Alpinestars made their first foray into mountain bike full-face helmets at Eurobike this week as they released the Missile Pro downhill lid. With input from Brook Macdonald and the Unior Devinci team on the World Cup circuit, and tech carried over from their long history in motocross, they have put a lot of thought into this and didn't want to release it until they felt it was fully ready.
There are two options available for this helmet that are identical except for the inclusion of MIPS in the more expensive version. The shell is a composite of carbon fiber and fibreglass and the main protection comes from EPS foam. There are 22 vents for cooling with a removable vent on the chin for greater airflow if it's needed. Other safety features include a patented visor release system that works with impacts from any direction, collar bone protection from raised and padded areas on the side of the helmet and a smooth shape that is designed to reduce load points and friction on impact. If the worst does happen, there's an ERS pad release system and an Eject inflatable bladder to allow medics to remove the helmet as quickly and easily as possible.
The MIPS version of the helmet costs €349.95 and weighs 1020 grams for a size medium while the standard version costs €299.95 and weighs 950 grams. Alpinestars accept that these aren't category-leading numbers but they wanted to prioritize safety over cost and weight with this helmet that's aimed squarely at racers.Paragon Lite Pads
Alpinestars are hoping to kill the pads-around-the-ankles trend with their new Paragon Lite pads that are so flexible a pair of them can be rolled into a small bag and packed away in your pocket. The idea is to stash them while you winch yourself up the hill then slip them on before you plummet, which should mean your legs are less sweaty over the course of a ride.
The pads are fairly light duty with just one D30-style pad for protection over the knee and elastic fitting at the top and the bottom. The pads are made with Polygeine, a bacterial resistant treatment, which should mean less odor on the trails and that you can wash them less frequently.
The pads are available in sizes XS to XL and cost €59.95 for the knee and €54.95 for the elbow protector.