Review: uvex xp cc helmet

Helmets

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.”

Impressions
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.

Measured Spec

  • Weight: 257 grams

Bottom Line
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.

Strengths

  • Monomatic ratchet/button chin strap
  • IAS 3D+ adjusting ring
  • Makrolon shell
  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Extended rear coverage

Weaknesses

  • 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
About the author: Brian Mullin

Brian has been part of the Mtbr team since 2007, where he has become an integral member of the review and test staff, specializing in technical articles. He likes to push the limits in all the sports he obsesses in, whether it's mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, extreme 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 and hyperbolic articles. Whenever he's not on the bike, he might be found watching MotoGP racing, otherwise look for him out on extremely technical singletrack.


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  • grum says:

    Yep, I’ve had an XP100, which looks identical to me, for several years. It’s great – light (very light), comfortable, fits well. All the little touches like the bug netting and chin strap ratchet actually add value and aren’t just for show. This review is spot on.

  • Lusus says:

    I have two Uvex XP helmets and love them. They aren’t as “tough” looking as a Fox Flux, but they are way lighter and easier to wear.

  • kurtisk says:

    I will only buy UVEX helmets. I’ve owned several other brands (bell, fox, giro, Louise Garneu, etc.) but none are as comfortable as the UVEX. The IAS system that tightens the helmet band around your whole head–instead of squashing your head between the front of the helmet and the rear adjusting strap–is pure genius and a must have feature! I have noticed that other brands are offering similar head adjustment systems finally, but then comes the second killer feature of the UVEX helmet: the ratcheting chin strap! It will never pinch your chin, double chin, OR triple chin. Ever. Don’t buy another helmet without checking out the UVEX line!

  • Richard All Mountain says:

    You’ve hit the nail on the head. I couldn’t agree more. The best helmet I’ve owned.

  • xcbiker says:

    looks great, but even though the rachet system is cool, it is too bulky

  • Joe says:

    I have 2; a 4 year old XP-100 and a new for Christmas XP-CC. They look the same, and I agree that your review is dead on. The first replaced a Giro Xen (which I really liked a lot) and is now to be retired as it has a slight crack in the foam.

    They have changed some of the details on the newer helmet, though. All of the pads are now made of a different material. The one at the ratchet knob is totally different, with the little bumps molded into it. The plastic adjusters and other hardware changed some, at least cosmetically. And the new helmet has padding that extends over the chin strap buckle. Also, the height adjustment now has 2 points where it can be attached to the headband; the old helmet didn’t have the option to move it at all.

    The only complaint that I’ve had with mine would be that the ratchet knob sometimes catches on my Camelbak’s carry handle. This can be very annoying while riding! And I’d also like to see an adjustable visor.

    • grum says:

      @Joe: I used 2 tiny pieces of 3M Dual Lock on the central ribs of the visor – hey presto – adjustable visor! Works perfectly.
      My XP replaced a Giro Zen too. The Zen is still there, but only as a spare. It’s much heavier and doesn’t stay in place as well.

      @xcbiker: I can see how you’d think that from the photos, but I don’t find the ratchet system bulky at all – I don’t even think about it when riding.

  • barcolounger says:

    Just bought one of these based on this review ($59 from REI!). I’ve been shopping for a while and this is the best fitting lid I’ve tried (vs Giro Zen, POC, Fox, Kali). Fit is personal, but the wrap around system Uvex uses seems very versatile. All the details seem dialed, I particularly like the adjustable chin buckle, and I’m not sure what the “industrial” comment about the back ratchet meant but it seems great to me. I do agree that the pads on top could be a bit thicker, but I doubt I’ll notice that riding since the helmet is so light. FWIW my head size is 23.25″ which puts me between M & L in most brands. The Uvex box says size 15 whatever that means, I think that might be the only size they make. Perfect size for me.

  • McRalph says:

    I’m on my second one as I had a wicked crash on the first helmet. Great protection – I am not that much dumber than I was (my opinion) after landing square on top of my head and rode away after shaking the stars away. It is very comfortable and even cool on the 104 degree days in Texas. The uvex xp cc helmet is a great choice.

  • Steve says:

    I’ve been wearing an xp100 for a couple years. I really like the ratcheting buckle. Makes it easy to wear a hat under the helmet during cold weather rides and not having to readjust the strap when removing the hat if temps warm up during the ride. Mine fits my head pretty well and is comfortable and light enough that I don’t notice it when riding. The only complaint I have is that the visor is way too long and is not adjustable.

  • Dale Burton says:

    It’s great to read other reviews from Joe Public. I need some advice on the sizing. My. Head is just about 23.25 inches. The helmet comes in one size. Does anyone else have big jogging and the helmet fits ok?

    Thanks Dale

  • Dale Burton says:

    Thanks Brian.

  • Don says:

    I’ve owned both the xp 100 and xp100 cc. They’ve been GREAT! Light, comfortable and easy to adjust. You just forget you have it on. Nuff said!

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