Bell Z20 MIPS Helmet
For those of you looking for a road helmet suitable for racing, with high-level impact and brain safety protection, with a streamlined, sleek fit, Bell has a sweet new MiPS equipped helmet for you. The Z20 MiPS Helmet represents the accumulative knowledge of the best known and longest running bicycle helmet manufacturer in the United States. With impressive comfort, adjustability, and ventilation, the Z20 design is a truly forward thinking design. With standard colorways and the new GHOST durable reflective finish system called Integrative Reflectivity, the Z20 MiPS features a scheme just for you.
For the Z20 MiPS, Bell uses a unique progressive layering energy management system that utilizes two distinct densities in separate layers of hard shelled EPS foam instead of a single thick layer. This offers more compressive energy absorption and structural integrity in case of impact. In addition to this dual layer Fusion In-Mold EPS with Polycarbonate shell, add in Integrated MIPS system which not only enables the designers to improve impact performance via the multi-density foam, while time delivering MiPS protection with a more compact overall shape, sleeker design and maximized ventilation.
MiPS stands for Multi-directional Impact Protection System. It was developed to reduce rotational forces that can result from certain impacts. By essential decoupling the retention cradle from the helmet structure, this leading slip-plane technology greatly lessens shearing forces and rebound effects that can be so damaging to the brain during an impact. The is a proven system, and while of course nothing will eliminate damage in impact, MiPS adds a level of effectiveness that is used in conjunction with the EPS shell system to offer the best protection available in a road race helmet.
Bell developed the Float Fit Race™ retention and fit system to fully integrate with MiPS, which has created a more compact and better working system. The design offers three-way adjustability: height (to best match your fit needs), pad width (so the pads hit you in the right places) and tension (for comfortable, appropriate fit retention). A simple and intuitive tension wheel at the rear gets the job done with a single hand, whether tightening or relieving system tension. The highly effective No-Twist Tri-Glides are easy, quick-adjust fasteners that help keep the straps flat and properly positioned relative to your face and the helmet. The thin, but compressive density padding system is anti-microbial thanks to the X-static and XT-2 technologies. The pads are quick drying, and woven with silver fibers that inhibit growth of odor-causing bacteria and fungi. At the brow, above where your eyewear will it, Bell also adds a Sweat Guide brow system to keep as much moisture away from your eyes and glasses as is feasible.
Ventilation from front to rear and over the top is provided via 18 substantial vents that are sculpted for structural integrity, air channeling and release, with a little drag as can be achieved with open vents, and whisper quiet performance. Bell adds small touches, such as Sunglass Guides in the structure for quick, easy, and stable use. For all these features and technologies, and superior structural and MiPS protection, a medium size helmet weighs in at just 305 grams, with perfect balance and fit that makes you think it weighs 50 grams less. The Z20 MiPS Helmet is perhaps the best helmet this storied company has ever designed and produced, after several years where their top helmets such as the Volt have been very popular and well regarded. If visibility at night is also a priority for you, the integrated reflective coating of the GHOST version will be your choice. Bell wants you to have it all, and the Z20 MiPS delivers.
- Bell's most advance vented road race helmet with top prottection
- Compact overall shape, sleeker design and maximized ventilation
- Unique progressive layering EPS energy management system
- Two separate density layers of hard shelled EPS foam, w/polycarbonate shell
- MiPS system fully integrates with Fusion In-Mold EPS and Float Fit Race
- Float Fit Race retention and fit system with three-way adjustability: height, pad width and tension with a rear thumbwheel control
- Lightweight synthetic straps with No-Twist Tri-Glides; lay flat, adjust easily
- Antibacterial X-Static and XT-2 padding, brow Sweat Guide padding
- Sunglass guides are designed into structure
- 18 sculpted vents provide intake, flow, and exhaust
- Ghost option features integrated durable reflective coating under clear coat
- Sizes: Small, Medium, Large
- Colors: Matte Black, Matte White/Black, Matte Black/Red/White, GHOST
- Weight: 305 grams (Medium)