Bicycling (South Africa)



I know you’re wincing at the thought of spending so much money on what is essentiall­y a piece of polystyren­e, but hear me out: a top-quality, superlight­weight, vented helmet is worth saving for.

You’ll be cooler (literally), and you’ll have less neck pain on a long ride – you’ll probably forget your helmet is even there. Most importantl­y, your noggin will be properly protected if you crash.

The original KASK Mojito was launched in 2016 – it’s the go-to helmet for the riders from Team Sky. The 2019 ‘X’ version is a bit lighter (about 220g), it has 26 air intakes, and it has a comfy and snug adjustment system including a real leather chinstrap and chin pad.

There’s also ‘multi in-moulding technology’ – extra layers of polycarbon­ate in strategic areas – which apparently offers greater safety.

The Peak is the same as the standard road version, with the addition of (you guessed it) a removable peak. I always cycle with a cap under my helmet because I find that a peak makes a difference, especially at dawn and dusk when the sun is coming in at a low angle, and at midday to cut out glare and provide my face with some UV relief.

With the Mojito X Peak you can leave your cap hanging in the garage and still keep the sun out of your eyes, while also experienci­ng the maximum cooling power of those 26 vents.

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