Kali Shiva 2.0 full face helmet launched

Reduces rotational and oblique impact forces by more than 25 percent

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Kali Shiva 2.0 Full Face Helmet

If DH, enduro or hitting the bike park is in your summer cycling plans, the completely redesigned Kali Protectives Shiva 2.0 full face helmet should be on your radar. It’s geared toward riders seeking protection and comfort, and it incorporates Kali’s core impact technologies: LDL and Nano Fusion.

Kali Shiva 2.0 Full Face Helmet

LDL, or low density layer, is Kali’s proprietary impact management system that uses a low-density layer of viscoelastic cushions placed throughout the interior of the helmet. LDL provides a soft yet resilient layer of protection next to your head as well as improved fit. LDL also is claimed to reduce rotational and oblique impact forces by more than 25%, and also reduce low-G and high-G linear impacts. Here’s the helmet in action during one of the scariest crash sequences ever captured on video.

Kali Shiva 2.0 Full Face Helmet

Luckily, Nicholi Rogatkin was wearing a prototype Shiva 2.0 Carbon fitted with the LDL system. That infamous crash was recreated in a concussion research lab to measure the impact forces he experienced. The gray area on the chart below shows twice as many potential G forces that Rogatkin would have been subject to without LDL in his helmet. A 50% reduction in impact forces is a significant advantage when you’re launching yourself, and LDL leads the way by combining both rotational and direct impact force dissipation technologies.

Kali Shiva 2.0 Full Face Helmet

Meanwhile, Kali’s Composite Fusion 3 in-molding technology allowed them to make the first Shiva 30% smaller and lighter than the average DOT MX helmet without any loss in protection. With Nano Fusion, they fuse acrylic self-healing foam and carbon nanotubes, a material called Casidion, into the EPS foam liner and helmet shell in critical contact areas to reduce impact forces while saving weight.

Kali Shiva 2.0 Full Face Helmet

Molded into opposing geometric cones in the Shiva 2.0, Nano Fusion dissipates energy more efficiently and in a smaller volume than any other impact technology. In a crash, impact energy is instantly equalized throughout the Nano Fusion material. You can learn more here.

Key Technologies
  • Improved protection by reducing thickness – Helmets using Casidion are lighter with impact reducing properties during normal use, at speed, and in falls
  • Multi-impact – The viscoelastic properties of Casidion guarantee optimum helmet performance even in prolonged rolling with up to 7 impacts per second
  • Energy dispersion – The Casidion energy driver system provides 40% impact reduction. Impact energy is absorbed and diverted away from the head
  • Temperature resistant – Casidion guarantees maximum protection even in extreme temperatures ranging from -70°C to + 70°C

Kali Shiva 2.0 Full Face Helmet

Shell Design

Can safe be stylish? Kali thinks so. A sphere is the safest shape you can make a helmet. As soon as you add edges to the helmet shell design, catch points develop and the risk of rotational impact increases. The Shiva 2.0 has a round profile for a reason – it is simply a safer design. They use I-beam construction for the chin bar to create a higher section modulus in this critical area. Compared to traditional arc-shaped full face chin bars, an I-beam design is lighter and stronger. Also, Kali’s Composite Fusion in-molding technology fuses the shell and foam liner providing better impact energy management and increased dynamic range.

Key Details
  • Two shell sizes – Kali developed new molds to better accommodate a complete size range
  • New Pad System – Thicker pads made of new anti-microbial moisture wicking materials means the Shiva 2.0 is cooler, dryer, and more comfortable. Pads and liner are machine washable for easy cleaning
  • Pop-Lock Visor – A breakaway visor system that separates on impact eliminating visor catch points and reducing rotational impact forces
  • Accessory Mounts – The Shiva 2.0 is compatible with our accessory mounting system that allows riders to quickly and safely attach lights or POV cameras

Kali Shiva 2.0 Full Face Helmet

Spec and Pricing: Shiva 2.0 Carbon
  • Tech: Nano Fusion, LDL
  • Shell: Full Carbon Fiber
  • Claimed Weight – 1050g / 37 oz (size medium)
  • Color – Gloss Carbon
  • Certifications – DOT, ASTM F1952, ASTM 2032, ASTM F2040, CPSC, EN 1078
  • Sizes – XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Included: Helmet Sock, Travel Bag, Spare Pads
  • Price: $550

Kali Shiva 2.0 Full Face Helmet

Spec and Pricing: Shiva 2.0
  • Tech: Nano Fusion, LDL
  • Shell: Tri-Weave
  • Claimed Weight – 1190g / 42 oz (size medium)
  • Color – Matte Black/Green, Gloss Black/Red/White
  • Certifications – DOT, ASTM F1952, ASTM 2032, ASTM F2040, CPSC, EN 1078
  • Sizes – XS, S, M, L, XL
  • Included: Helmet Sock
  • Price: $350

Kali Shiva 2.0 Full Face Helmet

For more info visit bike.kaliprotectives.com.

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