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Verdict: 
Well priced, cool and light; the adjustable fit makes it stand out
Weight: 
285g
Uvex Race 5 helmet
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The Race 5 is helmet manufacturer Uvex's flagship model which at £139.99 is quite cheap (relatively speaking) for a range topper. It's fairly light and well-ventilated and its adjustment system makes for a very comfortable fit.

Uvex have used wind tunnel testing to perfect the Race 5's aerodynamic shape. That's always a hard task when you have to take vents into account, especially when you are talking about 23 of them. Thankfully there's no 'watts saved over 40km' marketing and to be perfectly honest it doesn't really look any more aerodynamic than a lot of other helmets on the market. That aside though I like the looks with curved front and square aggressively styled rear vents.

To get the fit right the Race 5 comes in three sizes, 52-56, 55-58 and 58-61cm to get you started. It's then up to the 2k IAS system to dial the last bit of adjustment. It's basically a ratchet system than adjusts both up and down and diameter to get things spot on. It does provide a nice secure fit all the way round the head circumference meaning its secure as well as comfortable.

The neck straps use the usual sliders to adjust for height under the ears and a simple button press clip secures everything in place.

Once fully adjusted, the Race 5's fit was spot-on.

The pads use carbon fibre to keep bacteria and whiffy helmet syndrome at bay and should they ever need a wash they are fully removable and washable. The pads is plentiful and again very comfortable and being positioned between the vents get plenty of cooling air to keep them dry. You get a mesh panel inside too. To be honest I'm not sure what it's for as it's too high on the head to keep out insects but it does help the helmet sit nicely on the head and keep the sun off if you're lacking in the hair department.

The high impact shell is in-moulded to the polystyrene carcass. The Race 5 meets EN1078, TUV GS & CE standards. Uvex have gone for plenty of small vents therefore haven't needed to go for the carbon fibre reinforcing we've seen on the likes of high end Giro's.

The vents keep you cool though and once up to speed you can feel cold air travelling through the helmet and out the back.

Weight wise this large model weighs in at 285g which is about on par with the Bontrager Velocis and RH helmets we've recently tested, they're about the same price too.

Overall then the Race 5 performs well; it's pretty light and cool on hot days. The thing that stands out the most is the adjustable fit which makes it, for me at least, a very comfortable helmet. The matt black and green isn't the only option either so have a look to see if there is one that matches your kit.

Verdict

Well priced, cool and light; the adjustable fit makes it stand out

road.cc test report

Make and model: Uvex Race 5 helmet

Size tested: Green - XL - 58-61cm

Tell us what the product is for, and who it's aimed at. What do the manufacturers say about it? How does that compare to your own feelings about it?

The Race 5 is Uvex's top end road lid being wind tunnel designed for aerodynamics. ITs on par in terms of looks and weight as its competitors but comes with a great fit.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

*Double inmould techology for greater stability and protection

*23 vents

*Wind tunnel developed

*Double inmould construction

*Height and width adjustable headring

*Progressive and easily adjustable FAS chin strap system

*Removable inner lining*Monomatic comfort closure offers one-handed,multi-level adjustment

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
7/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

A lot of helmets seem expensive for what they are but against the competition it's pretty much spot on.

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

Great, a helmet that is just as comfortable as not wearing one.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The adjustability.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I'ts expensive.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 35  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course!  My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Expert

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,

 

Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.

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Nick0 [181 posts] 3 years ago
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Not sure why this is only getting four stars when there seems nothing bad to say about it?

Thought I'd share that after vast amounts of research at all the posh/expensive/specialist bike shops (and more run of the mill outlets too), I found this helmet in Halfords of all places.

If like me you have a big (62cm) odd (Alien) shaped head, then I recommend the large size of this lid - it was the best fit and look for me.

If you want to try other Lids for big weird shaped bonces then try the Kask Vertigo C50 and the Boardman Pro carbon, both very good too.

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glynr36 [637 posts] 3 years ago
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Nick0 wrote:

Not sure why this is only getting four stars when there seems nothing bad to say about it?

Says the price...

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rggfddne [221 posts] 3 years ago
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For that money, I'd be looking for something that makes you look a little less than a spaceship/mushroom hybrid... aren't all the helmet evangelists always saying that models this expensive don't look awful?

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Nick0 [181 posts] 3 years ago
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glynr36 wrote:

Says the price...

"which at £139.99 is quite cheap (relatively speaking)" Comparable top end lids from other makers are MUCH more expensive, some are twice this price. I ain't bovvered but just think it a bit odd!

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Nick0 [181 posts] 3 years ago
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nuclear coffee wrote:

For that money, I'd be looking for something that makes you look a little less than a spaceship/mushroom hybrid... aren't all the helmet evangelists always saying that models this expensive don't look awful?

Agreed it doesn't look quite right - I think the model has the wrong size on!

Personally I found it really difficult to find one that fitted comfortably, and looked ok on my head. Of the eventual shortlist (I reckon I tried on over fifty - it became a right old quest!) this was not the most expensive, and I got it for £60 from a certain well known online firm based in Northern Ireland...

I'm no helmet evangelist either, do what you like! However I do 90% of my miles on 28 mile round trip commute to/from work in central London (during rush mainly), so it's brain bucket and Hi-Vis all the way. A friend of mine's brother in law was killed three years ago outside Charing Cross; his head struck the kerb when he came off. A helmet would have saved him.

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stuke [335 posts] 3 years ago
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Nick0 wrote:
glynr36 wrote:

Says the price...

"which at £139.99 is quite cheap (relatively speaking)" Comparable top end lids from other makers are MUCH more expensive, some are twice this price. I ain't bovvered but just think it a bit odd!

Sorry I should have summed it up a bit better at the end of the review, I gave it 8/10 (4 stars) for 'very good' which I think it is, to be 'exceptional' (9/10) I'd expect this kind of quality/weight/performance for say half the price. True the range toppers in Giro's range for example are way more expensive but the Uvex is still £140 for a polystyrene helmet. As far as 10/10 goes I'm yet to find anything perfect  1

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mikroos [257 posts] 3 years ago
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280 grams of weight for a top-of-the-line helmet is enough to make it unable to get 10 stars in a test.

It does look nice. I just don't see any justification for the crazy price - it doesn't look or seem to work better in any way than some middle-of-the-range models from other brands.

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truffy [650 posts] 3 years ago
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It would pair nicely with one of these:

But otherwise it might just be wrong!