For 2009 Giro is offering matching graphics and colors that go with Giro's Ionos road helmet. For 2009 Giro will be sponsoring several professional teams, including Astana and Rabobank.
Garmin-Slipstream rider Svein Tuft (right) adjusts his Giro Advantage 2 before the start of the prologue. The Advantage 2 is one of the fastest time trial helmets on the market—even in argyle.
The BMC team is riding Lazer helmets for the 2009 season. The Lazer Bullet features a teardrop shape with in-mold construction and fifteen vents.
The Bullet also features low sides with flexible earpieces. The Bullet has been on the market for a few years and will soon be replaced at the top of Lazer's product line by the yet to be released Tardiz.
The new Rudy Project Helmet replaces the Syton Supercomp. The biggest differences are a longer profile that now extends to the riders shoulders and reduction of the number of vents.
Carrying over from the Syton Supercomp is the unique ear-covers on the sides of the helmet that extend down to the cheekbones.
Team Saxo Bank is using the Bell Meteor time trial helmet for the 2009 season. The Meteor offers a teardrop shape with a long tail that lies flat against the rider's back.
For safety the Meteor uses an EPS foam liner with Fusion in-mold construction. The Meteor features 10 vents to provide cooling and is available in several color options.
Best known for their sponsorship of the Euskaltel-Euskadi professional team, Catlike debuted the Chrono Aero Plus time trial helmet in 2007. It is constructed using a molded aero shell with four frontal vents with two exit ports on the back.
For 2009, Catlike is sponsoring the Cervélo TestTeam, so expect to see the Chrono Aero Plus on the likes of Carlos Sastre and Thor Hushovd.
Check out our Speed Freaks video to see these products at speed.