There are 16 large vents for cooling, and the three front ones feature net panels to stop bugs from getting sucked into the inner helmet cavity. The straps come through the shell and are secured by three snap-in toggles on the outside of the helmet. You can swap out the strap toggles with optional LED versions, and use a red one at the back, and two white ones at the front for additional safety while commuting.
The helmet is constructed with the industry-standard in-mould microshell, which has a thick inner foam and a thin outer plastic protective shell. The foam is made with the shock-absorbing polystyrene (expandable polystyrene foam or EPS) material. The outer shell is made from the Makrolon polycarbonate material, which is the same impact-resistant material that Uvex’s eyewear lenses are made from. The shell has been extremely rugged, and has shown no signs of wear nor abuse, which is a testament to the tough Makrolon material.
“…extremely comfortable helmet, that could be worn for extended periods of time.”
It was easy to adjust the helmet’s tightness or looseness anywhere with a simple twirl of the IAS wheel, even when wearing gloves, and on rough trails. Being able to adjust the comfort and feel of the helmet on the fly was extremely useful, and it was nice to have the capability to stabilize the helmet when taking footage with a video camera on your head. The padding was adequate around the circumferential ring, and the back was especially comfortable, though I wish there was a tad more coverage at the top. The Monomatic system, with its ratchet and button closure, allowed easy micro adjustments to be made into how hard the helmet pulled down onto your head, and the 1 inch of play (seven notches) was more than adequate for loosening or tightening. It has a nice wraparound pad that covers the entire ratchet section to prevent any pinching. I did find that on occasion the button got sticky, but it usually worked just fine. The synergy of lightweight, padding adjustability of the width, length and height, makes for an extremely comfortable helmet, that could be worn for extended periods of time.
The breakaway visor gave excellent sun coverage, and it was easily detachable if required for packing, though it would be nice if it had some pitch adjustment. The extended rear of the helmet offers superb protection to the back of the head and upper neck, and it cradles a larger portion of your head to decrease any tendency for the helmet to roll back.
- Weight: 257 grams
The uvex xp cc is an excellent, well-made and feature filled helmet. The German made helmet has plenty of safety and comfort features, from the usable and functional IAS 3D+ and Monomatic closure system, the breakaway visor, and the extended rear of the shell. I found the helmet comfortable for long rides, and thoroughly enjoyed the easily adjustability for fit, which could even be done on the fly, no matter how bumpy the terrain was. The Makrolon shell has been amazing durable, showing now signs of wear and tear.
The excellent adjustment system, padding, and lightweight, made the helmet very comfortable, with no pressure nor pinch points. The comfort, features, weight, durability and price point makes for a great helmet.
- Monomatic ratchet/button chin strap
- IAS 3D+ adjusting ring
- Makrolon shell
- Extended rear coverage
- Monomatic button can get sticky
- Visor needs pitch adjustment
- It needs more padding on inner top
Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers
uvex xp cc Specs:
- MSRP $99
- FAS chin strap system
- Removable inner lining
- Bug net – No insects
- 16 Ventilation Channels
- Cross shield
- Monomatic chin closure system
- IAS 3D+ ring with reflecting sticker
- Inmould Technology
- Size: 55-60
- Weight: 260 g
- Shell sizes: 1