Every season, there are certain pieces of each team's kit that stand out in the cacophony of colors, shapes, and sounds all screaming for attention in the pro peloton. The unflinchingly professional black and blue Pinarello Dogma 2s ridden by Team Sky are the first to come to mind. Or the retina-burning fluo green Rudy Project sunglasses worn by Liquigas-Cannondale. Or the vibrant Basque-orange kits and matching Orbea Orcas from Euskatel-Euskadi. Or how about the contemporary dot-matrix red and black jerseys worn by BMC Racing Team? But, of course, the foremost example is the attention-commanding Catlike helmets worn by MoviStar. The Catlike Whisper Deluxe certainly makes a dramatic, memorable statement that resounds long after the MoviStar sprinters cross the finish line.
Catlike uses an in-mold process to fuse the shell and foam liner as a singular structure when the helmet is formed. The slick outer shell is abrasion-resistant, and lets the helmet slide instead of sticking and jerking when you hit the ground. And even though it's very light, Catlike's crash energy splitter (CES) technology diffuses the energy of a crash across multiple nerves or ribs between the vents. Speaking of vents, there are a total of 39 of them; each is uniquely shaped for maximum air intake, with a corresponding exhaust port in the rear. The unique rib construction enhances the Whisper's ventilation capabilities, allowing for the vents to help dramatically reduce the overall shell mass and create the helmet's signature 'swiss cheese' aesthetic.
Lest you think Catlike's helmets are all about looks, consider the MPS (Multi Position System) retention system. It uses a rubberized plastic strap that attaches into, and pivots from, a socket in the shell of the helmet at the temple. It follows the side of your head and curves around towards the back, where it floats freely from the nylon web straps. The rubberized strap is soft and pliable, so it never gets crimped or warped in your gear bag, and it always conforms to your head's natural shape. The MPS suspension has two lateral adjusters that have a push button release on a ratchet strap that connects across the back of the head to allow for circumferential adjustment. This allows the whole system to slide up and down on the rearward web straps. So up, down, and around, the Whisper Plus can comfortably accommodate a wide variety of head shapes.
Catlike provides helmets for Team MoviStar, and now to our very own Competitive Cyclist Racing Team. The Catlike Whisper Deluxe differs only slightly from the team-issue Whisper Plus; most notably in their monochromatic shell color options. The detachable visor is sold separately. Plugs for the visor holes are included, for when the visor is not in use. The Whisper Deluxe is available in Small, Medium, or Large, and comes in a wide range of accenting colorways, one of which is certain to perfectly match your team kit. Choose from a Black shell with Green, Orange, Red, or White accents, or a White shell with Black, Blue, Green, Orange, Pink, or Red accents.
Please note: US Catlike dealers are prohibited from shipping Catlike Helmets outside of the United States.
The helmet looks great. And it's so light and have great ventilation. I had giro helmet before but that one was somehow uncomfortable and hot when I were it. But with this one I sometimes forget that I am wearing it. I think I was a good investment since it does it's job more than the price.
I was slightly worried about choosing size because I am an Asian, so I have rounder head, I simply measured my head size and ordered small, it fits nicely and easy to adjust. My husband has the same helmet in different color in large size, he loves it too. I would strongly recommend this helmet if my friend or a family want to buy a road bike helmet.
Lastly, I wore this helmet for Newport Beach triathlon yesterday, and had a lot of fun at cycling with this helmet.
I just ordered the Medium. Prior to ordering the medium I measured my head and it was exactly 58cm. Exactly. Fattest part of my head = 58 cm. The medium came, the medium did not fit. The problem, my head was a little too long (forehead to occiput). Had it been a little more circular rather that oval, the size would have been grand. However, I literally could not get the helmet on my head all the way.
I did not use the helmet on the road, I think it was beautiful. I'm sad there are no larges in stock. Hope that helps someone else out there.
They made me rate it. So four stars for looking rad, and potentially comfortable. -1 star for not fitting my head.
- splendid delivery from Backcountry
- splendid look of the helmet
- lots of vents
- very light, I didn't feel like having it on my head
- but it's a bit small if I use it with my cycling cap although maybe because my size is on the limit (54-55) thus I was worried if I order Medium I will get it too large. But still good enough.
I will buy again from backcountry (this time Giro Air Attack Shield when it's out)
Love this helmet - easy to adjust, well vented and looks cool. Replaced a large Specialized helmet with a large in the Catlike Whisper Plus. I've also got a large Giro mountain bike helmet . All three work ok for my head. I've had less luck in the past with Giro Atmos - for me the top of the helmet pushed down on the top of my head. Shape seems to vary by manufacturer, so hopefully this is helpful.
I fell in love with this helmet because it was different, and had a ton of air vents. The helmet runs very small, I'm glad I ordered the xl. This helmet is so light, you don't notice it on. I love it. I would recommend this helmet to anyone rides. It's a little pricey though, but for the weight difference, you can't beat it.
I love the helmet in terms of fit and styling, but was very disappointed when after very little use all the lettering started coming off. :-( Not something you expect from a top-shelf product.