At its core, a helmet's purpose is fairly transparent -- avoid a trip to the hospital after a crash. However, every helmet maker takes different paths to achieve this. And with rigorous certification systems, you can be assured that most helmets will generally protect you, but the question remains -- what levels of comfort are you sacrificing for safety? With the Catlike Whisper Helmet, the answer is none.
To achieve this, Catlike implemented multiple proprietary technologies. The Whisper 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 Whisper's feather-light weight.
Outside of safety, Catlike's goal is to provide you with a lightweight helmet that has ample ventilation. The Whisper's 39 air vents are a good start, but Catlike didn't stop there. The Whisper features an 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 Whisper, and eliminates the need for bulky construction material.
For adjustment, Catlike implemented its patented Multi Positioning System (MPS)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.
The Catlike Whisper Helmet is available in the sizes Small, Medium, and Large and in the colors Green, Matte Black, Matte Red, and Matte White.
Got a sweaty dome? Suffer from a soggy noggin? Step right up folks and plunk a Catlike Whisper on your head. I busted up my last helmet crashing into a bollard so I needed a new lid. After some research and reviews (Thanks Backcountry for the cool video review) I picked the Catlike. I'm extremely impressed by the fit, the weight, and the ventilation. It fits better than your favorite pair of jeans. It's virtually unnoticeable (unless you can feel a butterfly resting on your follicles) when strapped on. It's like wearing an industrial evaporative cooler, minus the big square metal box and the bulky water pump. And... the colors are pretty bad-#$$.
On to the downsides... minor as they may be. The helmet industry hasn't adapted concussion-reduction standards, therefore the Whisper doesn't have that feature. A guy can dream. Wishing aside, it's on the expensive side, but you do get what you pay for.
I owned a Whisper briefly in 2011 and loved the fit and style but the ratchet broke after 2 weeks so I returned it. For 2013, the Multi Positioning System (MPS) is much improved and shows no sign of breaking after a couple of months of consistent use. In addition to being light and having good ventilation, the fit is great (I have a small) and doesn't make me feel like I look like a bobble head. My only complaint is that the plastic ring that holds the ends of the chin stap broke almost immediately. Not a big deal but its the only reason I didn't give it 5 stars.
I went down in a local crit at 32mph, helmet shattered...my skull didn't. I've ordered another.