LAS Victory helmet  £119.99

8/10

High quality helmet with excellent fit and winter and summer pads

Weight 251g   Contact  www.chickencyclekit.co.uk

by Dave Atkinson   May 11, 2011  

LAS Victory helmet

The LAS Victory exudes the kind of secure fit and attention to detail that you'd expect from a top-level lid. It's pretty light too, and the swappable liners are a nice touch. It's well vented, well made and comfortable, with a good range of adjustment.

As you'd expect from a £100+ helmet you get an in-moulded construction (the outer shell is moulded into the EPS foam) and the shell extends right to the bottom of the lid to stop it scuffing the protective foam when you set it down. Fitting is via an adjustable dial at the back and a push/pull height adjustment that extends a long way down, which makes the Victory feel very secure. The Victory is tested to the CE EN1078 standard.

You get two sets of pads: one full liner with mesh covers for the vents, and one set of lightweight pads. The mesh liner is ostensibly for winter as it cuts down airflow, but I've been using it in the April heatwave with few ill effects. Swap to the summer pads and ventilation is noticeably improved through the 25 air vents, although the front three are certainly big enough to swallow a bee or wasp; I've stuck with the mesh.

The straps are woven Nylon but of a high quality, and you get a fleecy chinguard that you can wrap any excess up in. There's a removable peak too, if you like peaks. Certainly it goes with the spiky overall look of the Victory. At 250g this is no heavyweight lid but it certainly doesn't feel flimsy, and the fit system is very secure. As ever, try it on your own head first as fit's a very personal thing.

All in all you're getting what you pay for here: a high quality helmet at a fairly lofty price. Shop around online and you can pick one up for under £100, at that kind of money it's definitely one for the list.

Verdict

High quality helmet with excellent fit and winter and summer pads.

road.cc test report

Make and model: LAS Victory helmet

Size tested: White M

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

* Weight: 230g - Small, 270g - Large, includes padding, fitting and straps.

* Cat-Eyes Evo 3D fitting system

* 25 airflow vents

* Anti insect net

* Attractive bag

* Alternative padding set

* Removable Visor

An Italian made, race level road helmet with an advanced Cat-Eyes fitting system, an un-matched set of extras and an individual flair that sets you apart from the pack on sportives, club rides and races.

Cat-Eyes Evo 3D Fitting System

The LAS Cat-Eyes Evo 3D provides a comfortable and secure fit to a wide array of head shapes thanks to a 59mm vertical and horizontal adjustment range. Fitting can be set and easily refined on the move with the wheel adjustment mechanism.

Ventilation

25 specially shaped vents allow air intake while internal grooves channel it to provide maximum coverage and continuous flow for a cool, comfortable feel.

Airtex Padding with Interpower

Interpower treatment accelerates moisture transportation away from the head, and allows the airtex padding to keep you cool and fresh.

In the box

LAS helmets are unique in their flexibility, practicality and presentation; they are supplied with essential accessories in an attractive case: an alternative SilverDry antibacterial padding set, a removable protective visor, additional padded strips and a tissue helmet bag.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10

Very nicely made, good attention to detail

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

250g is about on the money

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

Very comfy and secure

Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

Not cheap but decent value

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

Very well

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The fit, the quality of construction

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

not much

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: 38  Height: 190cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: whatever I'm testing...  My best bike is: Genesis Equilibrium with SRAM Apex

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

I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, cyclo cross, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

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