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Limited run of 333 helmets marks next week's race in UAE

Helmet manufacturer Kask has launched a new design of its Protone race helmet for the Dubai Tour.

The company, which is a sponsor of the Dubai race, has developed the artwork for the limited edition of its Protone helmet in collaboration with the race organisers and we have been given exclusive shots of the new design.

A limited run of 333 have been created. Why 333? Apparently, the Crown Prince of Dubai’s favourite number is 3. It is understood he will been awarded helmet 003 at the opening ceremony at the start of the race.

We first saw the £195 Protone worn by Team Sky riders at the 2014 Tour de France and it will be available to buy from February.

We gave it a very positive review earlier this month. We were particularly impressed by the coolness and level of comfort it provides, especially considering that it’s a helmet designed largely with aerodynamics in mind.

Kask say that the helmet was designed using computational fluid dynamics to improve both aerodynamics and thermodynamics. The Italian manufacturer boasts that the helmet has one of the lowest drag coefficients of any ventilated helmet and one of the best thermodynamic performances too, although it hasn’t released its data for this.

You can stow your glasses securely in the helmet’s vents when you’re not wearing them. Kask say that this does not increase the drag.

High profile riders like Vincenzo Nibali (Astana), Mark Cavendish (Etixx-Quick Step) and Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing) are expected to compete in the Dubai Tour which includes 10 WorldTeams and runs from Wednesday 4 February until Saturday 7 February.

Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over 20+ years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for eight years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.