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Kask unveils Utopia, “fastest ever road helmet” + video

New lid debuted with Team Sky at Tour Down Under

Kask has unveiled the Utopia which it claims to be the “fastest ever road helmet”, developed with Team Sky and ridden for the first time in the Santos Tour Down Under.

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Kask says that it tested 10 of the best road aero helmets on the market in the wind tunnel (it doesn’t list those helmets) and created a 3D scan for a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. The helmets were tested at various speeds and yaw angles to reflect different conditions. 

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Kask says that the Utopia resulted in a saving of up to 6 watts when riding at 50km/h (31mph) compared to the best competitor helmet – you wouldn’t expect any brand to publish data where its products didn’t come out on top, would you?
 
Utopia uses 5mm-thick padding made from a material called Resistex which is said to be fast wicking and quick drying. The yarn uses a continuous filament of conductive material based on active carbon. It is said to help regulate heat as well as being bacteriostatic and antistatic.

The Utopia has a claimed weight of 235g (size medium), which is light for an aero helmet.

The Utopia will be available later in the year although no price has yet been released.

Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, 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 winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.

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