Rudy Project Wingspan
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WHAT YOU GET

A cutting edge aero helmet plus some added bells and whistles that allow you to customize your level of ventilation. A microfiber helmet bag.

WHAT WE'D LIKE TO SEE

More size options. Only comes in one size (S/M)…those of you with oversized melons might have to look elsewhere.

WHAT WE THINK

Another TriBomb favorite. Great fit and comfort combined with killer looks!

Detailed Review

Design
The Wingspan was a collaborative design effort between Rudy Project and renowned aerodynamics expert John Cobb. This helmet has probably spent more time in the wind tunnel than any other on the market. The result? One of the most aero helmets money can buy. You can check out the Wingspan catalog here.

Construction
The Wingspan seems to be very well constructed. We don’t have any issues with the quality of this helmet. After a couple of seasons of racing with the Wingspan they look as good as they did when we first got them. That being said, it’s more of a race day only piece of equipment so it doesn’t get used and abused the way a daily use type of helmet does.

Weight
Depending on which configuration you go with the Wingspan tips the scale at a mere 300-350g, among the lightest we’ve seen.

Fit
While fit is somewhat subjective, we found the Wingspan to be one of the most comfortable aero helmets to date. Adjustability is good using an inner ring that has three height positions. The ring is itself can then be tightened/loosened by simply turning a dial retention system at the rear of the helmet. The Wingspan is available in only one size (S/M) that adjusts from 54-59cm. One of the best things about the Wingspan is that you seem to forget about it all together. Its light weight and overall design allow the helmet to feel like it’s a part of you rather than a bulky plastic box perched on top of your head.

The Wingspan sports a smaller than normal tail, which is intended to optimize aerodynamics for all types of riders and their various positions. We like that it doesn’t seem to get in the way when going through the motions of riding and more importantly racing. There just seems to be more freedom of movement with this design.

Ventilation
We live, and for the most part, race in the south, which means it gets HOT like stupid HOT! Even in extreme heat the Wingspan kept us cool. Air flow is at least as good as any other aero helmet we’ve tested and in most cases far superior.

The Wingspan takes ventilation options to the next level. Each Wingspan comes with a couple of vent covers for the front of the helmet. One incorporates a net like “grille” that allows good air flow and the other is completely closed for situations when you need to be as absolutely aero as possible. There’s also an additional removable tail cover which further increases aerodynamics but also reduces air flow/cooling. You can choose how much or how little ventilation you want based on weather conditions and event duration.

Price Range
The MSRP on the Wingspan is at the top of the aero helmet price range. However, be sure to check the Rudy Project site because Rudy is great about offering big discounts on their gear.

TriBomb Bottom Line
From Sprints to Ironman we have tested the Wingspan and we are happy to give this helmet “Da Bomb” status. The best aero helmet we’ve come across.

Manufacturer's Website
www.e-rudy.com