Essentially two products in one, Haloglow Ice helmet is prefect for the rough and tumble of regular commuting thanks to the polycarbonate outer shell and unique integrated fibre optic/LED. 24 vents, in mould construction, washable pads and sturdy thumb closures are very high spec relative to the asking price, extending its horizons towards touring and winter training too.
At first glance, this helmet isn't too dissimilar to the 'potty lids' we used to wear on our skateboards back in the 70s, but it's brought up to date with a lower profile shape and it's a lot safer too.
The polycarbonate shell has an in-mould expanded polystyrene liner that's fused to the harder outer shell to save weight and distribute the force of an impact. The straps are basic with no clever, easy-adjustment clips, but once you have them correct and the foam padding inserts positioned right, this helmet has a comfortingly snug fit.
If I had to sum up the Kask Vertigo in one word, it would be this one: quality. There's no doubt that £165 is a serious wedge to pay for a helmet, but whereas some bike kit seems to get more ephemeral the more you pay, this helmet feels every inch a dependable, pro level piece of kit.
This smart, chic urban cycling helmet is made by one of the most respected names in helmet construction, the Italian company MET and with an rrp of £50 this could be the perfect helmet for your ride to work.
The FP1 is the top of the Uvex range of helmets, aimed at the road-racing market, and is also ideal for sportive riders. Trim and cool, it’s a nice piece of kit.
Picking up the FP1, it just feels good. That’s no way to judge a helmet, but it’s an OK start. Maybe I’m seduced by the Made in Germany sticker. Naturally, it meets all the European safety standards.
You’ll have seen the distinctive shape of the Whisper Plus on the heads of riders from Euskaltel Euskadi and Cervelo Test Team, amongst others, with more than one podium appearance.
The Whisper Plus doesn’t just grace the heads of such august names as a marketing freebie though. Its design has been finely tuned over the last few seasons through working closely with the riders themselves, taking on board their feedback and tweaking and tweaking the design until it squeaks.