New helmets, shades, and padding from Sea Otter

Alpinestars, Bell, Oakley, and others offering new gear to improve your ride

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2016 Sea Otter Classic

The newest addition to the Bell Super family integrates a camera from 360FLY into the outer shell to capture 4k footage.

The newest addition to the Bell Super family integrates a POV camera from 360FLY into the outer shell to capture 4K footage (click to enlarge).

Bell Super 360 inches closer to release

The release of Bell’s Super helmet with an integrated camera capable of shooting 360 degree 4K footage is still a few months out, but the brand did have a prototype on display. They also had tablets on hand that allowed you to play with video perspective as files were streamed. If you’ve only ever experienced 360-degree footage on a computer monitor, you’re missing out. Being able to spin the display with a tap of your fingers adds a new dimension to POV footage.

More information at bellhelmets.com.

Catch that little patch of yellow between the vents? That’s a MIPS liner.

Catch that little patch of yellow between the vents? That’s a MIPS liner (click to enlarge).

MIPS coming to TLD A1 and D3

MIPS is a technology designed to help reduce rotational forces in an impact. It works by placing a liner near your head that can shift independently of the helmet in a crash, which is claimed to help counter the rotation of your brain. It’s a bit complicated to explain in a sentence or two, so check out our story here for more info.

A number of number leading brands are incorporating this technology and it appears that TLD will soon be selling MIPS versions of their popular half shell and full face models.

More information at troyleedesigns.com.

New color schemes are always welcome.

New color schemes are always welcome (click to enlarge).

New colors for Alpinestars Paragon

The Paragon knee pads from Alpinestars are a staff favorite due to the fit, protection, and price. These CE certified kneepads retail for less than $50, and this new yellow version is the go-to color for racers like Enduro World Series star Anneke Berteen.

More information at alpinestarsinc.com.

The Patrol version of the EVO AM is designed to be a more affordable offering and will replace the Recon in the line up.

The Patrol version of the EVO AM is designed to be a more affordable offering and will replace the Recon in the line-up (click to enlarge).

SixSixOne teases affordable EVO AM Patrol

The new EVO AM Patrol helmet is designed to be a more affordable version of their premium EVO AM model. While it still retains the excellent BOA retention system, it ditches the magnetic clasp in favor of a standard clip, and will feature more subdued graphics to help bring down cost.

Other major differences include the use of standard EPS foam instead of name brand Contego, and a revised interior liner. Retail for the Patrol will drop from $150 to $109 ($139 with MIPS. SixSixOne is aiming to start shipping in September.

More information at sixsixone.com.

The Down-O-Matic passes EN 1078, CPSX 1203, ASTM F1952, and AS/NZS 2063.

The Down-O-Matic passes EN 1078, CPSX 1203, ASTM F1952, and AS/NZS 2063 tests (click to enlarge).

Urge Releases Down-O-Matic DH Helmet

Hot on the heels of the new Archi Enduro R.R., Urge is launching a new downhill full face brain protector. This helmet shares the same outer shell and EPS as the Archi, but has a larger chin guard. As always, Urge has put a premium on ventilation, performance, and their signature look. The helmets will start shipping in late May and will retail for $299.

More information at www.urgebike.com.

The Trail version of Oakley’s Prizm tech enhances reds and browns, so you can quickly spot obstacles like rocks and roots in both shade and bright lights.

The Trail version of Oakley’s Prizm tech enhances reds and browns, so you can quickly spot obstacles like rocks and roots in both shade and bright lights (click to enlarge).

New lightweight Sunglasses from Oakley

The new EV Zero sunglasses are the lightest Oakley has ever made. They’ll be used by dozens of athletes at the Olympics in Brazil later this year and will be popular with any endurance athlete looking to reduce weight. Retail starts at $160, although for an additional $20, you can get the Prizm lens technology that’s designed to enhance certain colors, thus improving vision for specific environments.

More information at www.oakley.com.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2016 Sea Otter Classic in Monterey, California. For more from Sea Otter CLICK HERE.

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