Introducing: The Kali Shiva - The Lightest DOT Helmet On The Market 2

Here's some background on the Shiva from the Kali crew - Vital MX

"Smaller, lighter, safer. If we had to choose three words to summarize the technology behind our revolutionary new ShivaTM full face, we’d be hard pressed to find three better adjectives.

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Weighing in at a mere 1050g, the ShivaTM is between 400­600g lighter than our competitor’s highest end offerings. In addition to being one of the lightest DOT helmets on the market, it’s also 30% smaller than your average motocross helmet.

These features aren’t just great talking points, they also offer considerable safety advantages. Recent research has shown that smaller & lighter helmets are crucial for reducing the risk of brain trauma during an impact.

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This reduction in weight and size is possible due to our COMPOSITE FUSION THREETM technology, which consists of a multiple density EPS liner that is in­-molded to the carbon fiber shell.

This new third generation of our technology utilizes triangular pyramids to distribute forces laterally, which allows us to use a lighter density foam throughout, and reduces the thickness of the shell." - Kali Protectives

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 Kali Shiva Highlights:

  • COMPOSITE FUSION​: Unlike standard construction helmets where the foam is glued into a shell, our technology allows us to inject the EPS liner directly into the shell. This in-­molding technique is standard on bicycle half shell helmets, but Kali is the only is that it eliminates the gap between the shell and foam, which reduces the number of impacts the brain is subjected to in a crash. Rather than two impacts (ground to shell, shell to foam), there is only one impact with a COMPOSITE FUSION helmet.
  • COMPOSITE FUSION 3:​ We’ve improved on our original in molding technology by adding multi density triangular pyramids throughout the EPS liner, to better dissipate energy laterally. This allows us to reduce the size of the shell, and use a lighter density foam, which is crucial for mitigating the effects of both low and high speed impacts.
  • Lighter and Smaller​: Everything is subject to the laws of physics. In school the phenomena is explained by the equation Force = Mass x Acceleration. On the trail, it’s ultimately the rider who determines acceleration, so we strive to reduce the weight and size of our helmets in order to minimize the forces applied to the head and neck in an accident. Recent studies have indicated that reducing helmet volume by 10% can reduce rotational forces transmitted to the brain by over 20%.
  • Breakaway Visor & Helmet Shape​: The Shiva utilizes a breakaway visor and less angular helmet shape, which is designed to not snag the ground in a yard sale.
  • Integrated Removable Camera & Light Mount​: Includes mounts for GoPro, Contour, Light & Motion, and a universal bar mount.
  • World’s lightest DOT certified helmet at 1,050 grams.
  • Available in sizes XS, S, M, L, & XL
  • Comes in three colorways: Raw carbon, Speed Machine, & Stripes.
  • Meets DOT, ASTM DH, ASTM BMX, ASTM Snow, and CPSC Standards.
  • Integrated Airflow system, w/ 8 forward facing vents, and 8 rearward vents.
  • Premium Travel Bag.
  • MSRP $500.

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