Well loved in the cycling world for their aerodynamic sunglasses, Oakley now rolls deeper into the category with a line of road cycling helmets. The tree new helmets that make up the ARO line are designed with seamless eyewear integration, optimal fit, aero performance, and ventilation in mind.
The ARO 3 ($180) is the most ventilated helmet, meant for those summer training rides or long climbs where you are bound to work up a sweat. The ARO 5 ($250, pictured top) is your race helmet with a lightweight, speed-focused designed. Finally, the ARO 7 ($500, pictured below) time trial or triathlon helmet is all about minimizing drag. A magnetic shield attachment system makes for seamless integration with the two included Oakley shields — Prizm Road and Clear. The time trial helmet also uses the magnetic Fidlock system to aid in quick transitions.
All of the helmets use the 360-degree Boa system that allows you to dial in a customized fit. Instead of wire, the system uses a soft Dyneema material that sits flat against your head. This removes the plastic frame that almost always gets in the way of the arms of your sunglasses and gives you a pounder of a headache over time. When you want to park your sunglasses, Oakley added specific channels in the EPS foam so they fit seamlessly on your helmet.
For added protection, all the helmets will use Mips technology. If you recall, the low-friction Mips layer enables relative motion between the head and the helmet, adding more protection against rotational motion to the brain caused by angled contact.
The Oakley ARO helmets will start shipping in February. Also expect to see a couple racing kits from them in partnership with Bioracer Speedwear.