The h24cycling team is pleased to announce a new long-term partnership with Rudy Project that will see the sports and eyewear company provide the team with helmets and sunglasses. Team riders will be racing in the top-of-the-line Windmax helmet along with both the Tralyx and Fotonyk sports sunglasses. For specialty events, they’ll also have the Boost 01 road aero helmet and Wing57 time trial helmet at their disposable. To keep it looking cool off the bike, they’ll be rocking the Spinhawk casual glasses as they walk around town.
My afternoon was made when 5 giant boxes of Rudy Project arrived at the team service course. I immediately unboxed the gear to get a quick peak at the new goods. Unboxing the helmet, I first noticed that it comes with many accessories. 2 different visors. 3 options for helmet padding, including a bug shield (or bald guy sun protection for Rossi and Freed!). A nice microfiber fabric carrying case. And an “ICEDOT” sticker with a free 1 year trial for quick and easy reference of your medical information.
My first impression of the new Windmax helmet was very positive, and I can’t wait for this storm to pass so I can get out for a ride. We’ll be sporting the black helmet this year, and the styling cues are spot on with a hint of white and reflective-looking neon accents. The helmet has a huge amount of vents and feels like a quality product in your hand despite its feather-like weight (I just looked it up, and it’s only 220 grams. That’s really light!). The helmet straps are supple and lie flat against your face, which is most excellent because stiff helmet straps are a pet peeve of mine.
I immediately swapped out the bug shield for the narrow traditional-style padding and pulled the rotating disc retention system to the lowest setting. The size Rudy Project S-M helmet fits perfectly on my head, which is shaped a bit more round and less oval-like and typically fits a size M in various other brands. The rotating disc retention grabbed the back of my head well, and makes the helmet feel snug even without attaching the straps. Looking in a mirror (and taking a selfie that I sent out on our list serve where the riders are still making fun of me for my ‘blue steel’ face 4 hours later…) the helmet looks sleek and doesn’t look bulky at all.
Paired with the white Tralyx glasses with the orange lenses, which will match our new team kit perfectly, the whole ensemble looks rad! Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more photos of the Rudy Project gear out on the road.