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Bontrager XXX WaveCel Road Bike Helmet

Review: Bontrager XXX WaveCel Road Bike Helmet

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We Liked

  • WaveCel advanced helmet technology  Read Study here.
  • BOA® Fit System lets you easily secure and adjust helmet fit with just one hand
  • Easy-to-use adjustable strap dividers allow for a fine-tuned fit
  • An aerodynamic shape helps you outsmart the wind and ride faster
  • Additional NoSweat pad with silicone channel keeps sweat out of eyes for constant clarity
  • Team Trek-Segafredo sticker kit included with Viper Red, White, and Radioactive Yellow colorways
  • Crash Replacement Guarantee provides a free helmet replacement if involved in a crash within the first year of ownership
  • Virgina Tech 5 star safty rating.

We Didn't Like

Two things with this helmet.  So its kind of heavy at 344g and secondly, it has no reflectivity at all on it.

The Final Say

So we should all wear helmets when we ride and Its a pretty good bet to say that you are better off wearing one than not. Recently, Trek has come out with this new technology called Wave Cell. In which it has a structure that provides support in one direction and when a force is applied to the structure it will redirect the energy and collapse, absorbing energy in the process. Upon inspection this appears to be pretty innovative in its concept and design. The technology looks very promising in the videos that we watch on how it not only protects from impact but also can slip or slide and thus helping dissipate rotational forces. Currently at the writing of this review Trek is involved in a class action lawsuit claiming that they have misrepresented how much better the wavecell technology is vs current helmets. This was filed in january 2021 and as of March 2021 we can not find any such claims on the Trek Website about wavecell. So what does this mean? Is the helmet safe YES. The helmet passes the required safety requirements for it to be sold in the US. Is it safer that other helmets? I would say so because this helmet uses both EPS and the wavecell technology giving this hemet two different types of material to absorb, redirect and disapate energy from a crash. The helmet also has a 1 year replacement warranty from the manufacturer and date of purchase NQA! NQA means No Questions Asked.. Free replacement.. That's pretty Dam good. So what do we think of the helmet? Its a great helmet with some cool technology in it. Its avaiable in lots of colors. It has great support and warenty but its not a featherweight at 344g. And that is the only thing that is keeping it from a 5 cowbell rating..

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