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.
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.
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.
- Weight: 250.6 grams