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100% Aircraft 2 Full Face Helmet Lands, Loaded with Proprietary Tech

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THe new 100% Aircraft 2 full-face helmet has landed. The brand’s proprietary Smartshock Technology headlines the new entry, in conjunction with a patent-pending, injection-molded chin bar and multi-density EPS foam.

Aircraft 2 enduro helmet detail
Image credit: Enrique Arreola (Ride 100%)

The new release builds on 100%’s previous downhill/BMX Aircraft helmet. Here’s what we know so far.

100% Aircraft 2 Helmet Spec Sheet

The feature list for the Aircraft 2 helmet looks like this:

  • Carbon fiber shell with a patent-pending injection-molded chin bar integration
  • 14-point Smartshock rotational protective system
  • Dual-density EPS with size-specific polycarbonate injection molding
  • Massive airflow with 20 oversized ventilation ports
  • Multi-point adjustable visor designed for maximum visibility and goggle stowage
  • Washable, moisture-wicking, anti-microbial suede comfort liner
  • D-ring buckle for a secure fit and maximum security
  • Certified ASTM (F1952-15), CPSC (16 CFR 1203), CE (EN 1078:2012+A1:2012)

Overall, the specs look strongly similar to that of the original Aircraft helmet. But a few changes differentiate the new model.

Analysis and Smartshock Differentiation

The Aircraft 2 helmet seems roughly identical to its predecessor in the areas of form factor and user comfort. The washable, anti-microbial liner is familiar, as are the D-ring buckle and multi-point visor.

Notably, however, the Aircraft 2 cuts down on vents: the new build features five fewer ports than the original.

aircraft enduro helmet side profile
Image credit: Enrique Arreola (Ride 100%)

However, the Aircraft 2 helmet’s headlining improvement rides in on 100%’s introduction of its Smartshock Technology. Most bicycle helmets provide straight-on impact absorption. But in the field, most cyclists experience oblique, angular impacts that exert rotational acceleration and deceleration forces on the brain.

According to 100%, Smartshock addresses the problem by both absorbing and compressing direct impacts. The effect helps reduce energy transfer to the brain over a wide range of speed and impact types. The system’s elastomers also move independently of the helmet’s shell, further damping impact transfer to the brain.

Image credit: Enrique Arreola (Ride 100%)

Check out 100%’s Smartshock Techonology, including the brand’s how-it-works video, here.

Options and Availability

The 100% Aircraft 2 helmet will MSRP at $400. Four color and graphic choices are currently available; it’s unclear whether the Aircraft 2 will eventually feature the broad color palette of the original.

aircraft 2 white
Image credit: Enrique Arreola (Ride 100%)

The entry does introduce enduro capacity to the Aircraft line, which was formerly designed for downhill and BMX.

Check out the Aircraft 2 page here for more details.

rider with new aircraft in black
Image credit: Enrique Arreola (Ride 100%)


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