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Originally introduced in 2011 and with nearly a million units sold since, the Kask Mojito has now entered its third generation, and is now known as the Mojito3 (or, “Mojito cubed”, as Kask prefers to say it).
Aimed at “commuters, e-bikers, and enthusiast road riders,” the Mojito3 retains a few design cues from the outgoing Mojito X, but otherwise gains a notably sleeker, smoother, and more modern-looking exterior. Kask says the ventilation has also been improved – not quite to the level of the ultra-airy Valegro, mind you – with bigger vents throughout and more comprehensive internal channeling so that incoming air can more easily flow across the rider’s head.
According to Kask, the Mojito3 provides better protection than the Mojito X, too, with a claimed “32% improvement over Mojito X for rear impact, up to 25% better in frontal impact, and 12% improvement for top impact” — with all of those figures presumably referencing transmitted acceleration forces relative to the older model. Perhaps the more impressive figure is how the Mojito3 “surpasses the European safety certification requirements by a considerable 48%,” although that claim only carries weight when ranked against other models, for which Kask hasn’t provided any comparable data.
From a subjective perspective, it’s worth noting that the Mojito3 offers a bit more coverage around the rear of the head as compared to many other road models, as well as a little more material around the temple area.
Conspicuously absent from the Mojito3, however, is a MIPS low-friction liner (or any sort of equivalent feature intended to lessen rotational forces upon impact). Based on previous conversations, MIPS has never seemed to sit very high on Kask’s list of priorities, and that is apparently still the case now. Either way, the new Mojito3 hasn’t yet appeared on Virginia Tech’s database of independent test results, so it’ll be interesting to see where it falls.
Out back is Kask’s Octo Fit retention system with an enormous range of height adjustment, a convenient dial to tune in the circumference, and adjustable occipital pads to help accommodate a wider range of head shapes. Inside is a one-piece Blue Tech pad that “eliminates skin irritation” and supposedly wicks perspiration, while down below is Kask’s signature faux leather chin strap.
Claimed weight for a medium sample is just 230 g, although that’s presumably for a CE-certified sample as my CPSC-certified sample is a fair bit heavier at 278 g.
Kask is offering the Mojito3 in six different colors (including one matte option) and three sizes. Retail price is US$199 / £130 / €134, with a small upcharge for the matte model. Australian pricing is still to be confirmed, but Kask says the Mojito3 will be available there starting in October.
Stay tuned for a complete review in the coming weeks.
More information can be found at www.kask.com.