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Dux Helm bike helmet integrates sunglasses

The Dux Helm features integrated eyewear that is retractable, removable and replaceable
The Dux Helm features integrated eyewear that is retractable, removable and replaceable
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Simply slide the lens on and off
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Simply slide the lens on and off
The Dux helmet has 24 vents
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The Dux helmet has 24 vents
Swapping out lenses is quick and efficient
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Swapping out lenses is quick and efficient
A ring in back adjusts fit
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A ring in back adjusts fit
When you don't need sunglasses, they store neatly inside the helmet
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When you don't need sunglasses, they store neatly inside the helmet
The Dux helmet comes in several styles
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The Dux helmet comes in several styles
The $179 retail price includes the helmet and a gray lens
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The $179 retail price includes the helmet and a gray lens
Dux will sell a variety of lenses individually and in multi-packs
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Dux will sell a variety of lenses individually and in multi-packs
The Dux helmet comes in several styles
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The Dux helmet comes in several styles
The helmet will hit the market in November
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The helmet will hit the market in November
Seth Wells models the Dux Helm
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Seth Wells models the Dux Helm
The Dux Helm features integrated eyewear that is retractable, removable and replaceable
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The Dux Helm features integrated eyewear that is retractable, removable and replaceable

A full motorcycle-style visor might be overkill for cyclists, but some form of helmet sun protection could certainly prove useful. The Dux Helm features integrated eyewear that is retractable, removable and replaceable.

Dux Helm is a Vancouver-based start-up that hit the scene earlier this year. Its first product is a little something it calls the "world's first bike helmet with retractable lens." While we know better than to accept those types of proclamations without reservation, we can say with confidence that the average bike helmet offers little more in the way of sun protection than a tiny, ineffective brim – if that. It certainly doesn't have a pair of sunglasses.

The Dux helmet uses a simple sliding button to drop a lens over your eyes or pull it up out of the way. The button includes a quick-release action that allows you to remove the lens completely. You can ride without a lens in situations where you know you won't need it and quickly swap out different colored lenses.

When you don't need sunglasses, they store neatly inside the helmet
When you don't need sunglasses, they store neatly inside the helmet

Putting on and taking off sunglasses may not seem like a problem worth designing a piece of gear after, but cycling does often involve changing weather and light conditions. The Dux not only allows you to react to those changing conditions by quickly lowering and raising the lens, it stores that lens safely out of the way – something that's very helpful when you have limited storage space, as on a bike. The helmet also aims to eliminate the visual impediment of smudged, sweat-streaked lenses.

Other than its integrated lens, the Dux is a standard bike helmet – in-mold construction, 24 vents providing circulation, size-adjusting ring and Coolmax mesh padding. It also has a glow-in-the-dark back panel for nighttime visibility.

Dux will sell a variety of lenses individually and in multi-packs
Dux will sell a variety of lenses individually and in multi-packs

Dux Helm showed its helmet at the recent Interbike show. The helmet will be available next month via Dux Helm's website. The helmet with a single gray lens will retail for US$179. The company will also offer a variety of lenses in different tints for $30 to $35. It's also working out a discounted price for a 3-pack of lenses.

The video below gives you a closer look at the Dux system.

Source: Dux Helm via Gear Junkie

DUX HELM - Bike Helmet with Retractable Lens (3R Lens System)

3 comments
Francois Retief
I had a cycling helmet with built-in visor 22 years ago. (I still have it in fact) It worked pretty well.
dsiple
will the goggles fit over a pair of glasses?
Seth Lanauze-wells
The Built in glasses do allow you to wear your prescription class or if you want to use our clear lens you can wear a darker one under,I do that because the trails in BC are dark so the clear lens would be my choice but when you come out of the trail head and it's sunny you need your dark shades.
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