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HighBar Plans to Replace Your Helmet Straps (and it’s More Aerodynamic) 

HighBar Demands a Better Fitting Helmet Strap
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There was a lot of buzz around the HighBar helmet strap and fit systems this past week at Sea Otter Classic. Yes, it looks slightly odd, but everything on the bicycle helmet has evolved over the years except for the strap, HighBar thinks its time…

HighBar Helmet strap
The HighBar system before install on the helmet system. The “pins” slot into the helmet (designed specifically the system) and is retained by two small screws hidden under padding and the locking pieces at the top.(Photo/ Jordan Villella)

What is HighBar, and what is this creation? 

HighBar Helmet Strap

HighBar Demands a Better Fitting Helmet Strap
Image HighBar

The HighBar helmet retention system was wholly designed to keep helmets in place, not just on the riders’ heads. Many riders (professionals, too) have a helmet strap dangling about three inches from their chin. When they need the helmet to do its job, no MIPS, WavCel, or other novel device can work properly with the helmet not being retained adequately on the rider’s head. 

HighBar Helmet full helmet two
The HighBar strap ready for the rider. (Photo/ Jordan Villella)

So the HighBar team took note, wondering how to create a better strap that would retain the helmet on a rider’s head without being intrusive. They landed on an adjustable knob, similar to the knob used to tighten the rear cradle of the helmet. 

What are the Benefits? 

HighBar Helmet Assembly
Image: HighBar

There are quite a few. First is noise, wind noise, and flapping straps, specifically. The HighBar design team noted, when they first went to the Wind tunnel for testing, they detected far less flap and noise from the system. 

HighBar Helmet lock
HighBar thumb dial for tighten/loosing fit. (Photo/ Jordan Villella)

If not adjusted right, the webbing straps tend to flap significantly in the wind on traditional helmets. Usually, when helmet manufacturers enter the WindTunnel, they tape down the webbing straps; they’re interested in mostly helmet data. However, the fixed position of the Hi-Bars keeps them faster in the wind, around 7 watts faster than traditional webbing. 

HighBar Helmet full helmet
Side view of the HighBar system. (Photo/ Jordan Villella)

The HighBar strap is fixed, slightly more aero, and 6 decibels quieter than webbing straps. HighBar claims their new system is roughly 50% quieter than traditional helmets with webbing straps. Thats a bonus if you’re a fan of group ride smack-talking. 

How does the HighBar helmet strap fit? 

HighBar Helmet on Jordan Villella
Be kind…it was a long Sea Otter Classic. (Photo/ Jordan Villella)

At first, it feels weird, but you adjust after a moment (like a minute). It’s like a hockey helmet strap and a well-adjusted cycling strap combined. The piece underneath has a small pad for some extra cushion but shouldn’t be over-tightened. The pivotal point of the strap is right in the middle of the ear. This pivot gives the strap a nice point to move and get to the chin in a straight line.

HighBar Helmet buckle
(Photo/ Jordan Villella)

The system shouldn’t touch the rider’s head, another feature you won’t notice until you try it on. The HighBar system is notably cooler in the wind and feels super light without the webbing straps touching your face. You get more surface airflow and arguably better body temperature regulation. Marginal gains! 

HighBar Helmet in put
The HighBar system uses a single pivot to move the strap around. Its very lightweight, with a metal core and plastic bushings. (Photo/ Jordan Villella)

When can you get one? 

Well, thats coming, but keep your eyes open on BikeRumor, the World Tour, World Series of Mountain Bike or Gravel, and I’m sure you’ll see one soon. We’re hoping to know more information this summer. 

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Eggs Benedict
Eggs Benedict
28 days ago

100% unnecessary.

Hamjam
Hamjam
28 days ago
Reply to  Eggs Benedict

The FortNine motorcycle guys talk about the problems with bike helmets and why motorcycles use a double-d buckle. This seems to solve the problems mentioned in the video (if it doesn’t brake) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KUdmwmhyxM

syborg
syborg
28 days ago
Reply to  Eggs Benedict

Agreed. I wrap the tail of my strap over the fixed portion of the strap. No flapping. That plastic High bar strap looks like it would get uncomfortable and hot.

syborg
syborg
25 days ago

Wearing for a few minutes while stationary is quite different than wearing for a multi-hour ride. A BOA is an expensive replacement for an inexpensive plastic clip.

Sorry, I don’t get what problem this solves or how it’s an improvement over existing designs.

bielas
bielas
28 days ago

Canyon helmet, already used by Canyon collective team in the World Cups. In the side image can even see a “CFR” logo, no mention about that?

Nathan
Nathan
28 days ago

I think it sounds fantastic. Count me in.

FritzP
FritzP
27 days ago

If the pivot is right over the ear (hard to tell with no side shot) won’t it bang on the earbuds so many tuned out cyclists insist on wearing?

Jim E
Jim E
26 days ago

When CCM starts making bike helmets.

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