Kask unveiled their most aerodynamic road helmet, which be available to buy later this year. "The Utopia offers the very latest technology in aerodynamics and ventilation, giving cyclists a super-fast ride while retaining excellent safety and cooling capabilities", stated the company.
Like many other Kask helmets, Utopia has been developed with Team Sky to ensure the helmet is designed and tested in the toughest conditions possible and able to withstand the demands of even the most prolific riders.
Team Sky will first race using Utopia in the Santos Tour Down Under, according to the stage profiles, and will wear them in white to match the team's new look for 2018.
Ylenia Battistello, Kask's cycling brand manager, said: “We are excited to extend our road helmet range and continue to push the boundaries even further with Utopia. We are really grateful to have such talented athletes on hand to test our products at the highest level, and have access to such hi-tech facilities in order to ensure design perfection.”
Carsten Jeppesen, Team Sky Head of Technical Operations and Commercial, said: “When it comes to aerodynamics there is little that is more important than the helmet, but it’s not just about aerodynamics – the safety of our riders is our first priority, and Kask share this philosophy. In addition to this our riders need comfort, breathability, temperature management and style, all of which to contribute towards optimizing performance. Working with Kask on the development of the Utopia has enabled us to hone in on many of these areas to produce a fully tested, well-rounded helmet, which proves to be a great addition to the versatile Kask range.”
To develop the Utopia, Kask tested 10 of the best road aero helmets on the market in the wind tunnel, and created a 3D scan for a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. The helmets were tested at various speeds and yaw angles to reflect cross winds. "At the end of the test, the drag data of Utopia versus the best competitor helmet resulted in a saving of up to 6 watts when riding at 50kph", they explained.
Aerodynamics is at the forefront of Utopia's design with ventilation also a key factor considered during its development. Suitable for riding road racing and triathlon, Utopia can be used year-round in all climates, due to its refined design to keep the rider cool, especially when riding at high speed.
Utopia uses a breathable and quick-dry padding, offering a 5mm layer of fast-wicking material called Resistex®* that takes moisture away from the rider’s head and moves it to the helmet’s outer shell, contributing to a helmet that’s comfortable to wear all day.
Resistex® Carbon is a yarn with unique technical characteristics involving a continuous filament of conductive material based on active carbon. Benefits of using this fibre include:
- Antistatic - disperses electrical charges accumulated from the environment during physical exercise
- Bacteriostatic - respects the skin and protects from bacteria and polluting allergies
- Heat regulating - fibres speed up the evaporation of perspiration and help maintain a constant temperature
Key features of Utopia:
- Super lightweight, coming in at 235g (size medium)
- Vents are designed to improve aerodynamics and cooling
- Quiet riding experience thanks to the reduced windrush close to riders’ ears
- Internal channeling has been redesigned to further improve the aerodynamic capacity
- Uses the easily adjustable Octo Fit adjustment system
Utopia will be available later in the year in three sizes:
- S - 50-56
- M - 57-58
- L - 59-62