Endura's Airshell helmet is part of a small range of headwear from the Scottish clothing company which doesn't boast any real game changing technology but offers a great all round package for a sensible price.
While aero is the new buzzword the Airshell focuses on vents and keeping you cool. Using carbon fibre (glass fibre on some colours) sections to add reinforcement means that the bridges can be smaller allowing much larger vents than normal and still pass the EN1078 testing criteria. ClearThru, they call it.
Once the air is in there Endura have come up with a couple of things to get it back out in the form of channels that direct the air over your head front to back; the cool air coming in removes the heat and vents it out of the back. As I said nothing exactly new but it has been designed well and is massively effective. You can feel the breeze passing through very quickly as you ride and on the really hot and humid days of the summer it was the only helmet I grabbed.
The fit is taken care of by an adjustable cradle sitting within the in-moulded shell. It uses a dial for width which is easy to tweak on the fly and there are three vertical settings to get the fit just right. It did take a little bit of adjustment to get things spot on and avoid any pressure points but once in place everything stayed as I'd set it up.
The chinstrap is the usual push fit buckle affair with plenty of adjustability for both length and the twin dividers that pass the ear.
With some helmets costing the same as an entry level bike its great to see Endura pricing the Airshell at such a competitive price. For the £89.99 price tag you get a 240g (M/L) helmet with a spare set of antibacterial pads and a helmet pod (£14.99) chucked in for free.
Should you crash it within three years Endura also offer a half price replacement policy for the original owner. There are obviously a few T&C's but nothing too stringent.
The Endura Airshell punches well above its weight at this price point with great ventilation, smart, aggressive styling and an impressive overall weight. The fit did take a little longer to perfect than on some helmets but once I'd found the sweetspot the Airshell was fine for hours at a time. The internal padding working well against sweat and proved comfortable.
Sensibly priced helmet with plenty of adjustment and great ventilation
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Endura Airshell helmet
Size tested: M/L
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?
It is Endura's only road helmet and they concentrate on the light weight and ventilation which they are right to do as both is impressive. It's definitely one for the warmer days if you are going without a cap underneath.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
*Super lightweight in-mould cycle helmet (230g based on size S/M)
*Glass fibre / carbon fibre reinforcement bridges (depending on colour)
*Certified to CE standard EN1078:2012
*Reflective on rear
*ClearThru™ air vents maximise air flow with minimal vent narrowing technology
*Internal HeadStream™ air flow channels direct air through the helmet
*One-hand micro-adjustment and 3 position vertical adjustment for inner head
*Compact chin strap with twin strap dividers
*Antibacterial, fast wicking, removable padding (spare set provided)
*Covered by Endura's Crash Replacement Policy and Endura Product Guarantee
*Sizing - S/M, M/L, L/XL
*Colours - White, Black, Red, Silver & Hi-Viz Green
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
Thanks to the light weight and comfort you don't really realise you are wearing the Airshell, until it's a really hot day and the breeze passing through feels cooler than riding without a helmet
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
A good all round helmet that offers comfort and protection at a sensible price.
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
Getting the fit right was a little fiddly but once set up it stayed spot on.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.
Would you consider buying the product? Yes.
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.
Anything further to say about the product in conclusion?
The beauty of the Airshell is that it takes a pretty basic helmet design and executes it so well, at such a price that you wonder why others can't follow suit. The 90 quid price tag is impressive enough but by throwing in the helmet pod for free makes it great value for money. Decent fit, weight, price & comfort.
About the tester
Age: 35 Height: 180cm Weight: 76kg
I usually ride: Whatever needs testing or Genesis Flyer, fixed of course! My best bike is: Kinesis T2 with full Centaur Red
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.