Alpinestars is a company that is known for their protection, so maybe it should be such a surprise that they’re getting into mountain bike helmets. Regardless, it was still quite interesting to see the new Vector helmet in their booth.
Built with 19 vents, the outer shell follows the current trend of offering increased protection especially in the back of the head and temporal regions. The EPS liner is in-molded to the outer PC shell as well as internally reinforced with a rigid internal frame for extra strength.
For an increased level of protection, there will be a Vector Tech model which will include the MIPS liner, while the standard Vector Pro will not. The inside of both helmets features wide, comfy padding made from Quik-Dry anti-bacterial fabric.
The helmets will be available in three shell sized, and include an adjustable dial system to fit the helmet. The ear straps are fixed and the straps are captured in the shell.
Both Vector models include a three position adjustable visor, shown here in the most extreme positions. The upper position allows for goggles to be stashed underneath, and the helmet is designed to accommodate sunglasses.
To be offered in four colors, the helmet has a claimed weight of 390g for the medium MIPS version, and will sell for $149.95 without MIPS, and $179.95 with. Availability is TBA.