This carbon helmet is not only light, it has lights
Now that 2022 is nearing the halfway mark and ECE 22.06 safety standards are in place, a new product is about to be launched, the Vata7 X1. The X1 is a new helmet from the brand that incorporates all the technologies present in the previous iteration but with a lightweight carbon shell and red LEDs instead of the amber colored ones found on the company’s first product. , the X7.
The Vata7 X1’s shell is extremely lightweight, and in a small size, it weighs 1.9 pounds, which is roughly equivalent to a three-quarter lid. The helmet can still become lighter if your head is smaller. Vata7 says it will offer the X1 in shapes and shells true to its helmet size, meaning it could opt for bespoke shell sizing by size, or have a wide range of shells available by size . Apart from that, the helmet features a Pinlock compatible anti-scratch visor, double D retention system and Sena’s Bluetooth connection system above the LEDs that you cannot miss.
So how do LEDs work? The Vata7 system connects wirelessly to your motorcycle which will flash at the same time a signal indicator or brake light is applied. Vata7 claims the LEDs have an expected lifespan of 50,000 hours and its battery can last a total of 12 hours on a single charge.
The headset is priced at US$899, but with no discount. If you signed up for the crowdfunding campaign launched some time ago, the brand has pledged to get a discount and early access. Things are looking good for the X1 in terms of safety too as the company claims its helmet meets DOT, ECE 22.06, M2021 Snell and FIM safety ratings.
However, things are not all they seem as Motorrad states that the ECE 22.06 standard does not take into account helmets with integrated lighting systems. Currently, the source reports that there is no helmet with a lighting system that has been approved. It is likely that Vata7 removed the LED strips in order to have the helmet homologated and tested, but then the X1 would lose the homologation once the LED lights were fitted.
At the moment, the helmet is not yet commercially available. You can join the Vata7 waiting list at the moment if you’re interested, and a launch will take place in July 2022.