The Alpinestars Vector Tech MIPS helmet shouldn’t be for individuals who are modest about fashion. My check helmet got here in black and white; pretty impartial within the shade division. Nevertheless the agressive up-to-date look definitely has a beefy air about it. The Vector Tech is constructed utilizing an EPS liner, bolstered with a inflexible body and a polycarbonate in-mount exterior shell wrapping the decrease portion of the helmet. In brief, it’s going to defend your skull.
Although the Vector Tech is a half shell helmet, it feels like full face safety on account of its dropped place across the temples, nape of neck, and again of head. This design, coupled with a height-adjustable visor makes the Vector Tech straightforward to pair with goggles and windshield-size glasses. I discovered it fairly straightforward to safe goggle straps within the rear with little slippage. My goggles additionally docked securely beneath the visor and by no means unexpectedly snapped off the entrance and hit me within the face. To be clear, I’ve small/medium sized goggles; bigger goggles don’t combine as nicely within the face window and aren’t as simply docked beneath the visor even on the highest of three adjustment factors.
Thankfully, I don’t usually put on goggles except I’m racing and had no points pairing the Vector with giant sun shades. The highest of most glasses match flush with the forehead profile and the arms had been comfy beneath the straps and over the interior adjuster.
The Vector Tech has a slim, lengthy match, with plush and comfy internal padding. This helmet is nice for individuals with tiny heads like myself. The form and depth didn’t overwhelm my small head circumference internally, nevertheless the outer profile does have a bulkier-than-average aesthetic. The actual form of the Vector will go well with most heads simply effective. The depth has two factors of adjustment and the circumference may be elevated or decreased with the thumb wheel tightening system, each situated within the rear.
Because of the ample padding, the Vector feels slim at first, however over a number of wears (and sweat periods) I discovered the padding packed down a bit, creating barely more room and fewer stress factors.
The Alpinestars Vector Tech helmet additionally touts MIPS Multi-Directional Affect Safety. Typically helmets which are outfitted with MIPS liners snag and pull hair. Nevertheless the thicker, quick-drying, anti-bacterial, mechanically cleanable padding placement actually minimizes the standard MIPS hair snags.
The chin strap is a normal clip and may be adjusted simply via the strap splitters situated beneath the ear. One good attribute is the entrance chin strap comes excessive of the padding and MIPS liner, whereas some cross beneath or come from the underside of the helmet itself. Nevertheless, this implies the strap additionally sits additional ahead on the face than most helmets I’ve examined. This doesn’t trouble me, however it does have a unique look about it.
The Vector Tech boasts 19 vents, which in concept seems like so much. Nevertheless, the vents themselves are fairly small and the interior air flow is partially blocked by the MIPS liner. Sadly it didn’t present as a lot airflow as I’d hopped which resulted in additional sweat construct up internally. The thick padding can absorb fairly a bit, however sooner or later the padding offers method to streams of sweat down the forehead and all through the top. Sadly, except you’re within the arid desert the pads keep moist in the course of your trip, so carry a microfiber sweat towel.
I examined the dimensions small, which weighs 386g (13.5oz) and matches heads 51-55cm in circumference. The Vector feels heavy, although it’s inside vary of comparable helmets.
The Alpinestars Vector Tech MIPS helmet is a good path helmet that gives glorious safety, particularly for individuals who favor goggles. I’d additionally enterprise a guess this shall be a stunning helmet within the fall and winter, counterintuitively, due to the vents. The Vector Tech is accessible in three sizes: S (51cm-55cm), M (55-59cm), L (59-63cm). It’s comfy, accommodates goggles and sun shades, and has a singular look. It feels heavier than some path helmets, but when that doesn’t rub you fallacious, it’s an incredible alternative.
- Multi-directional affect safety
- Goggle suitable
- Nice match for many head shapes
Professionals and cons of the Alpinestars Vector Tech A1 MIPS Helmet
- Poor Air flow
- Bigger Profile
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