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Game Changer helmet

Review: Game Changer helmet

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We Liked

Comes in a lot of colors including Orange! Multi Position Design: For optimal aerodynamics regardless of head tilt Forced Air Cooling Technology: Sophisticated ventilation system for an optimal head climate FlowStraps: Aerodynamic, flutter-free and skin-friendly thanks to specially developed strap profile Zoom Ace: Finely adjustable adjustment system with handy adjustment wheel for customisable fit AirPort: Aerodynamic glasses holder with strap guide Multi Shell In Mold: For safe shock absorption Ponytail compatibility: Helmet well suited to plait wearers

We Didn't Like

So one of the things that we did not like was the lack of adjustability on the ear straps. Normally a helmet has some kind of plastic clamp that holds the frontal and Occipital straps of the helmet together just below your earlobe. This is usually adjustable to allow a better fit. The Abus Game changer does not have this.. Instead they have sewn that junction together. This is a little tight for us.

Second, Even though our helmet is bright orange there is no reflective material on the helmet.

Next I would like to see a Mips system added to this helmet.

The Final Say

We have had a lot of helmets over the years and have tried a lot of aero road helmets as well. With aero road helmets there is always a tradeoff with some feature. There is light weight, Aerodynamics, ventilation and protection. With the advent of helmet regulation and laws protection is now not an option. It seems that the ABUS engineers have figured out how to get ventilation in a aerodynamic helmet. Of the aero helmets that I have used they typically cut some holes in the helmet and say Vola! Ventilation… Well that is not how it works… You need air flow over the head to take the heat away from the body… this means there needs to be a gap or a channel between the helmet and the riders head. ABUS carved out channels in the Game Changer so that air can flow through the helmet and over the head. If you look at the helmet from the front you can actually see daylight through the helmet. There are 3 zones of air flow on this helmet. Frontal, Side and Occipital. By looking at the inside of the helmet you can see that the frontal intakes feed into a channel that goes over the top of the head and the 2 occipital air intakes feed into that channel and dump out the back. The side air intakes have the shortest path and exit next to the Occipital vents. The reason that I talk about this in length is that this system actually works. Now if you have a lot of hair, this might not work so well as the hair will impede or Clog the air flow… You need air flow for this to work well. Bottom line it's a aero helmet that has good air flow compared to its aero counterparts. It's a lightweight and comes in a cornucopia of colors. It's one of our favorite aero road helmets. We look forward to seeing the next generation of aero road helmets as the Game changer is setting a new bar for this category.

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