Kali Protectives Maraka XC and Avana Helmets

Helmets

Kali Protectives is a company that is best known for its DH and gravity oriented full face helmets and armor. This year, they have really stepped up the game with the XC/AM crowd and they are even offering a road cycling version of the helmet. Both road and mtb models are identical with the addition of the all important visor on the MTB version called the Maraka. We had the chance to demo the Maraka at Bike PressCamp this year and the helmet is very light and airy. The Maraka has 20 vents and uses a very unique polycarbonate reinforcement material at the front of each of the 5 main forward vents (see the photos below).

Maraka XC

The Maraka XC Helmet introduces patented Composite Fusion Plus technology into the high speed Cross Country Racing category. In addition to placing geometric shapes of softer foam next to the rider’s head, the Maraka XC also introduces Supervent technology. Supervent technology provides a critical reinforcement to each helmet’s venting structure in case of impact. Lastly, the incorporation of the Bumper Fit System assures a more precise fit. Through the use of padding designed of an absorbent cross-linked polymer material, this system both holds your head in place as well as absorbs shock on impact.

Weighing in at just over 250 grams, the Maraka XC helmet provides the new reference in full-featured, lightweight cross-country cycling helmets designed specifically for the type of impacts cyclists encounter with higher speeds. Yes, they were thinking of 29er racers!

Product Features:

  • Composite Fusion Plus technology featuring geometric shapes of softer EPS foam next to your head, right where you want them
  • Revolutionary mix of Carbon and polycarbonate materials
  • Introduction of Supervent technology providing reinforced super-structure to critical airflow vents
  • Bumper Fit System assures a secure fit with special pads designed of an energy absorbent cross-linked polymer material
  • Dual Closure System allows a simple and efficient dual-sided closure adjustment atthe rear of the helmet
  • Twenty-five vents designed with integrated air flow system
  • Breakaway visor
  • Safety compliance: EN 1078, CPSC

The Maraka helmet also comes in a road cycling version called the Phenom that will be used by Kali co-founder Mike Wilson for the RAAM 2012 endurance race this year. The Maraka XC is available in Devo Graphic Red, Devo Graphic Blue, and Devo Graphic Yellow Styles and in Extra Small/Small, Small/Medium, Medium/Large sizes.

Avana

The Avana helmet introduces the patented Composite Fusion Plus technology into the Trail and Enduro categories. Weighing in at just over 300 grams the Avana helmet captures the best features of Texalium and Polycarbonate materials while providing superior protection through it’s exetended rear coverage.

Product Features:

  • Composite Fusion Plus technology featuring geometric shapes of softer EPS foam next to your head, right where you want them
  • Revolutionary mix of Texalium and polycarbonate materials
  • Dual Closure System allows a simple and efficient dual-sided closure adjustment at the rear of the helmet
  • Twenty vents designed with integrated air flow system
  • Safety compliance: EN 1078, CPSC

The Avana is available in Spin Graphic Black/Red, Spin Graphic White/Grey and Kali Graphic Black styles and in Extra Small/Small, Small/Medium, Medium/Large sizes.

About the author: Gregg Kato

Gregg Kato studied journalism and broadcasting in college while working many different jobs including deejaying, driving a forklift and building web sites (not all at the same time). Kato has been the Site Manager of Mtbr.com for over 14 years and enjoys riding local Santa Cruz trails. Besides being an avid mountain biker, he is also a motorcycle fanatic. Two wheels, one Passion.


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