Strengths: I have a small head and with the use of the adjustor in the back this helmet actually fits. It's light, it's well ventilated and it does the job! I've taken me fair few crashes and the scars are on the helmet not on my head, including a few face plants ;) I came from a bell FF helmet that cooked my head, I have truly enjoyed my head remaining cool.
Weaknesses: The ventilation holes are sizable, I've had sticks stuck in them after a crash; knock on wood they haven't dug in too deep. but the risk is definitely there. The inner line sucks! bottom line. The front flap won't stick anymore causing it to become an extra visor and the pathetic velcro tabs placed inside to hold the liner in have to be glued back on the moment you play around with it.
I've had this helmet for a couple years now and it has been great overall especially for the price. Would I buy another one? no. I will up grade.
Strengths: Light weight, good ventilation, fits well, looks damn sexy
Weaknesses: The internal liner, chin strap system
As a first impression, I really like this helmet.
This helmet is incredibly light weight, at least comparing to other FF helmets I have worn. Roughly 3 pounds, compared to my lightest MX helmet of 4.2 pounds. I don't have any other cycling specific FF helmets to compare it to, unfortunately.
Ventilation is just as good across the top of the head as Giro or Bell XC helmets. Cheeks and ears will get warm, obviously, as it has little ventilation there.
This fits surprisingly well, too. It has overlapping sizes, so if you fall in the overlap, you can choose a slightly tighter, or slightly looser helmet. I fell into the overlap between Medium and Large, and opted for the Medium, and I don't regret that. It fits very snug, but not so much that it hurts.
The internal liner. God this thing is terrible. The seams holding it all together get very thick at some points, and two in particular were right on the top of my forehead. These two were incredibly painful, and I couldn't wear the helmet for more than 5 minutes at a time because of them. Luckily, the liner is removable. I pulled it out and replaced it with a liner from my MX helmet - Perfect. Snug and extremely comfortable, though a little bit warmer.
One thing you could do, it seems like, is order a smaller than needed size, and remove the liner entirely, and put in some standard helmet padding along the contact points of the head. My Medium sized helmet was still too loose to do this, but if I had ordered a Small on accident, I think it would easily work just as well as the liner.
The chin strap is an annoyance at best. The strap is made out of a very thick seat belt like strap. So thick that it doesn't bend enough to properly lace it into the buckle. I can see this chin strap coming loose during a ride, and potentially losing the helmet in a crash. I will be replacing this on mine.
I have yet to ride a trail with this helmet, but I will update this review once I have.
Please note that this is NOT a DH/FR helmet. If used in that type of riding, it can't protect you. This is meant for AM/XC/DJ styles of riding. As such, it is little more than an XC style helmet with a built in jaw guard.
$120 for the helmet? Not a second time, with the two issues I had with it. It's getting a 2 from the factory. Changing out the liner and chin strap would put this at a 4, though.
a Weekend Warrior
from from Mexico to the Austrian Alps
Date Reviewed: December 2, 2010
Strengths: looks, weight
Weaknesses: offers no true full face protection
It looks amazing in the electro white color. It is light, and vents good (that is kinda obvious), but it is too expensive for what it offers. It ain´t nothing else than a simple XC helmet with an extra mouthpiece attached to it, and extra protection on the back of the head. That means no true protection on a DH course and speed.
The inner protection is such as any other XC lid.....
for that kind of money, and for a true helmet, go anywhere else, I for myself will be considering getting a new 661 Evo, cheaper, good looks, and proved protection.
Favorite Trail: Ajusco´s (Mexico) and Lansersee (Austria)
Duration Product Used: Less than 1 month
Purchased At: bike24.de
Similar Products Used: oneal , 661 Evo,
Bike Setup: Giant Reign - future: Giant Reign Faith
from reno, nv
Date Reviewed: August 7, 2010
Strengths: Very, very light. Good sight lines, good fit
This is an amazing helmet. At first i was skeptical about buying a full face because i was worried about weight and airflow. Honestly i can hardly tell that i am wearing this helmet even during grinding climbs. I have heard that the original deviant had some problems with quality but i have not noticed any of them in the newer model. If you are looking for a great downhill helmet or just desire more protection in a great design, then this is the helmet for you.
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Can anyone suggest goggles that fit well into a Specialized Deviant II helmet? Helmet size is a Large but I wear goggles for small faces.
The goggles that I've tried so far tend to get pushed down by the 'brim' of the helmet (having a small nose doesn't help either).
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