Arriving just in time for this weekend’s Red Bull Foxhunt, we’ve got Shred’s Brain Box NoShock Helmet in their McGazza Forever colour scheme to put on test.
Shred Optics and its sister company Slytech specialise in helmets, goggles and protective equipment for both mountain biking and skiing. The Brain Box full face is their top-of-the-line MTB helmet, with a Short Stack Res trail helmet also forming part of their MTB range.
Brain Box McGazza Forever
Named after Kelly McGarry, the Brain Box McGazza Forever replica was produced in tribute to McGarry who was a Shred athlete during a large part of his career before his untimely passing and since then the company have become proud supporters of the Kelly McGarry Foundation.
Black and white, the McGazza colour scheme is as simple as it gets, but the New Zealand Sliver Fern is striking and combined with the Kelly McGarry Foundation stamp on the rear it certainly offers a distinctive, unique and bold look.
The helmet itself is a fibreglass shell with integrated SLYTECH NOSHOCK honeycomb core. It features a total of 15 cool air intake and hot air outlet channels for ventilation.
Inside, and Shred are one of a growing number of helmet manufacturers working to reduce the rotational force your brain takes during an impact.
However, instead of using MIPS, or the complex OMS system on 6D helmets, they have their own patent pending Rotational Energy Management System called RES, or Shred RES.
Shred say that RES “helps reduce rotational accelerations to the head during impact by mimicking the natural cushioning behaviour of the fluid between the skull and the brain. It is the simplest, lightest, and thinnest solution to dissipate oblique forces from any direction.”
In layman terms, the contact points/patches between helmet and the padding have 360 degrees of movement, which allow the padding to move independently of the fibreglass shell.
Other points of note is the quick release chinstrap buckle and the additional set of larger/thicker padding to help you get that custom fit sorted.
All in and the Brain Box NoShock Helmet looks and feels like a quality piece of kit that tips the scales at 1096g (size: S/M). We’re definitely keen to try it out in anger during this weekend’s Red Bull Foxhunt, which should prove the ultimate testing grounds. We’ll return with a full review in the coming weeks.
Shred Brain Box Details
RES® – Shred RES®, Rotational Energy management System is a patent pending 360-degree flotation technology which helps reduce rotational accelerations to the head during impact by mimicking the natural cushioning behaviour of the fluid between the skull and the brain. It is the simplest, lightest, and thinnest solution to dissipate oblique forces from any direction. RES consists of multiple floating contact points between the helmet liner and the foam padding.
FIBREGLASS – The Fibreglass shell provides toughness and durability.
AEGIS® MICROBE SHIELDING – Moisture wicking liner treated with anti-microbial and anti-odour Aegis® Microbe Shield®.
CUSTOM FIT KIT – An additional set of thicker pads and ear pieces allows you to fine tune the fit of your helmet with several combinations.
FIT – Designed and engineered to provide a perfect fit in each size size range through extensive field tests, research and data analysis.
BUCKLE – Quick release, tough and durable precision chinstrap buckle.
VENTILATION – Air control for comfort and goggles fogging prevention.
Shred Brain Box Tech Specs
CONSTRUCTION – Fibreglass Hard Shell. Core with integrated SLYTECH NOSHOCK honeycomb.
SAFETY STANDARDS – EN1078 (EUROPE BIKE) /CPSC (USA BIKE) /ASTMF1952 (USA DH MOUNTAIN BIKE)
MATERIAL – Fibreglass, Super Light EPS
WEIGHT – 1096g [S/M size]
Multiple patents pending
In The Box
Helmet, Custom Fit Kit, Helmet Bag, Info Manual, Shred Sticker
€154.00 (Normal retail: €220.00)