In recent years, the 100% brand has grown from its 1980s motocross roots to embrace cycling, with its goggles becoming one of the must-have accessories of the downhill scene and its road glasses finding favour with the likes of Peter Sagan. However, until now, it’s helmet offering has been limited to moto-inspired full face helmets, which makes today’s launch of the new Altec and Trajecta helmets of great interest to trail mountain bikers, downhillers and enduroists alike.
The Altec is the new half-shell helmet and the Trajecta is a light weight, airy full face helmet that will probably go down well in enduro land.
The 100% Altec is a 350g half shell helmet that shows off its multi-density EPS foam with pride. 15 big, square vents let in the air while a fully adjustable visor (with cool little vent ports) adjust for vision and goggle storage. There’s also an ‘integrated sunglass storage’ arrangement at the back for when it’s just too sweaty for eyewear.
Inside the helmet is a wicking liner and 100%’s Smartshock®, “the newest, advanced, intelligent, fully suspended rotational system for your brain.” This system aims to provide the same anti-rotation protection that MIPS and other brands offer, by having captive nubbins that can move within the helmet’s shell with your scalp, to give some protection against off-axis hits and glancing blows.
The Altec will come in three sizes: XS/S, S/M, and L/XL and will retail for £139
100% Trajecta full face
The very open-plan Trajecta helmet also includes this Smartshock system, as well as 24 vents. A medium helmet weighs around 860g. The chin-bar is airy and designed to let in as much oxygen as possible when you’re grunting through an enduro stage.
There’s a motorbike style D-ring closure and the helmet will come in four sizes (S, M, L and XL) and five colours. It’ll retail for £229.
The 100% helmet (and goggle, but not glasses) range is available from Silverfish – who are 20 years old this year if you didn’t know.