Oh! I didn't know what I was missing! I've been wearing a Giro Ionos helmet for the past few years, I liked it because it was light and has really good venting. The venting is so good that the Ionos comes with an insert for colder weather riding. I thought it was comfortable.... but after putting on the ZUMA I realize just how "uncomfortable" it really is! I have some permanent indentions at the top of my forehead by my hairline from the pads of the helmet gouging into my head. And yes, the helmet was the correct size, it just didn't fit me well. I always thought the marks were from when I put my swim goggles up on my forehead in between sets but now have realized that my old helmet was the culprit! I think that some helmets openings are more round and some more oval. The Giro seems to have a more round shape. My new ZUMA is more oval, it has 21 vents and comes with interchangeable padding with "bug stop". Bug stop is a mesh insert, which by it's name, keeps the bugs out of the vents and off of your head! It also adjusts with a dial in the back so it only takes one hand to tighten or loosen the tension of the internal structure. Very handy when on the bike. I can't wait to go for a ride with it!
So, did you know that cycling helmets have a lifespan? The Snell Foundation recommends replacing your helmet every 5 years. From the information I was able to find it sounds like more so because of "improvements and advances in materials, designs, production methods, and the standards" rather than shelf life, which is what I had believed. According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, there is speculation that the lifespan recommendations provided by helmet manufactures are too short and are there as marketing ploys.
|This is the inside of Carol's helmet post crash!|
Carol was at a training camp and with some other riders when she had her crash but what if she had been by herself? My sponsor ICEdot has a product called a Crash Sensor for your helmet. The Crash Sensor is a little thin device that adheres to your helmet and can detect impact, changes in forces and motion. It pairs with an App on your phone and if there is an impact it will send critical data to the App which sounds an alarm and initiates an emergency countdown on your phone. Unless the countdown clock is manually stopped (if you're not hurt enough to need medical care), the app will then notify your emergency contacts and send GPS coordinates of the incident!! Here is a video from ICEdot that explains and talks about the Crash Sensor! This is a great product and an awesome sponsor! Thank you ICEdot!!