Specialized have thoroughly updated their entire helmet lineup
for 2019, with every model now available with MIPS technology (more
on that below). This isn't simply a superficial refresh, the new
helmets take safety to another level.
The S-Works models, including the aero Evade and the superlight
Prevail II, also feature ANGi - yes, another four-letter-acronym,
but it's a really interesting one. Basically this is a crash
detector/tracker integrated into the helmet, that can call for help
Sounds familiar? IceDot technology started to make inroads a few
years ago, but at that point the technology was in its infancy.
Specialized acquired them in 2017 and have used their huge R&D
resources to develop the tech to the next level.
If you're on a solo training ride, or exploring off the beaten
path, then these new helmets provide more than just the usual
superb physical protection - they can call for assistance in an
emergency if you're not able to.
The brain on the outside helps look after the brain on the
ANGi is a two-part system. A small, lightweight sensor unit
(just 10g) is attached to the rear of the helmet and detects any
sudden impacts. It connects wirelessly via Bluetooth to your iOS or
Android phone, where a Specialized app interprets the data and
takes action accordingly.
Specialized describe it as a combination of "a ride tracker,
crash detector, and safety beacon".
Essentially it's providing an added level of security and
reassurance when you're out riding on your own. Not only does it
track your location via the GPS in your phone (and can export ride
data to Strava) but it will call for help in the event of an
If the ANGi sensor detects a potential crash during your ride,
it will connect to the Ride App on your smartphone, sound an alarm,
and start a countdown. If you're okay, you just cancel the
countdown and keep riding. If you're injured and unable to cancel
the countdown, however, the Ride App will send a text alert to your
emergency contacts telling them you may have been in an accident
(and your location, via GPS)
You can't simply pop an ANGi sensor onto an existing helmet - in
order for the sensor to work reliably the helmet needs to have been
designed with ANGi in mind. However, all 2019 Specialized helmets
are ANGi-ready, and all the S-Works models come with the sensor