Trail riding is evolving fast, and many helmet designers
are having a tough time keeping up with trail riders’ changing needs. Trailbikes are lighter than ever, climb like cross-country race bikes and offer enough suspension travel to
make a downhiller jealous. Troy Lee, who offers the incredibly popular D-series, full-face, downhill mountain bike helmet, turned his designers loose to create a helmet for the
modern trail rider. The all-new, half-shell A1 all-mountain
helmet is the result.
The A1 is designed to look great and protect riders in all trail-riding situations. It features a polycarbonate shell with impact-absorbing EPS foam and a large
visor with 1 inch of vertical adjustment.
To keep riders cool, the A1 uses 16 vents in all: six intake,
six exhaust and four directional. Specially designed passages
in the shell allow incoming air from the vents in the front to
flow across your head, and the inner liner is made with
“nanowick” material. The helmet’s snugness can be fine-tuned with a multiple-position, cam-lock-adjustable rear stabilizer, and the thin, nylon retention straps are fastened by a
contoured snap buckle. The A1 helmet is available in three
shell sizes: X-small/small, medium/large and X-large/XX-large.
Special touches include anodized aluminum hardware and a breathable helmet bag, and even the
helmet box has metal-flake graphics. The medium/large A1 weighs 13.1 ounces, and the helmets come in two colors. Metal Flake Gold is
available for $180, while black will run you $165.