Urge Endur-O-Matic Review

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The helmet is sort of a cross between a full faced and normal design, offering excellent rear and side coverage, supreme comfort, and some unique features, especially in regard to safety. It uses the industry standard In-mold EPS foam construction, with a durable high gloss outer polycarbonate shell, and meet the US and European certification standards. It features a flexible visor, eight venting hole, and comes in a wide range of colors, two sizes (Sm/Md and Lg/X-Lg) and weighs in at 300 grams. Urge Bike Products is based out of Cogolin, France, and is co-owned by multiple time World Champion Fabien Barrel, who also does product testing and development for the company. I tested the L-XL Flash Sand model.

The Urge Endur-o-Matic helmet is an extremely comfortable helmet, and was easy to wear for long periods of time. The inner shape and supple padding feel proper, and it seems to be shaped like your head, cupping it, almost like your wearing a skull cap, without any bind or pinch spots. Like any helmet, their last or mold might not fit your particular head, so always try and get a test fit if possible.

The helmet has a simple chin strap, and uses different padding for sizing alterations, instead of the usual high tech adjustment or retention system. Outside of choosing the proper size for fit (Sm/Md or Lg/X-Lg), the helmets come with two sets of machine washable pads of different thickness (5mm and 10mm), which allow the adjustments for a customized fit. I used the default thinner padding within the helmet, and found it fit just fine. The padding (one front and one rear), is held in place with Velcro, and is quite soft, cushy and thick, and has excellent wicking capabilities. The ‘Gangsta’ style front pad, which receives the major portion of perspiration, extends 15mm below the shell, and it gets a constant flow of air while riding, which offers effective drying, and keeps the sweat from dripping into your eyes.

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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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  • WW says:

    Urge is also a member of 1% for the planet meaning 1% of their company profits goes to help or planet. Good on them!

  • Veda says:

    I just bought this last week! It’s easily the safest and sturdiest helmet I’ve ever owned and I’ve owned practically all brands in the past. Wanted a POC Trabec Race but couldn’t justify the price. This Urge does just fine as substitute, actually more than fine as it’s only 305gr which is acceptably light. Will purchase more Urge in the future for AM usage. For XC I’ll stick with my proven superlight MET Kaos UL.

  • henrik says:

    1996 called and wants it Troy Lee Design style helmet back!

  • Pico says:

    ^^^^^
    THIS!

    And really, what’s with the Flash Gordon lightening bolts?

  • Pete says:

    I’ve looked at this helmet, but the lack of air flow/venting kept me from buying one.

  • chris says:

    It looks nearly exactly like my Giro snowboard helmet. Which I took the liner out and tried riding with once, but just once cause it made my head sweat like CRAZY!!! HOT HOT HOT. (obviously I don’t know for sure if this helmet is the same, but it’s the same amount of vents with the same type construction) I think these helmets make lots of sense for urban, skate park riding with the extra protection for the back of the head. But for AM, if it’s gonna be that hot you might as well have the face protection added in…

    The visor is a good idea, though I can’t stand it when a visor is crooked. (have that issue with soft visors on paintball masks)

  • Justin says:

    I would easily pick protection over ventilation any day. I’m currently doing my own self funded helmet shoot out between the Urge, POC Trabec, and the Kali Avita carbon and I don’t feel that the POC or the Kali have a noticable advantage over the Urge in ventilation.

  • Rob says:

    I can’t believe these helmets get good reviews. I have the urge downomatic and feel it is the most inferior helmet in it’s price range. Just look at the pictures of the padding inside these things. The only positives are the weight and unique look.

  • Mark says:

    I’ve owned this helmet for three months and can say that it’s the most comfortable helmet I’ve owned. It’s also light and has decent ventilation. I like that it isn’t another modified roadie helmet. Highly recommended.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    1) been waiting for almost a year to test a POC Trabec Race (still waiting, sort of given up?)
    2) I found this helmet to extremely comfortable, can’t compare it to the Downomatic since I never tried one?
    3) It’s not a snowboard helmet, which isn’t really meant to ventilate
    4) Once your moving the helmet has pretty decent ventilation, and the visor and Venturi effect work together, but it’s not a roadie helmet
    5) the safety factor, visor and extra protection that this helmet provides are it’s main attractions
    6) it is a French company, so the Flash Gordon look comes with the territory ;>)

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