The Salice Levante is a comfortable, low-profile aero helmet at a middling price.
First of all, the sizing on the box says XS. Forget that. It also says 52-58cm, and that's the bit you should take notice of (one other size is available: 56-62cm). I usually take a medium and it fitted just fine. The fit system attaches to the body of the helmet at the temples and you get a load of adjustment via a dial at the back.
Speaking of the dial, it incorporates an LED safety light with three different settings. Other helmets out there offer a similar feature, although, admittedly, not any aero helmets that I've previously used. The LED adds hardly any weight while providing a decent amount of extra visibility from behind. It works for me.
The rear section of the cradle has four different height settings covering 30mm of up/down adjustment. I found this enough to get a really secure fit back there and would be surprised if you didn't find the same.
The padding isn't deep but there's enough of it to keep the EPS (expanded polystyrene) inner well off your head, and internal channelling allows air to flow through well.
Not surprisingly, you don't get as much ventilation as most non-aero helmets, especially not through the central section. Some people are going to notice that more than others. More relevant, I'd say that the Salice offers a good level of cooling compared to other aero helmets out there.
A mesh liner inside the front-facing vents stops insects getting inside, and replacements are available if you ever need them. On the down side, I couldn't get my glasses to slot into any of the vents when I wasn't wearing them – well, not securely enough that they'd stay there – so I had to keep them on or tuck them away inside a back pocket.
Although the Levante is designed as an aero helmet, Salice doesn't make any claims relating to drag or time savings compared to a standard lid, and we're not able to take it to a wind tunnel to check out its aerodynamic performance.
It's a comfy, well-made helmet, though, with lots of fit adjustment.
Low-profile aero helmet that offers plenty of fit adjustment at a reasonable price
road.cc test report
Make and model: Salice Levante Helmet
Size tested: 52-58
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?
* Aero helmet reduces resistance against wind
* 14 specially designed aeration slits guarantee excellent ventilation
* New comfort orientated mircrometric adjustment system that can move up and down
* Rear LED safety light with multiple settings
* Removable hypoallergenic and breathable mesh bug liner (replacements available)
* Datatag ICE label (In case of Emergency). Sunglasses
* Removable Chin Strap
* Lightweight aero-mould design - 250g (52-58) 270g (56-62)
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Salice doesn't quantify its claims that this is an aero helmet. It gives no wind tunnel data.
It's not quite as light as the Bontrager Ballista helmet that we reviewed (266g) but it's still lightweight by aero helmet standards.
It's only fair to compare the Levante to other aero helmets rather than to standard helmets, and it's one of the cheaper aero options out there.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
We can't comment on the aero performance but you get lots of adjustability for a comfortable fit and a good amount of ventilation by aero helmet standards.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The low-profile fit.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Well, someone said it looked like I was wearing a child's helmet, so I guess some people aren't into the appearance.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Probably not unless Salice offers some aero data.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Possibly
Use this box to explain your score
I'd say the Salice Levante is a good helmet at a decent price. I'd want some convincing aero data in order to give it a higher mark.
About the tester
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding
Mat has worked for loads of bike magazines over the past 20 years, and been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. He's been road.cc technical editor for seven years, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a past winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer.