Troy Lee Designs A2 MIPS Helmet
Back in 2013 Troy Lee Designs broke into the trail helmet market with the A1, a helmet that has been repeatedly held up as great lid with superb coverage, but occasionally criticized for being a bit warm. More recently MIPS technology was added, as well as the never ending classy colourways you’d expect from TLD.
For 2017, Troy Lee have revamped the lid from the chin-strap up, improving venting, updating the EPS liner, and tweaking the strapping to create the A2, basically creating a whole new helmet.
Straight out of the box, you notice just how light this helmet is. At 350g it’s wonderfully light on your head. This, combined with the super comfortable padding makes for a really pleasant helmet to wear for hours and hours on end. In the box you get a whole load of slim pads to tweak the fit, and the slender plastic cradle with a one handed dial make perfect fitting easy.
In a bizarre twist it has been hot and dusty in Wales, and the A2 is definitely well vented. Sweat management seems to be working well, I’ve had less foul face water pouring across my chops than I have had on similarly hot rides which can only be a good thing.
The MIPS system has been ever growing in profile as has the scientific research and evidence mounting in support of them. It’s a slim plastic layer that takes some of the rotational energy out of crashes by allowing the helmet to move slightly. We’ll spend more time looking at the research that has gone into this technology.
The A2 has solid styling, and is available in the usual plethora of colourways, with doubtless more in the pipeline. Look closely at mine and you’ll see a tiny glitter effect. For the World’s Fastest Racers. And Mid pack dribblers!
Photos – Rab Laws