Kali Avita Carbon Review

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Bottom Line
The Kali Avita Carbon is a sweet helmet, that is well constructed, comfortable, looks nice, and has a plethora of safety features. It includes superb safety features, such as the extended rear coverage, the breakaway visor, a high strength shell, and the Composite Fusion technology. Highlighted features is the functional floating rear retention system, chin and ear strap locking buckles, good ventilation, and soft comfortable liner padding. The helmet is expensive, only comes in two sizes, and the inner shape might not fit every head, and the retention system ratchets are difficult to loosen when on the fly.


  • Extended rear
  • Strong shell
  • Floating retention system
  • Comfortable


  • Expensive
  • Only two sizes
  • Might not fit every head shape
  • Retention system hard to loosen on the fly

MSRP: $189

Overall Rating: 4 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

Kali Avita Carbon Company Specs:

  • Visit the Kali Avita Carbon website at http://www.kaliprotectives.com/bike/avita-carbon/
  • Revolutionary mix of carbon fiber, fiberglass and polycarbonate materials
  • Unique expanded coverage areas of EPS foam
  • More than 20 aerations
  • Safety compliance: EN 1078, CPSC
  • Size – Small/Medium 54-58 and Medium/Large 58-64

Reviewed by Brian Mullin http://www.gramslightbikes.com/

About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, skiing, or sport climbing. He takes those same strengths and a good dose of insanity to his reviewing and writing on mountain biking products, creating technical, in-depth articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on the trail.

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  • Dan says:

    392 grams for an XC helmet is heavy.

  • Dan says:

    And $189 is expensive.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I would tend to call it more of an All Mountain and Trail helmet than a XC one, though it can be used for any of them. I actually never noticed the weight myself? And yes, it is expensive, but the materials used for the Carbon model bumped it up into that realm of roadie helmet’s, and I was glad for the extra strength (though untested).

  • MCStumpy says:

    I have owned this helmet for a season now. Best helmet I have owned. Fits my head great and vents very well. It is super adjustable and holds its adjustment well. Set it and forget it along with a light solid feel! Also, its good looking and nobody else I know has one…

  • Wonko says:

    There are quite a few AM helmets that do not weigh 392g and protect you head. Besides, if they printed some funny animals on the helmet it would look pretty much exactly like the helmet my three year old wears. But that’s just a question personal taste. The price is ridiculous.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    Like any product, the weight can vary, and I seemed to have gotten a heavy one. I cross checked with others, and they all came in with it at 345 grams, which is close to the Giro Xar. As I noted in my review it is expensive, and the addition of carbon for added strength pushes up the cost, as does the manufacturing of their Composite Fusion technology, and it is difficult to put a price on protection for the noggin? Try checking the costs of some good roadie helmets for sticker shock! Kali and POC are both pushing the envelope of research and design in helmet safety, something that is currently a very inexact and primitive science. The testing standards have stagnated, and might not be factual in regards to how a human skull reacts, and much criticism has been raised into how effective the current designs are in real accident cases?

    The problem is that our heads are soft and malleable, and the brain itself moves around inside a gelatinous ooze (cerebrospinal fluid), so the testing with a hard headform may not be very appropriate for the human skull? One of the major things a helmet cannot prevent is the occurrence of coup-contrecoup (brain rebound) injuries, which can cause concussions, contusions, DIA’s (diffuse axonal injury) and even epidural hematoma.

  • GoGo says:

    Too expensive for XC lid.
    but would look kool with some lions or tigers stickers on it. ;}

  • Andywalker722 says:

    Bell Sequence best helm on the market, best looking IMO, 325 grams, $90 bones. this one is plain “underachieved overkill”… huh, good name for a band :) Of course as my wafe says, my opinion isnt worth squat.

  • Cleo says:

    I can appreciate the folks comments around price, as this is up there, but I don’t quite understand the push-back based on price alone. If I could afford it, I would love an XTR equipped Turner Sultan tricked out to the T’s, but that would cost me many (many) thousands of dollars (other items on the wish list are in keeping with the helmet theme: a POC Trebec Race, bike theme: a Super Record Bianchi Infinito, home theme: granite counter tops, etc.). For some the cost wouldn’t make sense, and would think that a Huffy fit the bill perfectly. I figure that as long as someone is using and loving their gear and ride, then what they want to spend, well, go for it.

  • Warren says:

    I have the non-carbon Amara model and absolutely love it. By far the best fitting helmet I have owned over my previous Specialized and Giro models. If you can’t afford the carbon bling, certainly consider the Amara.

  • IJBCape says:


    Is this better suited for pointy narrow heads or big round heads?

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