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Monday, February 6th, 2017

 

Preview: Alpina Valparola RC Helmet

 

Paul Horta-Hopkins

 

A preview of the Alpina Valparola RC Helmet.

 

Alpina are a German company specialising in protective equipment for cyclists and skiers. They have a wide range of helmets to suit every kind of cycling activity you could think of. I’ll be trying out the Alpina Valparola RC, a highly specced helmet with plenty of options for a comfortable fit.

 

The Alpina Valparola RC is a good looking German made helmet, that you can take on any ride

The Alpina Valparola RC is a good looking German made helmet, that you can take on any ride

 

Reading through the specs for the Alpina Valparola, the first thing I notice is that it’s not short on adjustment. The fit can be adjusted in four ways, which isn’t that unusual in helmets, but two of them are new to me. The first is the Custom Fit System; this sits below the Run System Ergo Pro dial and allows you to fine tune how the rear band sits against the base of your skull.

 

The Custom Fit System on the Valparola allows you to position the rear pads as you wish

The Custom Fit System on the Valparola allows you to position the rear pads as you wish

 

The second is the Ergomatic clip, rather than the usual one click and you’re done closure, Alpina have something a little different. A long ‘tongue’ with tabs is inserted into the clip and allows you to fine tune the fit. A push button on the clip releases the tongue in stages, or all in one go; handy for when straps start to chafe a little. Not sure how often you’d need it, but a nice option anyway.

 

A long 'tongue' on the Valparola's catch allows more customisation

A long ‘tongue’ on the Valparola’s catch allows more customisation

 

The other fit options are the Run System Ergo Pro, a dial based rear adjustment that also has two ‘head rests’ either side of the wheel; presumably to alleviate any pressure spots. The side straps use ‘Y Straps’ which can be positioned exactly where you want. Anti-bug nets to the front keep out any unwanted visitors, while antibacterial pads help prevent stinky head!

 

Dial adjustment at the rear and two large 'head rests' to help keep the pressure off

Dial adjustment at the rear and two large ‘head rests’ to help keep the pressure off

 

The overall look is quite angular with twenty-seven vents and the plain white finish means it looks good while being visible. The Valparola has a Hi-EPS (highly expanded polystyrene) inner with a scratch and UV resistant polycarbonate outer shell, these are bonded together using an In-Mould process. The In-Mould technology forms a permanent bond between the inner and outer – they’re literally baked together – with smooth edges, not taped ones like you see on some helmets.

 

With 27 vents the Valparola should keep you cool on those long summer rides

With 27 vents the Valparola should keep you cool on those long summer rides

 

I’ll be using the Alpina Valparola over the coming weeks, I might even take it on a warm weather training camp, to test it’s cooling abilities! Look out for a review in the coming months.

 

 

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