Interbike 2016 – Bolle The One Helmet

by Brian Mullin on September 29, 2015

Bolle The One Helmet

Bollé is primarily known as a sunglasses company making high quality and performance oriented optical wear. For the upcoming 2016 season, Bollé is announcing their first ever cycling helmet lineup using their many years of expertise from making snow sports helmets. The initial models will consist of The One, an innovative high-performance helmet for roadies and mountain bikers and the Messenger, a functional helmet for urban riders. They also have two new sunglasses, the frameless 5th Element, and the mountain bike specific B-Rock.

The One Helmet

The One gets its name because it’s several helmets in one, and the fully featured helmet offers a lot of options and is highly customizable. The One helmet has 31 vents and comes with a slew of innovative features. Those include a sunglasses garage, a removable visor, an integrated LED light and plug, detachable airfoils, interchangeable all season liners and an emergency QR code. The One and Messenger both meet or exceed the European and US CPSC safety standards for bicycle helmets. The One weighs 280 grams with its summer liner and the blinky attached.

Bolle The One Helmet - Premium

The helmets use an EPS liner and a polycarbonate shell, and for proper fitting, they utilize their Click-to-Fit retention system along with two vertical adjustments. The One comes in a Road version in either Standard or Premium trims and a Mountain bike colorway in only the standard trim. The Premium trim includes the two-piece aeroshell though you can purchase the aeroshell for an additional $40 if desired since it fits any version. The One and Messenger helmets will be available in several color combinations and two sizes, small/medium and medium/large. The One will range in price from $129.99 (Standard) to $169.99 (Premium) and The Messenger at $99.99 to $119.99, and they’ll be available in early 2016.

Bolle The One Helmet - liner

All Season Liners

The helmet includes two different liners, a normal padding system for warm weather and another fleece skull cap with ear protection for cooler conditions. The washable fleece winter liner should mean you won’t need an additional skull cap or winter hat during those cold rides. It uses a convenient hook-and-loop retention system for quick and easy liner swap outs, yet it still keeps the liner securely in place.

Bolle The One Helmet - LED

LED

The rear-facing integrated lighting system (i.e. – the Blinky) is positioned just above the neckline for maximum visibility. The LED has three settings, off or operating in either a continuous or flashing mode to enhance visibility and safety. The LED is removable and can be replaced by a plug when the unit isn’t required. The LED will be a great item for any commuter and will even be useful for the mountain bike night riders, so other trail users are aware of your presence, including your group buddies. It uses a coin cell battery for power and is supposed have a 40-hour life.

Bolle The One Helmet - Sunglasses Garage

Sunglasses Garage

The helmet has a location just above the brow that is designed specifically to hold a pair of sunglasses. This garage or perch is easy to use,  even with gloved fingers and the sunglasses temples just pop into a set of the lower front vents, offering a secure and stable purchase. Depending on the style of your sunglasses they might fit either right side up or upside down.

Bolle The One Helmet - specs

Removable Visor

The helmet has a removable visor that makes it perfect for on and off-road adventures and rides. Mountain bikers love visors while roadies despise them, so the removable features make it cross functionally for all users purposes and desires.

Safety QR Code

The helmets include a safety QR Code, so if an accident occurs, a first responder can use a smartphone to read the QR codes to get emergency contact information or medical data through the use of-of a sixty-second recorded voice message.

Removable Aero Shells

This particular option is available only on the upscale and road oriented The One Premium model. The removable aeroshells allow you to adjust helmet ventilation and aerodynamics.  The two-piece shell system easily snaps on and off, allowing one to alter the ventilation characteristics of the helmets 31 vents, and you can completely or partially cover the inlets. This system will also be advantageous for winter rides and triathlon and TT racers.

Click-To-Fit System

Their Click-to-Fit retention system can easily be used even with gloved fingers and its micro-adjustable offers great fitting, comfort, and ensures a secure and stable fit.

Boole 5th Element Sunglasses

5th Element Sunglasses

The new frameless 5th Element sunglasses use the superb glass like B-Clear lens made with the Trivex material, which is lighter and more impact resistant than polycarbonate. They remind me of their 6th Sense sunglasses, but without the brow section and slightly larger side shield. The lenses have a Hydrophobic and Oleophobic treatment and an anti-fog inner coating for the utmost in foul weather and overheating protection. The 5th Element uses their B-Max technology that offers an immense and spacious field of view, and they have the B-Flow frame venting system to prevent moisture build up. The sunglasses can come with Photochromic lenses and are interchangeable. They have their B-shape temples, Thermogrip brow and cheek pads, a sticky adjustable nose piece and bendable wire core temples for a secure and comfortable fit. The 5th Element comes in two versions, the 5th Element, and the 5th Element Pro, the latter has side shields, additional colorways and lenses tints.

I am looking forward to trying the 5th Element out, as I am a huge fan of their superb Trivex based B-Clear lens and the spacious and frameless lens design. The 5th Element will retail from $180-$200 and will be available in January.

Bolle B-Rock Sunglasses

B-Rock Sunglasses

The new mountain bike specific B-Rock sunglasses use the superb glass like B-Clear lens made with the Trivex material, which is lighter and more impact resistant than polycarbonate. The lenses have a Hydrophobic and Oleophobic treatment and an anti-fog inner coating for the utmost in  foul weather and overheating protection. The B-Rocks come with their B-Max technology that offers an immense and spacious field of view, and they have the B-Flow frame venting system to prevent moisture build up.  They have their B-shape temples, Thermogrip brow and cheek pads, a sticky adjustable nose piece and bendable wire core temples for a secure and comfortable fit.

The B-Rock will retail from $190-$200 and will be available in January.

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