Austrian ski manufacturer, Atomic, has launched the Mentor LF helmet, a helmet so light that its claimed you don’t even feel like you’re wearing it.
The Atomic Mentor LF weighs in at a featherweight 430g (about the weight of four apples) and protection is provided by the impressive PORON XRD material (as recommended by AT gear editor, Paul Jennison, in this Shin Shields review).
The helmet makes use of something Atomic has named ‘Live Fit technology’ to offer a triangle of benefits; ultimate fit, comfort and performance. The PORON XRD foam is responsible for the fit and comfort as it molds instantly to the shape of your head and will adapt accordingly throughout the day.
In the unfortunate event that you have to rely on your helmet for protection, the foam firms up on impact to provide a protective guard that will absorb up to 90% of impact energy, greatly reducing the risk of head injuries and bruising.
The helmet doesn’t come in particularly cheap though and you’ll be looking at paying £120 for one of these bad boys. That said, if you’re in the market for a new helmet then it’s definitely one to consider, the light weight coupled with the superior comfort provided by the PORON XRD looks to be a winning combination.
The Atomic Mentor LF is available for purchase from Snow & Rock, Ellis Brigham and other leading retailers.
If you’d like to try out the PORON XRD technology and you’re not too bothered about the weight of your helmet then the Nomad LF and Afinity LF (both priced at £100) will interest you.