Rudy Project Sterling Helmet Review

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Bottom Line
The Rudy Project Sterling was a comfortable helmet, with a great retention system, and a unique composite skeleton, that offers strength, durability and good ventilation. The inner net (aka the bug shield) is a highlight feature, being soft and well padded, and is easily removed for a washing. The excellent adjustment system that uses a comfort ring along with their RSR7 retention dial system, is easy to use (even with gloves), and makes fitting a breeze. The Sterling features an open, ventilated design with 18 huge vents and an exposed skeletal frame, which is very trick looking (form and function).

The adjustment strap buckles are a design flaw, and Rudy Projects needs to go back to the drawing board, since it takes away from an otherwise excellent helmet.

Strengths
- Inner mesh net
- Padded chin strap
- Retention system: RSR7
- Venting system

Weaknesses
- Visor is too small
- Adjustment strap buckles break to easily
- Adjustment strap buckles are difficult to use

Overall Rating: 3.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

MSRP: $224.99

Sterling Specs
Weight:

    S/M: 12 oz / 349 grams
    L: 13 oz / 374 grams

Size:

    S/M: 54-58cm, 21.25″-22.8″
    L: 58-62cm, 22.8″-24.4″

Retention: R.S.R. 7 Disc

Certifications:

    CE 89/686 EEC
    EN 1078
    CPSC 12.03
    AS/NZS 2063

url: http://www.e-rudy.com/index_inner_detail.php?group_id=3&item_id=HL515901US

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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