Low in front under the visor and extending below the nape of the neck behind to link the head and back in the tuck position. The speed-skiing helmet.
200 KILOMETRES AN HOUR ON SKIS?
YOU NEED A VERY STEEP SLOPE, ENOUGH SPACE AT THE BOTTOM TO STOP, AND OF COURSE A PAIR OF SKIS. IF YOU’VE ALSO GOT A SAFE AERODYNAMIC HELMET, SO MUCH THE BETTER.
AGV’s full-face helmets caused a sensation both technically and for the company’s advertising when a special model was made for the athletes competing in the KL, the famous Kilometro Lanciato speed skiing competition.
The niche sport of speed skiing was both highly popular and highly spectacular. Dating back to the late nineteenth century, it recaptured the public imagination on Cervinia’s steep slopes thanks to the victories of an Italian, Alessandro Casse, who dominated the competitions there between 1971 and 1973, achieving speeds of over 114 miles per hour.
AGV developed a special aerodynamic helmet for these specialists. Casse’s successor was the American Steve McKinney, the first ever to break the 200 kilometre-per-hour barrier (124 mph) on skis. The great communicator Amisano was quick to seize the opportunity.