Met aims to appeal to all-around riders with the Veleno MIPS

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With the launch of the Veleno MIPS, Met is acknowledging the fragmentation of off-road cycling. Is a separate helmet really necessary for cross-country, downcountry, and trail riding? 

Met says that one helmet can rule them all, and that's how they've designed the Veleno: "made for any bike and none in particular." 

The new helmet features MIPS safety technology and deeper coverage near the temple and near the rear of the helmet. To avoid wear and tear of the EPS surfaces, the helmet's body has been fully wrapped in polycarbonate. 

In order to appeal to both drop bar speedsters and casual trail riders, the visor is removable so riders can switch between an aero look and a mountain bike look. 

Twenty six air vents keep the head cool while internal air channeling pushes out hot air assisting in temperature regulation. There are also two dedicated ports for sunglasses. 

A 360-degree head belt on the Safe-T Upsilon retention system ensures that there are no pressure points, leading to a comfortable fit. 

In certain markets, the helmet will be offered in both MIPS and non-MIPS options. The standard MIPS version costs $159, is available in three sizes, and weighs 300g. The Veleno will be available to purchase starting in November. 

MET Veleno MiPS

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Ryan Simonovich

Ryan Simonovich has been riding and racing for nearly a decade. He got his start as a cross-country mountain bike racer in California, where he cultivated his love for riding all types of bikes. Ryan eventually gravitated toward enduro and downhill racing but has also been found in the occasional road and cyclo-cross events. Today, he regularly rides the trails of Durango, Colorado, and is aiming to make a career out of chronicling the sport of cycling. 

Rides: Santa Cruz Hightower, Specialized Tarmac SL4