Lazer Ul­trax hel­met £79.99

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

The Ul­trax is Lazer’s mid-range off-road hel­met, claimed to be “per­fect for trail, com­mut[ing] and en­duro”. First im­pres­sions weren’t all that pos­i­tive. The lid looks and feels of lower qual­ity than its price would sug­gest. Cov­er­age isn’t as ex­ten­sive as that of com­peti­tors, re­sult­ing in the hel­met feel­ing high on the head. The peak is flimsy and the ad­justers a lit­tle fid­dly. It’s not all bad though. The ‘Ad­vanced TurnFit’ re­ten­tion sys­tem does a good job of keep­ing the hel­met in place, with a large cra­dle and eas­ily-ad­justed ratchet dial. On the bike, ven­ti­la­tion is on par with other lids of a sim­i­lar style. Lazer have also in­te­grated a re­flec­tor into the rear of the hel­met, which is upgrad­able to an LED light – some­thing that should ap­peal to com­muters. There are other hel­mets of­fer­ing greater cov­er­age, a com­fier fit and more mod­ern styling avail­able for a sim­i­lar price, mak­ing it hard to rec­om­mend the Ul­trax. Ben C www.madi­son.co.uk

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