The uvex (pronounced ew-vex) xp 100 helmet has been my main noggin protection for three months, and I have found it to be lightweight, comfortable, easily adjustable, with a large brim and excellent rear protection. The German made helmet has a plethora of features, that add not only to its safety, but to the comfort and usability of the wearer, plus I liked the wicked skull graphics. Continue reading →
Strengths: super light, well ventilated, made in Germany, very customizable, stylish
Weaknesses: the netting they put in the front vents to keep bugs out looks silly
This helmet has exceed my exceptions, when I first picked up the box it was in I thought there wasn't anything in there because it is so light. It can fit practically any head size with more customization than any other helmet I've ever used before. The visor is perfectly positioned so that it doesn't block the field of vision. The chin strap has this wonderful soft piece of fabric on it that feels so luxurious against your skin and eliminates any skin irritation that might arise. I've used it in some hot and humid weather and it has helped keep my head cool. The padding does a good job about soaking up the sweat on the forehead so you won't have to worry about getting sweat in your eyes. One of my favorite parts about this helmet is that it is made in Germany, most other helmets are made in China.
Strengths: Light weight, adjustability, vents, overall construction.
No "duck tail" in back.
I haven't bought a new helmet in awhile and once I started shopping I was disappointed by what I was finding from Giro (my past favorite) and Bell (note: they are now both part of the same company, so no surprise I guess...).
I was looking for a little better back coverage without getting a skate helmet.
I read some reviews on the UVEX and so I started looking for them online. The fact that you can get these for under $40 makes them the absolute best helmet deal out there!
The fit is great, it has real pads in it. The adjustment system adjusts in very small steps, so dialing in a fit (no pun intended) should be no problem for anyone. It is incredibly light as others have said.
There are plenty of vents and the front vents have a mesh in them to keep bugs from getting inside the helmet as you ride. This is a great feature and I don't know why (well actually I do - $) more helmets don't have this feature.
Another nice detail/feature is the padded cover on the chinstrap that keeps the excess strap material from flapping around and rubbing on your neck. This is a feature most snow helmets seem to have, and since Uvex has been making snow helmets for years, has brought it over to cycling helmets as well.
The graphics are not flashy, a bit understated perhaps. I got the white/black/silver graphics which would look good with almost any bike color if that matters to you. Personally I just think white helmets are cooler in summer sun.
Overall, a well-fitting, classic looking helmet that is very lightweight and is obviously built with German attention to design and engineering. It certainly stacks up favorably with other $100 helmets, so the fact that these can be had for less than half that means you should definitely give one a try. I'm going to order another as a spare because the price won't stay that low once the word is out.
Similar Products Used: High end Giro, Bell, Specialized helmets
Bike Setup: Santa Cruz Blur XC Carbon
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: May 15, 2011
Strengths: well made
Weaknesses: Visor doesnt adjust.
This is a nice helmet. I normally don't buy helmets without test fitting them first. Seen these on Price Point for $40 bucks and couldnt pass it up.
It has many adjustments. The head lock system on the rear is nice. Several vents that breath well. The hornet screen in the front is a nice touch. Light weight. You dont really notice it when your riding. Which is what you want in a helmet.
The only thing that concerns me is that there is alot of air space between the helmet and back of skull. Enough room to slide your fingers between. Guess thats what happens with a one size fits all adjustment system. In the future it would be nice to see Uvex make a S The quality of this hemlet is excellent. Germany always seems to raise the bar in quality and performance. Very well made.
Seeing how I get a new helmet ever four years or so. This one will more than likely not be made anymore. However, I would recommend it to others if you find it on sale. It's hard to pass up a $100 helmet for 40 bucks. I just wish they made them more size specific to close some of the gap between the helmet and your head in the rear.
Subtracted a flaming turd due to the gap between head and helmet in rear.
a Weekend Warrior
from the real east LA
Date Reviewed: May 13, 2011
Strengths: Price, design, construction quality
Weaknesses: None that I've noticed.
I'm not one to blow $150 on a helmet, when the same level of protection and comfort can be had for a lower price point, so I can't compare the Uvex to the latest from Fox, Bell, etc. But I will say that I've been pleased in every way with this one. Fits great on my size 7.5 head, the ratchet mech. is foolproof and easy to use, and it's remarkable light for the amount of coverage it affords. Liked it so much that I bought a second the next time they started showing up on Chainlove, as well as a matte white one for my wife (who also was quite pleased with it). Might only give it 3 or 4 chiles for value if I had to pay full price, but on closeout, it's a great deal.
a Cross Country Rider
Date Reviewed: September 16, 2010
Strengths: REALLY LIGHT, great fit, very comfortable, adjustable buckle, pretty much everything is awesome.
Weaknesses: not much.
I got this because the rep was in the shop talkin' it up, and the deal was good. I'm replacing it because the foam has hardened as all helmets do. I ordered a Fox to replace it, and it just plain doesn't measure up. I will be ordering a fresh XP100 today.
a Cross Country Rider
from Detroit, Mi
Date Reviewed: September 7, 2010
Strengths: light, good fit, easily adjusts-real easy(big plus)
I been riding for long time so, i have gone through alot of helmets. I'm tired of the designs bell and giro puts out there....what same company. Although i had a few that i would characterize as diamonds in the rough..
I read about this German made lid that uses some non-standard materials...i had to try it. Have not been disappointed: light, one size fits all and easily adjusts for good fit. certified.
a few last points:uvex all about safety and innovation; one size fits all...really; oh the bug net...appreciated here in mi; ok can't adjust visor...that thing never made it to the first ride...got the shades.
This is a great helmet at a great price. Uvex is relatively under the radar at the moment, but don't be deterred by the over popular hyped-up over-marketed competitors, this is a quality product and Uvex will undoubtedly become a popular mtb helmet manufacturer in the near future. Comparing this helmet to the very similar Giro Xen one will definitely notice the attention to detail put into the XP 100. The best part is I now have a great helmet and I don't look like a riding bike mag ad!