With the Wing57, you get a helmet shorter in overall length that performs like a long tail helmet and simply blows away the competition in terms drag in crosswinds. Built on the foundations of the successful and award-winning Wingspan, the Wing57 was wind tunnel-tested and is faster than any of the best helmets in its category. It has several new patented features plus superior lightweight and extraordinary protection. It also has great looks - even for a TT/Tri helmet.
Designed with the aide of legendary aerodynamics guru John Cobb, the new Wing57 has undergone extensive wind tunnel testing. Through this testing, Rudy Project and Cobb developed a unique tail geometry that works best for all TT positions and back profiles. Basically if you have a flat back like Taylor Phinney, use the Jet Stream tail section. If you have a rounded back it your TT position (like Lance) you leave the Jet Steam off. Wind tunnel data shows 20 grams less drag which equates to 7 seconds in a 40k TT over the next fastest TT helmet.
Inspired by sharks, the Wing57 dorsal ridge helps converting sideways force into a forward force, like it was a long tailed helmet. It gives more surface only when it is necessary, as with a cross wind, while it remains small for less frontal area effect. By reducing the length of the tail and by adding material on top (Dorsal Ridge), Rudy has moved the center of pressure of the helmet forward in order to best match with the center of gravity of the user's head. This for a better weight balance and to avoid forced axis rotation due to cross winds force.
Wing57 has a set of removable, modular front vent covers, one closed and the other in a mesh configuration, which will allow you to manage the airflow inside the helmet. The closed configuration offers the best aerodynamic efficiency but the least ventilation. It's recommended for short/medium competition. The net configuration is a very good compromise between ventilation and aerodynamics. It lets air go through the vents and cool the temperature while protecting the head against bugs and insects. The open configuration is the best solution for long distances and for hot weather conditions. The maximum ventilation is definitively needed for keeping the cyclist.
Triathletes will like that the helmet straps are anchored directly to the ear-pads, allowing the helmet to be put on with one single, instantaneous movement for a fast transition.
Includes visor, two vent covers and the Jetstream tail section.