Typically, we're used to making certain sacrifices in the name of low weight -- namely, to that of strength. However, this design principle is entirely unacceptable for helmets, as protection is a helmet's primary function. Thankfully, though, the engineers at Catlike have continued to push the design envelope by actually increasing strength while lowering weight. Case in point is its new Mixino Helmet. It tips the scales at around 35 grams less than the Whisper Plus, all while incorporating a stronger aramid roll cage and a new vertical fit adjustment system.
With protection standing as Catlike' biggest goal, it depends on multiple proprietary technologies in order to achieve this. The Whisper Plus 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. For additional rear protection, the helmet uses a Crash Energy Splitter design that distributes crash energy throughout the helmet, and assures an even absorption of impact along the air intakes. This design is not only a revolution in safety, but an integral aspect of the Mixino's feather-light weight. Adding to the protection, particularly for high-impact, the Mixino features an aramid roll cage. ramid is a class of heat-resistant synthetic fibers that, when combined, create a extremely strong composite that is easy to manipulate. Because of this, you'll see it used in everything from tires, to helmets, and even to ballistic-rated body armor fabric.
Outside of safety, Catlike's goal is to provide you with a lightweight helmet that has ample ventilation. Accordingly, the Mixino features the same 39 air vent design found on the Whisper Plus. Likewise, the Mixino uses the same exclusive Dual Flow design that 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 airstream 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 Mixino, and eliminates the need for bulky construction material.
However, for the Mixino, Catlike focused on upgrading the Whisper Plus' comfort and adjustability. Along these lines, the Mixino features an adjustable micro-dial at the rear that controls the overall retention-level of the helmet. Catlike calls this its MPS eVo system, and it expands or contracts the newly-designed, thin-style arms that wrap inside of the helmet. Additionally, the Mixino has two independently-adjustable head supports at the rear, and two new lateral wing pads that are also adjustable. Even better, these pads are interchangeable, meaning that you're able to use varying thicknesses depending on your head size. And, also new to the Mixino, Catlike has enabled its adjustment system to allow vertical adjustments. So, nearly every head size is able to be accommodated with a race-day level of fit.
The Catlike Mixino Helmet is available in the sizes Small, Medium, and Large and in the colors Black/green, Matte Black, Matte Carbon/red, White, White/blue, White/red, and White/green.
I already own 2 whisper plus helmets but I really wanted a white helmet. I took a shot on the mixino, for some reason, catlike helmets are the only ones that fit me well.
This one is no exception. The shape is a bit different than the whisper plus- but I got over that quick enough. The venting and fit are a large step up (as if that was possible). The new retention system easily adjusts to you head and stays put. The straps seem to be located a bit more forward, but given the comfort level, it's not a big deal. At 275g for a large, it's a winner.
I could feel the difference in ventilation almost immediately, catlike did a really nice job w/ the channeling. I just went for a 106 mile ride today and after a quick adjustment after putting the helmet on, I never touched it again.
Oh yeah- added bonus-- my sunglasses easily fit (and stay put) when I take them off my face and put them in the helmet on long climbs in the heat.
Update: I've been using the mixino exclusively for the past 2 months (over 2500 miles of riding) and it's outstanding. I even purchased one in Black. Unfortunately, another retailer dropped their price on the mixino some forty-four dollars less than this retailer. They wouldn't match the price (for either) so I purchased from the other retailer and returned these here. Dumb business move, but great helmet.
You're already wearing an injection-molded Swiss Cheese monstrosity on your skull. Why not go full-bore?
Catlike continues their unique aesthetic with the Mixino, along with a new full-head dial retention system (a la Lazer) and increased comfort over the Whisper. I found ventilation to be incredible, like having a permanent fan attached to you head. The beautiful, striking aesthetics of the helmet (and face it, that's what draws most of us to expensive skidlids) are the icing atop a very comfy, airy piece.
Of course, the cherry on the icing is the ease of sliding my Smith Pivlock V2s into the vent holes during prolonged uphill efforts with my lungs on the rivet. Nothing makes me more neurotic than a helmet that's impossible to stuff my shades into. I've yet to see this helmet in a color I dislike, but I chose the matte black version for ease of matching a variety of kits.
I have always loved the polarizing golf-ball looks of Catlike's helmets but the tiny sizing of older models put me off. Finally got a chance to try this new Mixino and my big ol' head is in heaven. Straps were adjusted out of the box (crazy talk!) and the thing fits perfectly. Sits high off my scalp and vents like a Win Tunnel. Straps fit flat against the face instead of twisting out and the nylon material is thinner and lighter than usual. I got the faux-carbon and red, looks great with big glasses like the Smith Pivlock V2.
Doing a granfondo tomorrow & the strap on my helmet broke on my last training day. I was going to buy a whisper then found this helmet. I was actually confused when I tried it on, it FIT. Front back and sides. Ill get back to up after I've put some KM's in. But for now I'm thrilled to have a helmet that is the same shape as my head.
And the styling rocks, which counts in my books.
Great air flow, comfortable on round heads, and overall slim and lightweight. My past favorites have been Bell Volt and Giro Aeon. This helmet also packs better than past helmets because of the slim overall shape. I don't recommend this helmet for off-road as it catches a lot of bugs.
It's better than expected. The fit is more secure than with most and the low profile cuts down on noise tremendously. First day out and everyone wanted to know about it. The color choice was perfect, Red Carbon.