As I wandered blurry-eyed through the Interbike basement, trying to process all the visual stimuli I encountered, I reached out and picked up a Dux Helm helmet.
Wiggling a tab that runs along a slot in the top revealed a wide lens that slid down into place, like an aero helmet with integrated lenses.
Intrigued, I put it on; my initial skepticism slowly faded. Gone would be the behind-the-ears soreness that comes from a long day of wearing a helmet over your glasses; your lenses would never fog; water would never drip off your helmet and down your sunglasses.
No more need, either, to slip glasses earpieces-first into helmet vents (they can fall back out).
Dux Helm, based out of Vancouver, British Columbia, claims that theirs is the first helmet of its kind with a retractable lens system.
The helmet-glasses combo is infinitely interchangeable, and the lenses can be removed and traded for another tint, or swapped between helmets.
Aesthetically it’s a good looking lid, well-vented and well-padded.
Claimed weight for the Dux Helm is 285g. The lightweight Giro Atmos helmet is a bit more expensive when you factor in the price of the lens, but still in the same price range, and has a claimed weight of 275g without a lens or a retracting system.
The basic helmet package runs you $179 for the helmet and one smoke-colored lens. Helmets in the basic package come in silver, with color patterns in your choice of any one of the primary colors.
The deluxe package will set you back $199 and gets you the helmet plus one each of clear, amber and smoke lenses. These helmets are available in white, black, or silver carbon or in the multi-colored swirl patterns Dux Helm calls “Tornado” and “Tornado 2.”
Amber, clear and smoke lenses each run $25 individually. Blue and purple reflective lenses are $30 each.
Online sales have just launched on the Dux Helm website.