Giro has taken advantage of new technologies in order to create a new helmet that can better withstand impacts of high and low speeds in all sorts of conditions. Giro calls this type of helmet “Soft Shell”, a helmet with both comfortable and flexible fit, and unmatched durability. The helmet will be available for US retail in August 2013.
“We are excited to offer riders a new option in helmet construction,” explains Giro R&D Director Rob Wesson. “From skiing powder in the backcountry to riding in the park, the mountains provide an incredibly diverse set of riding conditions. If multi-impact durability is important to you then Soft Shell construction is something you should consider.”
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Answering the demands of the next generation of skiers and snowboarders, Giro® has introduced the Combyn™ helmet. The Combyn™ is the first in a new category of snow helmets that Giro calls “Soft Shell” and provides riders with unique performance characteristics that emphasize durability and protection across a wide range of impact types.
“We designed the new Combyn helmet for park and pipe riding where repeated impacts are the price of progression,” said Giro Sr. Vice President Greg Shapleigh. “With our unrivaled research and development capabilities, Giro is uniquely positioned to match snow sports’ rapid progression with equally advanced protection while maintaining the style that shows our core mission as a sport design company. Giro introduced lightweight, in-mold helmets to the snow category back in 1999; now we are pushing helmet design forward again.”
The Combyn employs a patent pending, impact absorbing liner made with Vinyl Nitrile (VN) foam. The liner features two distinct layers of foam that allow the helmet to manage both high and low energy impacts across a wide range of temperatures. Unlike traditional expanded polystyrene (EPS) or expanded polypropylene (EPP) helmet liners, the VN material is soft and flexible. When matched with a proprietary shell material, originally developed for football and hockey helmets, the result is a helmet that delivers a comfortable and flexible fit with unmatched durability.