Kali has just announced the redesign of their Shiva full face helmet, dubbed Shiva 2.0. It’s available in two models: the standard, and the Shiva 2.0 Carbon. According to Kali, “the Shiva 2.0 incorporates Kali’s industry leading impact technologies: LDL and Nano Fusion, into a hand lay-up, 1050g* DOT certified helmet.” The 1050g weight is for the size-medium carbon version of the helmet, while the size-medium with a Tri-Weave shell weighs a claimed 1190g.
Here’s how Kali explains LDL:
Kali’s multi-G impact technology is called LDL. This proprietary impact management system is a low-density layer of viscoelastic cushions placed throughout the interior of the helmet. With the perfect durometer, LDL provides a soft yet resilient layer of protection next to your head as well as a great fit. LDL reduces rotational and oblique impact forces by more than 25%. LDL also significantly reduces low-G and high-G linear impacts.
And Nano Fusion:
Kali’s Composite Fusion 3 in-molding technology allowed us to make the first Shiva an incredible 30% smaller and lighter than the average DOT MX helmet without any loss in protection. With Nano Fusion, we fuse acrylic self-healing foam and carbon nanotubes, a material called Casidion , into the EPS foam liner and helmet shell in critical contact areas to reduce impact forces while saving weight. Molded into opposing geometric cones in the Shiva 2.0, Nano Fusion dissipates energy more efficiently and in a smaller volume than any other impact technology. In a crash, impact energy is instantly equalized throughout the Nano Fusion material.
In addition, the new Shiva 2.0 is available in two different shell sizes to accommodate a wider range of head sizes. They also have a new pad system, with anti-microbial moisture-wicking fabric which Kali claims is “cooler, dryer, and more comfortable.” For additional accessories up top, the new pop-lock visor breaks away on impact, and the 2.0 has a variety of accessory mounts for lights or POV cameras.
The Shiva 2.0 Carbon will retail for $550 USD MSRP, and the standard 2.0 will retail for $350 USD MSRP.