Bontrager Aero Road Bike Helmet Tested at Tour Down Under

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The 2015 Tour Down Under seemed to be the testing ground for several brands of aero helmets, including Bontrager’s potential entry into the market, Ballista.

Bontrager’s Ballista helmet features three large ports on the front side, channeling air inwards, with two trick looking, sculpted vents on top to allow air to flow through. On the rear of the helmet, you’ll find three exit ports, providing a nice flow of air front to rear, across one’s cranium.

You’ll have to pardon the quality of a few of these photos. They were snapped with a humble cell phone camera, as a soigneur impatiently looked on…

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Inside the helmet, there is an adjustable retention system, and sufficient foam padding to keep things comfortable. A brow pad completes the padding package, to assist with keeping sweat out of your eyes. First appearances suggest it’s floating and may be able to accommodate their cycling-cap-style visor found on the lightweight Velocis.

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The helmet features a smooth, glossy finish, with the shell extending to offer additional protection around the temple area.  Unfortunately, we were unable to gather weight specifications on the helmet. Whether this helmet hits retail stores is another matter, but there were at least three Trek team riders donning them during the race.

Check out the Suomy and Giant helmets spotted at the race, too!

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Anon
Anon
7 years ago

It looks like it says Ballista on the pad rather than Ballast which it clearly does not say. Looks hot!

LP
LP
7 years ago

Looks more like “Ballista”, not “Ballast”

highpointer
highpointer
7 years ago

Looks like these would take a GoPro stick mount very nice. Good looking Aero helmet. Way to go Bontrager/Trek!

Ventruck
Ventruck
7 years ago

Rear looks cool. Eh

Victor
Victor
7 years ago

@highpointer. Why buy an aero helmet if you are going to put a GoPro on it? Kind of defeats the purpose.

highpointer
highpointer
7 years ago

@Victor You are correct it would not be aero. But the smooth area’s would let you mount a side mount easy for video production.

Collin
Collin
7 years ago

Looks like the evade…..

Jack
Jack
7 years ago

I think the rear end of the helmet is smoother than the evade, probably better than the truncated back of the evade if you drop your head.