Taiwanese brand Zeus Helmets has officially arrived in PH

The initial lineup comprises six models to suit different riders
by Agnes Uzochika Aja | Aug 8, 2019
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Good news, riders: Bikerbox is now the official distributor of Zeus Helmets in the Philippines. The company held the launch of the brand on Saturday, August 3, at Yamaha YZone’s Motora Azul 1955 Cafe Lounge.

The Taiwanese helmet manufacturer, which has been making lids since 1988, is a well-known name in the Philippines. Bikerbox marketing and events representative Marius Dideles affirms the brand’s enduring and loyal following in the country: “We did a [social media] campaign online: #kwentongZeusko... Pag-publish namin ng [Zeus] page, wala pa kaming content, ‘Zeus Helmets’ lang. In three days, 3,000+ likes, so yung recall nandun pa rin. And people remember [Zeus] as something durable.”

A dive through the Internet turns up similar testimonials about the brand’s style, reliability, and value in other parts of the world. Forum threads about Zeus span several pages of users attesting to the helmets’ unexpected mix of affordability and safety. And there’s at least a hundred YouTube videos dedicated to unboxing or reviewing certain models.

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For Bikerbox’s Zeus launch, the Parañaque-based distributor brought in six initial models to whet the appetites of OG fans and initiates alike. The five features below are a baseline, found in all six of the Zeus models BikerBox will be launching first:

  1. Multiple vents on the shell and deep air channels in the EPS foam layer
  2. Spring-loaded, polycarbonate visors with UV400 and anti-scratch treatment
  3. Wind-tested shells for aerodynamics
  4. DOT certification (plus ECE certification for five out six helmets—the ZS-612A only has DOT)
  5. Removable, washable padding with odor control

Different types of riders should be able to find a specific lid for their riding style from Zeus’s offerings. Colorful, all-over graphics are available for a bolder look, while solid gloss colors are in the mix for those who keep things simple or toned down. Of the six models introduced, three are full-face (ZS1800B, ZS813/ZS813A, ZS-811), two are open-face (ZS-612A, ZS-218), and one is an MX (ZS-912).

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The most premium in the lineup is the full-face racing model, the ZS1800B. It has two shell versions: carbon fiber (P11,900) and fiberglass (P6,800). The carbon-fiber shell sports a hexagon graphic, while the fiberglass shell comes in matte-black/AM3 gray combination. The specs for this racing helmet stands out from the rest of the lineup for its luxe safety: dual-density EPS foam, five-piece removable padding, an emergency puller for cheek pads, an inner sun visor, and a visor lock.

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Next up in terms of price and build is the motocross model, the ZS-912 (P5,100). A full-carbon shell keeps it very light, with a stated weight of 1,050±50 grams. Dirt riders will appreciate the MX model’s removable and adjustable peak, 3D cheek pads, and antibacterial and bamboo charcoal liners that are included on top of the padding’s odor-control treatment.

From premium and midrange, we come down to the regular full-face models: the ZS-813/ZS-813A (P3,900 for graphics, P3,600 for solid) and the ZS-811 (P3,600). They’re a budget option for riders who are starting out or saving up for a more premium model. Each one sports an ABS shell, a single layer of EPS foam, and three-piece (ZS-811) or five-piece padding (ZS-813/ZS-813A).

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At the base of the pyramid are the two entry-level, open-face models: the ZS-218 (P3,000) and the ZS-612A (P2,500). Designed to look like a stylish bubble, the ZS-218 is a retro package made with vintage bike owners in mind. It has a whopping 12 air vents on an ABS shell, plus treated padding with leather trim—in case feeling cool is your thing. The ZS-612A, a no-frills commuter option, humbly completes the selection with an ABS shell, an internal sun visor, and a quick-release main visor.

With such a wide range of price points and a proven brand presence in the country, Zeus Helmets is strategically placed to compete in the mid- to upper-level price segment for motorcycle helmets. Do you think Zeus has done its homework and kept up with the competition? Let us know in the comments section.

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