A leader in France since 2001, EKOI is coming to the USA.
EKOI has become synonymous with winning in the professional and amateur cycling ranks. Their strategy for the past 20 years was to make quality cycling equipment with an emphasis on reduced price and increased accessibility. This year’s Tour de France saw 4 teams wearing EKOI products.
The Tour has always been a stage for revealing the newest cycling gear and this year EKOI unveiled its latest helmet, the Gara. It will become available soon and I have plans to review it for DOWNTOWN.
The latest addition to their helmet inventory is the AERO14. This helmet was the preferred helmet worn by professional teams Arkea Samsic, Cofidis, Lotto Soudal, and Qhubeka Assos in this year’s Tour de France. It has also been spotted in numerous other professional and amateur races. It is currently on display by four teams in the Vuelta a España. Considered an aero helmet, the AR14 has ten vents and comes in three sizes.
Like its predecessor the AR13, it was designed and tested in a wind tunnel. It is as light, more aero, protective, and ergonomic than its ancestor. Originally used exclusively by sprinters, aero helmets have become increasingly popular in the pro peloton due to their lightweight, style, and comfort.
I was fortunate to recently obtain the AR14 model from EKOI. My experience as a road cyclist spans more than three decades and I have worn many helmets during that time. Most have been the standard vented road helmet.
This was my first experience wearing an aero model. As a resident of central Florida, where heat and humidity are always present, I was more than skeptical. I have been wearing this helmet solely throughout the blistering hot summer months and it has more than delivered.
The cool max foam padding coupled with its dial fit system and adjustable up/down fit to allow it to be remarkably comfortable. The ventilation, clearly my biggest concern, has been exceptional. Its 10 airflow vents have allowed my head to remain cool. That is the ultimate test for any helmet in the sweltering heat of a Florida summer.
All in all, I cannot find anything negative with Ekoi’s latest addition. From its stylish looks to the magnetic closing buckle, this helmet checks all of the boxes. I now understand why many professional riders have adopted the use of aero helmets for everyday riding.
The Ekoi Aero14 injects both style and function to this latest trend in cycling helmets.
For additional information on the AR14 and other EKOI products, visit https://racing.ekoi.com/en-us/
John “Cap” Capobianco M.Ed.