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Published on July 9th, 2014 | by Greg


Kali Protectives Maraka Road: Ride Like The Wind

If you’re a competitive cyclist for whom aerodynamics and weight are everything, chances are you have a special helmet for racing. But city streets are very different from a velodrome, and if you’re serious about your gear, then you should have a road/BMX helmet that is up to the task. Today’s piece of cycling noggin protection is one of the highest-end road helmet that we’ve seen, the sort of headcase that will make other riders eyes pop open and stop to ask if you’re a professional.

It’s the Kali Protectives Maraka Road, and it brings pro-level features into a durable, extra-ventilated body built for the wider world. Most companies like to brag about their technology and materials, and Kali is no different- but this one uses not only standard polycarbonates but carbon as well. There are 25 vents- we counted- including five with their touted “Supervent” technology, which you can see around primary vents, helping to reinforce them in case of an impact. Weighing in at under 300 grams (282 in the small size as tested), it’s quite light, but feels really solid on the head, easy to secure and nicely snug without needing much adjustment. An absorbent polymer helps with wicking away moisture, and also serves as a way to dissipate and redirect energy in the case of a hit, and three different densities of foam work together as well.

What struck us most, though, was the sharp overall look- a sort of aggressive, jet-fighter-inspired design that’s far more angular than many other helmets. We’ve seen smart bike helmets now, and plenty of other high-tech biking gear, and the Maraka joins them proudly. It offers more ventilation than almost any other helmet we’ve tried, and a dual-closure system that kept the helmet in place even on bumpy surfaces and potholed streets. It’s pretty masculine, unapologetically, and can be found in four color combinations, including yellow/black, blue/white, black/white, and black/blue versions, plus three sizes (which felt true-to-fit).

Available online and in stores for around $189, it’s not the helmet for your average around-the-town commuter. But if you like the feeling of wind running through your hair, but want the safety that comes with a fully-certified, truly hardcore helmet, Kali Protectives has you covered.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Appleā€™s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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