Bollé Track­down MIPS hel­met

£125

Mountain Biking UK - - WRECKED & RATED -

Bolle’s Track­down trail lid has plenty of cov­er­age, drop­ping low at the back and around the ears. The in-moulded shell wraps around the rim of the hel­met too, so there’s lit­tle EPS liner left ex­posed to knocks and dings. You can ad­just the re­ten­tion sys­tem ver­ti­cally and there’s plenty of cir­cum­fer­ence ad­just­ment courtesy of the large in­dexed dial mounted to the com­fort­able cra­dle at the back. A MIPS (Multi-direc­tional Im­pact Pro­tec­tion Sys­tem) layer boosts crash pro­tec­tion and Bollé say the EPS is pro­gres­sive in its com­pres­sion, which should help it deal with re­ally big hits. While the vents aren’t huge, there’s a fair bit of in­ter­nal chan­nelling, so while it’s not the coolest hel­met we’ve worn, it’s not the worst for heat­ing up ei­ther. An op­tional win­ter pack blocks the two main top vents against chilly wind and rain. Other neat fea­tures in­clude a large, three-point ad­justable peak, sun­glasses port and straps that con­nect di­rectly to the shell by the ears. The shape won’t suit ev­ery­one, be­cause it nar­rows to­wards the front of the fore­head. At 381g for a medium hel­met, it isn’t light ei­ther, but it stays in place well. Tom www.bolle.com

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