You’ll have seen the distinctive shape of the Whisper Plus on the heads of riders from Euskaltel Euskadi and Cervelo Test Team, amongst others, with more than one podium appearance.
The Whisper Plus doesn’t just grace the heads of such august names as a marketing freebie though. Its design has been finely tuned over the last few seasons through working closely with the riders themselves, taking on board their feedback and tweaking and tweaking the design until it squeaks.
At 290g for a size medium, the Whisper Plus isn’t as light as some helmets on the market at the moment, especially at this kind of price. Its main goal, however, is to offer an optimum balance between safety, ventilation and weight, and as such it does a good job. Certainly, as soon as you put the Whisper Plus on, you’re aware of the air flowing through the 39 separate intakes across the helmet that give it its trademark ‘look’, keeping comfort at a max no matter how hot the weather. Having long hair, I personally find overheating can be a problem, yet this helmet allowed sufficient airflow to cool even my hot head.
If I have a concern about the venting, it’s the insect risk of so many large forward facing vents with no mesh liner of any kind. That said, the huge vents at the back should allow anything to escape anyway! Unless it gets caught in your hair…..
The fit of the helmet was a little fiddly to fine tune, based on a fairly standard strapping arrangement and sliding gripper at the back, but even before adjustment, the helmet cradled my head securely, inspiring confidence. A neat Velcro fastening padded roll can be adjusted to make the under chin strap more comfortable. You’d not want to have to adjust the strapping or fit on the fly.
Choosing my usual size, the Whisper Plus fitted well, although at the absolute smallest it would adjust to. It would definitely be worth trying one on before buying if you’re borderline between sizes.
The Whisper Plus is CE certified following the usual safety tests. Its CES (Crash Energy Splitting) technology ensures impact force is evenly spread across the whole helmet, which is also helped by the venting pattern. All in all it should keep your noggin as safe as any other helmet.
The Whisper Plus comes in enough colour options to please even the pickiest rider. And if you have a penchant for team strip, then fill your boots.
A protective case is also available as an extra.
Hard to find fault with this well ventilated and comfortable helmet, even at this price. It inspires confidence and looks great too.
road.cc test report
Make and model: Catlike Whisper Plus helmet
Size tested: M
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?
Flagship helmet 'that represents the technology and potential that Catlike is capable of. A helmet that is tested day after day by the best riders in the world.'
A high end helmet aimed at demanding riders with a need for incredible ventilation coupled with safety and all day comfort.
Will also appeal to those who like a lid to look good too.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
-39 air intakes for a perfect ventilation (dual flow technology)
-extra protection in every sense (CES technology and LNP technology)
- in-mold technology
- MPS rear retention system
CES technology designed to spread impact force across whole helmet rather than focussing it on point of impact.
Fairly standard strap adjustment with rear slider.
Adjustment of straps is not the easiest and not suitable for on the fly tweaking.
Superbly comfortable in wear and with great airflow.
Tough and well made.
Not the lightest, given the weight of others within a similar price range.
Extremely comfortable and secure fit.
A lot of money for a helmet, but there's a pedigree and pro styling included in the price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Excellent performance. Easy to wear for long periods and maintained a comfortable head temperature.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Styling, comfortable secure fit and the venting.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Slightly fiddly strap adjustment.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
Expensive but high quality choice for pro looks and performance.
About the tester
Age: 37 Height: 1.65m Weight: 67kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Experienced
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, touring, general fitness riding, mtb,
Lara has been riding bikes for longer than she'd care to admit, and writing about them nearly as long. Since 2009 she has been working as part of the road.cc review team whilst championing women's cycling on the side, most notably via two years as editor of the, sadly now defunct, UK's first and only women's cycling mag, erm, Women's Cycling.
Believing fervently that cycling will save the world, she wishes that more people would just ride a bike and be pleasant to each other.
She will ride anything with two wheels, occasionally likes to go fast, definitely likes to go far and is always up for a bit of exploring somewhere new and exciting.