Oakley has set the standard as the choice of champion athletes for decades. Drawing acclaim for its groundbreaking eyewear, and more recently its advanced line of snow helmets, attention has turned to the road with a selection of cycling helmets which set the standard for premium protection on two wheels.
With Oakley first announcing their line-up of cycling helmets back at EuroBike 2017 we’ve been excited for them to arrive at RxSport. The range includes three models, each designed for a different discipline. Whether you’re a beginner, sportive rider, sprinter, climber or you’re all about aero… You’re covered with the Oakley ARO range.
You may have already spotted Team Dimension Data sporting the Oakley helmets in the Abu Dhabi Tour and that’s a sign of just some of the pro testing that these helmets went through. Team Dimension Data were heavily involved in the R&D of the entire Oakley ARO range alongside some big Olympic and Triathlete names. These include Olympic Gold medallist and two-time Ironman World Champion Jan Frodeno and Ironman 70.3 World Champion Holly Lawrence. These pro triathletes are currently racing in the Oakley ARO7 and training in Oakley’s ARO5.
Safety is a major part of the entire ARO make up with all helmets in the line-up being both Boa and MIPS equipped. Therefore you can be guaranteed all the quality, without unnecessary weight. Weights range from 295g to 410g.
The ARO7 is Oakley’s top of the line aero cycling helmet which is designed for events such as triathlons and road time trials.
The helmet comes with 2 lenses/ visors, a clear visor and one using Oakley’s Prizm Road technology. The lenses attach directly to the helmet using magnets which makes changing lenses a breeze. If Oakley’s Prizm skiing goggles and sports sunglasses are anything to go by, this visor will prove to be a game changer for TT riders and their vision.
Oakley uses the Boa FS1-1 dial retention system across all three ARO models. They have designed the Boa system to use an ultra thin lace which is said to reduce pressure on a rider’s temple. Although this might look a little thin, it’s strong.
The ARO7 includes MIPs technology to help reduce or eliminate brain damage should a cycling accident occur while using the helmet. Find out more about MIPS here.
The shape is far less extreme than other TT helmets we’ve seen before as Oakley haven’t gone with a traditional fin design, however with their extensive wind tunnel and pro rider testing you can rest assured it’s set to be a very aerodynamic and fast helmet. This helmet is currently available in either black or white.
View the full range of Oakley ARO7 Helmets available at RxSport
In terms of aero dynamics, Oakley’s ARO5 is a step down from the ARO7. The ARO5 may not be fitted with an inbuilt visor, but the helmet has been designed to fit seamlessly with your glasses. It even includes a dedicated docking system for your eyewear, allowing you to attach your sunglasses to the front of your helmet.
Oakley say it’s design and engineering teams have taken many factors into consideration when designing the ARO5. One of these being that many cyclists ride with their head down, rather than forward. This information helped shape the ARO5 helmet and ensure it’s as aero as possible in this position. The ARO5 is Oakley’s MIPS equipped, all-round, aero-optimised, everyday lid and shares the same Boa retention system that is used on the ARO7.
The helmet doesn’t include integrated optics, but its shape is said to work seamlessly with Oakley’s shades, with a “dedicated eyewear dock” that looks a little similar to POC’s Eye Garage.
The helmet is available in a range of different colours, so you should have no issues matching your kit, which as we all know, is crucial to performance!
View the full range of Oakley ARO5 Helmets available at RxSport
The ARO3 is Oakley’s least expensive, yet most ventilated helmet design. Perfect for both climbers, and the budget conscious.
Similar to the ARO5, the ARO3 increases the venting with larger cooling ports. Like the ARO5, the ARO3 comes with Oakley’s eyewear docking system, Boa FS1-1 dial retention system and MIPs.
The ARO3 shares many design aspects with the ARO5, but it optimises ventilation above everything else. It does lose some of the aero styling, but they say this helmet is focused towards the climbers, where ventilation is more important than aero dynamics.
The helmet shares the same retention system and glasses dock as the ARO5. Likewise, it is also available in a range of different colours.
View the full range of Oakley ARO3 Helmets available at RxSport
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