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Bluegrass Goldeneye Helmet

Over the summer I spotted a bargain on Chain Reactions. Yes, I know I probably should browse elsewhere when I've nothing better to do, but hey.

So the Bluegrass Goldeneye trail helmet was down to 50 quid, which is a great price, so as I was ordering some bits for a friend I thought I'd add one to the order.

Golden EyeFirst impressions were that it is a well constructed helmet, it was immediately comfortable and well ventilated, but then I started to see a couple of issues. Firstly, the plastic shell doesn't wrap around the edges of the EPS foam, so after a while it's going to start looking pretty rough with bumps and dents. The second thing I found was that the straps seem to twist and then don't sit comfortably at the side of your face. But they were minor things. The major issue became apparent on the first ride out.

The Golden Eye uses a s¡licone sweat band on the forehead, all well and good and it is comfortable, but the channels in this band seem to direct the sweat into your eyes with drops hitting the inside of your glasses to further interfere with your vision. I also found that after a couple of consecutive days of use, the silicone band left a line of dry skin on my forehead.

A quick solution hyas been to borrow a wrap around foam band from an old helmet to cover the silicone one, but I'm still not happy with the way the straps sit against my face, so it looks like this lid will be quickly relegated to the spares bag.

My score is a 3/5

New website, new blog

So we are now on Lavatrax.com v4. Things have changed a lot in the last 10 years, with the increase of mobile devices accessing the web, and the improvements in bandwidth and download speeds available to everyone, no longer do we have to cut back on images and video content. Not that we are going to throw massive files down the line at you!

Equally, this latest site comes about because we needed to make our site responsive so that it works better with mobiles and tablets, not just PC's.

Over time we may migrate some of the older blog entries across from the old site, but for now we decided that it would be nice just to start afresh with content that is current and relevant.

So, please enjoy the content and when you've done reading, get out on your bike!