Bare-faced cheek

LS2 Spit­fire hel­met

BIKE (UK) - - KNOW HOW - Used for: six months Price: £79.99 Info: ls2hel­ Mike Ar­mitage

Open-face hats have ad­van­tages. A less ob­structed view gives a greater sense of the en­vi­ron­ment, and you’re more aware of sights and smells. Fore­court staff don’t bark about re­mov­ing your hel­met, car driv­ers re­spond bet­ter to see­ing a face, and you’re less in­clined to ride like an im­be­cile (due to ar­guably less pro­tec­tion, but we’ll gloss over that). This new one from LS2 has a shaped shell so doesn’t look like a bowl­ing ball, an in-built vi­sor that doesn’t make eyes stream at 60mph, plus a tag on the rear if you use gog­gles, and it is well fin­ished for an 80 quid lid. There are var­i­ous colours and graph­ics, though this ‘Sun­rise’ is the coolest (as if I know any­thing about style).

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