The Bontrager Starvos WaveCel helmet is stylish and for road. In Trek’s helmet line, it offers the best balance of performance and price with Trek’s WaveCel technology. The Starvos, Rally, and Jet offer sizing for everyone and do so on a budget.
WaveCel deploys a retention system inside a helmet that prevents it from sliding around or popping off your head on impact. Kali Protective has a similar, but lesser known technology called Composite Fusion. Also see, Koroyd and MIPS.
If your current helmet doesn’t include a system to keep it on your head in a crash, it’s a good time to replace it. The study cited by Trek when they first launched Wavecel, indicates retention systems work significantly better than helmets without one.
How Bontrager Starvos WaveCel Helmet Works
WaveCel absorbs energy on impact. The layers of the gel-like material move independently and flex until the cell walls crumple and then glide, actively absorbing direct and rotational energy and redirecting it away from your head.
This three-step change in material structure—flex, crumple, glide—is remarkably effective at dispersing the energy from an impact. Nearly 99 times out of 100, WaveCel can help prevent concussions from common cycling accidents, according to Trek.
Find a Wavecel online and at your local Trek store. Pricing ranges from $300 for racing and to $100 for kids.…