RxSport Focus Week – POC Bike Helmets

POC Logo

POC’s fast growing reputation for quality has been combined with bold unfussy designs. Consequently, POC helmets are one of the most distinctive sights, on the road, the trail, and at top level competitions around the world.

A feature unique to POC’s leading helmets is the patent-pending SPIN (Shearing Pad INside) protection system, designed to provide an additional element of protection from violent rotational forces on the brain in oblique impacts.

Road Cycling Helmets

POC Octal

POC Octal Road Bike HelmetThe Octal uses fewer, larger ventilation channels to maximise airflow through its lightweight design. The result is superior cooling and reduced drag compared to lightweight designs by rivals. This model weighs in at just 195 grams, but doesn’t compromise on safety with an EPS liner moulded to provide impact protection where you need it most.

POC Octal Helmet – £160.99

POC Ventral Spin

POC Ventral SpinThe Ventral SPIN is a revolution in head protection. Conceived and built in an incredible collaborative effort between POC’s design team and the UCI World Tour riders of Cannondale-Drapac, the Ventral SPIN’s aerodynamic design exploits the Venturi effect to increase airflow and speed for a winning edge.

POC Ventral Spin Helmet – £249.99

Mountain Biking Helmets (MTB)

POC Tectal

POC Tectal

The Tectal leads the way in safety for the most committed trail and enduro riders. With a lightweight in-mold shell providing extended head coverage, this model gives impact protection in vulnerable areas around the temples and the rear of the head.

POC Tectal Helmet – £165.99

POC Tectal Race Spin

POC Tectal Race SpinThe Tectal Race SPIN builds on the protective capabilities of the original Tectal design with advanced technology including SPIN, which is designed to protect the brain from rotational injury in the event of oblique impact. This is an excellent choice for mountain riders taking on the most challenging trails.

POC Tectal Race Spin Helmet – £189.99

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Perfect Eyewear For Cricket

The cricket season is well and truly upon us. We’re already looking forward to England v Pakistan at Lord’s on May 24th. It might be a little sad, but there’s nothing we enjoy more (apart from actually watching the match of course), then trying to spot who’s wearing what sunglasses.

There has always been a favourite frame type amongst cricketers and that’s the wraparound/ shield style. Why? Two key reasons, they provide an uninterrupted field of vision whilst offering maximum protection.

Stumped For Choice?

Here’s some of our favourite sunglasses for both the players and the fans. Look great whatever you’re doing…

Sunglasses For The Players

Radar EV Pitch

Oakley Radar EV Pitch (with Prizm Field lens)

The Oakley Radar EV Pitch sunglasses are a sport performance model designed for use in a wide range of environments. The Pitch lens shape maximises coverage of the upper face. Interchangeable, Unobtainium® coated nosepieces help to customise the fit of this lightweight and durable frame.

Oakley Radar EV Pitch – starting at £123.99

Oakley EVZero Stride

Oakley EVZero Stride (with Prizm Field lens)

The EVZero is the lightest frame in the Oakley range. The frame front was removed to not only optimise weight but maximise the peripheral views offered by the design. The Stride lens shape offers this iconic frame but in a size that is more suited to smaller faces.

Oakley Radar EVZero Stride – starting at £111.99

Smith Pivlock Arena

Smith Pivlock Arena

Smith’s Pivlock Arena Max is designed to be the ultimate in sports eyewear. Using the unique Pivlock lens replacement mechanism you can adapt to changing light and weather quickly and simply using the extra shield lens included with this frame. This variant of the Pivlock Arena has a taller lens providing maximised coverage of the eye area and upper face.

Smith Pivlock Arena – starting at £129.99

ADIDAS EVIL EYE HALFRIM PRO

adidas Evil Eye Halfrim Pro

The adidas Evil Eye Halfrim Pro takes all the great qualities of the adidas Evil Eye and adidas Evil Eye Halfrim and improves on them with a lighter, more aerodynamic SPX™ frame. There are 3 sizes available allowing for a perfect custom fit. Halfrim style sunglasses are becoming increasingly popular, and have been worn by England’s last two captains no less. They minimise weight, so they are good option for prolonged periods in the field.

adidas Evil Eye Halfrim Pro – starting at £159.99

Bolle Vortex

Bolle Vortex

The Bolle Vortex sunglasses lie in the performance range, designed with adjustable nose pads for a custom fit..

Bolle Vortex – starting at £70.99


Sunglasses For The FansOakley Frogskins

Oakley Frogskins

A rare classic, Oakley Frogskins first burst onto the scene back in the 80’s, when Run DMC ruled the charts and Terminator ruled the screens. Relive that pop culture golden era with re-vamped Oakley Frogskins!

Oakley Frogskins – starting at £67.99

Rudy Project SpinhawkRudy Project Spinhawk

The Rudy Project Spinhawk offers you a pair of lifestyle sunglasses with a sporty, technical edge. This model has been seen on the face of many sporting stars when they’re not competing, likes of Cal Crutchlow, the elite Moto GP rider is a prime example.

Rudy Project Spinhawk – starting at £51.99

Smith Lowdown

Smith Lowdown

Show ultimate style with the Smith Lowdown. The shape of the frame and lenses are classic and eye catching, and provide a superior fit due to the megol nose pads. Renewably-sourced Evolve frame material keeps the Lowdown feeling feather light, perfect for roaming the streets to wearing out on those active adventures.

Smith Lowdown – starting at £94.99

 

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Tour de Yorkshire Overview

Today marks the start of Tour de Yorkshire 2018. The event runs from 3rd – 6th May 2018.

What is the Tour de Yorkshire?

It’s a road cycling race in Yorkshire that has been running since May 2015. The idea arose as a legacy event following the success of the 2014 Tour de France. In 2014 the Tour de France started in the UK and it’s first two stages traveled through Leeds, Harrogate, York and Sheffield and were aptly named Le Tour de Yorkshire. This is where the Tour de Yorkshire was born.

The 2018 race sees the exciting return of Mark Cavendish (Dimension Data), where he’ll line-up as the event’s biggest star. Mark is excited to restart his somewhat miserable season after having crashed out of the last three events in the season.

Tour de Yorkshire 2018 route stages (men’s race)

The 2018 route looks to include some punishing climbs and speedy descents:

Date Start/Finish Distance Climbs
Stage 1 (May 3) Beverley to Doncaster 182km Baggaby Hill
Stage 2 (May 4) Barnsley to Ilkley 149km Blacker Hill, Old Pool Bank, Cow and Calf
Stage 3 (May 5) Richmond to Scarborough 184km Sutton Bank, Slipho
Stage 4  (May 6) Halifax to Leeds 189.5km Hebden Bridge, Goose Eye, Barden Moor, Park Rash, Greenhow Hill, Otley Chevin

Another exciting part of the Tour de Yorkshire is the Women’s race, which year on year is continuing to grow. Now with 18 teams racing across two stages it’s set to be the biggest year yet for women’s racing in the Tour de Yorkshire.

The Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Sportive Ride

Something that many of our customers are looking forward to is the Maserati Tour de Yorkshire Sportive ride. It’s an event that many see as one of the best in the UK, offering routes and climbs like no other sportive. Even the short route at 49km includes over 600m of hill climbs!


New Kit To Look Out For!

We’ve handpicked some of the hottest new gear that should be out on show throughout the weekend. Keep your eyes pealed for these!

Oakley ARO3 Helmet

The most punishing rides demand the most reliable equipment. Oakley designed the ARO3 to give road cyclists the edge with a fully ventilated design that not only protects but does so with comfort and style. Weighing in at just 295 grams yet brimming with premium technology, the ARO3 is optimised to eke out every last drop of performance.

Oakley ARO3 Road Bike Helmet – £149.99

Oakley ARO5 Helmet

In the frenzied pace of the sprint finish even the finest margins count. Oakley has designed the ARO5 to provide that winning edge – streamlined architecture with optimal aerodynamic flow to help you maintain the relentless charge to the finish line.

Oakley ARO5 Road Bike Helmet – £199.99

Giro Synthe Helmet

Giro pulled out all the stops in their development of the Synthe – the ultimate all-rounder road cycling helmet design. Whether racing on flat terrain or climbing the Synthe excels in every capacity with the strength, light weight and comfort to outperform more specialised helmets by competitors.

Giro Synthe Road Bike Helmet – £210.99 

Oakley Field Jacket & Flight Jacket Sunglasses

Oakley have just added two new models to their eyewear collection.

The Oakley Field Jacket offer top level performance eyewear. Designed with comfort in mind and providing a an open view less prone to fogging up these are ideal glasses for road cycling and mountain biking.

The Oakley Flight Jacket offers an open-edge brow maximizing the upper field of view, and Oakley’s new Advancer nose bridge instantly opens airflow to combat fogging and overheating.

Available from our showroom.

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RxSport Focus Week – Smith Bike Helmets

Smith Logo

Smith integrate the unique Koroyd ventilated shell into their leading helmet designs. Groundbreaking MIPS technology comes as standard on all models and colours, giving an added dimension of protection from dangerous rotational forces in oblique impact.

Road Cycling Helmets

When it comes to your helmet this means assured comfort giving a precise fit right out of the box and cutting edge protection using the latest technologies to keep you safer than ever. Smith offer a complete range of road cycling helmets. Whether you live for the punishing precision of the time trial or just love to get out on the road for fun, Smith make a helmet just for you.

The flagship Overtake model was crafted in the windtunnel to create one of the slickest lids on the market. Its counterpart Network and Portal designs were penned using the same design architecture for killer style built into an affordable package.

Smith Portal MIPS

SMITH PORTAL MIPS ROAD BIKE HELMET - BLACKSmith’s Portal road cycling helmet nails the essentials with an adjustable fitting system, extensive ventilation and MIPS protection as standard. For premium performance protection without breaking the bank, look no further than the Portal.

Smith Portal MIPS – £99.99

Smith Network MIPS

SMITH NETWORK MIPS ROAD BIKE HELMET - MATTE WHITEFresh in more ways than one, the Smith Network’s clean styling is right on trend. Thanks to the fully ventilated impact protection of the Aerocore shell, the Network allows for a massive degree of airflow right through the helmet. This model weighs in at just 270 grams, while still housing leading-edge technology such as MIPS and Smith’s own VaporFit adjustable fitting system.

Smith Network MIPS – £139.99

 Smith Overtake MIPS

SMITH OVERTAKE MIPS ROAD BIKE HELMET - MATTE WHITESuper-functional all-rounder helmets are now a common fixture. Within this bracket Smith has pinned its colours to the incredible Overtake helmet. Integrating proprietary technologies such as Aerocore with best-in-class protection options including MIPS, all while weighing in at an astounding 250 grams, the Overtake leaves all challengers in the dust.

Smith Overtake MIPS – £199.99

 Smith Podium TT MIPS

SMITH PODIUM TT MIPS ROAD BIKE HELMET - MATTE WHITE / CHROMAPOP EVERYDAY RED MIRROR + CLEARSmith’s Podium TT helmet has been drawing envious eyes since its release, with a tailless aerodynamic shape optimised to provide drag-reducing airflow. VaporFit technology gives fully customised fitting with the simple turn of a rotary dial. See more detail on the road with a magnetically-integrated visor using Smith’s patented ChromaPop technology, with an additional clear lens for low light conditions.

Smith Podium TT MIPS – £269.99

Mountain Biking Helmets (MTB)

Smith have dedicated their 50 years of experience to letting you make the most of every moment in the outdoors. They were relatively late to the two-wheel head protection game, but have wasted absolutely no time in designing and manufacturing some of the most sought-after lids of present day. The Forefront set new standards for design, comfort and protection in mountain bike helmets, and its successor the Forefront 2 takes further strides in the same ambitious direction.

The Forefront 2 leads the way as a sleek, modern design sporting low profile while also maintaining deep coverage. Its younger siblings, the Session and Venture, utilise the same design language to create a consistent look attuned across the range.

Smith Venture MIPS

SMITH VENTURE MIPS MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET - MATTE CHARCOALWhen all you want is to get on the bike and hit the trail, the Venture is your go-to. This helmet packs a hefty punch for its weight bracket, delivering the essentials in a modern, streamlined package. The Venture is fitted with MIPS technology as standard, and extends the shell’s coverage to the rear, meaning you can ride with the assurance of premium protection fit for the challenge of the mountain.

Smith Venture MIPS – £99.99

Smith Session MIPS

SMITH SESSION MIPS MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET - MATTE ACID BURSTThe Session is all about striking a balance. Protection, performance and comfort were all carefully considered when penning this design. The result was a lightweight build with huge ventilation ports in the upper shell to keep you cool on the most gruelling trails – made possible through the use of a reinforced skeletal structure. For added protection MIPS can be found as standard on all colours of the Session.

Smith Session MIPS – £139.99

Smith Forefront 2 MIPS

SMITH FOREFRONT 2 MIPS MOUNTAIN BIKE HELMET - MATTE BLACKSmith’s original Forefront took the world by storm, drawing in heaps of awards for its innovative design and supreme function. Its successor, the Forefront 2, is an evolution of that excellent design. The Aerocore shell has been extended to the rear of the helmet for even more extensive impact protection. If you ride with sunglasses they can be stored simply when on the move using channels in the front and rear of the shell.

Sweet Dissenter MIPS – £174.99

View the full range of Bike Helmets available at RxSport


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London Marathon & Running Sunglasses

London Marathon Logo

The London Marathon is hitting the streets of London this weekend. It’s a 26.2 mile race, starting south of the Thames near Greenwich, passing by the Cutty Sark and Surrey Quays before it crosses over the Thames at Tower Bridge. From here it continues through central London before finishing outside Buckingham Palace.

The 2018 London Marathon is set to be the hottest on record with temperatures possibly reaching 24’c, surpassing 2007 that topped out at 22.2’c.

Why Should Runners Wear Sunglasses?

Runners often take precautions when running in the sun, be that wearing a cap, covering exposed skin with sunscreen and ensuring they stay hydrated. But many still neglect their eyes. Wearing sunglasses when running does far more than just protect your eyes from harmful rays. Wearing sunglasses can play a big part in your overall posture and therefore comfort when running. If you squint when running you’re tensing muscles in your face and neck unnecessarily, therefore putting strain on your muscles and altering your posture.

Being relaxed when running can also make breathing much easier, therefore helping to improve performance and reduce fatigue.

Top Sunglasses For Runners

Nike Vaporwing Sunglasses

The sum of nearly two years of collaborative effort between Nike and Zeiss Optics is the incredible Vaporwing – the ultimate in running eyewear. New technological ground was broken to create the unique sweeping lens on this model which minimises wind resistance while keeping the eyes fully protected from the elements.

Nike Vaporwing – Starting at – £219.99

Julbo Aero Sunglasses

The deep shield lens guarantees a wide clear field of vision and the suspended lens construction provides outstanding ventilation even in the most intense situations. The Air Link temples provide a secure and comfortable fit while remaining as light as possible.

Julbo Aero Sunglasses – Starting at – £62.99

Oakley EVZero Stride Sunglasses

The EVZero is the lightest frame in the Oakley range. The frame front was removed to not only optimise weight but maximise the peripheral views offered by the design. The Stride lens shape offers this iconic frame but in a size that is more suited to smaller faces.

Oakley EVZERO Stride – Starting at – £103.99 

Tifosi Mira Sunglasses

The Tifosi Mira is the curvier sister of the Tifosi Just. Making it yet another exceptional multi-purpose sports model. The slightly more curved lens gives it a much more refined look to the just, whilst maintaining the style and comfort. Performance is withheld due to the vented, polycarbonate lenses. A super lightweight frame means it won’t prove hassle on even the longest runs.

Tifosi Mira Sunglasses – Starting at – £39.99

Dirty Dog Sport Ecco Sunglasses

Perfect for a small to medium fit, the durable Dirty Dog Sport Ecco sunglasses combine a 100% memory frame and special vents for added performance to allow you to be the best at your game!

Dirty Dog Sport Ecco – Starting at – £39.99

Oakley Flak Draft Sunglasses

The Flak’s are forever changing and progressing. The Draft offers a quick release trigger to allow you to change lenses with ease. Performance is the name of the game with the Flak Draft, designed to give you the best of the best with Prizm lenses and Polarised options available for ultimate quality in sports optics.

Oakley Flak Draft – Starting at – Dissenter MIPS – £107.99

Bolle Bolt

Bolle Bolt Sunglasses

The Bolle Bolt performs excellently as a multipurpose, multi-sport model, containing all the features which make for top performance eyewear. Industry-leading B-Clear lenses provide unbeatable impact resistance at an incredibly light weight. Thermogrip components integrated into the B88 Nylon frame keep the fit secure through any rough and tumble.

Bolle Bolt Sunglasses – Starting at – £69.99

Nike Run X2

Nike Run X2 Sunglasses

True to its name, the Nike Run X2 is excellently suited for running. With a lightweight nylon frame with adjustable temples, the Run X2 offers prolonged comfort when covering long distances.

Nike Run X2 Sunglasses – Starting at – £139.99

View the full range of Sunglasses available at RxSport


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RxSport Focus Week – Sweet Bike Helmets

Sweet Protection helmets represent the pinnacle of all-mountain protection. The selection may be limited but you can rest assured that the quality of the product is second to none. This means adjustable fitting systems, MIPS, lightweight construction, shatter resistant visors and full ventilation all coming as standard. And that’s not all! Browse the product range to learn more about why Sweet are helping to lead the way in mountain bike helmet design.

Mountain Biking Helmets (MTB)

Sweet are serious about protecting you from any impact, no matter the angle. This has meant integrating MIPS technology into every model. MIPS is designed to reduce violent forces exerted on the brain in certain impacts.

Conventional helmets offer minimal protection from rotational impact, which can cause the most injury to the brain. MIPS uses a low-friction membrance to dissipate this energy to enhance protection in oblique impacts.

Sweet Dissenter MIPS

Sweet Dissenter Helmet

 

The Dissenter rides hot on the heels of its bigger brothers in the Bushwhacker series. This model has stripped down functionality and comes in at a lower weight, but still packs a spicy punch. Beneath the Dissenter’s low-profile in-mold shell you’ll find MIPS as standard, a fully adjustable fitting system and aerodynamic ventilation channels.

Sweet Dissenter MIPS – £116.99

Sweet Bushwhacker II MIPS

Sweet Bushwhacker II

 

 

Designed as the ultimate go-to for enduro and trail riders, the Sweet Bushwhacker II is a formidable part of any serious mountain biker’s armoury. Brimming with tech including MIPS, an adjustable fit system and patent-pending ventilation methods, this lid will keep you safe cool and comfortable during even the toughest trails.

Sweet Bushwhacker II MIPS – £165.99

Sweet Bushwhacker II Carbon MIPS

Sweet Bushwhacker II Carbon

The Bushwhacker II Carbon MIPS takes the excellent build of the original Bushwhacker II and ratchets up strength with integrated carbon fibre shell elements. With an up to 15% improvement in protective capability, this model is suited to ambitious enduro riders taking on the most challenging trails.
Sweet Bushwhacker II Carbon MIPS – £209.99

 

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RxSport Focus Week – Giro Bike Helmets

Giro have led the way in head protection for decades, and their helmets are a common fixture in professional road cycling events year after year. Never one to shy away from pushing the envelope of technological advancement, Giro were one of the first brands to integrate MIPS technology into the majority of their designs, giving riders the added assurance of head protection from all angles.

We’re welcoming Giro cycle helmets back to RxSport in a small but fine-tuned range that offers something to riders of all abilities and levels of involvement, from enthusiasts to complete purists!

All of the helmets in our Giro range utilise Multi-Directional Impact Protection System (MIPS) technology. Learn more about MIPS from Giro here.

Road Cycling Helmets

Giro have led the way in head protection for decades, and their helmets are a common fixture in professional road cycling events year after year.

Our selection of Giro’s road cycling helmets are all based on the architecture of the leading Synthe model, meaning you can ride with Giro’s sleek, trademark style no matter which option you end up going for!

Giro Foray HelmetGiro Foray MIPS

Drafting off the bold style of Giro’s flagship Synthe helmet, the Foray is a feature-packed design for road cycling enthusiasts. Its lightweight construction features ample ventilation to keep you cool on even the most challenging rides.
Giro Foray MIPS – £69.99

Giro Cinder Helmet

Giro Cinder MIPS

Based on the unmistakable aesthetic of Giro’s flagship Synthe helmet, the Cinder provides all the features an avid road rider wants in a lightweight package. No fewer than 26 aerodynamically optimised ventilation channels maintain airflow through the helmet while causing minimal drag.
Giro Cinder MIPS – £109.99

Giro Synthe HelmetGiro Synthe MIPS

Giro pulled out all the stops in their development of the Synthe – the ultimate all-rounder road cycling helmet design. Whether racing on flat terrain or climbing the Synthe excels in every capacity with the strength, light weight and comfort to outperform more specialised helmets by competitors.
Giro Synthe MIPS – £210.99

Mountain Biking Helmets (MTB)

Riders are taking to ever-challenging trails, pushing the limits of their equipment to new boundaries, and they demand more.

We stock two of Giro’s dirt helmets – the Chronicle and Montaro – each optimised for lightweight protection that brings you up and back down the mountain in comfort (and style!). Both designs offer the now-ubiquitous MIPS protection as standard, meaning you can ride with the further assurance of multi-directional impact protection.

Both the Montaro and Chronicle designs sport low-profile but deep coverage shapes, exhibiting a modern and streamlined style. POV Plus visors give the perfect finishing touch, and are fully adjustable too!

Giro Chronicle Helmet

Giro Chronicle MIPS

Giro designed the Chronicle to handle the swift meanders of the descents and toil of the climbs with ease. This is made possible thanks to an ultra-light, well ventilated design that still manages to provide excellent coverage, and even contains MIPS technology for the added assurance of added protection in oblique impacts.
Giro Chronicle MIPS – £85.99

Giro Montaro Helmet

Giro Montaro MIPS

The Giro Montaro MIPS is designed to be a faithful companion no matter where the trail takes you. Brimming with tech features including a removable camera mount, adjustable visor and fully adjustable fitting system – the fact this design can weigh in at just 370 grams is nothing short of incredible!
Giro Montaro MIPS – £125.99

View the full range of Bike Helmets available at RxSport


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The F1 season is back!

It’s that time of year again… The new cars have been revealed, new technologies and rules introduced and the anticipation of who’s going to come out on top is starting to brew.

Exciting things to look for in 2018

New season, new logo…

F1 Logo New and OldThe logo was launched at the end of 2017 and has been dividing fans ever since. The new F1 logo has been met with an unsure reaction. The previous iconic design has been replaced by a new sleeker, tighter structure, that Liberty Media claim is to represent ‘the start of a new era’. We’re still unsure, but feel it will grow on us as the season progresses. We’d love to hear your thoughts!


Introducing Halo…

F1 Halo

It’s a device mounted above the cockpit designed to protect the driver’s head from impact. Clearly, something was needed but there is no denying the halo is a function of safety rather than a triumph of aesthetics. Or that it is almost-universally disliked by the fans. One big issue many are raising is in regards to visibility, not for the driver, but for the fans. How easy will it be for them to spot their drivers helmet and therefore tell them apart at speed from their team mate? Maybe the Halo’s could carry a livery similar to the drivers helmet?


Three drivers on the cusp of hitting 100 podiums

It’s innevitable that Sebastian Vettel will hit his 100th (needing only 1 more) podium in 2018, but the question is… will Fernando Alonso (only needs 3 more) or Kimi Raikkonen (needs 9 more) hit this milestone too? Only time will tell… They could all join the likes of Lewis Hamilton, Alain Prost and Michael Schumacher.

Fans will be watching Alonso’s Renault-powered car closely to see if it packs the power needed to be competing at the top end of the grid. With 21 races this season, the milestone is certainly achievable for all 3 drivers.


Alonso hitting 300 race starts

2018 should be the year that Fernando Alonso hits 300 race starts, making him only the fourth driver to do so. Could he join Rubens Barrichello, Michael Schumacher and Jenson Button.

Will the newly Renault-powered car provide Alonso with everything he needs this season? Alonso has already admitted that during winter testing he felt the car was not ready to compete with Ferrari or Mercedes, but that it could well be in a few races time… We wait and watch with anticipation.


Could Hamilton or Vettel making it five championship titles?

By Morio - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=63879369

Juan Manuel Fangio’s record of five world titles stood untouched for 45 years, that was until Michael Schumacher came along. Schumacher hit five world titles back in 2002 before raising the bar yet further in ‘03 and ‘04. Could 2018 be the year that another driver joins the duo in the exclusive ‘five titles or more club’? Both Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton are only one title away and judging by Mercedes and Ferrari’s respective pre-season showing, both should be in the mix for world championship contention once again this year.


Could Mercedes win five years in a row

Mercedes have set the benchmark since F1 switched to V6 turbo hybrid engines in 2014, winning four consecutive drivers’ champions, and four constructors’ titles.. This is something three other teams have achieved previously, but if they can achieve a fifth, they join a club that currently has only one member… Ferrari.

Eyewear In F1

Oakley were one of the first brands to truly break into the F1 market and start appearing throughout the paddocks, Ray-Ban were hot to follow. Ray-Ban are one of Ferrari’s most prominent livery sponsors to this day. This being said, we stock a huge range of glasses that we feel would look perfectly at home on any race-day grid…

 

Oakley Helmets – Heading To The Peloton

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.


ARO7 HELMET

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

ARO5 HELMET

 

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

ARO3 HELMET

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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RxSport Focus Week – Bern

Bern Unlimited were founded in 2004 and born out of the desire to give action sports enthusiasts one lid that is adaptable to all seasons and all non-motorized action sports.

Pioneers of the peaked snow helmet, Bern have literally reshaped the ski helmet world. With dial-adjustable fit, removable liners for all season wear, and now optional audio accessories, Bern are continuing to shatter the mould of conventional helmet technology. Continuous new development, styling and technology makes Bern one of the front runners in the snow helmet world and its success has been put down to pioneering new shapes and the team of action sports enthusiasts and protection experts that muck in to create new lids year upon year.

Every model in Bern’s head protection line features their signature shape. The visors and vents may be different, but the profile is always the same. Turn to the front, side, or back and you’ll know it’s a Bern.

The Bern helmet is thinner (up to 35% less heavy), lighter, and lower profile (14% less, front to back) than those offered by competitors, meaning you can get a helmet that feels less heavy, fits more comfortably and simply looks better than the rest.

Here’s a selection of our favourite helmets from the Bern range:


HELMETS

WATTS SKI HELMET

As one of the most popular Bern ski helmets at RxSport, the Bern Watts ski helmet makes for a great helmet on the slopes, ready to protect you from any high-impact. The vents help to keep you feeling fresh come rain, snow or shine! Prices start at £71.99

TEAM BAKER SKI HELMET

The Team Edition of Bern’s Baker helmet was designed in collaboration with Henrik Harlaut and Will Wesson. Both of these freestylers demanded the same thing from a lid and Bern obliged. The Team Baker delivers with no-fuss head protection that can take the abuse of a 100 day season on the hill in all conditions. Prices start at £59.99

KIDS

CAMINO SKI HELMET

Gear your groms out in the Bern Camino for a lightweight lid which looks the part and is certified for year-round use in the park and on the snow. The Crank Fit-enabled liner helps to perfect the fit – perfect for growing heads!
Prices start at £54.99

CAMINA SKI HELMET

The Bern Camina is a stylish lid for younger thrillseekers looking for year-round fun. Certified for use on the snow and in the park, the Camina features Zipmold+ construction for a higher strength-to-weight ratio than conventional in-mold helmets. Prices start at £54.99

ON SALE

BERN BAKER SKI HELMET – SETH WESCOTT PRO MODEL

Suitable for high-impact protection, the EPS foam of the Bern Baker complies with standards for snow, ski, bike and skate. The Bern Baker ski helmet comes with a dial-actuated fit system, so you are sure to find the perfect ski helmet for you! Prices start at £69.99

KINGSTON SKI HELMET

Having spent ten successful years in the industry Bern have pulled out all the stops for the Kingston ski helmet. With the perks of Bern’s Premium range coming as standard including rubberised earcaps, waxed canvas liner and chin strap cover, and adjustable ventilation channels you’ll experience fitting comfort like you’ve never known it before! Prices start at £69.99

 

View the full range of Bern Helmets available at RxSport


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