If you’ve ever been surprised by the design of a biker’s wild crash helmet in traffic lights, chances are he’s wearing an atlas, from a small firm based in the UK that you’ve probably never heard of.
Originally specializing in safety helmets for skiers and snowboarders, Rorok entered the motorcycle market in 2019 and – among those who know – has made quite a splash.
Most crash helmet makers have ‘special’ patterns that sell for around قیمت 100 or more from the core price, or basic design. But Rorok – based in Gloucestershire – goes further. Far ahead
Often appealing to young style-conscious riders, his portfolio includes snakes, flames, nightmare ‘clown’ characters, Halloween-style gimmicks, and even vague references to legendary beasts with impatient teeth. Opens with
Fortunately for those with a more shrinking temperament, it is expanding its horizons using the release of its latest helmet – Atlas 4.0, the first UK-made helmet to be launched in the new, Meets strict EC 2206 safety certification principles. Still eye-catching finches, perhaps trying to pull off somewhat mature riders.
Whatever your tastes, it’s as close as you can order a customized helmet design at full price without involving an expert artist.
This is a good time, as Rorok is doing something at the same time that appeals to older riders – extra protection in an accident. Rorok says this is due to a new energy-absorbing material in his helmet, which costs £ 375 – 5 475.
Raven was previously only used in Rorok’s snowboarding helmets, and this material is claimed to reduce the rotational forces on the head by up to 37%. Now it’s going to be in their street helmet too – although you’ll have to remove the liner if you want to see it.
At the launch of Atlas 4.0 at the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club on Old Street in London, there was Dr. Ali Rabi, Rorok’s Advanced Composites Engineer, who told me that Raven is a ‘non-Newtonian’ liquid, a bit like a potty. It is soft and able to touch but if it is exposed to the effects of high speed – as in a motorcycle collision – it becomes ‘hard’ to absorb the shocks that would otherwise be transferred to the head. Will
This, Rorok retains, makes it perfect for crash helmets (Raven is sandwiched between a ‘foam’ liner that sits directly on the rider’s head, and an EPS liner that sits with a hard outer shell, Which is made from Ruroc’s own carbon fiber mix) because it provides a comfortable, productive liner.
So what’s new about 4.0? Rorok claims that it is quieter, less disturbing, thanks to the removal of the side vents (although they retain the dummy vents) and the addition of special noise-reducing inserts. Rorok says there is a redesigned top vent switch, better overall venting, and a new EPS structure to secure things (that part of the lining with the outer shell again). The ShockView Bluetooth audio system has also been improved.
I tried one of Roarc’s smallest designs, Mercury (£ 475), which is thrilling, carved out of a solid block of brushed aluminum. Unusually, all Atlas 4.0s not only come with a clear visor (no change in design from 3) but also come with a tinted visor, which, when fitted to Mercury’s design, looks really ugly. presenting.
The build quality feels good and solid – assisted, by contrast, by the weight of the helmet (it tells my kitchen scales with the audio system at 1820 grams, without 1775, so not particularly light) – Paint Also through Finnish, which is great (what else would you expect from a firm that has so much in store for style).
The strong-feeling visor is extraordinarily fast to climb or separate (requiring only two ‘thumb patches’), and the lining feels of a good quality. I noticed that I need medium / large, although I’m usually medium – these helmets are small, so be careful if ordering.
Atlas avoids traditional micro-ratchet or double-D color fasteners, instead of Rorok’s own, magnetic feedlock catch – which I find a bit strange to use. Undoubtedly time and practice will make it easier, with the advantage that it can be operated with gloves on.
Atlas 4.0 fits comfortably on the head. Unfortunately, ‘mine’ turned out to be a big one, not a medium with better, slightly skewed results. On the go, Atlas 4 is claimed by some reviewers to be quieter than the 3 (which I didn’t try), and the extraction feels particularly airy. The visor can be pulled down to the ‘detent’ position, leaving it wide enough to allow your visor to open, but it can also be closed with a satisfactory click. I’ll be back, and report back soon with a smaller size.
The top vent catch is on the smaller side, which makes it a bit harder to work with thick gloves, while – oddly enough (it should be a visible thing) the slider for the chamber vent is located. Inside out Helmets, which are difficult to adjust while walking. They should move it.
The speed made the helmet feel quite stable, and the visor was easy and positive to operate. The helmet was relatively easy to turn on and off (not always with some full face designs), although it was screwed through the ‘corners’ on the neck liner on my forehead. If I had stopped, I would have smoothed it over future designs. Images show that it was not present on Atlas 3.
Another minor dislike was for the prominent ‘nose’ (an inverted, straight ‘V’, above the chin protector) which I noticed visually interfering, especially with the visor in place. This adds to the rude appearance that Rourke’s customers clearly like, but in practice at a price.
What I particularly like is that Roroke dares to be different and, as a small company based in the UK (although international sales have reached 70,000 pa), it continues to grow. I would like to see more evidence of how Raven is practically protecting the riders’ heads, and as the firm moves forward, these minor snatches listed above are resolved.
Maybe, over time, the quality – already good – will be excellent. For now, I would put fit, finish, and quality somewhere behind Shoei or Schuberth, but Rurocs, of course, are less expensive, and offer uniqueness that is not offered by these brands.
Rorok has made a lot of space with his street art style designs, which I love – even if I’m too old to walk around London with a snake on my head. However, I would gladly settle for Mercury’s great, more quiet look, and it’s good for the other shrinking violets out there to consider that with this British protection, many other stunning – but less terrific – designs are considered. Should be done Style design home.
What makes Rorok different is its accessibility. The 150-employee firm engages with its audience in a way that most helmet makers do not, creating a ‘clubby’ vibe, at least its video archive and its 75,000-member Facebook Rock motorcycle gang. Rorok is also very hot on presentation. Your new helmet comes in a beautifully packed box, along with an expensive storage bag.
Here www.ruroc.com/how-to-guides You can get clear explanatory advice on how to fit your Bluetooth system (they also admit that it will be a bit difficult – that is), how to remove and replace the liner, how to remove the visor , Etc.
As far as this £ 150 Bluetooth audio is concerned – it works great. Sound quality is good and fast (even if it’s hard to fit, the entire liner needs to be removed). However, the Shock View Unit should be found more securely in your home. When the charger is plugged in, it pops out very easily.
So you sprayed your new Atlas 4.0, but you can’t enough Endure Shock View Bluetooth audio. One solution is to trace earphones from your smartphone for set-new or music. There are also wireless airbuds that are less likely to get stuck in your collar or neck tube.
The Atlas 4.0 has plenty of space around the ears, so I experimented with ONESONIC’s MXS-HD1 airbuds, which are complete with active noise cancellation, preferred by some riders because of the speed of the wind. Reduces, always a problem because it can damage long-term hearing.
After a few bad starts – it’s hard to put on and take off a helmet with buds – they worked well, and when I talked on the streets of London they sent a series of navy directions. If you choose the best ear tips for the stone, the MXS-HD1s fit snugly, making traffic noises, but largely shut off the thunder.
The sound definition is good, although the bass response is average, and noise cancellation can be much better. The finish is of high quality, and the MXS-HD1s include volume controls that need to be set before riding. Battery life is about five hours from 1.5 hours of charge and a fully charged case provides 20 hours of battery life. They are also claimed to be resistant to rain or sweat.
A clean, compact case is an important selling point. Carefully take off your helmet without letting the buds go out (again, this requires practice) and secure them in your pocket, ready for the next ride. Decision? The £ 109.99 MXS-HD1s isn’t as useful as a bespoke Bluetooth audio device, but it’s a less expensive option – and one that makes listening from a motorcycle a pleasure. But adjust the volume and fit – it’s important, with any audio, to be able to hear what’s going on around you. More on www.onesonic.co.uk