Published on February 15th, 2015 | by Greg0
Conquer Winter With Ruroc’s RG1-X Shadow
One of the best parts of the snow season is the chance to test out- and check out- new skiing and snowboarding gear. On the slopes, it’s pretty amazing what companies are doing with plastics these days, as everything becomes lighter yet stronger, and new fabrics and designs improve everything from durability to airflow. Off the slopes, there’s nothing more more satisfying than having everyone ask where you got your mask, helmet, goggles. Even if you don’t really know anything about bindings and have never even thought of waxing your skiis, you can still appreciate- and should consider getting- good safety gear. Like warm layered clothing, it’s the soft of stuff that even novice winter sportsmen and women can appreciate.
Ruroc’s RG1-X Shadow might be overkill if you’re just planning on sticking to the green circles in temperate climates but it’ll come in handy no matter what your level. This helmet is actually a trio- it part goggles, part detachable facemask- and it provides the best protection we’ve seen against not only fierce winds but also your own errors. Exposed skin is asking for trouble on the slopes, but most helmets and masks require you to find a balaclava or another way to cover your lower face, or face the certainty of spending the day with your lips chapped and your chin raw. Scarves just don’t cut it!
Plus, you’ll look like the toughest, roughest, readiest guy or gal around. Ruroc isn’t a brand that everyone knows, and you’re unlikely to find a bunch of other folks showing off this company’s items just yet. Based in the UK, the focus is on European craftsmanship, and at least one fact was very reassuring: their “patented helmet has even been modified specifically for F1 pit crew use, used by the likes of McLaren, Red Bull and more”. The HG-1 googles are pretty amazing on their own, to the point that we never really even considered using our own- Italian made, they have dual-pane lenses and full-field 180° field vision. Included are two sets of lenses, chrome and matched iridescent lenses, and probably the best feature of the entire package is the fog-proofing, paths that channel air and provide ventilation to prevent losing sight of the sites. Plus, they’re comfortable to boot.
The helmet itself offers full-coverage, feeling more like a motorcycle helmet than some other snow helmets that we’ve seen, with enough space for earbuds if you need some tunes. The AeroFlow system of unique vents on the helmet itself keep our head from getting too sweaty. The fit isn’t too adjustable, but there are two sizes available (small or medium/large). Without the face mask, it is a little bit awkward-looking- but it snaps on easily, and feels well-balanced and solid with it attached- plus it definitely helps protect against any faceplants. Disconnecting and detaching isn’t quite so simple, especially with gloves on though. The Ruroc RG1-X is aesthetically and technologically impressive, and available now for around $300.