Met Manta Mips Aero Road helmet
The Met Manta Mips Aero Road helmet offers a good blend of aero performance and ventilation while integrating Mips protection nicely. It's a good all-round helmet with a strong leaning towards fast club riders and racers interested in aero performance.
The new version of the Manta integrates reprofiled aerodynamics, a revised ventilation system and – perhaps most importantly – Mips protection, which has been nicely integrated.
The front six channels in combination with the seventh top vent provide just enough ventilation to regulate the temperature around your head on a warm British summer's day.
The rear exhaust vents seem to help to pull the air through a little, while the channelling inside means hotspots aren’t noticeable. In a helmet of this type, it's pretty good.
A click wheel cranial fit system ensures a secure fit. You may find the fit is slightly tight feeling around the lower circumference of the head compared to other helmets. It's no deal-breaker though, and in fact encourages the front padding to create a kind of seal, which in turn does a solid job of absorbing sweat on the move.
Met has also fitted its 'Fidlock' clasp under the chin. Benefits include a magnetic clasp that snaps together strong and it reduces the risk of skin pinching too.
Overall, the Met Manta Mips impresses with seemingly good aero performance married to good levels of cooling, weight and comfort. It costs a fair amount of money, but in exchange you get a very accomplished helmet well-attuned to fast riding and racing.