BTR High Visibility Waterproof Helmet Cover  £6.99

6/10

Basic but fairly cheerful wet weather cover

Weight 23g   Contact  www.btrdirect.co.uk

by Shaun Audane   August 14, 2014  

BTR's High Visibility waterproof helmet cover is precisely that and while lacking the figure hugging profile, comfort and outright finesse of Gore-Tex models, comes in rather handy when God's metaphorically washing his tandem or pelting us with hail.

Packing small enough to reside unobtrusively in a medium sized wedge pack or jersey pocket, there's nothing particularly exciting about its materials or construction. We're talking common or garden canary yellow nylon with retro-reflective detailing that adjusts in seconds via draw string closure to accommodate pretty much any adult lid from Cromwell commuter to Roswell racer.

Cynics will suggest the thin, virtually opaque nature is indicative of the price and achieves less flattering effect atop sleeker helmets but it hasn't shown any builder's tarp fluttering tendencies when bustling along in blustery weather and offers welcome protection from 'ice cream' headaches.

Things do turn a little clammy given twenty minutes or so at more spirited cadences. This isn't comparable with the sogginess synonymous with old school cotton race caps when the mercury creeps past the mid-teens, although there remains familiar lag before fibres kick in, so a merino skull cap knocks both into a cocked hat.

Performance in persistent/showery conditions compares well to that of micro jackets; we're talking trace dampness rather than a royal soaking. Its yellow hue seems suitably extrovert in low light. Several mile-long shortcuts through overgrown bridle path and singletrack have provided some disturbing soundtracks, though fiendish foliage hasn't ripped ours to shreds and it doesn't object to low temperature tours de Zanussi either.

Verdict

Basic but fairly cheerful wet weather cover

road.cc test report

Make and model: BTR High Visibility Waterproof Helmet Cover

Size tested: Yellow

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?

"High quality high visibility waterproof helmet cover. Elasticated so fits the vast majority of adult cycling helmets. High visibility material with additional reflective stripes down either side for additional visibility". I'd say cheap but cheerful and highly water-resistant (sewn not welded seams)

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

100% nylon construction, one-size-fits all (adult helmets) draw cord closure, retro-reflective detailing.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
6/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
6/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
6/10

Better than I was expecting and the fabric density suggests.

Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10

23g

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
6/10

Not a patch on Gore-Tex but keeps the weather out without boiling one's brains.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

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

Overall performance was better than I was expecting on all fronts and broadly similar to that of budget micro-jackets- easily slipped in wedge packs, pockets and/or panniers in case weather should turn bandit.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Relatively inexpensive, convenient and reasonably effective.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Not terribly stylish atop sportier lids.

Did you enjoy using the product? Indifferent.

Would you consider buying the product? No.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly, if they were just looking for a relatively cheap, cheerful standby.

Overall rating: 6/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 1m 81  Weight: 70 kilos

I usually ride: Rough Stuff Tourer Based around 4130 Univega mtb Frameset  My best bike is: 1955 Holdsworth Road Path and several others including cross & traditional road

I've been riding for: Over 20 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: cyclo cross, commuting, touring, fixed/singlespeed, mtb,

 

35 user comments

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My head is soaked with sweat when I ride. Why would I need to keep rain off ?

Might be an idea if you ride really gently on a commute.

posted by fenix [241 posts]
14th August 2014 - 12:05

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I'm not too shy to wear lycra in public, but if you think I'm wearing that, you're having a laugh...

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice, but in practice...

posted by notfastenough [3682 posts]
14th August 2014 - 12:45

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Is it a floppy helmet condom or did the school dinner ladies I had when growing up design this?

Ugh.

posted by jacknorell [888 posts]
14th August 2014 - 13:08

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[style] I was more concerned that the arms of his spectacles are INSIDE the helmet strap [/style]

Done Nightrider 2013, 2014 and 2015 for Parkinson's UK. Next year? Who knows

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posted by jova54 [653 posts]
14th August 2014 - 13:10

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No not ever ever ever whilst I can breathe, speak and control my body will one of those go on my head.

posted by IanW1968 [226 posts]
14th August 2014 - 13:28

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This is a very dangerous development as it is the very epitome of the Hi Vis safety gear we will be forced to wear if we aren't careful. Right now, someone is adding it to the list of essential equipment along with an inflatable body suit and a full face helmet - probably with a wind turbine attached to power the 500 flashing lights that will be attached to your Aero streak of carbon loveliness.

Whether it's raining or not, my hair is dripping when I get home and there are better solutions for when it gets cold.

Hector H Taylor

posted by hectorhtaylor [51 posts]
14th August 2014 - 14:04

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"No, no, no No NO, NO NOO!" - Cleveland Brown


I am stronger than Mensa, Miller and Mailer, I spat out Plath and Pinter.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1674 posts]
14th August 2014 - 14:10

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Uh-ma-hazingballs photo. Really rocking that look.

Cool

posted by BigDummy [312 posts]
14th August 2014 - 14:42

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So this is how impressed a grown man looks when having a photgraph of him wearing a shower cap.

In terms of utility, it seems a perfectly reasonable solution and at a low price point. Unfortunately, it does look a little *baggy*

posted by Wolfshade [131 posts]
14th August 2014 - 14:46

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In this context, I'm not convinced that "high visibility" is a good thing.

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” James E Starrs

posted by truffy [649 posts]
14th August 2014 - 15:28

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I'm surprised that the helmet-wearing brigade thinks *that* would make them look silly.

posted by Joeinpoole [420 posts]
14th August 2014 - 15:47

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It needs a peak to keep the rain off his glasses.
I swear by my sou'wester.

posted by arowland [117 posts]
14th August 2014 - 15:50

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Well, I likes it.

posted by Mat Brett [2106 posts]
14th August 2014 - 17:51

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The 'why me?' look says it all..... Rolling On The Floor
ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah
ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
ahahahahahahaahaahahahahahahaahah eh!

The_Kaner
FREEEEEEEEDOM!

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posted by The _Kaner [610 posts]
14th August 2014 - 18:13

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Yet another damn good reason not to wear a helmet, if you ask me.

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posted by John Stevenson [1512 posts]
14th August 2014 - 18:25

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So far in life my wet helmet has not caused any issues.

posted by Avenger197396 [3 posts]
14th August 2014 - 19:52

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£6.99 for a shower cap. Keep 'em coming road.cc Funniest site on the net.

posted by wakou [83 posts]
14th August 2014 - 20:00

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John Stevenson wrote:
Yet another damn good reason not to wear a helmet, if you ask me.

No.

“Melancholy is incompatible with bicycling.” James E Starrs

posted by truffy [649 posts]
14th August 2014 - 20:57

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Best. Photo. Ever.
You've just rescued what's been a shocking week. Chapeau Dave. Chapeau.

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posted by picko [52 posts]
14th August 2014 - 21:18

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Nice pic Dave! I am just so glad it's not a schwagg bag! Otherwise I would probably win it!

Lidl's plastic bag: 9 pence

BTR hi vis helmet cover: £6-99

Look on his face: priceless!

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posted by Comrade [186 posts]
14th August 2014 - 22:43

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aslongasicycle wrote:
This is my favourite photo of Dave ever. And I collect them all. This one is so...scrummy!

Ditto. I suggest a Dave's Spooniest Photos for the Road.CC 2015 calendar.

Can't understand why the cover is so baggy. Possibly the most risible piece of cycle kit I've ever seen.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1145 posts]
15th August 2014 - 1:09

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Another crap cycling accessory to avoid. Three stars, OMG!

As article says there are far better Goretex caps available which I have - a lined Mountain Equipment one that has a wired peak and keeps your neck and ears dry as well which sits nicely under my lid.

Don't waste your money on this crap.

Airzound

posted by Airzound [805 posts]
15th August 2014 - 7:29

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I want to thank ROAD CC for the best laugh I have had all day. Laughing Applause

I will though be keeping a close eye on future reports just in case this is actually bullying in the work place. Rolling On The Floor

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posted by Rupert [160 posts]
15th August 2014 - 21:00

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Photo says it all...!

"Kill me.... kill me now"!

posted by Beanspropulsion [3 posts]
16th August 2014 - 7:30

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A well known tennis player once said "You cannot be serious!", got to say, I have to agree with him. Big Grin

TDL

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posted by tourdelound [112 posts]
16th August 2014 - 16:25

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Why are you lot complaining about this essential bit of kit?

Who wants to stay at home and perm their hair under a steamer, when they could be out on the bike!

This bit of kit allows you to perm and ride! All you have to do when you get home is take out your rollers and 'Hay presto! lovely curly locks of hair.

You could be the 'Kevin Keegan' of the cycling world Cool

posted by Binky [115 posts]
17th August 2014 - 22:42

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'In this context, I'm not convinced that "high visibility" is a good thing.'

or in any context.

posted by andyp [1365 posts]
18th August 2014 - 15:28

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Can you take the photo down now? It's getting disturbing.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1145 posts]
18th August 2014 - 20:09

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I just had to look at this again, never ceases to amuse Wink

posted by jacknorell [888 posts]
20th August 2014 - 23:55

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Tee hee.

I suppose it might fill a gap in the market somewhere Laughing

posted by Cafe Rider [5 posts]
21st August 2014 - 19:58

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