What happens when one of the world's most sophisticated road helmet companies decides to dip its feet in the waters of mountain biking? The Catlike Leaf Helmet, of course. With 23 air intakes, cutting-edge construction techniques, and a weight match of 260 grams between the Leaf and the Whisper, the Leaf is set to take the mountain world by storm.
To achieve this, Catlike implemented multiple proprietary technologies from the road side of things. Like the Whisper, the Leaf uses a process called In Mold, where the outer and inner layers of the helmet are molded to become one piece. This process increases impact resistance, and improves diffusion of crash energy. For crashes where the back of your head takes the brunt of impact, Catlike incorporated its Low Nape Protection towards the lower rear structure of the helmet. This design is not only a revolution in safety, but an integral aspect of the Leaf's, well, leaf-like weight.
Outside of safety, Catlike's goal is to provide you with a lightweight helmet that has ample ventilation. The Leaf's 23 air intakes are a good start, but Catlike didn't stop there. The Leaf features the same Dual Flow design that's found on the Whisper, which utilizes large frontal air intakes that connect from the helmet's fore position to the oversized exit vents at the rear. Dual Flow creates a constant air stream through the helmet, and thus prevents overheating. This design also limits the material needed for construction, which would be a major safety issue for most manufacturers. However, Catlike uses a patented technology that they call an Airtube System. This system uses air-filled hollow elastic tubes that create an inner mesh within the helmet. This system reinforces the open design of the Leaf, and eliminates the need for bulky construction material.
For adjustment, Catlike implemented its patented Multi Positioning System Evo (MPS eVo) at the rear of the helmet. Essentially, this system allows the adjustment of the rear section of the helmet in multiple dimensions. So, with one retention adjustment, you can change the position of the helmet's rear both up-and-down and open-and-close. For preparation against the creepy crawlies found on the trail, the helmet also includes an Anti-Insect Net to block out any unwanted visitors to the helmet. And speaking of blocking things out, the Leaf includes a large removable visor to keep your field of vision unobstructed and resolute.
The Catlike Leaf Helmet is available in the sizes Medium and Large and in the colors Matte Black, Matte Black/tree, Matte Lime, and Matte Red.
Love this thing - I'm picky about helmets and seem to have a hard time fitting them correctly. The leaf is super adjustable, light and ventilated. The quick adjustment dial in the back works super well & I can only assume (as evidenced by the lack of wasps in my helmet) that the bug screens are doing their job. I tried both the Poc Trabec and the Six Six One Recon during my purchase & this one seems light year better.
I have a pretty big head & always wear a large... the large in this helmet is perfect.
I have had this helmet out on the trail three times now and it has been great, I completely forget I'm wearing it, vents very well and is very light weight. I have been wearing a fox flux up until I got this helmet, the fox fits great just a bit heavier and doesn't vent as well. I wear a giro aeon on the road bike and the leaf feels very similar in weight and ventilation.
I don't have this helmet yet but I did try on at the bike shop. Thought I would at least let others know it fits similar to giro just better. More contact points to make more comfortable rather than giros 2-3 contact points leaving marks on your forehead, etc. I tried Bell helmets and I know other say the same time...either your a bell head or giro head. This Leaf will be my next helmet!
This was purchased for my husband and this is what he has to say-
The Leaf helmet is perfect for long XC rides because the ventilation is amazing and it is incredibly light weight while still offering protection. Compared to my old helmet, the Leaf feels like a light breeze.