The Ghibli helmet from Salice is available in a range of eight colours so matching your bike or kit certainly shouldn't be an issue plus it scores well on weight and extras too.
The Ghibli weighs 255g for this XS size which covers head circumference of 54cm to 58cm (a larger 58cm to 62cm model is about 30g heavier according to Salice) and the weight's not really noticeable when you've got the lid strapped to your head.
You barely notice it at all helped by the fact that it is amazingly comfortable thanks to the tiny adjustments available from the wheel at the rear of the helmet. You can tweak it to sit just right, although unlike some other helmets it only adjusts the rear cradle for fit rather than all the way around. Not a major issue unless you have a bit of an odd shaped head.
That adjustment dial is also a light with three different settings: solid, flash and a kind of mental disco strobe. The first two are very bright so should still show up even if your head is tilted down although I wouldn't recommend this as your sole lighting source.
Inside the helmet you get a removable mesh bug liner which if you've ever been stung on the head by an irate, trapped bee you will know is a welcome investment. It's part of the pad system though so you have to keep it in there which could give you an interesting sun tan if you are light on the hair front.
In terms of construction it's the tried and tested method of an expanded polystyrene (EPS) shell with a bonded cover over the top to keep everything together in case of a secondary impact. Its strength also allows for 23 vents while still maintaining enough strength to pass the relevant EN safety standards.
Even with all of those vents though I didn't actually find the Salice that cool in use especially on warm days. You never really feel the breeze coming through and things did get a big sweaty.
As far as price goes there are a lot of helmets for around a hundred quid and the Salice compares well for weight and comfort, but little things like the orange stripe being completely off centre just cheapens the look. It may sound picky but if I'm paying this much for a polystyrene lid I'd want each detail to be pretty spot on. Helmets at this price are also starting to come with extra features like MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System), which is claimed to improve protection.
Competes well on weight and comfort although it isn't the most 'airy'
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road.cc test report
Make and model: Salice Ghibli Helmet
Size tested: Extra Small 52/58
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?
Salice only has two helmet variations on their UK website an aero one and this Ghibli which is vented. A lightweight helmet designed for racing with a few added benefits.
Tell us some more about the technical aspects of the product?
Aerodynamic form reduces wind resistance
23 specially designed aeration slits guarantee excellent ventilation
New comfort orientated micrometric adjustment system
Rear LED Safety light with multiple settings
Ultra lightweight In-mould design
Removable hypoallergenic and breathable mesh bug liner (replacements available)
Distinctive Colour Schemes available
Removable chin strap
Lightweight In-mould design - 270g (54-58) 300g (58-62)
Tell us how the product performed overall when used for its designed purpose
It's a lightweight helmet with great added extras like the bug net and rear light
Tell us what you particularly liked about the product
Feels very light in use
Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product
The central orange stripe is off centre which makes the helmet look a little cheap considering the price tag.
Did you enjoy using the product? Yes
Would you consider buying the product? Yes
Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes
Use this box to explain your score
In use the helmet is very light and feels comfortable with plenty of adjustment but the vents didn't feel to let a huge amount of air through. The off centre paintjob doesn't look very professional either.
About the tester
I usually ride: This month's test bike My best bike is: Kinesis Aithien
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.