July 7, 2022

New British bike helmet producer Ruroc has solely been round a couple of years however has already launched the third technology of its Atlas full-face helmet.

The corporate claims its ECE 22:05 and DOT FMVSS218 accepted, carbon-fibre Atlas 3.0 helmet is quieter, extra snug, safer and with extra color and graphic choices, though probably not any costlier.

I reviewed the Atlas 2.0 helmet a bit over a yr in the past. I discovered it fairly snug and filled with useful options, however with some points over noise.

Firm spokesman Ben Conie says they listened to rider suggestions in updating the helmet in addition to the accompanying Shockwave audio system.

Nonetheless, when you improve from the Atlas 2.0 to the Atlas 3.0, the previous Shockwave audio ($A210) is not going to match, so you’ll have to purchase the brand new one, fortunately on the identical value.

The Atlas 2.0 helmet initially value round A630-$A700 relying on graphics. There are nonetheless some accessible at a couple of $150 low cost.

Atlas 3.0 full vary

Atlas 3.0 fashions additionally begin at $A630 with most $A700, some $A740 and the Nebula Carbon and Liquid Carbon fashions $810. My “Carbonised Gold” check mannequin is certainly one of 16 varieties to select from.

Probably the most fundamental upgrades has been going from two to 3 shells sizes which isn’t solely good for sizing and luxury, but additionally security. 

The Atlas 2.0 has solely not too long ago been examined and rated at 4 out of 5 stars by the revered British helmet security web site, SHARP, so we will count on the up to date mannequin to be at the very least the identical customary … perhaps greater!

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The very first thing I seen after eradicating the helmet from its plush boxing is the-lusher and softer inside. It seems like sticking your head inside a pillow!

Ruroc Atlas 3 helmet
Plush inside

One other nice characteristic from the boxing is a contoured foam pad to position your helmet on when it’s not in your head.

It even features a groove to carry your spare Pinlock-ready wraparound visor which is available in a spread of choices together with new Chrome and Pink iridescent.

Talking of which, they are saying the visor locking system is safer and simpler for swapping visors. It might be safer and air tight, however it’s fairly stiff making it troublesome to swap visors shortly.

Possibly it would loosen up if I maintain altering the visor, however I not often trip into the evening due to wildlife points, so I doubt I’ll be changing the tinted visor anytime quickly.

Ruroc says the primary engineering enhancements are within the aerodynamics.

That ought to not solely make it really feel quieter however with much less drag there needs to be much less fatigue after an extended day driving on a motorbike with no windscreen.

I can’t discern any distinction within the noise ranges to the earlier mannequin. 

However I can hear the audio a lot better in all probability as a result of the audio system have been improved and it’s simpler to place them precisely the place wanted.

By the way, for me, meaning putting them not the place the recess is, however a bit additional ahead and better. Possibly my ears are surprisingly positioned!

Fortunately they’re lined in a snug thick foam so that they don’t harm my ears.Ruroc Atlas 3 helmet

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I’m nonetheless not a fan of the discrete Bluetooth system’s controls behind the helmet, however at the very least the buttons at the moment are thrice greater. They’re nonetheless fairly troublesome to search out with thick gloves on.

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Set up is now a lot simpler with built-in cable routing for the audio system and mic, plus magnetic fitment for the unit so that you don’t should fiddle with (and lose) tiny screws.

Like most trendy Bluetooth programs, it’s fast and foolproof to pair and operates with none points.

It now additionally gives assist for rider-pillion intercom and music sharing, enhancements to sound high quality, battery state monitoring and LED indications in addition to up to date voice prompts.

All Atlas 3.0 helmets are produced from T-400 carbon fibre and weigh simply 1.4kg and no discernible weight enhance from the tiny audio and audio system.

Along with the improved aero, this ends in little or no helmet fatigue after an extended day within the saddle.

Fortunately the useful Magnetic Fidlock chinstrap has been retained from the earlier mannequin.Ruroc Atlas 3 helmet

It means no fiddling round with double-D mechanisms and is even simpler than a snap-lock mechanism.

Simply put the clasps shut collectively and the magnetised ends “discover” one another and lock in. It feels secure and safe and won’t come undone except you seize the purple launch strap.

Nonetheless, I can’t see the racing authorities approving the system.

I can in all probability nonetheless take it to on monitor days. The truth is, out of all of the reviewed and acquired helmets in my cabinet, that is now my go-to helmet due to consolation, useful options such because the clasp and the discrete, built-in and high-quality sound system.

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