What's Cool In Road Cycling

Product: Catlike Kompact Helmet

Since May 1st , and starting at the Giro, it’s been mandatory for all pros to wear helmets in all events, as ruled by the UCI. Before this ruling helmets were mandatory only in Belgium, the Netherlands and USA. Helmets have come a long way from the days of the Bell V-1 – remember those indestructable cereal bowls? (I once got something akin to toxic shock when the glue in the pads mixed with my sweat and ran down my face, into my mouth…. Ed Note.) Of course I’m talking about security, weight, how it wears, and and of course that tough to describe “gotta-have coolness”.

I admit that I was a guy who didn’t much like the idea of wearing a helmet, but after Kivilev’s tragedy, I’ll like it a lot more. I got the chance to try the Catlike Kompact helmet, used by the pro riders, (one of my favourites…), Jan Ullrich, so…I was very curious about it.

When I opened the package, my first thought was: “…but…am I able to wear this?!?…” . I was really surprised by the size of this helmet, so small… I should know it, the name, Kompact, describes exactly the very little dimension of this helmet. When I tried to wear it, I could just say: “…wow! It looks like it was made for mi testa!…” First impressions: easy to wear, and it has a very good fit.

Size adjustment is easy, and it’s possible to change it in a few seconds, even while cycling. That’s possible because of the MPS-3D rear retention; it allows you to adjust the rear retention system in the 3 dimensions: Up-down, forward-backward and open-closed.

On the road the ventilation is great, using Catlike’s “Dual Flow Technology”, with big front vents connected with big rear vents so the air flows continuously inside the helmet. I used it into a 3 hour race, and it was a hot day, and was “molto confortevole” (very comfy).

It weighs 230gr, it’s one of the lightest helmets that you can find. And, if pro teams like, Kelme, Euskaltel, Team Bianchi and many others are using it….perhaps there’s a reason!

I talked with Eduard Aguilera, Catlike Marketing Manager, who told me: “Catlike started as a very small company owned and managed by an ex-professional cyclist from the 80s called Josй del Ramo. He’s the managing director and the person who started from zero to make Catlike a company that is present in more than 32 countries (4 continents). Our philosophy is to keep the control in all the steps of production, ensuring this way the high quality of our products. Because we are working to become a high quality brand, and we know this is only possible if we work directly in all the details. So from the in molding, design and engineering to the assembly and packaging, everything isdone here in our factory. We really believe in the motto “homemade tastes better”.

Catlike is sponsoring 3 top road teams:
-Kelme-Costa Blanca
-Team Bianchi

2 second division road teams:
-Formaggi Pinzolo-Fiave
-Relax Fuenlabrada

– MTB, one of the most important mtb teams in the world: Orbea MTB Team

Take a look at their site www.catlike.es for more information about Kompact and all their other products.

Thanks to Mr. Eduard Aguilera, Catlike Marketing Manager.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Catlike USA has voluntarily recalled the 2254 Catlike Compacts: according to their website:
“In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Monarch Velo, LLC of Houston, TX is voluntarily recalling 2254 Catlike KompactTM adult bicycle helmets. The U.S. CPSC will monitor this recall in the US for effectiveness. The helmets are being recalled as there is a possibility that the helmet would not offer the full level of head protection mandated in the CPSC standard. Monarch Velo has not received any reports of injuries due to these recalled helmets.” Get more info on the recall here.

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