Published on July 9th, 2014 | by Greg0
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.