The Tracer is the newest adult helmet from Nutcase Inc., the Portland-based brand known for colorful helmets designed for the urban cycling revolution.
A lightweight, in-mold helmet that provides full-coverage, the Tracer offers innovative features as well as high-energy colors and reflectivity that make this helmet visible even at high speeds and at night.
Channel venting allows air to flow when riders need it and the CoolControlTM on-the-fly vent closure mechanism blocks the air on chilly mornings or rainy days when they do not. Meghan Sinnott, brand manager for Nutcase, says this feature is “the most universally appreciated thing about this helmet.” They’ve gotten great feedback from commuters who like to wear it because their commute is chilly in the morning but warms up in the evening. “With this helmet, they don’t have to bring a cycling cap to keep warm.”
The removable cloth visor shields riders’ eyes from sun and rain, while the adjustable retention system, multiple pad sets (3mm, 6mm, 9mm), and magnetic buckle all provide a customized fit.
“It’s going to be my next helmet because it fits better than any Nutcase helmet has ever fit me!” says Sinnott. “It’s not as round as our Street helmet and not as narrow as our Metroride. It’s also incredibly light.”
The collection comes in six colorways: Aurora Green, Eclipse Black, Glacier Blue, Ember Red, Spark Yellow, and Shadow Grey.
For the last several years, Nutcase Helmets has run its Unframed contest, which invites designers to submit artwork for the chance to win $500, see their design produced and be invited to create artwork live at various bicycle industry events. Those art pieces are then auctioned off to support the non-profit World Bicycle Relief.
The 2016 submissions are now online. Check out 203 designs from all over the world and vote for your favorites before Monday, December 14, when the finalists will be announced.
We visited the Portland-based Nutcase Helmets a month ago, and only recently recovered from our color-induced hangover after seeing all the new styles (these folks obviously used all their Crayola crayons as kids), we happily stumbled upon their new Moto line of skull protection for the throttle-twisting crowd at Interbike. Half our staff ride motorcycles regularly, and these $150 gems add a bit of pizzazz.
Not only do they look cool, the injection-molded ABS Shell has an expanded polystyrene (EPS) protective inner foam for high impact protection. A quick-release chin strap buckle keeps it safely snug, and two intake vents keep things cool. The pivoting anti-scratch/UV protective shield comes in two sizes (Shorty and Tall) and three colors (Amber, Clear and Smoke) for $35. Additional removable ear pads can also be purchased for $15.
The Nutcase Moto line is Department of Transportation (DOT) and Economic Commission for Europe (ECE) certified. Eight designs are available in four sizes: Small (55-56cm), Medium (57-58cm), Large (59-60cm) and XL (61cm).
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