Still fresh on the cycling scene, Italian helmet manufacturer LEM is already upgrading their collection with the carbon-reinforced Motiv Air. The original collection focused on everything from youth to road to mountain bike riders, with price points starting at just $65. This new one brings the average up, along with the technology.
With a claimed weight around 220g (size medium) and six colors to choose from, the Motiv Air offers big vents and a rear adjustment that offers a big vertical range to really get under your cranium and keep it in places. But it’s the physical construction that sets it apart from the rest of their line…
By placing a thin carbon fiber exoskeleton (called exoCarbon) under the standard polycarbonate outer shell, they’re able to give it a strong outer structure that shouldn’t break apart during a crash. This means they’re not relying on harder EPS foam to provide the structure, so they can use a softer density foam to better absorb impacts. This helps keep it lightweight, and allows for bigger vents…23 of them if you’re counting.
Retail will be $225 when it starts shipping in late summer/early fall (October 1 target, possibly earlier). We have one in for review, stay tuned for a full write up with actual weights.