Interbike 2009 Update #4

Interbike Update #4
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Kali Protectives

Kali Protectives is a California based protection company offer a full range of helmets and protective guards. They had some very lightweight helmets on display at Interbike. They have a unique construction process to their helmets that make them very light and while still being very strong. They use a patented Composite Fusion technology that allows them to form their liner directly to the shell. The EPS and CONTEGO (a formulation of Expanded PolyStyrene) foam liners are formed together to work in conjunction using pyramids within the liner to distribute the force of the impact across the whole helmet not just in a concentrated spot of the impact. By using this unique process of mixing the foams together and using a strong shell they are able to use more of the softer CONTEGO foam for better impact absorption.

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Composite Fusion construction detail (click to enlarge)

Avatar DH

The Avatar uses their patented Composite Fusion in-mold technology with a Kevlar, carbon fiber, and fiberglass combination shell. This construction makes for a very low weight 849g (claimed) to be exact. When we picked up the helmet it felt like nothing we’d picked up before in a full face DH helmet. Very lightweight to say the least. It features an integrated airflow system, washable anti-microbial adjustable fit pads, and a breakaway visor. Safety compliance is guaranteed to pass EN 1078 and CPSC standards. It is available in an array of colors and sizes from XS to XL.

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Avita XC

The Avita is a XC specific helmet with extended rear head coverage using the same Composite Fusion technology with carbon fiber, fiberglass, and polycarbonate mixture for the helmet skeleton. The Avita weighs in at 250g (claimed). It too was one of the lightest XC helmets we’ve ever handled. It has 22 vents for plenty of airflow with washable anti-microbial adjustable pads and a breakaway visor. The Avita also complies with EN 1078 and CPSC standards. It is available in 3 colors and S, M, and L sizes.

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Samra Composite

Kali also has a complete line of skid lids for riders not needing as much coverage while street, park, and DJ riding. The Samra helmet is available in a Carbon as well as composite version only sacrificing a little weight gain for more durability when going with the composite version. The composite version is made out of a fiberglass and polycarbonate mixture shell with the Composite Fusion liner. The helmet offers some extended coverage around the back of the head and offers 6 vents with washable ant-microbial adjustable fit pads. It is also EN 1078 and CPSC compliant. It is only available in white with S, M, and L sizes.

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Be sure to check the gallery for more photos of Kali’s line with more details added to the captions.

Nema

Nema had samples of their 2010 line on display. They have gear for all levels of MTB from XC to DH. They’ve tried to offer riders both subtle designs for conservative styling as well as more wild designs for those that want to stand out a bit more. Their new products will be available early next year.

Gambler

The Gambler line features matching pants, shorts, and jerseys in white/red, white/black, and black/blue colorways. The pants and shorts are made out of heavy-duty 600D Condura for the outer shell and have a moisture wicking mesh inside liner. The waist is secure with a ratcheting adjuster with zip fly. Both feature large areas of stretch panel in key areas for maximum movement and perforated thigh panels for cooling. The pants have pre-curved padded ballistic nylon knees and both the pants and the shorts have a zippered thigh pocket.

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Black/Blue Gambler jersey and pant (click to enlarge)

The Gambler jersey is made from Translink Motion fabric with sublimated graphics. It has mesh panels for greater ventilation and Lycra stretch cuffs.

Revolver

The Revolver line is basically the same as the Gambler line feature wise but offer a different aesthetic. The only big difference is that the pants and shorts get large TPR logoing on the legs. The Revolver line is available in white/black and black/white colorways.

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Revolver shorts (click to enlarge)

Apeks and Vee X 3/4 Sleeve Jerseys

The Apeks jersey is made from Translink Motion fabricin a casual cut with a 3/4 length zipper. It has side ventilated panels with a large zippered rear pocket. It is available in grey and white with short and long sleeves. The Vee X 3/4 sleeve jersey is a very simple v-neck jersey made from Translink Motion fabric in a casual cut with vented arms and neck. It is available in short and 3/4 sleeve with grey or black colorways.

(right) Apeks (left) Vee X (click to enlarge)

(right) Apeks (left) Vee X (click to enlarge)

Telonix Short

The Telonix short was a rider requested item from Nema. Riders wanted a short that wasn’t a drawstring waist with good frontal ventilation. Nema’s answer is the Telonix. It is made out of 400D heavy duty Condura with a snap front and zip fly. It has an adjustable waist, stretch panels, zippered thigh vents, hand pockets, 2 zippered thigh pockets, and a removable liner. The liner includes a molded 3-piece chamois. It is available in grey or black colorway.

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Be sure to check the gallery for more Nema gear with additional info in the captions.

SixSixOne

SixSixOne had a few new products on display as well as very bright and colorful new graphics for their existing helmets.

Droid Deflector

While not fully intended for DH riders (only compatible with Snell and DOT rate helmets) the Droid was the most innovative piece they had on display. The Droid is the first integrated neck support and hardshell armor. It is a patent pending design that allows for the force of a crash to be dispersed throughout the whole piece with less force on the collarbones and cervical spine area. This keeps riders from experiences neck compression and overextension injuries.

front view (click to enlarge)

front view (click to enlarge)

The front and back panels are injection molded polycarbonate with bio-foam padding on the inside. The neck collar is adjustable for different size riders. The front swings open to allow the rider to put on the unit without disassembling it entirely. It is made in white and black and is intended for riders 5’6″ – 6’6″ and 140-220lbs.

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rear view (click to enlarge)

Phantom Pressure Suit

The Phantom pressure suit is a very lightweight armor piece with flexible outer protective panels. The chest and back panels have a decent amount of flex compared to normal hardshell guards. They’re a fiberous type material that allows an impact to be absorbed and distributed across the whole panel. The pads use a high impact foam for impact absorption. The pressure suit base is a vented moisture-wicking fabric that keeps the armor tight and secure to the body. The back support is attached with zippers near the top of the back and has an attached support belt. The shoulder, elbow, and forearm pads are attached to the pressure suit permanently. It is available in S-XL sizes.

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Evo Pressure Suit and Pro Knee Shin

The Evo pressure suit is similar to the Phantom but it has an articulated hardshell back panel for more protection. Otherwise the features are nearly identical save for a few aesthetic differences. It is available in S-XXL sizes. The Pro knee shin guard is a small and compact guard for those looking for less bulkly knee shin protection (the Comp Knee Shin is the lightest and smallest full knee shin 661 offers). It has a vented knee sock to keep it in place with hardshell knee and shin coverage. The liner is made out of EVA foam with velcro straps it keep the piece secure. The Pro knee shin is available in S, M, and L sizes.

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Evolution Helmets

The Evolution helmets don’t see any feature changes or redesigns but do get a lot wilder graphics.

left 2 New Wave | right 2 Striped (click to enlarge)

left 2 New Wave | right 2 Striped (click to enlarge)

left 2 Evolution Carbon Nouveau | right 2 Comp II (click to enlarge)

left 2 Evolution Carbon Nouveau | right 2 Comp II (click to enlarge)

Check the gallery for more 2010 products from SixSixOne. We’ve added captions for more information on products not covered in this article.