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Frog Bikes Team Sky helmet

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£40.00

VERDICT:

8
10
Lightweight helmet that will win you brownie points with young Brad Wiggins fans
Weight: 
228g

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This Team Sky / Frog Bikes collaboration helmet is suitable for teenage riders wanting to emulate the stars.

At 228g (a mere 8g more than the adult's Sky / Kask Mojito helmet), the Frog/Sky helmet is a light piece of kids' kit. It is the lightest helmet for youngsters I've tested in a while.

With its 54cm - 58cm size range, the Sky / Frog helmet fitted everyone in the family including dad, so although marketed as a kids' lid, it would work as a budget version of the Sky Team helmet for a large number of adults too. As a comparison, the Sky / Kask Mojito top of the range helmet is offered in a medium to fit 48 - 58 cm so would size smaller than this children's helmet. Although it fitted my 10 year old safely, it looked out of proportion with her head, but my 13 year old (pictured) suited it well.

The sizing is adjusted by means of a dial, which had a tacky rubber ring to support gripping it in gloves. To weigh in so light, the mechanism itself is made of very thin and light plastic, which I would be wary of snapping in extended use by a not-so-careful kid.

The Sky / Frog helmet boasts a sporty look in keeping with its heritage. Twenty-five vents made for a sweat-free ride, which is good as I found the padding was the bare minimum possible. As it was such a light helmet, though, this didn't impact too much on comfort.

The clasp on the chin strap is offset, enabling a pad to be positioned over the strap directly underneath the chin. Beware, though, the pad is fully detachable, which for kids' kit translates as 'easily lost'. The clasp itself doesn't have any of the anti-pinch technologies available on some other helmets for youngsters. Likewise the adjustment clasps under the ears are basic, and do not have a feature to lock them into place.

All of the above aspects again point to this helmet being for teenagers rather than children as billed.

There are three small reflective elements on the back of the helmet and a removable visor, but no insect net or side reflectives.

At £40, the price isn't excessive for a branded piece of kit, and it certainly won't be grown out of any time soon.

Verdict

Lightweight helmet that will win you brownie points with young Brad Wiggins fans

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Frog Bikes Team Sky

Size tested: Blue & black,

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?

Comfortable and lightweight helmet in Team Sky design. Fits head size 54 - 58 cm.

The Team Sky accessories carry Team Sky's signature blue line. The blue line is like Team Sky's badge, and connects the whole team together in the shared ambition of being the best. It appears on everything - the bikes, kit, cars and even the team bus. With the blue line and distinct Team Sky colours on your kit, you can feel like a pro and part of the team.

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

Comes with easy to use dial for quick and safe helmet adjustment plus anti-pinch buckle. Also has reflective strips on the back of the helmet for added safety.

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
7/10

Slight concerns about the longevity of the plastic strapping used.

Rate the product for performance:
 
9/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
7/10
Rate the product for weight, if applicable:
 
10/10

228g, can't say fairer than that!

Rate the product for comfort, if applicable:
 
8/10

Padding could be a little more generous.

Rate the product for value:
 
9/10

Considering the price of adult Team Sky kit, this is a good deal.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

The (lack of) weight.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

The un-childish sizing.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes, if my teen were a fan.

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes.

Overall rating: 8/10

About the tester

Age: 36  Height: 5'7  Weight: size 16

I usually ride: Trek 7.5 WSD  My best bike is: Turquoise Cruiser

I've been riding for: Under 5 years  I ride: Most days  I would class myself as: Novice

I regularly do the following types of riding: commuting, general fitness riding, Leisure

 

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