First Look: 2014 Kali Shiva - World's Lightest DOT Certified Full-Face Helmet

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Claimed to be the World's lightest DOT-certified helmet, the Kali Shiva also meets the new ASTM downhill mountain biking standard. What does that mean? Now you can do both activities in one helmet knowing your head is well protected. It weighs just less than 1,000 grams, which is also lighter than the vast majority of mountain bike-specific lids. Compared to the weight of standard DOT helmets it's massively less.

"We can’t control the acceleration, but we can control the mass, and that’s what we tried to do with this helmet. We wanted to make a DOT helmet that had lower density foam and lower mass because we believe that’s better for you in an impact." - Kali Protectives

Kali Shiva Helmet Highlights

- Meets ASTM downhill mountain bike and DOT motorsports certifications
- Carbon fiber shell
- In-molded Composite Fusion Three technology
- Eight exhaust and twelve intake ports
- Replaceable breakaway visor insert
- Thumb screw visor adjustment
- Padded D-ring chin strap
- Removable and washable antimicrobial liner
- Includes two sets of cheek pads, replacement visor, camera mounts and bag
- Future versions will be Eject system compatible
- Sizes: XS, S, M, L, XL
- Weight: 2.2-pounds (1.0kg)
- Colors: White/Red, Black/Carbon, and Pure Carbon
- MSRP: $499
- Available Summer 2014

What you see here is very, very close to what will go to production in the coming months. The helmet uses a carbon shell, improved integrated airflow system, and washable antimicrobial pads. What makes it really cool, however, is how Kali pulled off the remarkably low weight and slim profile...

Unlike the vast majority of helmets on the market, the Shiva doesn't use a solid chunk of EPS foam inside the shell. Instead it uses Kali’s in-molded Composite Fusion Three technology, which combines triangular pyramid foam shapes with another density of foam to fill the voids. Kali has used similar technology in their other helmets before, but a switch from the cone shape to the triangular pyramid shape boosted the level of energy dissipation and protection it's able to provide. The new shape’s ability to spread the impact force laterally allowed them to lower the height of the shapes, which in turn slimmed down the helmet's entire profile. Composite Fusion Three bonds the shell directly to the foam. This allows a thinner, less rigid shell that still exceeds both standards.

Other neat features include a breakaway visor with a swappable mid-section that can be changed out for a GoPro or light mount. Kali includes a bonus visor in the helmet bag, as well as two pad sizes to help dial in the fit. Custom molded polyurethane foam pads are used to adjust the internal size for a total of five sizes.

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