Oakley has, very quietly, released a new version of its ARO3 road helmet. The ARO3 Lite is claimed to be 5g lighter while still featuring the same fit and ‘optimised ventilation’ of the old model. The price for this Mips-equipped helmet is still a reasonable £99.
Within the world of cycling, it’s fair to say that Oakley is known best for its sunglasses. But the American eyewear brand has a decent range of cycling kit that includes clothing and helmets.
For the road market, Oakley has the ARO3 and the ARO5 helmets, the latter of which we have reviewed, finding it to offer good ventilation for an aero helmet.
While the ARO5 is designed to offer some aero savings, the ARO3 Lite is “engineered for those unforgiving climbs and blistering heat” and as such “is built with optimised ventilation to help keep you cool.”
The claimed weight saving of 5g probably isn't going to get weightweenies too excited, and Oakley doesn't specify where the saving has come from so we've asked for clarification on the figure.
We also liked the Boa retention system and that can also be found on the new ARO3 Lite. Oakley says that the “TX1 Lace lies flat against your head, allowing for seamless eyewear compatibility.”
In our review of the ARO5, we did have some issues with the retention system interfering with the arms of sunglasses so it will be interesting to see if the problem is shared on the ARO3 Lite.
Speaking of sunglasses, it’d be a bit strange for a sunglasses brand to not incorporate an eyewear dock for when you’re not wearing your shades. Oakley says that its eyewear dock allows you “to securely stow your shades and keep them handy for quick and easy access.”
The ARO3 Lite gets a MIPS system integrated into its design, allowing the helmet to twist on the head in the event of a crash. MIPS claims that this can reduce rotational forces acting on the brain, thus reducing brain injuries.
The helmet comes in small (52-56cm), medium (54-58cm) and large (56-60cm) sizes, is available now and costs £99.
Son of a Marathon runner, Nephew of a National 24hr Champion, the racing genetics have completely passed him by. After joining the road.cc staff in 2016 as a reviewer, Liam quickly started writing feature articles and news pieces. After a little time living in Canada, where he spent most of his time eating poutine, Liam returned with the launch of DealClincher, taking over the Editor role at the start of 2018. At the weekend, Liam can be found racing on the road both in the UK and abroad, though he prefers the muddy fields of cyclocross. To date, his biggest race win is to the front of the cafe queue.