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Over the years we’ve gotten to know Bollé for their sunglasses, but it wasn’t eyewear that attracted us to their booth in Vegas. Instead, perhaps taking a page out of Smith’s playbook, the company is venturing into the world of bike helmets after sticking to snow sports for a number of years. Already a pretty crowded marketplace, you have to have something unique in order to get noticed which is exactly the case with ‘The One.’

True to its name, The One hopes to be the only helmet that you will need regardless of the conditions or the season. For Bollé’s first attempt at a road or mountain helmet, The One is a surprisingly polished offering that includes nearly every accessory you can think of…

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The fact that Bollé is an eyewear company first, means it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that The One includes an impressive sunglass dock. Called the sunglass garage, the two ports on either side of the helmet fit with any pair of sunglasses, not just Bollé. Once installed, they won’t come out until you really want them to. The design is also meant to still allow for ventilation, though without the glasses the front of the helmet’s 31 vents are fully exposed.

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With 31 vents, the helmet has quite a bit of open air space which you’ll want to cover up when the weather gets cooler or for improved aerodynamics. To Make that possible, the helmet includes a two piece Adjustable Aero system that can be clipped into the vents for partial or full coverage.

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Out back, The One includes an integrated rear light with a solid or blinking mode. The light is also completely removable and includes a plastic cover for the slot when it is not in use. Running on a coin cell battery, the light offers a 40 hour burn time. An additional safety feature is provided with a safety QR code on the helmet that allows you to record a sixty second voice message that will play for first responders when they scan the code.

For true winter use, The One also includes a full winter liner that replaces the summer pads for an exact fit. The washable fleece liner should make it unnecessary to use an additional winter hat depending on the outside temperature.

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While Bollé will offer The One in “mountain bike” specific color ways, all of the helmets Will include a removable visor for on or off road use. Even with the visor installed, the sunglass garage still works.

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The mountain helmets above also highlight Bollé’s newest sunglass, the MTB specific B-Rock. Made with Trivex lenses which are lighter and more impact resistant than polycarbonate, the lenses are also coated with a hydrophobic and oleophobic outer and anti-fog inner coatings. Other mountain bike specific details include thermogrip brow and cheek pads which are meant to help keep the glasses in place along with the b-shaped temples. B-Rocks will sell for $179 to $199 this January.

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Inside The One, you’ll find an EPS liner under the polycarbonate shell as well as a one piece front pad. The helmet uses a Dial Click 2 fit system with two vertical adjustments. Available in either the standard or premium, the only difference is that the premium includes the two-piece aero shell for $169. The $129 Standard helmet includes all of the other accessories and you can purchase the aero shell for an additional $40. Claimed weight is 280g without the aero shell, with the summer liner, and with the rear light.

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Bollé is also introducing the Messenger helmet which doesn’t include the Adjustable Aero feature since the shell is already mostly solid. However the helmet does include a winter liner for the premium model and an integrated rear light. The Messenger will sell for $99 dollars for the standard and $119 for the premium.

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Both helmets will be available in January with multiple color options.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Now, if I could also use that for kitesurfing and windsurfing, that would be much appreciated;-)

    But more serious: that look great, might want to get one.

  2. Why is the sunglass garage even necessary? Get a good pair of transition lens glasses that change in the light and you never take them off…even when the sun goes down. The only reason to ever take your glasses off would be if it is very humid and they fog up. Otherwise leave them on. Your eyeballs are important to protect.

  3. @Randy: Also if you’re going up a climb and are getting really sweaty. You’re not going fast enough for the sweat to evaporate quickly enough so I need to take my glasses off to prevent the sweat from getting in my eyes.

    My Bell helmet has no place to put my sunglasses and it really sucks.

  4. What Derek said. I have to take them off on every climb or they will be so wet with sweat that I will not be able to see on the way down. Heavy guy + hills + humid summers = wet rides!

  5. @RED, EMS will look for anything that might tip them off about a medical condition, or emergency contact. This could be bracelets, dog tags, tattoos, or anything labelled with I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency), or with a cross/staff. If it’s on the helmet, labelled, and easily accessible (without moving the patient’s head) they will use it. More and more medics are being trained/told to look for non-traditional ways of carrying medical/important info.

  6. not the best looking out there but being so versatile and priced just right, i’d like to try one. the only thing that’s missing is a chin guard for enduro, haha!

  7. @Derek, couldn’t agree more. Climbing with shades is just frustrating. I always wonder how the Pro Peleton deals with the sweat in their eyes, while wearing shades

  8. When I read that this helmet does it all, my first thought was, “finally a road AND mountain bike helmet in one…wait…where’s the headlight…” I suppose for cost purposes, they left out a decent headlight for night rides. I really like all the thought and design that went in to the helmet though all things considered! Especially the removable wind plates and the sunglasses dock! Slick helmet!

  9. I definitely would like to have a helmet like this. Very versatile for the changing seasons in Michigan. I like the light integrated in the back and the sunglass dock is a great idea. I need it on climbs for sure.

What do you think?