MT Blade SV Race­line hel­met £129.99

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Tester Si­mon Pat­ter­son Time tested 500 miles

What’s good? For a bud­get hel­met, the MT has been quite im­pres­sive over my first 500 miles us­ing it. It’s im­pres­sively com­fort­able, and I don’t know if it’s just down to luck that it fits the shape of my head par­tic­u­larly well, but there wasn’t even the usual bed­ding in process that comes from a new hel­met. It fas­tens se­curely with a mi­cro-met­ric clasp, has a plush re­mov­able su­per­max liner, and de­cent ven­ti­la­tion. It also comes with a Pin­lock in­sert which means that I’m able to ride without wor­ry­ing about the vi­sor steam­ing up – de­spite my best ef­forts, it hasn’t as much as lightly fogged up.

What’s not? There’s an in­ter­nal sun vi­sor built into the lid – and yet I still tend to use my sun­glasses more than I use the vi­sor. Why? Be­cause the knob for flip­ping it down is the fid­dli­est thing in the world, and I sim­ply can’t use it when I’m wear­ing gloves! It’s also fairly noisy – to the ex­tent where it’s nigh-on im­pos­si­ble to use without earplugs while you’re on the mo­tor­way. Part of that is due to the screen on my Kawasaki J125 – but the cu­mu­la­tive ef­fect makes it sound like there’s a Eurofighter sit­ting on my tail!

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Mi­cro-met­ric clasp fas­tens se­curely and eas­ily, even with gloves Sun vi­sor knob is just too fid­dly to op­er­ate so I don’t bother with it

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