Attack of the cones! The new helmet tech that could save your skull

Kali Protectives – not the first name that springs to mind when you think about helmets. But they were one of the first brands to integrate camera mounts into their bike lids, beating Bell by several years, and now they're innovating again with Cone-Head technology.
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Most helmets have shock-absorbing EPS foam liners. The difference with Kali's is that it contains dozens of small pyramids. These collapse under impact, directing the force sideways and away from your skull. Sounds like a good idea to us!

Cone-Head isn't Kali's own design – it's an Australian invention that was first used by Scott, on the Vanish. But they're the first company to figure out how to use it in a downhill full-face (this is tricky as it has to be in-moulded with the shell, rather than glued in afterwards) and they're also using it on their top-end enduro and XC lids for 2013. Check out the photos to find out more.

These are the cones we're talking about, designed to collapse under crash impacts – or the pressure of a bony finger! Picture by James Costley-White

These are the cones we're talking about, designed to collapse under crash impacts – or the pressure of a bony finger!

You won’t find any mention of Cone-Head on Kali's website – instead they call it COMPOSITE FUSION Plus. Picture by James Costley-White

You won’t find any mention of Cone-Head on Kali's website – instead they call it COMPOSITE FUSION Plus

It’s found on the 2013 Avatar 2 Carbon full-face, Avana enduro lid and the Maraka XC seen here. Picture by James Costley-White

It’s found on the 2013 Avatar 2 Carbon full-face, Avana enduro lid and the Maraka XC seen here

This lid has some other neat features, including soft yellow polymer inserts to eliminate pressure hotspots... Picture by James Costley-White

This lid has some other neat features, including soft yellow polymer inserts to eliminate pressure hotspots…

... massive three-finger front vents and similarly expansive exhaust ports, and a deformable peak. Picture by James Costley-White

… massive three-finger front vents and similarly expansive exhaust ports, and a deformable peak. RRP is US$139/£135

The Avatar 2 Carbon is Kali's new top-end full-face. At 780g (claimed) it's pretty light on the scales. Picture by Jon Woodhouse

The Avatar 2 Carbon is Kali's new top-end full-face. At 780g (claimed) it's pretty light on the scales

It comes with two peaks – a standard one and a second with an integrated helmet cam mount. RRP is $349 / £265. Picture by Jon Woodhouse

It comes with two peaks – a standard one and a second with an integrated helmet cam mount. RRP is $349 / £265

Kali's third Cone-Head offering is the Avana enduro lid, at $139 / £100. Picture by Jon Woodhouse

Kali's third Cone-Head offering is the Avana enduro lid, at $139 / £100

Features include carbon reinforcement and a flat back so it works well with goggles. Picture by Jon Woodhouse

Features include carbon reinforcement and a flat back so it works well with goggles

If you don't mind doing without the cones and carbon, the £49 (US$ TBC) Avita PC looks like a decent budget alternative. Picture by James Costley-White

If you don't mind doing without the cones and carbon, the £49 (US$ TBC) Avita PC looks like a decent budget alternative

More info at kaliprotectives.com / www.surf-sales.com (UK)

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