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Yep, you read that right… Oakley now have a range of road cycling helmets, with a unique BOA system inside for maximum comfort when paired with eyewear

The eyewear giants have expanded their cycling presence by unveiling The ARO 3 road and ARO 5 aero road helmets, plus the ARO 7 time trial lid.

As Oakley’s Global Product Marketing Manager Hans Arnesen explains in the video, Oakley have used Computational Fluid Dynamics and wind tunnel testing to arrive at the fastest shape and size for the ARO 5 and 7, and also dynamic thermoregulation tests to determine the most strategic place to vent the climbing-orentated ARO 3. All helmets will include the MIPS brain protection system inside. 

Oakley claim venting at the side and the back creates a vortex for the air to be pushed out the back to make you faster, which is why prominent venting still appears on the aero road and TT helmets. The BOA system used on the two road helmets is unique to Oakley, and instead of a cradle that fits all the way around your head there is a subtle lace either side, which not only adds to the comfort but also makes it far easier to fit your eyewear under your helmet (we tried it with some Oakley shades, it certainly works a treat). Vents on the front of the ARO 3 and 5 are also designed to hold your shades easier when the sun goes in. 

Oakley ARO 5

Oakley ARO 5

 

Despite keeping the launch completely quiet until today, Oakley have been busy behind the scenes with Team Dimension Data already signed up to wear the helmets in 2018. US prices will be $180 for the ARO 3, $250 for the ARO 5 and $500 for the ARO 7. They're expected to go on sale in February 2018. 

 

After cobbling together a few hundred quid during his student days off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story), Jack bought his first road bike at the age of 20 and has been hooked ever since.  He joined road.cc in 2017, having previously worked for 220 Triathlon magazine. Jack's preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking (the latter being another long story), and on Sunday afternoons he can often be found on an M5 service station indulging in his favourite post-race meal of 20 chicken nuggets, a sausage roll, caramel shortbread and a large strawberry milkshake. 

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peted76 [826 posts] 4 months ago
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Want!

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Ryder [7 posts] 4 months ago
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Yes please!

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ConcordeCX [560 posts] 4 months ago
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"venting at the side and the back creates a vortex for the air to be pushed out the back to make you faster," and if you're wearing hair curlers (without a snood) the venturi effect amplifies the vortex to create a near-supersonic jet, with your head travelling at more fifty times the speed of your feet.

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Leviathan [2903 posts] 4 months ago
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Chris told me I couldn't wear an Aro helmet.

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check12 [168 posts] 4 months ago
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I'll wait for an eBay copy thanks. 

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cyclisto [346 posts] 4 months ago
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ConcordeCX wrote:

"venting at the side and the back creates a vortex for the air to be pushed out the back to make you faster," and if you're wearing hair curlers (without a snood) the venturi effect amplifies the vortex to create a near-supersonic jet, with your head travelling at more fifty times the speed of your feet.

I wish I could have similar results with the 5$ dollar helmets that are sold by vending machines in Australia. But how could that possibly happen, these cheap helmets are just made from foam and plastic while these babies here are made from genuine exotic materials.