A time trial helmet that leaves you wondering whether you should put it on and yell "FORE" or just strap it on and go FAST.
The weight to be trimmed down a bit and a slightly smaller profile.
This time trial helmet features the latest aero goodies developed by spending some serious time in the wind tunnel.
Our first thoughts when opening the box were, "Wow, that looks like a golf ball" and "Man, that's a pretty nice helmet". Louis Garneau has spent some serious time trying to develop a very aero helmet while keeping comfort in mind.
We will go from front to back here. The first thing you'll notice are the oversized dimples on the top half of the helmet. These dimples are supposed to create a texturized surface that helps with the laminar (fancy word for streamlined) air flow. (Side note: so if I gain some weight and get some dimples on my legs, will I be more aero? Just a thought.)
Next, you will notice the giant vent directly in the center of the front of the helmet. According to LG, this is the perfect place to position the vent as this is a high pressure air flow area so it makes it easy for the air to flow directly through the vent. We will skip to the back of the helmet quickly here since it is related. Once the air passes through the vent, it is passed through evacuation channels, which help regulate temperature and moisture, and finally exits the back of the helmet through the huge exit vent, which looks like it was created by taking a hacksaw to the tail of the helmet.
In our limited testing, we can attest that airflow in this helmet works exactly as it designed to do. As soon as you start your ride, you can literally hear and feel the air flow through the helmet. We would still like to test it during some longer, warmer events to make sure we are comfortable recommending it for all conditions.
Another item that is not present on all time trial helmets, but one you will find on the Vorttice, is the Visor. Once again, LG states that this improves aerodynamics by directing airflow around the helmet as it should while avoiding the irregularities of your face. We weren't sure if they were making fun of our faces or saying that everyone has an irregular face?
The visor does work with the airflow and it is nice not to have to fumble with sunglasses in T1. However, during our few events, we were not real crazy about the visor. Multiple times we managed to get either sweat or some type of moisture on the visor and it was impossible to get it clearly wiped off. Maybe our clumsy asses need more practice with the helmet or maybe LG needs to put a windshield wiper on the Vorttice. (or leave the visor off) If you are not a fan of the visor, it is very simple to remove.
Back to the top of the helmet, you will notice little ridges or "blades" that are positioned to create vortices (huh, wonder where the name came from?) which again help with the laminar air flow. How cool is that? You are creating tiny little tornadoes around your head every time you ride. Beyond the blades, the tail of the helmet is fairly short and fades into the large exit vent which we described above.
The Vorttice helmet fits snug, as we feel a time trial helmet should. Hence the reason that each Tour de France rider has a custom helmet which molds perfectly with their (irregular) face. We liked the fact that the side flaps are a tad flexible which allows for easy entry and a snug fit against your face. This makes for a comfortable helmet. It weighs in a 340 grams, which we feel is a tad heavy for a time trial helmet. It's not like your neck is breaking, but you will notice it if you are used to a lighter helmet.
The Vorttice falls into the mid to high price level of newer time trial helmets.
TriBomb Bottom Line
A "cool" helmet if you are more concerned with aerodynamics than you are with style.