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Comfortable, warm aero winter helmet, with a good shape that'll eliminate the need to wear a cap on cold rides
Weight: 
290g

Sometimes you've got to admire marketing folks. Consider aero helmets as an example and you'd probably say that they're a summer item, as you'll want your most aero clothing and equipment for fast summer riding. Now when it comes to winter, most of us are not so focused on speed but on slower rides, social rides, exploring and just generally keeping warm, while we clock the miles up.

Well the folks at LAS helmets must have had a bit of moment of 'inspiration' whilst looking at aero helmets that typically feature fewer vents and realised that this might in fact make them perfect for winter. In fact the description for the Victory Vento is "A helmet to ride in the wind, also great for winter, thanks to its special smooth shell shape. The front and rear vents guarantee just the right air flow."

Now when you actually stop and think about it, this makes a certain amount of sense. Highly vented summer helmets often see cyclists wear caps or the like to offset the level of ventilation during colder winter riding. Most of us also know that you lose a lot of heat from the top of your head.

A typical LAS summer helmet offers 25 vents to keep you cool but the Victory Vento only has 12 with many of what would be the others becoming solid sections of the outer shell.

Available in two sizes and three colours, it's the Lime Small we've been testing (white and black are also available).

The Victory Vento also has a few additional features that may help make it of interest to you.

There's the fitting system called 'Cat-Eye 3D EVO2', which has both an adjustable wheel at the rear of the helmet but also includes vertical adjustment. We'd have to agree with LAS that this system, whilst a little bulky did enable us to get a perfect fit on several different riders. They system holds the helmet on your head particularly well. The chin strap has a nice soft pad under your chin & features a magnetic clasp, which again works very well and is pleasingly intuitive to use.

The Victory Vento also comes with two sets of pads and an intriguing insect proof net on the inside to stop bugs ending up in your hair, which is a nice touch. We've not found any bugs in the net, we're pleased to report. A helmet bag is also included.

In fact the fitting system, padding and inside of the helmet all give a sensation of quality. Ironically the outer shell didn't give off quite the same feel. Perhaps because it's difficult to believe that the outer shell is enormously aerodynamically validated and there's no data on the LAS website to suggest this either.

So with that in mind we rode it on some cold wintery days to see how it performed as a winter helmet and were generally impressed.

Riding down to 0 degrees or just above, the Victory Vento's 12 vent system does a good job of regulating the air flow and keeping your head at what felt like a good temperature.

The vents move an airflow across the side of your head, across the top of your ears and across to the back of your head. They move enough air that when you've built up some heat from a climb or from pushing on that you can feel the coolness flow around you. There's less ventilation over the top of your head but we never felt overheated or that the top of our head lacked ventilation.

There was absolutely no need for a cap under the helmet and the fitting system was very comfortable over a number of hours out riding.

Another bonus of the more solid outer shell was being caught in a hail shower on one of our first rides. Icy rain is not something many riders would have on their list of favourite things, but the Victory Vento certain took care of that for us. The same with rain as the helmet provides a good barrier to nasty weather and shape of the helmet worked well for our test rider.

Several rides later and the LAS Victory Vento has proven itself well in cold and wintery conditions. Sadly we'll have to wait to at least the Spring to work out how well it ventilates with warmer weather.

If you're the type of rider who does get a cold head or would like some extra protection from the elements, then you should definitely put the LAS Victory Vento on your shortlist. It provides a comfortable fit, some nice detailing and above all it'll help keep your head warmer on winter rides.

Verdict

Comfortable, warm aero winter helmet, with a good shape that'll eliminate the need to wear a cap on cold rides

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road.cc test report

Make and model: LAS Victory Vento helmet

Size tested: Small (53-59), Fluo Lime

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?

LAS say this is a helmet to ride in the wind, also great for winter, thanks to its special smooth shell shape. The front and rear vents guarantee just the right air flow. Available in two sizes, the "Cat-Eye 3D EVO2" system with adjustable wheel and 12mm of vertical travel ensures an absolute perfect fit. Also supplied with two sets of pads: one piece padding with Interpower treatment anti insect net and Filter padding with no insects net and a handy helmet bag.

Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?

12 air openings

Magnetic buckle closure with soft nylon strap with protector

Anti-insect Networks into ventilation openings

Approvals:CE EN:1078

Matching bag with logo

Weight: 290g (S)

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
8/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
9/10
Rate the product for value:
 
8/10

Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose

I'd never considered that someone might want a winter helmet before, but the Victory Vento has shown me that for those who want one, this is a fine product.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

It's really comfortable and I was pleasantly surprised at how well it kept my head warm on cold rides without over heating.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

I wasn't convinced about the aesthetics of the outer shell, but the shape suited my head well.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 46  Height: 180cm  Weight: 68kg

I usually ride: Stoemper Taylör  My best bike is:

I've been riding for: 10-20 years  I ride: A few times a week  I would class myself as: Experienced

I regularly do the following types of riding: sportives, general fitness riding, Social, Family and whatever I get talked into

 

12 comments

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recurs [35 posts] 4 years ago
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I'd avoid buying that helmet based entirely on the model's expression.

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crikey [1251 posts] 4 years ago
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So we are being sold seasonal helmets now?

Jesus, cycling really isn't how it used to be....

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fenix [1199 posts] 4 years ago
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I suggested this last winter - we go all out for ultimate light an fairy helmets and then spend 4 months of the year with cold heads.

If it was cheaper I think it could do well but not at that price.

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bikebot [2116 posts] 4 years ago
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recurs wrote:

I'd avoid buying that helmet based entirely on the model's expression.

It's quite an enigmatic look, with a strong hint of "have I left the iron on". But I think it's mostly the look of someone who has realised once again that no one else is going to bloody volunteer.

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truffy [649 posts] 4 years ago
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bikebot wrote:

It's quite an enigmatic look, with a strong hint of "have I left the iron on". But I think it's mostly the look of someone who has realised once again that no one else is going to bloody volunteer.

Not unlike the all-time classic:

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bikebot [2116 posts] 4 years ago
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Let's salute the man for his extraordinary service. I would say chapeau, but for once that doesn't really work.

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ashfanman [133 posts] 4 years ago
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recurs wrote:

I'd avoid buying that helmet based entirely on the model's expression.

I was thinking the exact same thing. Really doesn't look like he's happy with whoever made him wear that thing. But he's not angry, just very disappointed.

That aside, I guess a winter helmet isn't such a bad idea - we have winter shoes/boots, gloves and clothing, but currently have to put a skull cap under a normal helmet to stop us from freezing. Wonder if they couldn't attach some sort of windstopper material between the triangle section of the helmet straps, so it covers your ears?

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Chris James [449 posts] 4 years ago
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I always get cold ears, so this helmet would be useless for me in winter, as I would need to wear some sort of ear covering anyway......

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edster99 [345 posts] 4 years ago
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I prefer a cap. Keeps the crap out of my face (a bit), keeps the low winter sun out of my eyes (when we are lucky), and any sweat drips off the cap not down my forehead into my eyes. But that's just me being a grumpy old git  1

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wrevilo [108 posts] 4 years ago
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Don't some brands supply plastic covers for their helmets that serve the same purpose as this, but without the need for another helmet?

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usedtobefaster [226 posts] 4 years ago
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I've been molding winter covers for helmets since October. I've done a few now for the friends and family, and they work really well - keeps your head dry and warm without the "clammy" feeling that you get with a skull cap.

www.flickr.com/photos/usedtobefast/15775883983/

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bike_food [213 posts] 4 years ago
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So we can choose a winner can we have a shot of both of you wearing the helmet with the shower cap partially covering it say just off to the right a bit.