Louis Garneau Vortice Review
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Oct 14, 2011  hits 58,639

Here's the helmet with my position.
Here's the helmet with my position.

The Louis Garneau Vortice is a serious effort to pack in as many features as possible into a single aero helmet. I don't have a wind tunnel to back up the claims, but it's a good-looking helmet, easy to use, and well-ventilated.

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  • The Louis Garneau Vortice is a helmet designed with a lot of features borrowed from other areas of the bike industry - we've seen the dimples on wheels before, we've seen truncated airfoils, and perhaps even the swirl generators on various parts. But they all add up to a unique helmet, both aesthetically and probably aerodynamically.
  • The frontal profile is a bit more involved than some other helmets - one large vent, the dimples, and the so-called vortex generators sticking out on top.  Garneau says these are all designed with better aerodynamics and superior comfort in mind.
  • Here are the signature dimples on the Vortice, and the vortex generators sticking out on top.
  • A closeup of the truncated rear section, which also acts as an exhaust port.
  • The retention mechanism is a simple ratchet that will be familiar to most cyclists.
  • Helmet visors are great, providing great visibility while eliminating the need to fuss with sunglasses.  But I wish Garneau included a smoke-color  lens, instead of the clear.
  • All-told, it's a good looking, full-featured lid.
  • The Garneau Vortice (left), next to the Giro Selector (middle) and the Uvex Aero (right).
  • Here's the helmet with my position.
  • Garneau now makes a semi-mirrored smoke visor that blocks out more sun.

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