The Catlike Mixino VD2.0 is a highly adjustable aero helmet for road, track and time trial use.
Unusually, Catlike don't put any figures on their aero claims. Often a brand will say their aero helmet will save you X secs over 40km, for what those figures are worth. Catlike don't, they just say, 'Mixino VD2.0 maintains all Mixino's technical features adding a fixed aerodynamic shell as requested from UCI's rules.'
We asked if any such claims existed but they don't, and we can't give you any wind tunnel data.
A standard Mixino – with a zillion vents – is priced at £169.99. You can buy a removable aero shell for £39.99, so that's a total of £209.98. That means that buying the Mixino VD2.0 for a penny under 200 quid is a little cheaper although you don't have the option of removing that shell.
Fit adjustment is via Catlike's very good MPS (Multi Position System) eVo design. The cradle reaches from the back of your head right around to your forehead and there are several different height settings to control how far down it reaches. You fine tune the diameter via a clicky wheel at the back. It's really easy to adjust in either direction (to make it either tighter or looser) with one hand as you're riding along.
You can also alter the position of the two supports at the rear (the grey sections that are the shape of glasses lenses). You just push them to the width that's most comfortable and they'll stay in place for ever.
As well as that you get what Catlike call 'wings' on the harness, on the side of your head just in front of your ears. These are flexible plastic with a small amount of padding on the inside, and you can remove them if you have a round head.
In all you get four different fit adjustments (plus strap adjustment), each of them easy to perform. Catlike reckon this means the Mixino VD2.0 is suitable for any head shape. We had a few people try it out and everyone managed to get a decent fit. I wouldn't say that I found the Mixino VD2.0 to be the most comfortable helmet ever because I could feel the ridges over the top of my head a bit more than usual, but it felt reasonably good.
The other factor to consider when it comes to comfort is the effect of that shell on airflow. You certainly do notice that there's less breeze getting to you head than there is with a more highly vented helmet but the difference isn't as great as you might imagine.
Catlike reckon that the Outlast material in the padding helps absorb heat, stores it and then frees it when needed. Who knows? All I can tell you is that I've ridden in this helmet on days when the temperature was 24°C and my head got sweatier than it would with a standard helmet, but I didn't feel like I was going to overheat or that my performance was impeded, although you might be more susceptible to the heat than me, of course.
The Mixino has an inner aramid skeleton within the EPS (expanded polystyrene) and Catlike say, 'This aramid liner has been treated in its polymer matrix with graphene nano-fibres, which increases the entire mechanical performance, therefore improving impact energy absorption.'
We'll have to take their word for that. All we can say on the safety front is that the helmet conforms to the EN 1078 standard.
At 274g the Mixino VD 2.0 isn't superlight but it's a reasonable weight considering that it has the shell. It certainly doesn't feel weighty when you're wearing it. In terms of looks, that dome of a shell takes some getting used to, especially as the Mixino isn't the most low profile helmet in the first place.
Highly adjustable and reasonably lightweight helmet for road, track and time trial use
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Make and model: Catlike Mixino VD 2.0 - White Matt Helmet
Size tested: Medium, White
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?
Catlike say, "Catlike introduces Mixino VD2.0 a model studied to give the best performance in track and chrono stages. Mixino VD2.0 maintains all Mixino's technical features adding a fixed aerodynamic shell as requested from UCI's rules."
It's essentially the standard Mixino with a shell bonded/taped over the top, but the build quality is still very good.
You'll almost certainly be able to get a good fit. My only issue was that I could feel the front-to-back ridges in the shell a bit more than usual.
It's a high-end helmet but you couldn't say that value is its strongest suit.
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
The high adjustability.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The fact that it sits pretty high. It's not a low-profile helmet. And I'd certainly want some aero figures to persuade me of the benefit to speed.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yeah, it felt pretty good in a variety of conditions.
Would you consider buying the product? Possibly for triathlon use.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Perhaps.
Age: 43 Height: 190cm Weight: 75kg
I usually ride: My best bike is:
I've been riding for: Over 20 years I ride: Most days I would class myself as: Expert
I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, club rides, sportives, general fitness riding,
Mat has been in cycling media since 1996, on titles including BikeRadar, Total Bike, Total Mountain Bike, What Mountain Bike and Mountain Biking UK, and he has been editor of 220 Triathlon and Cycling Plus. Mat has been road.cc technical editor for over a decade, testing bikes, fettling the latest kit, and trying out the most up-to-the-minute clothing. We send him off around the world to get all the news from launches and shows too. He has won his category in Ironman UK 70.3 and finished on the podium in both marathons he has run. Mat is a Cambridge graduate who did a post-grad in magazine journalism, and he is a winner of the Cycling Media Award for Specialist Online Writer. Now pushing 50, he's riding road and gravel bikes most days for fun and fitness rather than training for competitions.