The latest and greatest helmet from the guys at Rudy Project.
Still too early to tell, but we are sure we will find something.
So far, this helmet seems to be a good one. It's lightweight, comfortable, and well ventilated. We also like the streamlined design, it doesn't look or feel like a big boxy helmet, and the fit has a nice low profile.
The release of the Rudy Project Windmax has been rumored for quite some time now. We featured a quick first look on it after Interbike a few weeks ago but there wasn't much information to be had. We can confirm the rumors, this helmet is almost ready for launch, and we have one on hand here at TriBomb.
We feel pretty fortunate to have our hands on the not yet released Windmax. The new Windmax helmet is available for pre-order at this time with an expected arrival date of late November to early December. We will be putting the Windmax through the paces between now and then but we couldn't resist sharing a few pictures as well as our initial thoughts.
As you can see our sample helmet is the red/white option, there will also be a white/red option and a black/yellow option.
Not the lightest we've tested but a very light entry.
With only a few test rides under this helmet, overall comfort has been good. Our longest ride was a little over 3 hours and the Windmax gave us no issues in the comfort department. There are two sets of pads that come with the Windmax and there's also an integrated mesh "bug stopper" if you choose to rock it.
We went with the standard padding which is nice and soft. Padding is actually pretty abundant and we haven't noticed any particular points of pain or areas that dig into our melon unnecessarily.
A pretty plush interior inside the new Windmax
The Windmax also features the Fastex buckle system and a padded chin strap for extra comfort.
The straps on Windmax are attached to the outside body of the helmet instead of the inside of the helmet. Which seems to make for a better placement of the straps from a comfort standpoint. It puts the straps out to the side, away from your head giving them more clearance. It also keeps them away from the area of the inner adjustment ring where they could possibly rub or interfere with comfort.
Adjusting the fit is simple using the R.S.R. 8 disc, a disc retention system similar to what many helmets use these days. One handed adjustments on-the-fly are easy to manage and the disc is easy find and easy to adjust.
In addition to the rear retention system, there's also a 3 position height adjustment to get the right fit.
The Windmax has 21 pretty generous air vents. The ventilation seems to be more than adequate in our limited testing. Some warmer weather testing is needed to make the final call, but we don't anticipate a problem with air flow.
The front view of the Windmax and the intake vents.
The rear view of the exhaust vents.
To be determined. The fit and finish of our sample appear to be typical Rudy quality.
Below you can see a couple of images that show the comparison of the Windmax with a few other popular helmets.
The Windmax will be available in S-M (54-58cm) or M-L (58-62cm) size options. Our sample is a S-M which is what we wear in the Wingspan, but the Windmax seems to fit a little more snug. If you are borderline we would certainly recommend sizing up.
Definitely at the top of the price range. Rudy is always good about specials and discounts so check their site for deals.
TriBomb Bottom Line
Too early to call, but so far so good.