- This new Kask helmet is aero but its airflow can be adjusted mid-ride
- You can make it ride ‘warmer’ for those frigid early morning training sessions
- It looks slick and doesn’t exact a notable aero drag penalty when run in ‘open’ mode
Italian helmet specialist, Kask, has revealed an innovative new road cycling product.
It is called the Wasabi and promises to deliver superior adaptability, for road riders who like to control the airflow profile inner-temperature of their helmet.
The Wasabi features a sliding centre panel, which can either be configured to be more aerodynamic and warm, or opened-up, for better airflow.
Aerodynamic efficiency is a big deal for road riders. Every bit of kit, even leading edges of a bike’s fork, handlebars and tyres, are valued for their slippery aerodynamic profiling. With helmets, extreme aero and ride comfort, can be difficult outcomes to manage.
An aero helmet for all conditions
Why would you want a helmet that can adjust for less internal airflow? Anyone who has started a dawn ride in the Karoo or Highveld, in winter, will know how cold your head can get rolling along at 25km/h.
The Wasabi is designed to be a slick aero helmet, capable of reducing low-temperature windchill. By sliding an adjustable centre panel down, Kask claim this new helmet design is 1.5-degree Celsius warmer inside, when rolling at speed.
Does the structure of this Wasabi influence its aerodynamic drag? It does, but negligibly. If you are riding on a hot summer’s day and desire to have the Wasabi’s sliding vent open, you sacrifice less than a watt of energy in terms of increased drag.
Other features that make the Wasabi a great all-weather riding helmet are its Merino wool pads, which line the helmet’s inner structure. Fit comfort should be good too, with Kask’s Octo system allowing for both horizontal and vertical fastening adjustment.
Kask has not confirmed the exact colours or graphic design for its new Wasabi helmet, with the only samples revealed being finished in the Ineos Grenadiers Pro team colours, of which Kask is a sponsor and gear supplier. The customer range of colours, should be revealed soon.
We do know that all three popular helmet sizes will be offered – small, medium and large. And if you are wondering about the weight, it is a mere 290g.