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Claiming to be the first of its kind, retractable-lens helmet addresses changing light and fogging lenses


As I wandered blurry-eyed through the Interbike basement, trying to process all the visual stimuli I encountered, I reached out and picked up a Dux Helm helmet.

Wiggling a tab that runs along a slot in the top revealed a wide lens that slid down into place, like an aero helmet with integrated lenses.

Intrigued, I put it on; my initial skepticism slowly faded. Gone would be the behind-the-ears soreness that comes from a long day of wearing a helmet over your glasses; your lenses would never fog; water would never drip off your helmet and down your sunglasses.

No more need, either, to slip glasses earpieces-first into helmet vents (they can fall back out).

Dux Helm, based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, claims that theirs is the first helmet of its kind with a retractable lens system.

The helmet-glasses combo is infinitely interchangeable, and the lenses can be removed and traded for another tint, or swapped between helmets.

Aesthetically it’s a good looking lid, well-vented and well-padded.

Claimed weight for the Dux Helm is 285g. The lightweight Giro Atmos helmet is a bit more expensive when you factor in the price of the lens, but still in the same price range, and has a claimed weight of 275g without a lens or a retracting system.

The basic helmet package runs you $179 for the helmet and one smoke-colored lens. Helmets in the basic package come in silver, with color patterns in your choice of any one of the primary colors.

The deluxe package will set you back $199 and gets you the helmet plus one each of clear, amber and smoke lenses. These helmets are available in white, black, or silver carbon or in the multi-colored swirl patterns Dux Helm calls “Tornado” and “Tornado 2.”

Amber, clear and smoke lenses each run $25 individually. Blue and purple reflective lenses are $30 each.

Online sales have just launched on the Dux Helm website.

http://www.duxhelm.com/shop/