Rudy Project Boost 01
Being a triathlete, I really struggle to sit still and commit to one training discipline. So after ripping the Boost 01 out of its meticulously boxed packaging, I decided to take my new Boost 01 with me on every bike ride for the next 1.5 months. First up, a road ride!
Being a warm summer’s day, I popped the vent cover out for maximum ventilation before slapping the Boost 01 on. Rudy’s new RSR 9 Retention System that sit’s at the back of the helmet was a cool find when I went to tighten the fit. Not only does it tighten and loosen (as do most newer helmets) for a personalized fit of the helmet, but the system itself actually moves up and down, allowing for you to decide where the buckle (or pressure point) sit’s against your head. A minor addition that will be hugely appreciated on the longer rides.
Being an aero focused helmet there are obvious reductions in ventilation panels to cut back on drag. Rudy saw this as an opportunity to challenge their engineers to make the most ventilated aero helmet on the market. What they came up with was quite amazing. A system dubbed the name “Vortex Killer”, the Boost 01 has scientifically designed geometric lines and side openings to allow airflow to be redirected and pushed beyond the neck and shoulders at a significantly different rate and volume creating high/low pressure areas for air to ventilate in and out of the helmet. Simply, the result is a much cooler head on summer rides.
Passing the road ride test with flying colors, next up was the Sun City Ultra triathlon race…
As any triathlete knows, transitions can make or break your race and with a short time testing out the new helmet, I was pretty hesitant about this one. Staring into the Boost 01’s ripped open box the night before the race and seeing the super cool, super aero Optical Shield laying there I simply couldn’t resist it.
After a dismal swim I exited the water in a panic. With the long run into T1 I regretted my helmet choice more and more with every stride as the feeling of throwing even more time away trying to get my new lid on my head sunk in. Eventually making it into transition, I grabbed my Boost 01 and to my surprise it slipped right on. No tangled straps, no change in fit and no issues buckling it up. 30 minutes later, it came off just as easily as it went on.
Passing two out of two tests, all that was left was to take my new favourite helmet onto the trials…
Being a wet and cold morning, I threw on the solid vent cover and slipped my Rudy Project Tralyx’s into the Boost 01’s glasses holder before heading out. Although it was a bit of a struggle, requiring two hands to get the glasses into their holder, once in they handled over 45min of technical rocky descents, jumps and single track without a budge. Compared to getting them in, getting them out of their holder was a breeze (even with 1 hand on the bars).
In summary, Rudy Project’s Boost 01 outdid itself. It impressed me as an aero helmet on the road, it blew me away as a triathlon helmet and I couldn’t find a single reason why it wouldn’t work as a MTB helmet either. For an athlete like myself who can’t sit still, investing in a ‘do-it-all’ helmet like the Boost 01 makes nothing but sense and I’d highly recommend it to any roadie, mountain biker or triathlete looking for a safe, stylish, versatile aerodynamic helmet.