Debuted by the INEOS Grenadiers at Strade Bianche, the Wasabi features adjustable airflow channels and a moisture-wicking Merino wool lining – for every ride, whatever the conditions.
Chiuduno, Italy: Premium Italian helmet manufacturer KASK today reveals a sneak peak of its latest addition: the Wasabi. A high performance cycling helmet designed to be worn in all seasons by road, gravel and cyclocross riders, the new model made its first public appearance at the Strade Bianche on Saturday, 6 March.
Featuring an adjustable airflow port that allows the wearer to easily increase or decrease ventilation depending on conditions, the Wasabi offers optimal comfort and thermoregulation. This neat feature, combined with a Merino wool lining by REDA, Italian styling and a highly aerodynamic profile, makes the Wasabi an exciting new introduction to KASK’s existing range of premium cycling helmets.
Worn by and developed in collaboration with INEOS Grenadiers
Following close collaboration with INEOS Grenadiers in the design and development of the Wasabi, eagle-eyed fans will have spotted the new model making an appearance by the team at the Strade Bianche on Saturday. As the rest of the 2021 season unfurls, the Wasabi will accompany the likes of World Time Trial Champion Filippo Ganna, 2020 Giro D’Italia winner Tao Geoghegan Hart, 2019 Tour de France champion Egan Bernal and exciting new talent taking on multiple disciplines, Tom Pidcock, for the INEOS Grenadiers’ upcoming pursuits – earning its credentials as a helmet fit for world-class riders.
Adjustable airflow, optimum aero
The Wasabi ensures temperature regulation like no other helmet, thanks to its adjustable airflow system. With the push of a finger, a centralised vent can be opened when conditions start to heat up, or closed when things cool down for a 1.5℃ internal temperature increase, when ridden at the same speed. With less than one watt lost between the helmet vent being opened and closed at 50km/h, wind tunnel testing confirms the Wasabi is one of the pro peloton’s fastest helmets – second only to KASK’s Utopia. Thanks to these impressive aerodynamic and ventilating features, coupled with a premium merino wool lining made by Italian wool mill, REDA for protection against uncomfortable temperatures, it is no surprise that the Wasabi is quickly becoming a firm favorite amongst the INEOS Grenadiers.
KASK’s premium touch
The Wasabi comes equipped with KASK’s tried and tested Octo Fit head retention system – a mechanism that allows both vertical and horizontal adjustment for the perfect fit. Despite the helmet’s advanced adjustable ventilation system, it weighs just 290g in a size Medium.
As a manufacturer at the forefront of helmet design across multiple sporting disciplines, KASK strives to develop class-leading helmets that have been subjected to rigorous testing far beyond the mandatory industry standards. Ensuring that all KASK helmets offer the best possible protection against rotational impacts is fundamental to this principle. As such, the Wasabi has been rigorously tested against both linear and rotational impacts at an independent laboratory, striking flat and angled surfaces. When it comes to safety, KASK makes no compromises.
Diego Zambon, General Manager at KASK says: “The Wasabi is the result of continuous and careful innovation that we are committed to as a brand. We are excited to introduce to our collection a helmet that is truly designed to be worn in all seasons and terrains, and we look forward to watching how its active ventilation and thermoregulating capabilities meet the demands of road cyclists, gravel and cyclocross riders everywhere.”