Uvex XP 100 Review

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Impressions

The first thing you notice when using the helmet is how easy it is to adjust it. A simple twirl of the IAS wheel and you can tighten or loosen the helmet around your head. It was quite easy to adjust the helmet’s tightness, even when wearing gloves, and on bouncy trails. I found it very beneficial to change the fit on the fly to suit the riding conditions, from mellower to more technical. I regularly ride with a helmet video camera, and when going through rougher terrain it’s nice to be able to crank the helmet tightly for good stabilization and isolation. The padding was quite pleasant, and I especially liked the thick pads at the front and apex of the helmet. They have vastly improved the padding on the IAS section, and it is now soft enough for even shaved head.

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I thoroughly enjoyed the Monomatic closure system, which is a ratchet and button chin strap. It was incredibly easy to make small micro adjustments into how hard the helmet is pulled down onto your head. The usual process of moving the straps through the quick release buckle for adjustments is only needed once, and from then on any adjustments that are required (different headgear, hair style, riding conditions) is maintained by the Monomatic system. The 1/2 inch of adjustment of the system was more than adequate for any situation that I encountered. It has a nice wraparound pad that covers the entire ratchet section, and I usually didn’t have a pinched neck from using the system, though on occasion my neck, goatee or beard would get caught.

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I really appreciated the visor extension from the helmet, and it gave excellent sun coverage, and it was easily detachable if required for packing. The rear of the helmet shell extends downwards quite far, and offers superb protection to the back of the head and upper neck. In addition, it made the helmet fit better since it cradles a larger portion of your head, and works in synergy with the IAS. The extra coverage it provides, and the decrease in any tendency for the helmet to roll back is a purposeful safety feature.

The excellent adjustment system, great padding, lightweight, and shell geometry, made the helmet very comfortable, with no pressure nor pinch points, and it was fine for any of the multiple hour rides that I regularly participate in.

Measured Spec

  • Weight: 250.6 grams

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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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  • WAYLIFE says:

    THis helmet is AMAZING! I have the Black Matte color so the stains dont show and the chin strap never pinched my beard or neck at all. Everybody’s head is different so this may still be an issue for some people. VERY VERY comfortable as well, this is something that I never had in any helmet.

    Great review by the way. This is a very under-reviewed helmet, which is good because not a everyone knows about it, unlike some of the over-marketed Giro stuff. Dont get me wrong, Giro ricks too, but this the Uvex XP100 stand alone… for now.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    The chin strap issue was a very rare, and I had to come up with something to nitpick about

  • Duderino says:

    Been eyeing one of these and the new Lazer Oasiz. Seem to have a similar method of tightening (IAS and Rollsys) but was wondering if anyone has actually tried both retention systems and could comment on any differences? Ive tried my buddies Uvex and it is so much more comfortable than my Xen. Nice review.

  • Palmermtb says:

    I normally wear a Giro Large but when the Xp100 arrived I found it was too narrow for my head and the chin strap was too short. It’s such a nice helmet that I gave it to my son. I really wish it would’ve have fit me.

    I called the distributor in the US and they told me that the helmet was very narrow and I wasn’t the first to have this issue.

  • Brian Mullin says:

    I wear large also, and it fits fine, but I must have a oblong head! I also multiple inches of chin strap left, but I don’t have a tall head?

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