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Kali Releases DH Invader Full Face Helmet

Oct 2, 2023 at 14:07
by Kali Protectives  
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PRESS RELEASE: Kali Protectives

Kali Protectives is excited to add a new premier downhill helmet to their highly successful and well-received Invader lineup of enduro and dowhnill helmets.

The DH Invader features Rheon to handle rotational and non-linear impacts, as well as Composite Fusion to bring you a DH-certified helmet to the Invader family.

Kali Protectives a world leader in helmet technology is excited to add a new premier downhill helmet to their highly successful and well received Invader line. The DH Invader uses RHEON to handle rotational and non-linear impacts as well as COMPOSITE FUSION to bring you a DH certified helmet to the class leading Invader family.

The brand new DH Invader takes this proven category leader to a new level with added protection making an already great helmet perfect for riding between the tape, double black diamond runs and anywhere else you’re dreaming of going big. 

Kali Protectives a world leader in helmet technology is excited to add a new premier downhill helmet to their highly successful and well received Invader line. The DH Invader uses RHEON to handle rotational and non-linear impacts as well as COMPOSITE FUSION to bring you a DH certified helmet to the class leading Invader family.

The DH Invader is built using unibody construction and features a monocoque chin bar and comes with our exclusive Frequency Fit System, a Fidlock magnetic buckle for easy in and out, anti-microbial pads, an adjustable, moto-style visor and an accessory mounting system for your camera or light.

Kali Protectives a world leader in helmet technology is excited to add a new premier downhill helmet to their highly successful and well received Invader line. The DH Invader uses RHEON to handle rotational and non-linear impacts as well as COMPOSITE FUSION to bring you a DH certified helmet to the class leading Invader family.

As with all Kali Protectives helmets, the DH Invader comes with our industry leading Lifetime Crash Replacement (LCR) Policy. You crash it, we replace it. The DH Invader is available immediately on our website and at all great independent bicycle shops. 

Kali Protectives a world leader in helmet technology is excited to add a new premier downhill helmet to their highly successful and well received Invader line. The DH Invader uses RHEON to handle rotational and non-linear impacts as well as COMPOSITE FUSION to bring you a DH certified helmet to the class leading Invader family.

The new Kali Protectives DH Invader in Glitch Navy
The new Kali Protectives DH Invader in Glitch White and Red

MSRP: $260.00

Sizes:
XS-M (54-58 CM)
L-XXL (58-63 CM)

Colors:
Solid Matte Black
Limited Edition - Glitch Matte Navy/Cyan
Limited Edition - Glitch Matte Black/White/Red

Certification: CPSC, ASTM 1952

About Kali Protectives: Since 2008, our goal has been to create the safest helmets on the market, so you have peace of mind while out on your favorite roads, trails, and jumps. We strive to keep pushing the envelope with the best designs and materials and to implement useful protection into all of our helmets regardless of their intended use or price-point.

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51 Comments
  • 51 3
 When you know your helmet is gonna get roasted in the comments so you turn the brightness on the cover photo down to 0
  • 3 0
 Kali won’t dare release their upcoming NFL-style practice helmet covers on Pinkbike...
images.app.goo.gl/rZGkxUqaB4f3UR4w8
  • 6 1
 Kali makes helmets for people who ride Guerilla Gravity bikes.
  • 50 5
 Kali made reducing concussion risk a core priority back when most brands were still just focused on cool colors. (Some still are.) To me, that counts for something.
  • 14 2
 Love what Brad is trying to do with the technology but the marketing and graphics need serious work. I wish other brands would licence the tech so he can focus on development.
  • 7 0
 This X1000 My wife rides in a Kali Invader and loves it. And I feel so much better knowing I put her into one of the safest options around. I'm gonna look real hard at getting one of these for myself.
  • 9 0
 @G-Sport: nah, I actually like the look of their helmets. Maybe it's just me!
  • 3 0
 And they also have their lifetime crash replacement policy, which has been in effect for years. "And most brands" allegedly just went with MIPS, as they didn't have to change the shells of their helmets for it to installed, once they had paid for the licensing.
  • 4 0
 Can we talk about the fact that in the VA tech helmet ratings, the top Kali helmet occupies rank 167? I'm coming from a place of genuine curiosity. Is Kali's take that the ratings system doesn't reflect concussion risk, that it's a good system and they're improving, or ..... ????

www.helmet.beam.vt.edu/bicycle-helmet-ratings.html!
  • 6 0
 @Mtmw: Go have a listen to one of the many podcasts with Brad as the guest - Downtime, Worldwide Cyclery, Bike Rumor, etc. He basically says the VT ratings are very highly skewed towards rotational impacts, so helmets that focus on giving a slip plane score well there. The head models assume no natural "slip" (from hair, skin, etc), so all of the protection comes from the helmet. Kali has helmets tested at labs all across the world with differing techniques to best understand the overall performance of their helmets. There's no "best" way to test, so focusing on only one test can be missing the point.
  • 3 0
 @Mtmw: I think it is great that Virginia Tech do these tests, and I think they have contributed a lot to highlighting the dangers of rotational forces (which the brain really struggles with). However, their test methodology is VERY biassed towards this.
vtechworks.lib.vt.edu/bitstream/handle/10919/83760/Bicycle%20STAR%20Methodology.pdf?sequence=1&isAllowed=y
80 grit sandpaper against the materials most helmets are made of is (in my opinion) waay grippier than most real riding surfaces. Kali put a lot of emphasis on direct impact dissipation which is arguably more common for us as MTBers.
  • 5 0
 @microwaveric: Thanks for bringing this up .... labs are going to have biases, not towards brands but towards a type of testing. Labs are creating a near perfect testing environment in order to get consistent results that they are happy with. Perfect crashes simply don’t exist. I firmly believe in using multiple labs to get a well-rounded picture along with incorporating real world data. There are so many variables in a crash that aren’t factored into these methods. Personally, we have taken 5 star rated helmets to other labs and each one came back with different data. Does this mean I think V-tech is not relevant? Absolutely not, just different data points. I study them all. We have been studying the VT test methodology, frankly we have not been able to duplicate their results, I for sure want to understand why. I look forward to publishing our data, testing methods and our own biases.
  • 1 0
 @microwaveric: Today I learned. Was only asking the question from a place of curiosity- and ended up learning the VT tests are very biased towards head rotation.

80 grit sandpaper seems really odd choice considering every crash I've ever had has been my soaking wet hair locked inside a soaked helmet's grip band.
  • 12 2
 makes your forehead 2 x bigger
  • 11 0
 That’s not a forehead, that’s a fivehead.
  • 9 0
 It has prototype graphics that make it harder to take pictures of it.
  • 7 1
 Does the visor tilt any lower than pictured?
  • 3 0
 yes it does...
  • 7 2
 you want to make sure nobody sees your face in that thing?
  • 2 0
 @KaliProtectives Why can't I buy a Cascade helmet in NZ? I need a new helmet, I'd like to get a Cascade, but I can't Frown
You need more of a presence here! Tell you what: send me a helmet and I'll wear it around and get your name out there amongst the NZ public, win win.
  • 2 0
 I like my OG Invader well enough I'm really interested in getting one of these for my next park day lid. I don't need to look good, just want a helmet I can forget I'm wearing.
  • 1 0
 I LOVE my Kali Maya (Half shell) and my Kali Alpine (FullFace) but I couldn't get along with the Invader sizing unfortunately.
I wear the Alpine a lot and it's really comfortable but it's a traditional DH helmet with little to no ventilation. If we could just get an Alpine style helmet with a little more ventilation I'd be stoked!
  • 4 0
 Can't find any information about the weight?
  • 1 1
 I just can't get a good fit on my Kali Invader. I tried the small and the thinnest cheek pads were just too tight, sent it back (shipping was $$ for something so light...) and after some consultation with Kali, got the only other size and it is too big. I crank it as tight as it goes but the Invader still slides down my forehead and the tightness messes with my sunglass temples. I had to slip a Sweatbuster band under the forehead liner to get any semblance of a comfortable and effective fit. I truly must be in between sizes with a 58.5 so I sure wished they made a middle size instead of only two sizes. I really, really wanted to love the helmet (heck, I'd go for a strong "like"). especially for summer riding in the US SE but I feel like I wasted my money and should not have tried ordering online. Now that Fall is here I can return to my TLD Stage, which fits rather nicely. But, I am still heartbroken over the Kali.....
  • 1 0
 I had the same experience, but also the quality was notably lower than any of the other helmets I've owned from smith, fox, giro, or Leatt.
  • 6 3
 MTB helmets keep getting uglier.
  • 3 0
 It does come in solid black.
  • 2 0
 yes it does
  • 4 0
 Long Hair Approved ;-)
  • 4 2
 That's a wide range per size at 4cm. Not sure I like that. The leatt gravity ive just ordered is 1cm per size.
  • 5 0
 If it's anything like my original Invader, the fit should be highly customizable with a bunch of different thickness pads included. It's very comfortable for me, but I can see how it could be annoying to be at the bottom end of a size range.
  • 3 0
 Just me that thinks it looks quite cool then?
  • 3 3
 I knew this helmet was coming, but given the “Downhill” part of its name I’m surprised it has a Fidlock and not a d-rings?
  • 12 3
 Do you have reason to believe the Fidlock is not strong enough? Reliable enough?
My personal thinking is that it makes it so much easier to buckle there is never the temptation to ignore it for even the tiniest run.
  • 1 2
 @BarryWalstead: doesn’t the UCI require d rings for dh helmets?
  • 1 0
 @ChiefSilverback: They have a prototype dh helmet that they give to pros that has D rings, it is an actual full face not a light weight one. Every time I ask when it will come out they say soon but they have been saying that for the last 3 years. Nicholi Rogatkin rides it.
  • 5 8
 No way I’d trust a fidock over simple and robust D-rings for rides that warrant a full face helmet. If there’s a chin bar, then D-ring.
  • 1 2
 @BarryWalstead: You need to start watching FortNine.... everybody does, whether they are into motorcycles or not. fortnine.ca/en/why-motorcycle-helmets-use-this-ancient-buckle-video
  • 1 0
 Next step, a helmet with soduku or crosswords grids to kill the time while you're on the lifts.
  • 2 0
 Is it Virginia Tech certified?
  • 1 0
 That vids aspect ratio ruined it for me.
  • 2 0
 How much does it weigh??
  • 1 0
 Nicholi will have that peak off in no time!
  • 1 0
 What up wit dem colors though?
  • 2 2
 My ear hole already hurts just looking at this.
  • 2 2
 I want off this mtb marketing train.
  • 1 1
 Beldar approved.
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