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MET Parabellum Helmet

4.79/5 (28 Reviews)
Weight : 290 grams MSRP : $200.00


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Product Description

A whole new allmountain generation. Its large visor on the front characterizes the new Parabellum just as the entanglement of the two shells clearly visible at the rear. It has excellent head coverage for such a feather- weight. It is without a doubt the best all-mountain helmet.


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User Reviews

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by Cesar

Date Reviewed: July 1, 2014

Strengths:    Light, ventilated, good shape

Weaknesses:    retention system

Bottom Line:   
This would be an awesome helmet, if only the retention system would not give you headaches. And this wasn´t only me, but 4 more riders that test rode my helmet had the same issue. The back retention system digs into your head causing headaches after a while... this apparently is a production problem, and they are working on fixing this.

I hope they do!

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Petr Komarek a Cross Country Rider from Brno, Czech Republic, EU

Date Reviewed: April 21, 2006

Strengths:    Light, durable, good vent

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Great, two times saved my life by really wild crash. Ones was on crash replacement for 50% cost. It was after night crash with iron crossbar in forest :-)

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Duration Product Used:   More than 3 years

Price Paid:    $120.00

Purchased At:   HaPe Sport

Similar Products Used:   Bell Cyclone


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dale Buxton a Cross Country Rider from Bradford

Date Reviewed: April 22, 2004

Strengths:    Ventilation, weight, looks, retention system.

Weaknesses:    Big fat humungous zero

Bottom Line:   
This skidlid looks the part, extremely cheap in comparison to other helmets of this quality. You can tell the R&D and thought thats gone into it, 4 point connection for the visor, 30 vents (gets a bit chilly in the uk though), the retention system is the best aspect, theres a strap going all the way round the inside of the helmet that tightens as you push the clips tighter, keeping the helmet securely fitted to your bonce. Its also one of the lightest helmets on the market (yep, anorak me weighed a few). Seriously, don't even think twice, just size it and hand over your hard-earned.

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Favorite Trail:   Anywhere bumpy!

Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Chain Reaction Cycles

Similar Products Used:   Specialized King Cobra (what was i thinking-cost twice as much)

Bike Setup:   Cannondale F800 with full XTR groupset,oh, and a water bottle

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Guy a Weekend Warrior from Darwin, NT

Date Reviewed: March 17, 2003

Strengths:    Excellent ventilation, proven skull-saver, looks cooler than competitors due to lower, flatter top profile. Great visor sits at just the right level above the eyes.

Weaknesses:    I take a large MET Parrabellum, but a medium in most other helmets. Maybe I have a strange egg, but try it on before you buy!

Bottom Line:   
I tested this helmet after getting a bit too much air off a jump on a downhill section. Landed head-first on my MET Parrabellum. Xrays confirm no fractures to skull or spine(although plenty of bruising elsewhere). Helmet is still intact although a bit dented. Visor also intact. Therefore I can vouch for this helmet's effectiveness in its primary role (saving your skull). It is also the best ventilated MTB helmet on the market, which is the main reason I bought it (I ride in HOT tropical conditions where brain temp is a crucial factor). If you need a cooler head, get one of these. Design of forhead padding also reduces the amount of sweat that gets in your eyes. Adjustable fit system ensures a firm, comfortable, no-wobble fit.

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Favorite Trail:   Lost City

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Purchased At:   Bike Addiction, NSW

Similar Products Used:   Earlier model MET helmets

Bike Setup:   Giant XTC NRS 2001, PsyloXC 2002 fork, DX platform pedals, 2.3" Continental Vertical protec tyres.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Sting a Cross Country Rider from Box Hill, VIC, Australia

Date Reviewed: October 13, 2002

Strengths:    Good looks, light weight, good fit.

Weaknesses:    Foam inserts fall apart. Expensive.

Bottom Line:   
This helmet is awesome, if a little expensive. The only problem encountered was with the padded foam inserts that stick to the velcro. If you sweat a bit, these will disintergrate within 6 months.

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Favorite Trail:   Merri Creek

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   CycleWorks, Box Hill

Similar Products Used:   Giro

Bike Setup:   GT LTS1 with full XTR upgrade

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jaggi a Cross Country Rider from Finland

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2002

Strengths:    Lite,cool,fits my head,great looks,good visor.

Weaknesses:    none!

Bottom Line:   
Great helmet,if you can get one,buy it.
Cool as hell!?!And good visor.

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Duration Product Used:   6 months

Price Paid:    $70.00

Similar Products Used:   MET anaxagore,Cratoni Heli,Bell


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by EUAN a Racer from CHCH. NEW ZEALAND

Date Reviewed: September 22, 2002

Strengths:    extremly lite, tons of vents, fits like a glove,best u can get

Weaknesses:    everything cost so much in new zealand!!

Bottom Line:   
after using my trusty giro for 10 or so years i fel in love with this blood bucket after 10 mins up my first climb. more hot air leaves you than u think u had!

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Favorite Trail:   woosleys, up & down!

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   lbs

Similar Products Used:   1990 giro air attack(used to be best u could get!!)

Bike Setup:   wheeler(gwark!) xt,lx black elite 80/100

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by PJ a Downhiller from France

Date Reviewed: September 12, 2002

Strengths:    Light strong well ventilated and a good quality feel

Weaknesses:    the colors? not very important though

Bottom Line:   
The thing saved my head last week, it's all broken but I'll be geting another one asap
What more can I say? it rules

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Duration Product Used:   2 Years

Similar Products Used:   Met anaxagore, bells,giros...


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Alex Y a Cross Country Rider from Australia

Date Reviewed: October 16, 2001

Strengths:    VERY Breezy
Looks awesome - helmets look dorky, but this one makes you want to wear it. Great Colours
Perfect Fit


Weaknesses:    none so far

Bottom Line:   
I love this helmet. Looks awesome, and feels so breezy and fits so well that it makes you WANT to wear it.

I've been road riding for over 10 years, and have never worn a helmet before. The helmets I've tried were clunky and hot and just plain irritating. The MET Parabellum however, is just sweet - plain and simple.

I'd get a Stradivarius if it had a visor - the only way that you can get a better helmet than a Parabellum is to get another MET - the Stradivarius, just too bad it doesn't have a visor.

I give it a perfect score, coz it made me a believer.

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Price Paid:    $85.00

Similar Products Used:   Tested the Stradivarius (sweet!)

Bike Setup:   What's the relevance?

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Sean a Cross Country Rider from Nottinghamshire, UK

Date Reviewed: October 5, 2001

Strengths:    1. Good looks
2. Feels strong and secure
3. Not too heavy
4. Decent ventilation
5. Price (I got it for £39.99 - I think they priced it incorrectly)
6. Take the visor off and I can use it with my road bike


Weaknesses:    1. Has quite a large profile (looks wide from the front)
2. Chin strap seems to re-adjust itself betfore every ride (unless it's my girlfriend messing with it for a laugh)


Bottom Line:   
Nice functional helmet (esspecially at the price I paid). As I said above, can be used on the road as well (saving me some serious money as I do both MTBing and road-riding).

Ventilation is much better than the Scudo etc (but then again what do you expect for the extra money).

The MET retention system is good and easy/quick to use/adjust.

Strong-feeling in-moulded shell.

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Favorite Trail:   You wouldn't know it...

Duration Product Used:   1 Year

Price Paid:    $70.00

Purchased At:   Halfords

Similar Products Used:   MET Scudo, Bell something-or-other

Bike Setup:   Coyote HT4 frame, full XT group (with Flightdeck computer), Mavic X517 (citrus) rims, Panaracer Fire XC, Club Roost stem/bar, TekTro boosters, Judy XC fork......

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Greg from Melbourne, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2001

Strengths:    Ventilation, Weight and ease of adjustment.

Weaknesses:    The pads are very creative, I would hate to track down some new ones.

Bottom Line:   
I enjoy this helmet (particularly coming from a warm climate). I am nor certain how all those vents would help in a cold climate - Perhaps rub axle grease into your noggin?

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Duration Product Used:   Less than 1 month

Similar Products Used:   Bell

Bike Setup:   FSR XC Comp

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Anton a Cross Country Rider from Sydney, Australia

Date Reviewed: January 14, 2001

Strengths:    Ventilation!!!! , feels secure, ventilation, light, oh, have I said Ventilation, looks great as well

Weaknesses:    none

Bottom Line:   
Would love to get a Stradivarius but can't afford it so I got this instead . Haven't regretted it despite the price diff of 100 bucks from a Stradivarius

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Bell, OGK

Bike Setup:   Giant MCM

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Paul D a Weekend Warrior from Perth, Australia

Date Reviewed: December 29, 2000

Strengths:    Quality finish with the exterior plastic moulded to the shell. V Good ventillation. Good fit with a really nice adjustment system and comfy straps

Weaknesses:    Price. I paid $150.00 Aussie (But you get what you pay for) Not many spare pads with the helmet

Bottom Line:   
I think that MET did a big overhaul on this helmet for 2000. I like this Helmet. As soon as I put it on it felt like a good fit and I didn't have to play around with it much. It has a great adjustment system that is easy to alter. There is a band that goes all the way around your head that is tightned by the rear adjustment straps. It pretty much guarantees a good fit (Unless you have a cone head) The straps are nice a well. All in all a much better helmet than my 98 Bell Image Pro (Replaced on age and stench grounds). Kudos to Bell though as one of their helmets saved me from being a vegetable. Someone has put a lot of thought into this MET helmet and it shows.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $75.00

Purchased At:   LBS

Similar Products Used:   Bell Image pro and a couple of other Bell Helmets

Bike Setup:   98 Ali Hardtail with XT Stuff

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by John a Weekend Warrior from Germany,Bavaria,Augsburg

Date Reviewed: November 30, 2000

Strengths:    Light wight
cool colours/look
passform
simpe handling
good aircondition
inmouldet shalle
removable pads
it's a high-end helmet at a down to earth price


Weaknesses:    nothing known

Bottom Line:   
a very godd helmet. my favorite helmet for this price.lovely coloures, nice form and really good prtection.
it's a helmet for every biker, only downhiller should use one with a full-face-helmet.

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Favorite Trail:   Waldhaus-Klinik-trails

Duration Product Used:   3 months

Price Paid:    $120.00

Similar Products Used:   no helmets used before

Bike Setup:   Ghost Spezial Edition,XT,Rock Shox Jett xc

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Jeremy a Cross Country Rider from Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Date Reviewed: November 1, 2000

Strengths:    this is one cool looking helmet, it keeps my head really cool, good comfortable fit.



Weaknesses:    the pads suck, but other then that this helmet rocks


Bottom Line:   
I think this a very good value helmet that looks good and keeps my head cool, it has a very comfortable fit, but the pads in the helmet suck. But other then that this is an ausome helmet.

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Duration Product Used:   3 months

Similar Products Used:   Bell Image Pro

Bike Setup:   Specialized Stumpjumper FSR XC with ZOOM carbon riser bars

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