With more than two years of development, Troy Lee himself stood in front of the media and guests at his Corona, California, headquarters and introduced the new SE4 Helmet. “I’ve never been more proud to put my name on something,” Troy says.
We’ll get straight to what makes this helmet different than other helmets on the market – more foam. It’s a simple idea but has been backed up by independent testing, according to TLD. They looked at where most impacts happen on a moto helmet and found that most impacts occur around the crown. Therefore, the SE4 has a band EPS (expanded polystyrene) foam around the crown of the helmet that is 13% thicker than the average of all other helmets on the market.
The SE4 also has the Mips system to address rotational forces on the head. This system is in a few other motocross helmets and works by having a low friction layer between the riders head and the EPS, allowing the head to slide somewhat inside the helmet. That way, some of the rotational forces of an impact are lessened and not fully transferred to a riders head.
This featherweight helmet comes in at only 1325 grams, creating the lightest helmet TLD has ever produced. This helmet comes with 6 top intakes feeding 10 internal ports for maximum cool air induction, couple that with 6 exhaust ports that are fed by 9 internal passages to provide excellent dissipation of heat and you’ve got one protective, lightweight, super-ventilated helmet.
Most importantly, the helmet developers at Troy Lee Designs were very excited about the test results they received from an independent testing lab on the new lid. In fact, they were so excited that Troy Lee insisted that his riders start wearing it before it was available to the public, with Cole Seely and other members of the TLD teams running the SE4 throughout the 2016 AMA Supercross series.