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Verdict: 
A quality lightweight helmet for the money, though not the best airflow
Weight: 
223g

The finish of the FS260-Pro helmet from Endura is very impressive and I was expecting a price tag much higher than its £89.99. Comfort is great, too, and while it hasn't got the greatest airflow on the market, for a semi-aero lid it makes a really good all-rounder especially as we head into the cooler months of the year.

  • Pros: Nicely finished, light weight
  • Cons: Not enough airflow for really warm days

One nice touch that reveals the attention to detail is that Endura has covered the EPS (expanded polystyrene) around the bottom of the helmet. Often when the polycarbonate shell ends you get the grey/black finish of the internal shell showing at the bottom, but Endura has covered it.

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The helmet has a clean and smooth look, and the straps come out through small apertures in the bottom of the shell, which also looks cool.

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Adjustment is carried out by the usual cradle affair which covers the rear half of the head and is tweaked easily by the thumbwheel at the back. The increments are small, so getting the fit just right is simple.

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The padding comes in one section and there is plenty of it. It isn't massively thick but it's firm and I found it very comfortable even when overwhelmed with sweat.

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The Endura has 15 vents, which isn't a massive amount compared with some helmets, and it showed when the temperature was above 20°C. The airflow is there, but it's more breeze than wind even when you are absolutely flying downhill. And when you're climbing it can get quite hot.

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More recently, as the temperature has dropped to the low teens, the Endura has been much more comfortable so I'd say it's a great helmet for the spring or autumn, and with a cap beneath ideal for the winter months.

One thing that is impressive is the weight. The FS260-Pro is just 223g for this M/L (55-59cm) which compares really well to a few other helmets we've seen at a similar price point.

The £93.50 Smith Portal weighs in at 309g, although you do get Mips with that. Again with Mips, the £69.99 Giro Vasuma Mips tips the scales at 281g.

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You can get lighter – Limar's 778 Superlight Road Helmet is 200g, for £99.99 – but George felt it needed a few tweaks.

On the whole, I like the Endura, particularly for the quality of the build and the weight for the money; comfort is good too, but the venting makes it a better choice for the cooler months than summer.

Verdict

A quality lightweight helmet for the money, though not the best airflow

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road.cc test report

Make and model: Endura FS260-Pro 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?

Endura says, "Striking Road Protection"

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

From Endura:

Lightweight in-mould cycle construction (M/L 210g)

Multiple large air vents maximise air flow

Air flow channels direct air through the helmet

One hand micro-adjustment fit system

Antibacterial fast wicking padding

Covered by Endura's Crash Replacement Policy and Endura Product Guarantee

Certified to CE Standard EN1078 + A1 02/2013

Rate the product for quality of construction:
 
8/10
Rate the product for performance:
 
7/10
Rate the product for durability:
 
8/10
Rate the product for weight (if applicable)
 
8/10
Rate the product for comfort (if applicable)
 
8/10
Rate the product for value:
 
7/10

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

It is a very lightweight and comfortable helmet to wear.

Tell us what you particularly liked about the product

Impressive weight and fit.

Tell us what you particularly disliked about the product

It just lacks on the airflow front.

How does the price compare to that of similar products in the market, including ones recently tested on road.cc?

It's a good all-rounder, especially given that it is less than £100. It has a nicer finish and lower weight than most other helmets we see at this price, although Limar's 778 Superlight is just 200g for £99.99.

Did you enjoy using the product? Yes, on all but the hottest days.

Would you consider buying the product? Yes

Would you recommend the product to a friend? Yes

Use this box to explain your overall score

It's a smart looking helmet with an excellent weight for the price only let down by its airflow, or lack of it.

Overall rating: 7/10

About the tester

Age: 40  Height: 180cm  Weight: 76kg

I usually ride: This month's test bike  My best bike is: B'Twin Ultra CF draped in the latest bling test components

I've been riding for: Over 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.