Urge Endur-O-Matic Review

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Bottom Line

The Urge Endur-o-Matic is a comfortable, well made, durable and safety feature laden helmet. The additional rear and side protection, encapsulation of the head, flexible visor, and round shape, decreased object penetration, offer excellent safety and peace of mind. The great comfort is produced by a synergy of the helmets shape and plush padding, and offer long day pleasure. The venting works decently, especially when moving, but at slower speeds and on hot days it can get warm. The ‘Gangsta’ styled front pad dries and wicks sweat, and keeps it from dripping into your eyes.

The Urge Endur-o-Matic is an excellent safety featured helmet, and one that I always like to use again, especially when riding in ugly technical terrain.

Strengths

  • Excellent extended rear and side protection
  • Flexible visor
  • Portholes have fewer foreign object penetration opportunities
  • Round shape enhances crash rolling
  • Padding is soft with great wicking properties
  • Durable
  • Comfortable

Weaknesses

  • Venting system – can get warm sometimes
  • Lack of adjustment and customization in the field
  • Visor rubs on shell causing wear spot

Overall Rating: 4.5 Flamin’ Chili Peppers

 

Urge Endur-o-Matic Specs:

  • Certified to CPSC and CE EN1078 safety standards
  • In-mold EPS foam construction with polycarbonate exterior hardshell
  • Extended rear-of-head helmet construction to protect farther down toward your neck in the event of a backward fall
  • Eight porthole-style vent holes – four forward, four in rear
  • Flexible visor designed to enhance airflow into the porthole-style vent holes
  • Velcro-affixed Urge Gangsta Pad – an interior comfort and sweat pad designed to dry while your ride, so it stays effective at absorbing sweat for longer
  • Weight: 294 grams
  • Sizes: 54cm – Small/Medium 54-57cm, Large/X-Large 57cm – 60cm
  • Colors: White & black, Black, white & red, Flash Blue, Flash Brown & white, Flash black & white, Flash Sand, Flash green & black
  • Includes: helmet, storage bag, two replacement pads, sheet of stickers, instruction guide
  • MSRP: $109

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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