Following on from the Sweet Protection clothing preview which you can view here, here’s a look at some of the highlights from the Norwegian brand’s range of helmets for winter 2015 / 2016.
Sweet are well-known for using carbon in the construction of their lids which tends to make them light (although not as light as some other constructions) but incredibly strong. They have several other high-end technologies employed in the construction of their helmets which really sets them apart, most notably MIPS technology.
MIPS stands for Multi Directional Impact System and is designed to reduce brain injuries. The idea is that a helmet equipped with MIPS will rotate slightly in relation to the head upon impact, thus absorbing some of the rotating energy that can cause serious injuries. Many Sweet helmets also use Impact Shield technology. Helmets with Impact Shields feature a molded shock absorbing EPS liner with Impact Shield inserts that provide great shock absorbance in the event of an accident.
The classic Sweet freeride helmet, the Trooper is a carbon fiber reinforced helmet that provides comfort and protection in a lightweight package. The thermoplastic laminated carbon fiber construction makes the Trooper very hard yet flexible enough to absorb energy upon impact. It is packed full of features including Impact Shields technology, EPS padding, multiple air vents, removable ear pads and a washable and removable lining. Also available in a MIPS version for extra protection against rotational forces.
Weight → 650g
A key model in the Sweet range, the Igniter combines Sweet technology and looks in a more affordable package. It has a rubber reinforced ABS Superlight shell and Impact Shields for light but strong performance along with multiple vents and a removable washable coolmax liner for comfort. Also available in a MIPS and a mountaineering specific version called the Alpiniste.
Weight → 500g
Top of the range freeride helmet featuring all of Sweet’s best helmet technologies. A Carbon Reinforced Polymer Shell, Impact Shields and MIPS technology provide protection, 26 ventilation holes and a coolmax liner proved comfort and easily adjustable OcciGrip system enables a good fit. 2 mounting brackets are included for fitting a GoPro or Contour POV cameras. The Grimnir is Terje Haakonsen’s pro model helmet.
Weight → 600g
New for winter 2015 / 2016, the Blaster is Sweet’s take on in-mold helmets that have become the industry norm. It’s very light, comfortable and well featured. The Blaster will also come in MIPS and junior versions.
Weight → 430g