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Verdict: 
Decent commuting helmet, but needs better ventilation for higher tempo riding
Weight: 
313g
TSG Status
7 10

The TSG Status helmet is a comfortable, well designed and good looking helmet that performs well for commuting and low tempo rides. However, when the road starts to ramp up or the pace increases, the ventilation isn't quite up to the job.

We are now at peak bike commuting time, when more people look outside and realise it's nicer to ride in the sunshine than be forced to catch a bus or wait around in traffic. This means more people want commuting gear, and this is where the TSG Status Helmet aims to be a contender.

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The Status has an in-mould construction, designed to both create a solid helmet while also keeping the weight as low as possible. The construction seems good, with a strong shell and EPS impact foam making it safe and secure and helping to achieve the EN1078 safety standard.

In terms of fit, the helmet has two fairly thick straps and an adjustable cradle at the back with a dial. It is worth noting that the clip sits high up the side of the head, rather than centrally below the chin; it wasn't an issue for me, but might be for other head shapes/sizes.

TSG Status Helmet - side.jpg

TSG Status Helmet - side.jpg

I found it comfortable to wear on low tempo commutes and city riding, in part due to the large amount of padding within the helmet. It comes with two sizes, one thicker and one thinner. Although comfortable, the downside is that they soak up moisture and can take a while to dry, so not all that suitable for anything more than this sort of slower riding.

TSG Status Helmet - inside.jpg

TSG Status Helmet - inside.jpg

It is very much a commuter helmet, though, and this is also reflected in the ventilation, which isn't really as good as I would like for riding faster or uphill. It has 13 vents, two at the front, seven on the top and four at the rear; it also has some kind of channelling system on the top, but it isn't as effective as you would generally find on more sport-orientated lids. It means ventilation is probably better than many other commuter options, but still not good enough for more intense rides – especially ones that include a fair amount of climbing.

My favourite part of the helmet is the LED light at the back – a nice feature that many helmet makers have tried in the past but haven't, in my opinion, managed to do as effectively as here. It is a simple press light with three lighting sequences, and it pumps out a decent amount of ligh. Visibility is further helped by the high-vis elements on the logos, which again helps in low light conditions.

TSG Status Helmet - back.jpg

TSG Status Helmet - back.jpg

Unlike many other commuter helmets, this one sits low on the head, so doesn't create too much of the mushroom head. It also has some really strong colour choices and is available in black, blue, orange and white. In addition to the decent looks, it also weighs a fairly respectable 313g, not exactly the lightest lid ever, but for a commuter helmet it's pretty good.

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The Status comes with an RRP of £64.99 which is a little on the pricey side for a helmet limited to commuting, but it does have some innovative features. It is never going to be as lightweight or high tech as those more expensive designs, but for what it is, I'd say it's worth it.

Overall, I liked the Status for casual commuting. It has some really good features and I especially liked the LED light at the back. It's not something you'd wear for anything more than casual commuting, but for doing that job it's a good choice.

Verdict

Decent commuting helmet, but needs better ventilation for higher tempo riding

road.cc test report

Make and model: TSG Status

Size tested: Small/Medium, 54/56

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?

A commuter helmet with some innovative safety features.

TSG says: 'Thanks to its lightweight In-Mold Construction the Status is the perfect helmet for protecting your head on the way to work or riding in the city. The Snug Fit and Dial Fit System adapt perfectly to the shape of your head, while the removeable LED light on the back of the helmet guarantees safe night riding. Glow up even more with the all-over reflective shell design.'

I would agree with this, it doesn't have the kind of tech you would expect in a full-on road helmet, but it's fine for commuting.

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

Colors

satin black, satin dark cyan, flat orange

Material

Polycarbonate, EPS, Polyester, Nylon

Safety Standard

EN1078

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Well made, with the in-mould construction seeming strong.

Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10

Works fine for low-intensity rides, but needs a bit more ventilation for anything more.

Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10

Seems well made with decent quality materials.

Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
6/10

Not as heavy as many competitors, but certainly not as light as a traditional road helmet.

Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
6/10

Difficult to quantify, good until the workload increases and then needs a bit more ventilation.

Rate the product for value:
 
5/10

Not cheap, but it's a well-made leisure helmet with some good features.

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

Worked well for low-intensity commutes and leisure rides and has some good visibility elements, but not really adaptable enough for more intense rides.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The LED light is a great addition that works well without adding too much weight.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

Ventilation needs to be better for more than gentle riding.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your score

Decent helmet that does what it needs to for low-intensity rides and commuting, but needs better ventilation to have a wider variety of uses.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 27  Height: 6 ft  Weight:

I usually ride: Cannondale Supersix Evo 6  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 5-10 years  I ride: Every day  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mountain biking

George spends his days flitting between writing about data, running business magazines and writing about sports technology. The latter gave him the impetus (excuse) to get even further into the cycling world before taking the dive and starting his own cycling sites and writing for Road.cc. 

When he is not writing about cycling, he is either out on his bike cursing not living in the countryside or boring anybody who will listen about the latest pro peloton/cycling tech/cycling infrastructure projects.  

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Let me be first!

"...the very eminent QC... tried repeatedly to persuade the equally eminent neurosurgeons acting for either side, and the technical expert, to state that one must be safer wearing a helmet than without. All three refused to so do, stating that they had seen severe brain damage and fatal injury both with and without cycle helmets being worn. In their view, the performance of cycle helmets is much too complex a subject for such a sweeping claim to be made."

http://www.cyclehelmets.org/1081.html