LAS Kripton helmet  £68.99

9/10

Comfortable, well designed helmet and great value for money too

Weight 245g   Contact  www.chickencyclekit.co.uk

by Dave Atkinson   September 30, 2009  

LAS Kripton helmet

The LAS Kripton is an aggressively styled and light helmet with a couple of nice design touches. It's a very comfortable and secure lid, and offers performance to rival many helmets costing a lot more.

Construction wise there's not much to report: it's the usual CE EN1078 certified expanded polystyrene body with an in-moulded hard shell. It's quite a fluid design, with a high central vent and a steep back. Opinion was a bit divided but it's certainly individual. Anyway, I liked it...

There's only one size, which means that the retention system has to be adjustable for a wide range both in terms of circumference and height, and it copes admirably. The height adjustment band is a push fit into the lateral strap and it sometimes comes out when the helmet's off the head, but I've never had a problem with it while it's being worn.

Inside there's a single-piece pad which also doubles as an insect net. This has bot good and bad points. On the plus side it's supremely comfortable and easy to remove and wash. However it does tend to flatten your hair, making the lid quite warm. There's a range of three liners available for all the seasons. The strap is the usual webbing affair with a generous chin pad and there's also pads on the retention system.

On the bike it's probably the most comfortable and secure helmet I've tried. Helmets are a personal thing, so as usual the advice is to try before you buy, but I've nothing but praise for the fit and comfort. At 245g it's hardly a heavyweight either, and at £64.99 it's very good value. I haven't needed to rely on its bump-absorbing qualities but it passes the relevant tests, like all the rest.

Verdict

The Kripton is well designed, well constructed and very comfortable (for me). The single piece pad adds practicality and comfort, and the retention system is very secure. For the money, it's a great lid.

road.cc test report

Make and model: LAS Kripton helmet

Size tested: L

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
9/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
10/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, very much

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Overall rating: 9/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 190cm  Weight: 98kg

I usually ride: Schwinn Moab, urbanised with 700cs  My best bike is: Trek 1.5 with upgrades

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, commuting, sportives, general fitness riding, fixed/singlespeed, mtb, Mountain Bike Bog Snorkelling, track

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