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2017 Catlike Mixino: High Flow Head Gear
Catlike takes its name from Pepe del Ramo’s inheritance of his fathers racing passion and his nickname “El Gato”.  The brand has developed products with a performance focus but not without some substantial thought toward racer comfort as a part of that formula. The Mixino is a great combination of relatively low weight and fantastic ventilation. The venting is easy to see but there's some added safety features resting under the surface.



The Mixino’s focus on ventilation is fairly evident on first glance. Lots of helmet companies talk about the number of holes, but the position of the Mixino’s 39 vents and the exceptional channeling between them is just as important as the number…



The Mixino shapes the vents in the front to maximize the volume of air flowing into the helmet.



It’s easy to see that the channeling also links the vents front to back allowing for direct and rapid flow. Helmet venting is all about getting as much air to pass over your head and exit the helmet as quickly as possible.



The depth of the channeling in the Mixino is a big factor in flow speed. The channeling is over an inch deep (30mm) in places.



The helmet's venting at the back is also fantastic. (Because intake doesn't mean as much without exhaust.)

Seriously, how many helmets can you think of that have a back end venting pattern that could easily be confused for the front of a helmet?



The flow here is easily among the best available in cycling.

One of the difficulties of opening up a helmet to the degree that Catlike have with the Mixino is in maintaining safety at a level that passes the EU and US safety standards.

The Mixino’s pattern of holes as well as the shape of the hard shell outside layer (and internal foam) actually helps with impact as it maintains a honeycomb pattern that spreads impact around these openings in a fashion that Catlike call “CES” or Crash Energy Splitter. It's a bit like a honeycomb crumple zone that spreads impact force around the openings.



Catlike also employ an internal foam support skeleton they call the ARC or Aramid Roll Cage.



While the foam, shell and even the ventilation shape are designed to absorb and spread impact force, it’s critical that a helmet hold together in a crash.



The Aramid skeleton is designed to allow maximum energy absorbing movement and compression from the helmet structure but to also help keep all of this foam in place for as long as possible during a crash.

The Mixino’s retention system has some clever features that go beyond simply keeping the helmet in place…



Sure, there are light weight straps that are adjustable, as is the case in virtually all helmets.

There’s also a dial adjustable tension fitting at the back that is easy to operate even with full fingered gloves.

The height adjustment sits at the side of the helmet…



It might seem like a small amount of travel, but the effective range is farther as the arc sits further away from the adjustment point.

You’ll also notice some padding just to the right of the adjustment point. This is actually an ergonomic (head shape - fit) adjustment for the Mixino.



There are a couple of different pad thicknesses included (and they sit just behind the temple) that functionally change how the retention system compresses against your head, allowing the fit to be adjusted to more comfortably handle different head shapes.

The back of the retention system also allows for some width adjustment.



ON THE ROAD

At 230 grams for a Medium size, the Mixino is pretty light.

That Catlike make this weight while including the built in ARC protection and the 4 way adjustability (including head shape refinement) of the eVo retention system is pretty impressive.

The head shape adjustment seems to work fairly well and it sits high enough on my head that it doesn’t interfere with glasses at all.

There are a couple of strips of padding that follow the channeling down the middle, as well as a brow pad and it’s all fairly minimal. The fit is good enough when properly adjusted that the Mixino doesn’t seem to need much padding. The bit of padding that is here gets a “Thermy-Tex” treatment that is permanent, antibacterial and washable.

Then there’s the venting…

There are gobs and gobs of air flowing over your bean in a fashion that only a couple of other tip-top line helmets get close to. And when I say “get close”, I mean that I feel like this is the best venting helmet that I’ve used to date.

High speed or low, the flow is there and there seems to be very little accumulated sweat spots even at the brow, sides or back when I use a thin scull cap for sweat control… The scull cap wicks moisture from these common clammy areas and the airflow blows that moisture away.

This is as close as I’ve come to feeling like a fan is pointed at my head.

The Mixino is widely available now with an SRP of $289.99

You can see more at: Catlike.es/us/en
• Check prices at Amazon.com here

Have Fun,

Charles Manantan
Charles@pezcyclingnews.com




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