A cat for the commute.
To most Americans, Catlike might only conjure up images of the
professional peloton. However, Europeans have long known that Catlike
also produces helmets, like the mountain-focused Tako Helmet, that
extend well beyond its road racing roots. The Tako is a slightly
modified version of the venerable Whisper Plus helmet, and it combines
an attractive design with features that make it better suited for the
dirt over the tarmac.
Not surprisingly, Catlike managed to do this without compromising
anything in terms of safety. Instead, the Tako benefits from the same
Crash Energy Splitter (CES) technology that's found in the Whisper Plus.
Essentially, this design incorporates multiple 'ribs' that run across
the helmet. These ribs diffuse crash energy between the helmet's vents,
thoroughly reducing the force of impact on the skull.
For comfort, the Tako features 23 air intakes, with the front vents
incorporating an insect screen that prevents unwanted, and stinging,
hitchhikers. Additionally, Catlike has included a wheel retention system
at the rear of the helmet that allows for a nearly infinite level of
retention adjustment. Even better, it's simple to operate with one hand
when you're on the go. Lastly, the Tako also includes a removable visor
that makes adjusting to your environment a simplified affair.
The Catlike Tako Helmet is available in the sizes Medium and Large and in the colors Matte Black, Matte Blue, and Matte White.
- Crash Energy Splitter
- 23 air intakes
- Insect screens in front vents
- Wheel retention system
- Removable visor