Review – Kali Interceptor Helmet

Kali Protectives, based out of Morgan Hill, California, was launched in 2008 with the goal of bringing better protection products to the market. Kali currently offers a full line of helmets—from cross-country to downhill—as well as gloves and knee and elbow pads. The Interceptor is a new trail/ enduro helmet from Kali, featuring new-age technology designed to keep riders safer and more comfortable out on the trails. Our testers snagged one of these new lids from Kali to see for themselves if the Interceptor is worth every penny.

Tech features: The Interceptor is specifically designed to meet the needs of trail and enduro riders with its additional safety features and large ventilation ports. Unlike most helmets on the market that use EPS foam, Kali designed its own version of multi-density EPS with acrylic self-healing foam and carbon nanotubes. Kali claims this new design better dissipates impact energy compared to other helmets on the market. Concussion prevention was also considered, and instead of using a MIPS liner, Kali developed LDL (Low Density Layer) protection. LDL is a viscoelastic padding placed throughout the helmet and is designed to reduce rotational and linear impact forces. The Interceptor has 24 air vents that help keep riders cool and uses a Boa closure system to ensure a secure fit. Kali gave this helmet a three-position visor that allows room to store goggles and backs the helmet with a lifetime crash replacement warranty. The Interceptor is available in two sizes—S/M or L/XL. Our size S/M weighed in at 380 grams and retails for $180. Riders can choose from among six different color options.

Field test results: The Interceptor is packed full of safety features that most riders won’t even know they have. Once we placed Kali’s new helmet on our heads, we quickly noted how comfortable the fit was and how securely the Boa system held the helmet in place. The LDL pads are easily spotted, mostly because they are bright green, but we didn’t notice them while wearing the helmet. The visor’s three positions allowed us to push the visor out of our way for maximum field of view, but it could be pulled down to block the sun’s glares. When pressed all the way up, goggles could easily be stored; however, we mostly tested this helmet while wearing sunglasses and came to find most glasses fit this helmet well. Whether we were climbing or descending, the Interceptor managed to keep our heads cool and felt light, all while offering ample coverage. With a retail price of $180, this may not be the least expensive helmet on the market, but with its many safety features, great ventilation and comfortable fit, we would be hard-pressed not to recommend this helmet to any trail rider looking for a new-age lid.

Hits

• Comfortable fit

• Boa closure system

• Advanced safety technology

Misses

• Visor only has three positions

• Not as competitively priced as other helmets

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