Eurobike 2015: MET and Bluegrass

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Now, what news on the Rialto, Salarino?

Dunno about the Rialto, but there’s a new helmet from MET – is that sort of Rialto enough? Not really, but it’s pretty nice – it’s the Lupo:

IMG_0070The Lupo HES (which stands for Homothetic Embedded Skeleton, and helps dissipate the force of an impact throughout the helmet rather than keeping it in one place) is a sort of replacement for the Parabellum – which is still in the model range, for now.IMG_0071Nice adjustable ratchet, you can use with gloves on. IMG_0074Available in a range of colours. It’ll cost around €120.IMG_0072The parachute gets a makeover too.Same helmet, but some funky new colours. I think the pink and purple one is my favourite…IMG_0073But I like the blue, too. IMG_0075The Parabellum gets some love too. Again with the pink! It’s definitely an in-colour this year.

IMG_0080 The Bluegrass range also finds itself with a selection of vibrant colours. The Magnete range has the neat idea of little magnets in the cuffs to keep them together. They’re pull-on and they look pretty comfy. IMG_0078The Bluegrass Brave gets a full colour updo too. It’s got D3O inserts, lots of airflow, no hearing loss and an adjustable visor. There’s also a pad on the inside so the emergency services can inflate a bladder and raise it off your head. Which is nice.
IMG_0087 Bluegrass Wapiti knee pads zip off so you can get them on without removing your shoes. In fact, loads of their protective gear has been re-worked for elbow and knee stretch. Wapiti also benefits from more breatheable neoprene too 🙂
   IMG_0092 The Golden Eyes HES helmet gets a colour upgrade… IMG_0089…and we also liked the Tuatara lite 3DO armour – a vest with a spine protector.

Click the links for more about the MET and Bluegrass ranges.

Barney Marsh

Singletrack Magazine Contributor

Barney Marsh takes the word ‘career’ literally, veering wildly across the road of his life, as thoroughly in control as a goldfish on the dashboard of a motorhome.

He’s been, with varying degrees of success, a scientist, teacher, shop assistant, binman and, for one memorable day, a hospital laundry worker. These days, he’s a dad, husband, guitarist, and writer, also with varying degrees of success. He sometimes takes photographs. Some of them are acceptable.

Occasionally he rides bikes to cast the rest of his life into sharp relief. Or just to ride through puddles. Sometimes he writes about them. Bikes, not puddles.

He is a writer of rongs, a stealer of souls and a polisher of turds.

He isn’t nearly as clever or as funny as he thinks he is.

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