Catlike helmets to be sold in United States

Catlike helmets recently passed US CPSC tests for helmet safety standards and will be available for sale in the USA beginning July 1. The USA distributor, Serotta Sport, tells me demand has been four times what they expected and planned for.

Catlike!

Catlike was founded 12 years ago by Spanish pro cycling Pepe “El Gato” Del Ramo. Racers for Team Euskatel Euskadi and the Cervelo Test Team use Catlike helmets. Because European helmet standards can allow for designs with thinner foam and lighter weight than helmets designed for the American market, helmets designed for the European market often do not pass US CPSC impact tests. The USA versions of Catlike helmets will likely be thicker and heavier than their European models.

Serotta Sport has helmets on display at the Sea Otter Festival but they are not available for sale at the Festival. Bummer.

7 Comments

  • April 16, 2010 - 2:03 pm | Permalink

    those helmets are hot.

  • bob
    April 16, 2010 - 3:20 pm | Permalink

    This article is false. CPSC does not approve helmets.

  • April 16, 2010 - 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I'll edit for more accuracy, Bob — the Catlike helmets now pass CPSC standards so they are now legal to sell in the USA. Thanks for catching that.

  • April 17, 2010 - 10:06 am | Permalink

    I really like the look of catlike helmets, but they are so foreign in terms of visibility here in America, that I am super hesitant to try them eventhough I need a new helmet pretty badly. 2006 Bell Ghisallo, I still love you… It's okay…

  • Pop
    April 17, 2010 - 8:50 pm | Permalink

    Does that mean that I can now race in us events with a catlike helmet that I got in europe?

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  • Phil
    April 21, 2010 - 11:39 am | Permalink

    No. You'll have to wait for the model with the CPSC sticker. The only CE standard helmets you'll see in US racing will be at the UCI/International pro level, and then in only a few events.

    July 1 isn't that far away… ;-)

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