The helmet Team Europcar wears.
When the engineers at Louis Garneau began researching the history of
aerodynamics for its new Course Helmet, they found that there were
considerable differences between aerodynamic equations and practical
applications. In other words, the extensive research and wind tunnel
testing would only take them so far -- real-life racing conditions that
included heat management, pressure drag, varying yaw angles, weight, and
a rider's ability were all crucial factors that would ultimately
determine how effective a helmet's design really was. Aided by the
feedback provided from professional cyclists on Team Europcar, Garneau
tested both out on the road and in the wind tunnel in order to create
one of the most effective and aerodynamic road helmets on the market.
Extensive testing at the Canadian National Research Council's wind
tunnel facility showed Garneau that a helmet's ability to manage airflow
is centralized around its frontal surface. Because of this, Garneau
designed the Course Helmet directly on the head of a rider in the
cycling position as a means to focus on this high pressure zone up
front. Each ventilation opening was then specifically oriented in a
manner that efficiently pulls air into the helmet. You'll notice two
distinct teardrop-shaped ventilation holes on the forehead, directly
below the larger main vents. These facilitate airflow into the helmet,
at which point the air effectively begins its path of moving moisture
and heat over the rider's head before exiting through the helmet's
'evacuation channels' at the rear.
Garneau built the Course using an in-mold EPS construction and
incorporated its 'Aero Inner Nerve' frame system. This lightweight
structure serves as the helmet's internal skeleton, which evenly
distributes the shock of impacts throughout the shell. The strap system
was integrated into the inner nerves, providing solid retention from
within the shell of the helmet. The straps also provide quick
adjustability using Garneau's Pro-lock Divider cam-locking device.
Simply flip open the mechanism, slide the straps to your desired
position, then lock it down. Rounding out the bottom of the helmet,
Garneau integrated its Super MSB technology. This is a durable,
ring-shaped plastic layer that reinforces the perimeter of the helmet
for enhanced protection.
The Course was finished off with Garneau's Spiderlock PRO II
retention system in the back. It's easily adjusted on the head with a
single hand using its textured, anti-slip wheel. Lining the inside of the helmet is the quick-drying,
anti-microbial X-static XT2 padding system to provide optimal comfort.
The Louis Garneau Course Helmet weighs around 250g and features 31
vents. It complies with CPSC, ASTM, and CEN safety standards.
- Aerodynamic design
- In-mold EPS construction
- Spiderlock PRO II retention