A recent comprehensive wind tunnel test of a number of leading road aero helmets by Procycling Magazine found that Rudy Project’s Boost 01 road aero helmet tested as the best overall helmet for aerodynamic results. The Italian brand’s popular road aero helmet that has taken the cycling and triathlon worlds by storm bested the competition, needing only 382.2 watts from the tester to reach 45 km/h (27.9 mph), outstripping major competitor’s helmets like the Scott Cadence Plus and the S-Works Evade.
“The results are awesome and validate what we already knew after years of working with our athletes and aerodynamic experts like John Cobb,” said Paul Craig, President and Co-Founder of Rudy Project North America. “We were excited recently to win the Helmet Count conducted by Lava Magazine for the seventh consecutive year in Kona; we’re honored that our athletes put their trust in Rudy Project helmets during the biggest race of their life, just as we are proud of champions like Vincenzo Nibali trusting our gear in the Tour de France. To have a leading publication like Procycling validate that knowledge in a wind tunnel only solidifies our commitment to continue to make the best aerodynamic gear on the planet.”
Procycling’s test were conducted at the wind tunnel in Lake Constance, Germany, and looked at two measurements – test rider wattage output with airflow from head on (0 degrees) and airflow at an angle of 10 degrees, to better evaluate how the helmet would perform overall in different wind conditions. The Boost 01 was tested with the iconic front vent completely sealed with the solid plug (the helmet comes with another grille option that reduces airflow by half and can also be ridden with the vent open for maximum ventilation). The much-respected Jean-Paul Ballard of the aerodynamic testing company Swiss Side, well known for their development of DT-Swiss wheels, oversaw the testing. The goal of the article was to explore the value of a road-aero helmet, using a traditional road cycling helmet as the baseline for comparison. “Unusually shaped, the Boost 01 creates the best value in the wind tunnel,” said the Procycling article, as translated from the original German version. The article went on to state that the optional, integrated visor could be added to the helmet to create even more time-saving aerodynamic improvements.
Rudy Project helmets were also in the news lately with the brand’s 7th consecutive win as the #1 Most Worn Helmet at the IRONMAN® World Championship in Kona, courtesy of LAVA Magazine’s annual Kona bike count. 2017 marked the seventh year running that the world’s top tier triathletes overwhelmingly chose Rudy Project helmets to keep them cool and protected on the Queen K highway during the biggest race of their lives. Rudy Project’s investment in research and development into new helmet aerodynamics and technologies make it a clear leader in the industry, coupled with unbeatable customer friendly policies in North America like Rudy Project’s 6 Year Crash Replacement Guarantee and 3 Year Manufacturer Warranty, which serves to ensure that athletes are racing in the highest quality equipment available to them.
Data courtesy of LAVA Magazine
The full article and results can be found here, courtesy of Procycling Germany.
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