Thirty quid helmets tend to have a few compromises over their more expensive, pro replica cousins. Fewer vents, more weight, basic adjustment systems are just some of the sacrifices usually made but GT's Corsa helmet kind of turns this trend on its head.
The EPS inner, co-moulded to a polycarbonate shell allows for 22 large vents which keep temperatures down even when climbing in 20+°C heat. The skeletal rib structure that's left provides an aggressive, edgy style which is finished off by those extended points at the back.
The Corsa is available in two sizes, large (58-62cm) and the medium (52-58cm) that we've got on test. Its weight is a none too shabby 295g though it does feel lighter than that in use.
For retention a simple ratchet system is used and while it does feel a little flimsy it does the job and small tweaks on the fly are easy. The cradle tightens or loosens around the base of your head at the rear while standard straps keep the rest of the helmet in place.
Comfort is high on the agenda to thanks to some decent padding. It's thicker than a lot of others I've used but doesn't ruck or squash once the helmet is secured in place.
The only standard its tested to is EN 1078 which is the basic requirement for helmets to be sold in Europe with regards to impact testing, retention and so on.
The model we've got here is en vogue for 2013/14 in matt black with yellow highlights. I think it looks pretty good but the large GT branding may not be to everybody's taste. For those of you who want something a little more reserved it does also come in a silver/white combo.
On the whole the Corsa puts a lot of the more expensive brands to shame when taking looks, comfort and fit into account. As I said above the retention system feels a little cheap and not quite as precise as others but on a helmet costing just £29.99 it's more than acceptable.
The overall finish is good with no rough edges or threads on the straps. The shell covers the majority of the EPS which will keep it protected from small falls and drops and add to the longevity.
Top looks, top performance and all for a bargain basement price.
road.cc test report
Make and model: GT Accessories Corsa (Road/Urban) Helmet
Size tested: S/M Black and Yellow
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?
With its race looks and light weight the Corsa is aimed at roadies on a budget. It ticks a lot of boxes putting some of the more expensive competition to shame.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*22 channeled vents
*Ratchet adjust fit system
*Complies to EN1078
The best all-round performing helmet I've tried at this price.
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Very well, its comfortable, stylish and lightweight for a cracking price.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
the fit and price
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The cheap-feeling ratchet was the only downer.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
About the tester
Age: 35 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Ribble Winter Trainer for commuting, Genesis Flyer My best bike is: Sarto Rovigo
I've been riding for: 10-20 years I ride: Every day I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: time trialling, commuting, club rides, sportives, fixed/singlespeed,
Stu knocked out his first road.cc review back in 2009 and since then he's chucked the best part of seventy test bikes around the West Country, a couple of them quite literally! With three alloy and two steel bikes in his fleet he's definitely a metal man (that'll be the engineering background) but is slowly warming to that modern carbon fibre stuff along with fat tyres & disc brakes.
It's not all nostalgia though, after spending the last few years in product design Stu keeps banging on about how 3D printing is going to be the next big thing and he's a sucker for a beautiful paint job too.