The Atlas 4.0 Track is the latest offering from British helmet manufacturer Ruroc, and as the name suggests, it’s a motorsport-oriented version of their latest lid. It features some upgrades and changes that allow it to be certified for racing circuits.
What better place to test it then, than on an actual race track. Fear not though, we also put some road miles on it, to make sure it was suitable for multipurpose use. What sets the Track version apart from the standard Atlas 4.0 is its certification.
This helmet boasts ACU Gold, ECE 22.06 and DOT FMVSS 218 accreditation, and features a D-Ring chin strap that replaces the Fidlock, to make it track compliant. Its shell is 15 per cent lighter, and sports improved aerodynamics.
There’s also a purpose-built visor upper seal which in our opinion look a little naff, but does help reduce wind noise. The new moisture wicking inner liner is good quality and feels comfortable on your head.
It again appears to be an improvement over the standard Atlas 4.0, which was already pretty comfortable. The Track is Ruroc’s first race-focused helmet and is a pretty impressive effort, straight out of the box.
Developed in collaboration with 2016 British Superstock champion Taylor Mckenzie, it’s a super quiet unit, which can be attributed to that top visor seal, and the new side ventilation covers. It’s also quieter during road testing.
That was something we didn’t expect, and was a pleasant surprise during our two race track stints as part of our California Superbike School training programs. Even at high speed, the Track performed well, feeling planted on the rider’s head.
The liner absorbed sweat well, and remained comfortable and dry throughout a full day of circuit action. On the road, the Track was up to the task and showed clear improvement of the already good Atlas 4.0.
We like that we can interchange the visors between the models to pimp up the look of our helmet too, and only have to add the visor seal, which can be purchased as a separate accessory from the Ruroc website.
The Atlas 4.0 Track offers great peripheral and straight, line-of-sight visibility. That ultra-wide field of view gives the rider the ability to see more of the track, and the helmet comes with clear and dark tinted visors, and the pin-lock is now included in the purchase price.
If we had to fault the Ruroc Atlas 4.0 Track, it would be the fact the Shockwave compartment cover feels loose and flimsy. That said, the unit hasn’t fallen out, so it’s obviously stronger than it looks.
Available in Titan Gold (as tested), Core Carbon, Inferno Red, Ice Blue and Viper Green, the Ruroc Atlas 4.0 Track is priced from $950 (including free shipping), and can be had in sizes from small to XXL. We recommend checking the measurement guide on their website.
As we always say, if you can overcome the hurdle that is not being able to see and touch the product in the flesh before you spend your hard earned dollars, it’s well worth the price of admission to look at a helmet from Ruroc.
Pros – functional helmet; delivers on practicality; looks great.
Cons – Shockwave compartment cover feels flimsy; visor upper seal looks naff; can’t try on in-person in Australia.