Fresh for 2012 is the brand new Speed and Strength SS1500 Helmet. Built with several features that rival every comparably priced helmet out there and five different graphics to match a wide varieties of riders, the SS1500 is hard to ignore. Check out our Speed and Strength SS1500 Helmet Review:
The shell is composed of Advanced Thermo-Poly Alloy and exceeds the DOT and ECE 22-05 standards. It's going to be able to withstand some tough falls while keeping the rider safe and sound. Looking at the guts, you'll notice right off the bat that the SS1500 uses a ratchet system on the chin strap. This makes for easy removal by simply pulling on the red tab which releases the lock which you can do one handed while still wearing your riding gloves.
The inner cheek pads are composed of a Coolmax® moisture-wicking liner which helps pulls sweat away from the rider's face and feels good against the skin. They are completely removable and washable. If you're out on the road and you notice they're starting to get a little funky, simply stop at a gas station, run them under some water, and after a few quick minutes drying in the sun you'll be ready to go. A nice touch Speed and Strength added to the cheek pads is the "Pump-It" System that allows riders to easily pump in air to their cheek pads creating a snug, custom fit to contort to their needs by simply pressing a button on the inner front of the helmet. A release valve makes deflation a cinch.
The helmet interior is pretty basic but effective. There are two chimney vents to help flow air through and out the helmet using the Airstrike ventilation system. Another great aspect to this helmet though is the DVD (Drop Visor Design). There is a built in sun visor that comes down all the way across the rider's face to aid with sun glare during rides on sunny days. The visor has a fog free coating and is scratch proof. The chin guard also flows air up and across the visor adding extra fog resistance.
Well under the $200 price point, the Speed and Strength SS1500 helmet is hard to match. You're getting several great features and the ability to custom fit it to your face. The SS1500 has an intermediate oval head shape, comes in sizes XS to XL, and has five distinct designs, representing a little something for every sport rider out there. Check out all the great designs and color options each helmet presents!