Specialized S3 Bikes

4.67/5 (3 Reviews)
MSRP : $150.00


Product Description

  • 4th Dimension Cooling System w/ Mega Mouthport
  • Ultralight Mindset micro-dial fit system
  • Tri-Fix web splitter
  • Lighter, low-profile buckle


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Reviews 1 - 3 (3 Reviews Total)

User Reviews

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by RickINAZ a Weekend Warrior

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2012

Strengths:    Great ventilation, flexible adjustment, removable visor, safety rating, versatility for road and mountain biking.

Weaknesses:    Feels like it wants to roll forward over my eyebrows.

Bottom Line:   
I needed to get a well ventilated helmet for the heat in Arizona, and I wanted to get one for road and mtb use. Great ventilation, versatility with the removable visor, but took several attempts to get it dialed in to sit right-seems to run big and I just missed fitting in a medium. Overall, cool looking helmet for any cycling application

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Favorite Trail:   Lost Dog- quartz loop

Duration Product Used:   2 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Similar Products Used:   Bell, POC

Bike Setup:   Santa Cruz carbon Tallboy, Shimano XT

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Mike B

Date Reviewed: April 19, 2012

Strengths:    The first helmet that has properly fit my big-fat head!

Weaknesses:    Expensive. Front logo is gaudy.

Bottom Line:   
I have been wearing bicycle helmets since their mainstream introduction in the mid-eighties. I do not have the biggest head in the world (I wear a 7-5/8 baseball hat and there are several sizes bigger) but I have never found a helmet that has fit me just right. The past few helmets I have owned were Bells because I found them to be the biggest. I would have to remove all the padding and Velcro to get it on. I have been frustrated but have learned to accept it.
Instead of ordering the same helmet online after the previous one was destroyed, I decided to take advantage of my geographic location and go helmet shopping in Boulder. I had to visit only one store, University Bicycles on Pearl Street, which had several dozen models to choose from in all sizes and colors. I spent about an hour trying on all the helmets, disregarding price. The only other model that fit was a $40 Giro model that looked like something they would issue after being discharged from a hospital. So I spent $150 ($162 with tax) on the S3 model because I should have it for a few years and I can enter some races with it too.
I am surprised by the lack of people in cycling-savvy Boulder that do not wear helmets. $150 is nothing when you consider hospital bills and brain damage.

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Favorite Trail:   Happy

Price Paid:    $162.00

Purchased At:   University Bicycles,

Similar Products Used:   Bell (1985)
Specialized Aero Force II (1991)
3 - Specialized Cobras (1996-1999)
Giro MTB (2001)
4 - Bell Ghisallos (2002-2010)


Bike Setup:   Surly Long Haul Trucker touring bike
Tubus front and rear racks
Lone Peak panniers
Shimano 9 speed drivetrain (Ultegra, XT)
Mavic 217 Sunset 36 hole rims with Shimano XT hubs and DT Swiss 14/15 gauge spokes and black brass nipples.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Zachariah

Date Reviewed: April 18, 2012

Strengths:    ~Excellent ventilation throughout
~Light, at 258 grams(no visor)
~Chin strap design never binds your ears
~Dial-in fit perfectly
~Looks the business


Weaknesses:    ~None, whatsoever

Bottom Line:   
Why pay nearly $300 for an S-Works Prevail...when the S3 does nearly everything for less? The wide, Mega Port front vents channel cool air straight to your sweaty temple, with incredible efficiency. On full-tuck descents - the S3 shines, as air resistance is unobstructed while creating a cool "whoosh" sound. Chances are, you'll never notice you're even wearing a helmet, with the light S3.

Leave the Prevail for sponsored racers and those who have deeper pockets. Us mere mortals will find the S3 more than adequate for daily needs. By the way - the S3 still trumps the Catlike Whisper, Giro Ionos, Met Sinethesis, and Uvex FP 3.0 by a very comfortable margin. Snap the included visor on and mountain bike duty is handled with incredible practicality. If you only want ONE HELMET to do it all.....the Specialized S3 is it.

Believe me - I've tried them ALL..and I approve this message.

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