmet. Reinforced by Garneau's patented U-Bar exoskeleton and wrapped in their Super MSB shock ring which distributes impact around the helmet, you'll get a pro-level fit and impact-resistance at a fraction of the cost. But more importantly, all without looking like a total dingus maximus. 22 vents actively circulate air over your head on the warmest summer ridesRemovable visor and plastic plugs for the visor mounts includedSpiderlock SL2 rack-and-pinion adjustment system lets you dial in your perfect fit on the fly Read More

Louis Garneau
$159.95 $79.98 at Backcountry.com

We hear a lot about aerodynamics in helmet design. Few helmets combine flawless design with top of the line technology the way the... Louis Garneau Superleggera Helmet does. The teardrop design of the Superleggera Helmet greatly reduces drag when seconds count and the wind is threatening your time. The dimpled frontal area makes your TT's faster by improving laminar airflow (think golf balls), and the adjustable, detachable rack-and-pinion fit mechanism (think cars) stabilizes the helmet on your noggin. Sealed, durable, ergonomic and washable Airdry padding provides years of comfort. Keylock Side Adjustment allows for accurate and secure strap-length adjustmentBonded Construction binds the micro shell to the EPS without the use of conventional tapeWind-tunnel tested for optimal aerodynamicsStickers included to match your race kitWindscreen compatible Read More

Louis Garneau
$74.95 $59.96 at Backcountry.com

Riding the trails requires a helmet with a secure fit that protects from all angles of impact. The Louis Garneau Carve II's reinfo...rced exoskeleton and highly ventilated structure make it ideal for hot summer days on the trails. The Carve II is the latest generation of the Garneau Carve helmet. As a mountain bike helmet, it features several levels of impact protection. Its Super MSB technology is a ring-shaped protection at the base of the helmet that reinforces the perimeter for extra protection in case of impact. This style of protection was highly inspired by the Exo-Nerv technology that originated in earlier Garneau helmets. Adding to this, the U-Bar technology is a series of plastic ribs that are folded a total of six times. This acts as a complex exoskeleton upon which the helmet's structure is designed. Working in conjunction with the skeleton is the integrated strap system that works with an inner frame to evenly distribute the shock of impacts. The patented Spiderlock Pro II is a helmet stabilizing system with lightly ventilated polymer neck support. It can be easily tightened on the head using only one hand, and its inclination can be adjusted to several positions. Because your helmet is worn daily, Garneau incorporated sealed Airdry padding. This durable padding molds to your head for comfort and is fully washable. Moisture channels placed into the helmet help to provide airflow through the helmet and wick moisture away to keep your head cool and dry. The Carve II features 29 vents to ensure that your head doesn't overheat. Finally, the visor fits into the V-Pro system, which is a receptacle molded into the helmet so that it may be put on and taken off as much as you desire without damaging the helmet. Then Louis Garneau Carve II Helmet comes in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large and in White, Matte Black/yellow, and Black. Read More

Louis Garneau
$239.95 $191.96 at Backcountry.com

When the engineers at Louis Garneau began researching the history of aerodynamics for its new Course Helmet, they found that there... were considerable differences between aerodynamic equations and practical applications. In other words, the extensive research and wind tunnel testing would only take them so far -- real-life racing conditions that included heat management, pressure drag, varying yaw angles, weight, and a rider's ability were all crucial factors that would ultimately determine how effective a helmet's design really was. Aided by the feedback provided from professional cyclists on Team Europcar, Garneau tested both out on the road and in the wind tunnel in order to create one of the most effective and aerodynamic road helmets on the market. Extensive testing at the Canadian National Research Council's wind tunnel facility showed Garneau that a helmet's ability to manage airflow is centralized around its frontal surface. Because of this, Garneau designed the Course Helmet directly on the head of a rider in the cycling position as a means to focus on this high pressure zone up front. Each ventilation opening was then specifically oriented in a manner that efficiently pulls air into the helmet. You'll notice two distinct teardrop-shaped ventilation holes on the forehead, directly below the larger main vents. These facilitate airflow into the helmet, at which point the air effectively begins its path of moving moisture and heat over the rider's head before exiting through the helmet's 'evacuation channels' at the rear. Garneau built the Course using an in-mold EPS construction and incorporated its 'Aero Inner Nerve' frame system. This lightweight structure serves as the helmet's internal skeleton, which evenly distributes the shock of impacts throughout the shell. The strap system was integrated into the inner nerves, providing solid retention from within the shell of the helmet. The straps also provide quick adjustability using Garneau's Pro-lock Divi... Read More

Louis Garneau
$189.95 $151.96 at Backcountry.com

It's true, we're starting to see an industry trend that's leading away from helmet ventilation in favor of aerodynamics. However, ...the question begs to be asked, 'what are you willing to give up for marginal gains?' And while we're a fan of free speed and innovation, in our books, ventilation is king. Not surprisingly, Louis Garneau agrees, and its new Diamond II Helmet takes this idea and rides away with it. In fact, we detect a slight hint of one-upsmanship. While the industry overkill of ventilation has for years been dominated by the Whisper Plus' 39 vents, the Diamond II features 40 and weighs in around a svelte 285 grams. And on top of this, the Diamond II met all North American certifications right out of the gate. So, you can be assured that increasing safety is still the paramount feature of this helmet. So, how did Garneau do it? Its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and EXI technologies, of course. Basically, these two designs work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Diamond II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the EXI-insert with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This ... Read More

Louis Garneau
$189.95 $151.96 at Backcountry.com

It's true, we're starting to see an industry trend that's leading away from helmet ventilation in favor of aerodynamics. However, ...the question begs to be asked, 'what are you willing to give up for marginal gains?' And while we're a fan of free speed and innovation, in our books, ventilation is king. Not surprisingly, Louis Garneau agrees, and its new Diamond II Helmet takes this idea and rides away with it. In fact, we detect a slight hint of one-upsmanship. While the industry overkill of ventilation has for years been dominated by the Whisper Plus' 39 vents, the Diamond II features 40 and weighs in around a svelte 285 grams. And on top of this, the Diamond II met all North American certifications right out of the gate. So, you can be assured that increasing safety is still the paramount feature of this helmet. So, how did Garneau do it? Its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and EXI technologies, of course. Basically, these two designs work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Diamond II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the EXI-insert with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This ... Read More

Louis Garneau
$239.95 $191.96 at Backcountry.com

When the engineers at Louis Garneau began researching the history of aerodynamics for its new Course Helmet, they found that there... were considerable differences between aerodynamic equations and practical applications. In other words, the extensive research and wind tunnel testing would only take them so far -- real-life racing conditions that included heat management, pressure drag, varying yaw angles, weight, and a rider's ability were all crucial factors that would ultimately determine how effective a helmet's design really was. Aided by the feedback provided from professional cyclists on Team Europcar, Garneau tested both out on the road and in the wind tunnel in order to create one of the most effective and aerodynamic road helmets on the market. Extensive testing at the Canadian National Research Council's wind tunnel facility showed Garneau that a helmet's ability to manage airflow is centralized around its frontal surface. Because of this, Garneau designed the Course Helmet directly on the head of a rider in the cycling position as a means to focus on this high pressure zone up front. Each ventilation opening was then specifically oriented in a manner that efficiently pulls air into the helmet. You'll notice two distinct teardrop-shaped ventilation holes on the forehead, directly below the larger main vents. These facilitate airflow into the helmet, at which point the air effectively begins its path of moving moisture and heat over the rider's head before exiting through the helmet's 'evacuation channels' at the rear. Garneau built the Course using an in-mold EPS construction and incorporated its 'Aero Inner Nerve' frame system. This lightweight structure serves as the helmet's internal skeleton, which evenly distributes the shock of impacts throughout the shell. The strap system was integrated into the inner nerves, providing solid retention from within the shell of the helmet. The straps also provide quick adjustability using Garneau's Pro-lock Divi... Read More

Louis Garneau
$239.95 $191.96 at Backcountry.com

When the engineers at Louis Garneau began researching the history of aerodynamics for its new Course Helmet, they found that there... were considerable differences between aerodynamic equations and practical applications. In other words, the extensive research and wind tunnel testing would only take them so far -- real-life racing conditions that included heat management, pressure drag, varying yaw angles, weight, and a rider's ability were all crucial factors that would ultimately determine how effective a helmet's design really was. Aided by the feedback provided from professional cyclists on Team Europcar, Garneau tested both out on the road and in the wind tunnel in order to create one of the most effective and aerodynamic road helmets on the market. Extensive testing at the Canadian National Research Council's wind tunnel facility showed Garneau that a helmet's ability to manage airflow is centralized around its frontal surface. Because of this, Garneau designed the Course Helmet directly on the head of a rider in the cycling position as a means to focus on this high pressure zone up front. Each ventilation opening was then specifically oriented in a manner that efficiently pulls air into the helmet. You'll notice two distinct teardrop-shaped ventilation holes on the forehead, directly below the larger main vents. These facilitate airflow into the helmet, at which point the air effectively begins its path of moving moisture and heat over the rider's head before exiting through the helmet's 'evacuation channels' at the rear. Garneau built the Course using an in-mold EPS construction and incorporated its 'Aero Inner Nerve' frame system. This lightweight structure serves as the helmet's internal skeleton, which evenly distributes the shock of impacts throughout the shell. The strap system was integrated into the inner nerves, providing solid retention from within the shell of the helmet. The straps also provide quick adjustability using Garneau's Pro-lock Divi... Read More

Louis Garneau
$239.95 $191.96 at Backcountry.com

When the engineers at Louis Garneau began researching the history of aerodynamics for its new Course Helmet, they found that there... were considerable differences between aerodynamic equations and practical applications. In other words, the extensive research and wind tunnel testing would only take them so far -- real-life racing conditions that included heat management, pressure drag, varying yaw angles, weight, and a rider's ability were all crucial factors that would ultimately determine how effective a helmet's design really was. Aided by the feedback provided from professional cyclists on Team Europcar, Garneau tested both out on the road and in the wind tunnel in order to create one of the most effective and aerodynamic road helmets on the market. Extensive testing at the Canadian National Research Council's wind tunnel facility showed Garneau that a helmet's ability to manage airflow is centralized around its frontal surface. Because of this, Garneau designed the Course Helmet directly on the head of a rider in the cycling position as a means to focus on this high pressure zone up front. Each ventilation opening was then specifically oriented in a manner that efficiently pulls air into the helmet. You'll notice two distinct teardrop-shaped ventilation holes on the forehead, directly below the larger main vents. These facilitate airflow into the helmet, at which point the air effectively begins its path of moving moisture and heat over the rider's head before exiting through the helmet's 'evacuation channels' at the rear. Garneau built the Course using an in-mold EPS construction and incorporated its 'Aero Inner Nerve' frame system. This lightweight structure serves as the helmet's internal skeleton, which evenly distributes the shock of impacts throughout the shell. The strap system was integrated into the inner nerves, providing solid retention from within the shell of the helmet. The straps also provide quick adjustability using Garneau's Pro-lock Divi... Read More

Louis Garneau
$169.95 $135.96 at Backcountry.com

With 37 vents, the Louis Garneaue X-lite Helmet not only provides protection during a crash--it keeps your noggin cool when pushin...g hard. An ergonomic, anatomically correct fit, easy-to-adjust fit system and ultra low weight help keep the X-Lite as unnoticeable as possible when spinning pedals. One-handed Spiderlock SL rack-and-pinion adjusting system quickly and easily provides a comfortable, ergonomic fitRing-shaped Super MSB technology at the base of the helmet reinforces the perimeter for enhanced protectionWashable, sealed adjustment padding for enhanced durability, and optimum comfortTough in-mold construction provides impact protection without excess weight Read More

Louis Garneau
$169.95 $135.96 at Backcountry.com

Louis Garneau X-Lite Road Bicycle Helmet. Lighter is better when it comes to bike helmets. That's why Louis Garneau developed the ...X-Lite. Patent-pending U-Bar technology reinforces the Bicycle Helmet's structure while achieving incredible weight savings, making it the lightest bike Bicycle Helmet on the market. Super MSB technology, evacuation channels and SpiderLock SL retention system optimize performance, comfort and protection. Read More

Louis Garneau
$189.95 $151.96 at Backcountry.com

It's true, we're starting to see an industry trend that's leading away from helmet ventilation in favor of aerodynamics. However, ...the question begs to be asked, 'what are you willing to give up for marginal gains?' And while we're a fan of free speed and innovation, in our books, ventilation is king. Not surprisingly, Louis Garneau agrees, and its new Diamond II Helmet takes this idea and rides away with it. In fact, we detect a slight hint of one-upsmanship. While the industry overkill of ventilation has for years been dominated by the Whisper Plus' 39 vents, the Diamond II features 40 and weighs in around a svelte 285 grams. And on top of this, the Diamond II met all North American certifications right out of the gate. So, you can be assured that increasing safety is still the paramount feature of this helmet. So, how did Garneau do it? Its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and EXI technologies, of course. Basically, these two designs work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Diamond II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the EXI-insert with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This ... Read More

Louis Garneau
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry.com

Whether it be your six-mile commute, a weekend ride with friends, or just a quick jaunt down to the grocery for toilet paper, neve...r leave the house without your Louis Garneau Sharp Helmet. Reinforced by Garneau's patented U-Bar exoskeleton and wrapped in their Super MSB shock ring which distributes impact around the helmet, you'll get a pro-level fit and impact-resistance at a fraction of the cost. But more importantly, all without looking like a total dingus maximus. 22 vents actively circulate air over your head on the warmest summer ridesRemovable visor and plastic plugs for the visor mounts includedSpiderlock SL2 rack-and-pinion adjustment system lets you dial in your perfect fit on the fly Read More

Louis Garneau
$189.95 $151.96 at Backcountry.com

It's true, we're starting to see an industry trend that's leading away from helmet ventilation in favor of aerodynamics. However, ...the question begs to be asked, 'what are you willing to give up for marginal gains?' And while we're a fan of free speed and innovation, in our books, ventilation is king. Not surprisingly, Louis Garneau agrees, and its new Diamond II Helmet takes this idea and rides away with it. In fact, we detect a slight hint of one-upsmanship. While the industry overkill of ventilation has for years been dominated by the Whisper Plus' 39 vents, the Diamond II features 40 and weighs in around a svelte 285 grams. And on top of this, the Diamond II met all North American certifications right out of the gate. So, you can be assured that increasing safety is still the paramount feature of this helmet. So, how did Garneau do it? Its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and EXI technologies, of course. Basically, these two designs work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Diamond II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the EXI-insert with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This ... Read More

Louis Garneau
$239.95 $191.96 at Backcountry.com

When the engineers at Louis Garneau began researching the history of aerodynamics for its new Course Helmet, they found that there... were considerable differences between aerodynamic equations and practical applications. In other words, the extensive research and wind tunnel testing would only take them so far -- real-life racing conditions that included heat management, pressure drag, varying yaw angles, weight, and a rider's ability were all crucial factors that would ultimately determine how effective a helmet's design really was. Aided by the feedback provided from professional cyclists on Team Europcar, Garneau tested both out on the road and in the wind tunnel in order to create one of the most effective and aerodynamic road helmets on the market. Extensive testing at the Canadian National Research Council's wind tunnel facility showed Garneau that a helmet's ability to manage airflow is centralized around its frontal surface. Because of this, Garneau designed the Course Helmet directly on the head of a rider in the cycling position as a means to focus on this high pressure zone up front. Each ventilation opening was then specifically oriented in a manner that efficiently pulls air into the helmet. You'll notice two distinct teardrop-shaped ventilation holes on the forehead, directly below the larger main vents. These facilitate airflow into the helmet, at which point the air effectively begins its path of moving moisture and heat over the rider's head before exiting through the helmet's 'evacuation channels' at the rear. Garneau built the Course using an in-mold EPS construction and incorporated its 'Aero Inner Nerve' frame system. This lightweight structure serves as the helmet's internal skeleton, which evenly distributes the shock of impacts throughout the shell. The strap system was integrated into the inner nerves, providing solid retention from within the shell of the helmet. The straps also provide quick adjustability using Garneau's Pro-lock Divi... Read More

Louis Garneau
$99.95 $79.96 at Backcountry.com

Grab the Louis Garneau Edge Helmet to cruise with head-cooling ventilation and ride-enhancing comfort.

Louis Garneau
$74.95 $59.96 at Backcountry.com

Riding the trails requires a helmet with a secure fit that protects from all angles of impact. The Louis Garneau Carve II's reinfo...rced exoskeleton and highly ventilated structure make it ideal for hot summer days on the trails. The Carve II is the latest generation of the Garneau Carve helmet. As a mountain bike helmet, it features several levels of impact protection. Its Super MSB technology is a ring-shaped protection at the base of the helmet that reinforces the perimeter for extra protection in case of impact. This style of protection was highly inspired by the Exo-Nerv technology that originated in earlier Garneau helmets. Adding to this, the U-Bar technology is a series of plastic ribs that are folded a total of six times. This acts as a complex exoskeleton upon which the helmet's structure is designed. Working in conjunction with the skeleton is the integrated strap system that works with an inner frame to evenly distribute the shock of impacts. The patented Spiderlock Pro II is a helmet stabilizing system with lightly ventilated polymer neck support. It can be easily tightened on the head using only one hand, and its inclination can be adjusted to several positions. Because your helmet is worn daily, Garneau incorporated sealed Airdry padding. This durable padding molds to your head for comfort and is fully washable. Moisture channels placed into the helmet help to provide airflow through the helmet and wick moisture away to keep your head cool and dry. The Carve II features 29 vents to ensure that your head doesn't overheat. Finally, the visor fits into the V-Pro system, which is a receptacle molded into the helmet so that it may be put on and taken off as much as you desire without damaging the helmet. Then Louis Garneau Carve II Helmet comes in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large and in White, Matte Black/yellow, and Black. Read More

Louis Garneau
$169.95 $135.96 at Backcountry.com

With 37 vents, the Louis Garneaue X-lite Helmet not only provides protection during a crash--it keeps your noggin cool when pushin...g hard. An ergonomic, anatomically correct fit, easy-to-adjust fit system and ultra low weight help keep the X-Lite as unnoticeable as possible when spinning pedals. One-handed Spiderlock SL rack-and-pinion adjusting system quickly and easily provides a comfortable, ergonomic fitRing-shaped Super MSB technology at the base of the helmet reinforces the perimeter for enhanced protectionWashable, sealed adjustment padding for enhanced durability, and optimum comfortTough in-mold construction provides impact protection without excess weight Read More

Louis Garneau
$74.95 $59.96 at Backcountry.com

Riding the trails requires a helmet with a secure fit that protects from all angles of impact. The Louis Garneau Carve II's reinfo...rced exoskeleton and highly ventilated structure make it ideal for hot summer days on the trails. The Carve II is the latest generation of the Garneau Carve helmet. As a mountain bike helmet, it features several levels of impact protection. Its Super MSB technology is a ring-shaped protection at the base of the helmet that reinforces the perimeter for extra protection in case of impact. This style of protection was highly inspired by the Exo-Nerv technology that originated in earlier Garneau helmets. Adding to this, the U-Bar technology is a series of plastic ribs that are folded a total of six times. This acts as a complex exoskeleton upon which the helmet's structure is designed. Working in conjunction with the skeleton is the integrated strap system that works with an inner frame to evenly distribute the shock of impacts. The patented Spiderlock Pro II is a helmet stabilizing system with lightly ventilated polymer neck support. It can be easily tightened on the head using only one hand, and its inclination can be adjusted to several positions. Because your helmet is worn daily, Garneau incorporated sealed Airdry padding. This durable padding molds to your head for comfort and is fully washable. Moisture channels placed into the helmet help to provide airflow through the helmet and wick moisture away to keep your head cool and dry. The Carve II features 29 vents to ensure that your head doesn't overheat. Finally, the visor fits into the V-Pro system, which is a receptacle molded into the helmet so that it may be put on and taken off as much as you desire without damaging the helmet. Then Louis Garneau Carve II Helmet comes in sizes Small, Medium, Large, and X-Large and in White, Matte Black/yellow, and Black. Read More

Louis Garneau
$149.95 $119.96 at Backcountry.com

Basic logic tells us that more ventilation equates to less materials, meaning that a well ventilated helmet should, in theory, be ...lightweight. However, comparing the the Louis Garneau Diamond II to the Quartz II turns this logic on its head. You see, while the Diamond II has the most ventilation ports of any helmet on the market, 40 in total, it comes in 35 grams heavier than the 33-vent, 285 gram Quartz II. Surely, some engineering wizardry is at work. So, how did Garneau do it? Essentially, it was accomplished through its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and a careful material selection. Basically, these two components work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Quartz II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the carbon composite skeleton reinforcement with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This means that the helmet's shell and foam liner are molded together at the same time. With Garneau's new structural design, it was able to increase the ventilation without degrading strength. But Garneau wasn't finished with the Quartz II's comfort. The helmet features what Garneau calls its Ev... Read More

Louis Garneau
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry.com

Whether it be your six-mile commute, a weekend ride with friends, or just a quick jaunt down to the grocery for toilet paper, neve...r leave the house without your Louis Garneau Sharp Helmet. Reinforced by Garneau's patented U-Bar exoskeleton and wrapped in their Super MSB shock ring which distributes impact around the helmet, you'll get a pro-level fit and impact-resistance at a fraction of the cost. But more importantly, all without looking like a total dingus maximus. 22 vents actively circulate air over your head on the warmest summer ridesRemovable visor and plastic plugs for the visor mounts includedSpiderlock SL2 rack-and-pinion adjustment system lets you dial in your perfect fit on the fly Read More

Louis Garneau
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry.com

The Sharp helmet has a ring-shaped plastic protection at the base of the helmet to reinforce the perimeter for enhanced protection.... An internal frame system enables huge vents to be created without jeopardizing protection.S: 6 1/2-7; 20 1/2 - 22 ; 52-56 cmM: 7-7 3/8; 22 - 23 1/4 ; 56-59 cmL: 7 3/8-7 3/4; 23 1/4 - 24 1/2 ; 59-62 cm Read More

Louis Garneau
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry.com

Whether it be your six-mile commute, a weekend ride with friends, or just a quick jaunt down to the grocery for toilet paper, neve...r leave the house without your Louis Garneau Sharp Helmet. Reinforced by Garneau's patented U-Bar exoskeleton and wrapped in their Super MSB shock ring which distributes impact around the helmet, you'll get a pro-level fit and impact-resistance at a fraction of the cost. But more importantly, all without looking like a total dingus maximus. 22 vents actively circulate air over your head on the warmest summer ridesRemovable visor and plastic plugs for the visor mounts includedSpiderlock SL2 rack-and-pinion adjustment system lets you dial in your perfect fit on the fly Read More

Louis Garneau
$99.95 $79.96 at Backcountry.com

Grab the Louis Garneau Edge Helmet to cruise with head-cooling ventilation and ride-enhancing comfort.

Louis Garneau
$169.95 $135.96 at Backcountry.com

With 37 vents, the Louis Garneaue X-lite Helmet not only provides protection during a crash--it keeps your noggin cool when pushin...g hard. An ergonomic, anatomically correct fit, easy-to-adjust fit system and ultra low weight help keep the X-Lite as unnoticeable as possible when spinning pedals. One-handed Spiderlock SL rack-and-pinion adjusting system quickly and easily provides a comfortable, ergonomic fitRing-shaped Super MSB technology at the base of the helmet reinforces the perimeter for enhanced protectionWashable, sealed adjustment padding for enhanced durability, and optimum comfortTough in-mold construction provides impact protection without excess weight Read More

Louis Garneau
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry.com

Whether it be your six-mile commute, a weekend ride with friends, or just a quick jaunt down to the grocery for toilet paper, neve...r leave the house without your Louis Garneau Sharp Helmet. Reinforced by Garneau's patented U-Bar exoskeleton and wrapped in their Super MSB shock ring which distributes impact around the helmet, you'll get a pro-level fit and impact-resistance at a fraction of the cost. But more importantly, all without looking like a total dingus maximus. 22 vents actively circulate air over your head on the warmest summer ridesRemovable visor and plastic plugs for the visor mounts includedSpiderlock SL2 rack-and-pinion adjustment system lets you dial in your perfect fit on the fly Read More

Louis Garneau
$99.95 $79.96 at Backcountry.com

Grab the Louis Garneau Edge Helmet to cruise with head-cooling ventilation and ride-enhancing comfort.

Louis Garneau
$239.95 $191.96 at Backcountry.com

When the engineers at Louis Garneau began researching the history of aerodynamics for its new Course Helmet, they found that there... were considerable differences between aerodynamic equations and practical applications. In other words, the extensive research and wind tunnel testing would only take them so far -- real-life racing conditions that included heat management, pressure drag, varying yaw angles, weight, and a rider's ability were all crucial factors that would ultimately determine how effective a helmet's design really was. Aided by the feedback provided from professional cyclists on Team Europcar, Garneau tested both out on the road and in the wind tunnel in order to create one of the most effective and aerodynamic road helmets on the market. Extensive testing at the Canadian National Research Council's wind tunnel facility showed Garneau that a helmet's ability to manage airflow is centralized around its frontal surface. Because of this, Garneau designed the Course Helmet directly on the head of a rider in the cycling position as a means to focus on this high pressure zone up front. Each ventilation opening was then specifically oriented in a manner that efficiently pulls air into the helmet. You'll notice two distinct teardrop-shaped ventilation holes on the forehead, directly below the larger main vents. These facilitate airflow into the helmet, at which point the air effectively begins its path of moving moisture and heat over the rider's head before exiting through the helmet's 'evacuation channels' at the rear. Garneau built the Course using an in-mold EPS construction and incorporated its 'Aero Inner Nerve' frame system. This lightweight structure serves as the helmet's internal skeleton, which evenly distributes the shock of impacts throughout the shell. The strap system was integrated into the inner nerves, providing solid retention from within the shell of the helmet. The straps also provide quick adjustability using Garneau's Pro-lock Divi... Read More

Louis Garneau
$239.95 $191.96 at Backcountry.com

When the engineers at Louis Garneau began researching the history of aerodynamics for its new Course Helmet, they found that there... were considerable differences between aerodynamic equations and practical applications. In other words, the extensive research and wind tunnel testing would only take them so far -- real-life racing conditions that included heat management, pressure drag, varying yaw angles, weight, and a rider's ability were all crucial factors that would ultimately determine how effective a helmet's design really was. Aided by the feedback provided from professional cyclists on Team Europcar, Garneau tested both out on the road and in the wind tunnel in order to create one of the most effective and aerodynamic road helmets on the market. Extensive testing at the Canadian National Research Council's wind tunnel facility showed Garneau that a helmet's ability to manage airflow is centralized around its frontal surface. Because of this, Garneau designed the Course Helmet directly on the head of a rider in the cycling position as a means to focus on this high pressure zone up front. Each ventilation opening was then specifically oriented in a manner that efficiently pulls air into the helmet. You'll notice two distinct teardrop-shaped ventilation holes on the forehead, directly below the larger main vents. These facilitate airflow into the helmet, at which point the air effectively begins its path of moving moisture and heat over the rider's head before exiting through the helmet's 'evacuation channels' at the rear. Garneau built the Course using an in-mold EPS construction and incorporated its 'Aero Inner Nerve' frame system. This lightweight structure serves as the helmet's internal skeleton, which evenly distributes the shock of impacts throughout the shell. The strap system was integrated into the inner nerves, providing solid retention from within the shell of the helmet. The straps also provide quick adjustability using Garneau's Pro-lock Divi... Read More

Louis Garneau
$94.95 $75.96 at Backcountry.com

Whether it be your six-mile commute, a weekend ride with friends, or just a quick jaunt down to the grocery for toilet paper, neve...r leave the house without your Louis Garneau Sharp Helmet. Reinforced by Garneau's patented U-Bar exoskeleton and wrapped in their Super MSB shock ring which distributes impact around the helmet, you'll get a pro-level fit and impact-resistance at a fraction of the cost. But more importantly, all without looking like a total dingus maximus. 22 vents actively circulate air over your head on the warmest summer ridesRemovable visor and plastic plugs for the visor mounts includedSpiderlock SL2 rack-and-pinion adjustment system lets you dial in your perfect fit on the fly Read More

Louis Garneau
$149.95 $119.96 at Backcountry.com

Basic logic tells us that more ventilation equates to less materials, meaning that a well ventilated helmet should, in theory, be ...lightweight. However, comparing the the Louis Garneau Diamond II to the Quartz II turns this logic on its head. You see, while the Diamond II has the most ventilation ports of any helmet on the market, 40 in total, it comes in 35 grams heavier than the 33-vent, 285 gram Quartz II. Surely, some engineering wizardry is at work. So, how did Garneau do it? Essentially, it was accomplished through its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and a careful material selection. Basically, these two components work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Quartz II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the carbon composite skeleton reinforcement with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This means that the helmet's shell and foam liner are molded together at the same time. With Garneau's new structural design, it was able to increase the ventilation without degrading strength. But Garneau wasn't finished with the Quartz II's comfort. The helmet features what Garneau calls its Ev... Read More

Louis Garneau
$149.95 $119.96 at Backcountry.com

Basic logic tells us that more ventilation equates to less materials, meaning that a well ventilated helmet should, in theory, be ...lightweight. However, comparing the the Louis Garneau Diamond II to the Quartz II turns this logic on its head. You see, while the Diamond II has the most ventilation ports of any helmet on the market, 40 in total, it comes in 35 grams heavier than the 33-vent, 285 gram Quartz II. Surely, some engineering wizardry is at work. So, how did Garneau do it? Essentially, it was accomplished through its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and a careful material selection. Basically, these two components work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Quartz II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the carbon composite skeleton reinforcement with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This means that the helmet's shell and foam liner are molded together at the same time. With Garneau's new structural design, it was able to increase the ventilation without degrading strength. But Garneau wasn't finished with the Quartz II's comfort. The helmet features what Garneau calls its Ev... Read More

Louis Garneau
$149.95 $119.96 at Backcountry.com

Basic logic tells us that more ventilation equates to less materials, meaning that a well ventilated helmet should, in theory, be ...lightweight. However, comparing the the Louis Garneau Diamond II to the Quartz II turns this logic on its head. You see, while the Diamond II has the most ventilation ports of any helmet on the market, 40 in total, it comes in 35 grams heavier than the 33-vent, 285 gram Quartz II. Surely, some engineering wizardry is at work. So, how did Garneau do it? Essentially, it was accomplished through its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and a careful material selection. Basically, these two components work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Quartz II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the carbon composite skeleton reinforcement with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This means that the helmet's shell and foam liner are molded together at the same time. With Garneau's new structural design, it was able to increase the ventilation without degrading strength. But Garneau wasn't finished with the Quartz II's comfort. The helmet features what Garneau calls its Ev... Read More

Louis Garneau
$99.95 $79.96 at Backcountry.com

Grab the Louis Garneau Edge Helmet to cruise with head-cooling ventilation and ride-enhancing comfort.

Louis Garneau
$149.95 $119.96 at Backcountry.com

Basic logic tells us that more ventilation equates to less materials, meaning that a well ventilated helmet should, in theory, be ...lightweight. However, comparing the the Louis Garneau Diamond II to the Quartz II turns this logic on its head. You see, while the Diamond II has the most ventilation ports of any helmet on the market, 40 in total, it comes in 35 grams heavier than the 33-vent, 285 gram Quartz II. Surely, some engineering wizardry is at work. So, how did Garneau do it? Essentially, it was accomplished through its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and a careful material selection. Basically, these two components work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Quartz II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the carbon composite skeleton reinforcement with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This means that the helmet's shell and foam liner are molded together at the same time. With Garneau's new structural design, it was able to increase the ventilation without degrading strength. But Garneau wasn't finished with the Quartz II's comfort. The helmet features what Garneau calls its Ev... Read More

Louis Garneau
$149.95 $119.96 at Backcountry.com

Basic logic tells us that more ventilation equates to less materials, meaning that a well ventilated helmet should, in theory, be ...lightweight. However, comparing the the Louis Garneau Diamond II to the Quartz II turns this logic on its head. You see, while the Diamond II has the most ventilation ports of any helmet on the market, 40 in total, it comes in 35 grams heavier than the 33-vent, 285 gram Quartz II. Surely, some engineering wizardry is at work. So, how did Garneau do it? Essentially, it was accomplished through its patented Super MSB (Monocoque Structural Base) and a careful material selection. Basically, these two components work in unison to eliminate the commonality of rib construction in helmets. As Garneau puts it, the prior means of manufacturing adds weight and minimizes the amount of potential ventilation, all the while without increasing safety. And while all of that sounds pointless and archaic, the solution was complicated from engineering standpoint. The path to the Quartz II took a few steps. The Super MSB structure is basically a supportive base that's akin to an exoskeleton. It has a polycarbonate, monocoque construction, meaning that it's formed in one piece. This reinforces the perimeter of the helmet, while supporting the carbon composite skeleton reinforcement with confidence -- and this is where the rib-replacement comes into play. Together, the two systems position two polycarbonate bars within the helmet structure, with an additional nine carbon fiber bridge inserts. The system provides targeted structural support to the helmet in the case of collision. For further reinforcement, the entire structure is created with In-Mold construction. This means that the helmet's shell and foam liner are molded together at the same time. With Garneau's new structural design, it was able to increase the ventilation without degrading strength. But Garneau wasn't finished with the Quartz II's comfort. The helmet features what Garneau calls its Ev... Read More

Louis Garneau
$99.95 $79.96 at Backcountry.com

Grab the Louis Garneau Edge Helmet to cruise with head-cooling ventilation and ride-enhancing comfort.

Louis Garneau
$169.95 $135.96 at Backcountry.com

With 37 vents, the Louis Garneaue X-lite Helmet not only provides protection during a crash--it keeps your noggin cool when pushin...g hard. An ergonomic, anatomically correct fit, easy-to-adjust fit system and ultra low weight help keep the X-Lite as unnoticeable as possible when spinning pedals. One-handed Spiderlock SL rack-and-pinion adjusting system quickly and easily provides a comfortable, ergonomic fitRing-shaped Super MSB technology at the base of the helmet reinforces the perimeter for enhanced protectionWashable, sealed adjustment padding for enhanced durability, and optimum comfortTough in-mold construction provides impact protection without excess weight Read More

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