a Cross Country Rider
from San Francisco, CA
Date Reviewed: May 30, 2008
Strengths: Light, good looking, comfortable for my head, retention system is effortlessly adjusted for use of a bandanna or other under the helmet
Weaknesses: Relatively expensive, the shell at the rear has cracked off in two symmetrical spots on the left and right from regular use
Great helmet. I don't like visors on my helmets, so didn't get the XC version. I use this on my road and mountain bikes. If you compare this helmet to all the other Bell/Gyro helmets, this is one of the lightest, has plenty of ventilation, and is comfortable. I've a roughly 7 3/4" hat size, and wear the Large. The sweat "soak up" pads hold a disgusting amount of sweat until you squeeze it out! The white/silver color looks good but you'll still have non-cyclists saying you look like a Star Trek character.
Universal-fit Bell/Gyro helmets are cheap and work fine for most people. Your head is worth more than the price of a helmet, get one that fits you fine and that you'll wear every single time you ride.
Negative: in two spots on the rear, the shell has cracked off near the edge. It's by the middle rear "split" in the helmet. The core is not damaged, so just a cosmetic issue. An expensive helmet shouldn't do that. That's why I'm not giving it five stars.
Similar Products Used: Various cheapo universal Bell and Gyro helmets
Bike Setup: Entire bike collection
from Utard, UT, USA
Date Reviewed: July 16, 2007
Strengths: Light, Strong, Pretty, good ventilation, Retention system is great.
This is a great helmet, very cool and comfy in the summer. I really like the adjustable thing in the back, in the winter (20-40 degrees regular riding temp) I can fit a skull cap no problem and stay warm. I just wish I would have gotten a plain white one coz my team colors changed this year... Perfect helmet!
a Cross Country Rider
from Melbourne Australia
Date Reviewed: September 8, 2005
Strengths: Very Comfortable & Fits better than any other helmet I've ever had. I've got a faily big head and this doesn't look like it at all.
Weaknesses: This baby makes my head hot, I don't know if thats the trade off for such a good fit but I find myself taking the helmet off every so often just to cool off. I would still prefer to wear it than my old Animas.
Great comfort and looks at a great price (thanks JensonUSA, the only shop I trust to send items across the sea) It is hot so I don't know what it will be like on 40 degree days, Suggest you try a Giro E2 as a comparison before buying.
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