Bontrager Specter WaveCel Road Bike Helmet

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Versatile Comfort, Ultimate Protection
As one of the biggest advancements in bike safety, revolutionize experience with the Bontrager Specter WaveCel Helmet. Press play to witness the cutting-edge construction and technology of this ultimate road bike helmet.

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Are you wearing the safest?
The biggest advancement in the protection against cycling concussions. Trek and Bontrager have partnered with WaveCel to create a helmet technology that disrupts 30 years of accepted safety standards. You only get one brain. It's worth protecting.

Take your protection to the next level. Bontrager Specter WaveCel offers the best in versatility and comfort for everyday rides on roads, trails, gravel, and more. From dirt to pavement, fast or slow, this new wave of protection delivers the confidence you need anywhere you ride or race.

  • Certification: CPSC
  • WaveCel advanced helmet technology
  • The Boa® System lets you easily secure and adjust helmet fit with just one hand
  • Fidlock magnetic buckle fastens effortlessly for a quick, secure fit
  • Highly ventilated design offers more airflow to keep you cool
  • Soft, comfortable, moisture-wicking, and washable helmet pads
  • Reflective elements on back of helmet offer enhanced visibility to be seen
  • Crash Replacement Guarantee provides a free helmet replacement if involved in a crash within the first year of ownership

  • Small (51-57cm)
  • Medium (54-60cm)
  • Large (58-63cm)

What is WaveCel:
WaveCel is a collapsible cellular material that lines the inside of Bontrager helmets.

It is the result of a four-year partnership between Trek’s Research & Design teams, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Steve Madey, and biomechanical engineer Dr. Michael Bottlang. Drs Madey and Bottlang have collaborated for the past 25 years and pioneered advances in fracture care, thoracic and pelvic trauma, and head injury prevention. They are funded by grants from the National Institute of Health to help prevent traumatic brain injuries amongst cyclists.

How it works:
Unlike a standard foam helmet, which is designed to protect against direct impacts, WaveCel accounts for how most cycling accidents actually happen—ungracefully, with twists, turns, and angled impacts.

WaveCel absorbs energy in multiple ways. On impact, the layers of the WaveCel material move independently and flex until the cell walls crumple and then glide, actively absorbing direct and rotational energy and redirecting it away from your head.

This three-step change in material structure—flex, crumple, glide—is remarkably effective at dispersing the energy from an impact. Nearly 99 out of 100 times, WaveCel prevents concussions from common cycling accidents.*

*Results based on AIS 2 Injury (BriC) at 6.2 m/s test at 45° comparing a standard EPS Helmet and the same helmet modified with WaveCel insert as described in detail in Comparison of Bicycle Helmet Technologies in Realistic Oblique Impacts.

Customer Reviews

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Very Pleased
Very happy with it. I bought it for the Fidlock buckle and Wave Cell technology. I had Carpal Tunnel symptoms and surgery, and was unable to use the buckle on my other helmet with ease. My daughter was visiting and I tried her Bontrager on and could easily use the buckle, so
ordered immediately. I was also pleased to see the use of Boa for adjustment. I am familiar with that on my snowshoe bindings.
I would recommend this helmet.
September 2, 2020
2 months ago
Much heavier than other helmets and tends to slide forward on the forehead affecting visibility. Tightening the fit gave me a headache.
August 13, 2019
1 year ago
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August 21, 2019
Bailey B
Not enough padding in the Helmet
June 23, 2019
1 year ago
Excellent Helmet
Great helmet. It fits perfectly and doesn’t feel any heavier or warmer on my head than other helmets.
June 19, 2019
1 year ago
Comfortable light fit
Perfect fit - stylish BUT wish there was some way to keep the sun off my face.
June 16, 2019
1 year ago
Comfortable looks good
Comfortable looks good
Comfortable looks good
April 25, 2019
1 year ago