In the News

April 15, 2011


Louis Garneau is pleased to announce the helmet sponsorship of Current World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae. Carfrae won the 2010 Ford Ironman World Championships wearing a Louis Garneau Chrono-Leggera, and this year, Carfrae will be racing in the new windtunnel tested Vorttice helmet. Louis Garneau has proven their strength as a leader in helmets outfitting some of the world's best triathletes including: Chrissie Wellington, Joe Gambles, Samantha McGlone, and team TBB. In 2010, Louis Garneau was also ranked #1 at the Kona Helmet Count.
"After using a Garneau helmet for a number of years, I am thrilled to have become an official member of the Garneau family. I spent a whole day in the wind tunnel with Felt and found the Vorttice to be the most aerodynamic helmet on the market, but what has impressed me most is its ability to keep my head cool-which of course is hugely important when you consider the risks of overheating in races like Kona", remarks Carfrae.

"We are excited to work with Mirinda", notes Pierre Perron, International Marketing Director at Louis Garneau. "Working with athletes of her caliber is the only way we can hold our position as #1 in triathlon helmets. We have windtunnel tested the Vorttice helmet and know the aerodynamic strength it has. With the help of professional athletes, we will work to convey this message to all levels of triathletes."

The Vorttice helmet is a true revolution in aerodynamic helmets designed to be faster than the competition. Unlike any other aero helmet, proven dimpled technology at the front of the helmets causes air to flow closely to the helmet. When hitting the "Vortex Generator" at the top of the helmet, the air is accelerated again so it can glide along to the end of the helmet and eliminate air disturbances. The unique "air intake" situated at the highest pressure point on the helmet directs the air along the 3 evacuation channels, keeping the rider cool and directing the flow of air through and out the helmet. When the cyclist is riding straight forward, the air must change direction to skirt around the helmet. This creates a high pressure zone in front of the helmet making it the perfect place to position the vent. Air goes in at high speed, moves around the head through internal evacuation channels and exits at the back opening. Heat produced by the cyclist's head is then wicked out through the back. Designed to improve aerodynamic performance, the Vorttice lens is ventilated and included with the helmet. The shape of the helmet, the air intake system and the Vortex Generator prove to be exceptional at managing winds from all directions allowing athletes to go faster while spending less energy.