Last season the innovative 509 Altitude snow helmet took the moto and SxS industries by storm. Described as a sleek yet aggressive helmet, it is packed with industry-leading features. Despite the rave reviews and success of this helmet, we went back to the drawing board and asked, “How can we improve?” The result….CARBON FIBER! You heard correctly. All-new for 2016 is the full Carbon Fiber Altitude snow helmet – the same fit and function you’ve come to expect, now crafted from one of the strongest materials on the planet. Strength aside, the Carbon Fiber Altitude is noticeably lighter than its thermoplastic counterpart. If you are looking for the very best snowmobile helmet, look no further than the All-new 2016 509 Carbon Fiber Altitude snow helmet.
What Is MIPS?
In a helmet with MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) the shell and liner are separated by a low friction layer. When a helmet with a MIPS Brain Protection System is subjected to an angled impact, the low friction layer allows the helmet to slide relative to the head. The MIPS BPS is designed to add protection in helmets against the rotational motion. The rotational motion isa combination of rotational energy (angular velocity) and rotational forces (from angular acceleration) that both affects the brain and increases the risk for minor and severe brain injuries. MIPS BPS has been proven to reduce rotational motion when implemented in a helmet by absorbing and redirecting rotational energies and forces transferred to the brain.
A helmet with the MIPS Brain Protection System offers better protection against rotational motion than one without MIPS. Since 1996 research and tests have been performed to compare a helmet with the MIPS Brain Protection System to a conventional helmet. The results showed that it was possible to redirect and reduce the rotational motion transmitted to the brain by adding the MIPS Brain Protection System.
The Great Misconception
Accident statistics show that many injuries occur due to angled impact to the head. However, in standard tests, the helmet is dropped vertically onto a flat surface. The results are helpful for measuring precise vertical impacts, but inferior for measuring the more realistic scenario of an angled impact. MIPS has been developed for reality and increases protection against angled impacts.
The Altitude snow helmet meets or exceeds DOT and ECE 2205 safety certification standards. It features an innovative dual density, interlocking EPS foam liner that provides top crash protection in the event of an accident. The front chin area of the helmet is protected by a specially designed expanded polyurethane chin insert that provides front impact protection. The outer shell is made of specially designed carbon fiber for maximum shell strength with minimal weight.
In addition to its safety accolades, performance was a key focus during the development process. Innovative aerodynamic channels run across the entire contour of the helmet. These channels are integrated directly into the shell and direct adequate air flow into the specially designed vent scoops. The Altitude snow helmet features 6 integrated vent scoops that provide necessary ventilation to keep you comfortable when riding. Overall, the Altitude features 8 intake/exhaust vent ports. The unique aerodynamic visor features a locking-top center mount that holds the visor in place and prevents unwanted visor movement.
Fidlock® Magnetic Clasp
Additionally the Altitude features the all-new Fidlock magnetic buckle system. This patented technology used a magnetic mechanical fastener for simple securing of the helmet strap. The buckle and snap are magnetically attracted, creating a high locking force that is much easier to use that a traditional “D-ring” strap. The Fidlock buckle passes both DOT and ECE standards with its metal to metal connection points when secured.
The Altitude helmet was designed with two key fit metrics in mind: Rider fit and Goggle fit. First, we created a custom interior EPS matched with a premium removable liner. The Carbon Fiber Altitude helmet with MIPS is available in 6 sizes from XS to 2XL. These 8 sizes are carefully designed across 4 outer shell molds - our competitors only use 2. This provides a precision fit, while minimizing overall helmet circumference. The neck brace ready, contoured shell base provides a comfortable, yet snug feel when putting the helmet on. When the helmet is fully in place it provides an unmatched comfort fit that prevents unwanted helmet movement. The eyeport of the Altitude snow helmet was carefully crafted to fit our 509 Sinister MX-5 and Dirt Pro goggles perfectly, further improving our world famous “509 helmet and goggle combo” fit.