Editor’s Note: This review is part of the Mtbr All Mountain Helmet Shootout.
From the innovators at MET of Italy comes the Parabellum helmet. We’ll open this review by stating that this helmet is not CPSC approved and thus cannot be sold in the US by a US retailer. It doesn’t mean that it’s unsafe however as this helmet has passed all the European (arguably better) laws. It just takes so much time and money to pass the CPSC laws that some European manufacturers can’t make economic sense of it until they hit larger sales volumes.
The helmet has a lot of coverage, features, and is stylish, well-ventilated and light. It’s become one of our favorite helmets as it’s a lot like the Bell Super but 130 grams lighter.
Fit, Pads and Retention System
Fit is awesome for our more ‘oval-shaped’ head. We get no hotspots a the usual two spots on the top back of the head as this helmet shell seems to be in contact with all parts of the head. Padding is sufficient and well-positioned.
The lower retention mechanism is effective and easy to adjust. Micro adjustments are easy to dial in. But since the helmet fits our head so well, the lower halo mechanism is not as necessary as with most helmets these days.
Ventilation is this helmet’s strong suit. Not only are there a ton of vents, they are large sized and well shaped to drive air in to the helmet. With the huge visor tilted up as well, even more air is funneled into the forward vents.