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Aeon Helmet

In the battle for the lightest high end road helmet on the market Giro was coming in 2nd or 3rd. At the time Giro Marketing simply told me I had a year to figure out how to get back in the race. The challenge was to make helmets using lighter materials and better geometries. With Greg Marting on ID, we presented the "Inner Cage", which is a partially encapsulated PC shell. This structure carries all the filaments which hold the helmet together. But it was too simple. As production got closer the Giro team was worried that there was no new tech story to accompany the new model. I am talking about dual density foam or Kevlar lined reinforcements, that sort of thing. The helmet sold well, and I like to think the main reason was that the buried PC shell created a graphical contrast against the outer shell which was previously not seen before. It just looks good. The 225 gram weight did not hurt either. But I believe most people are looking for a clean and artfully done helmet to wear.

Gregg Jacobsen
Sr. Mechanical Design Engineer Santa Cruz, CA