I have been wrecking my brain over this review for a long time, going back and forth, shall I shan’t I?
And I was also a wee bit scared that it would become a bait for the helmet brigade and also too negative a review. So bare with me when you read this review and somewhat a rant, but I hope you will get a good understanding for my reasoning*.
Because of our visit to Australia and New Zealand we had to get hold of a helmet for me, since the law there tells you that you have too wear one.
What I wanted was something light, airy and did not break the bank. So after some searching on the net and asking around I found the Specialized Propero cycle helmet.
Firstly when you get a helmet, do make sure it fits correctly to your head, so therefore don’t order online, unless you already know if it does. So I headed down to our LBS to try out a few bicycle helmet.
Evans a rather big bicycle shop here in the UK especially here in London, and have mixed reviews on their service. But one thing they are for is trying out and seeing your next purchase. Evans in Fulham are rather good at helping you out too.
So I had a good talk with the fella in the shop and told him what and why I needed a helmet. He then showed me a few models and recommended me the Propero. He also helped me out on how to fit a helmet, though I knew that already because of my job. And honestly the Specialized Propero was the one that felt the lightest and fitted the best to my head. Which is something that is different to us all, so yes do listen to advice from others, but do try the helmet out before you buy. What I later found out too, was that wearing one in the shop is different to wearing one while cycling.
Remember an ill fitted helmet is as good as not wearing one, and it is not the helmet that makes your cycling safer it is the way you cycle.
I have never worn a helmet before a few years ago, where I wore it for around a half a year. Honestly it was more of a hassle than anything. I can’t remember much about it, other than I stopped wearing it, because I constantly got sweat into my eyes. It was too hot to wear even in the British winters, and I would rather be able to see where I’m going than wearing a helmet.
Anywho, now back to reviewing the helmet, first the good things.
-A very nice fit
-The straps and the back adjuster are easy to adjust
-Fell nice and light
-Does feel like it is built to last, very good quality
Now to the bad things.
-Cleaning, if you sweat like me you will need to clean the straps now and again. I just wonder how you can take them of and give the straps a wash. Yes I know that you can get new pads when they wear out or get dirty, but what about the straps.
-The visor, because of the design the helmet sits rather high on my head. So therefore the visor sit around 4-5 inches above my eyes and therefore not much use. At that height it will not keep the rain or sun out of my eyes, unless I look down at my feet while cycling.
-Even when it is airy I do sweat a lot while wearing it. But that is me and a way to avoid swat getting into your eyes is to wear a buff underneath the helmet. But that makes it even hotter to wear. So I did have to stop now and again and rinse out my buff.
-It is not light when worn. After 10 or so miles riding with it, I developed neck pain from the base of my skull to the bottom of my neck. And it only went away when I didn’t wear the helmet. It also did make me very top heavy at the start, where I really felt off balance wearing it while riding. That I did get somewhat used to after nearly five weeks of wearing it everyday. Though, I really had to remember that I was wearing it all the time, if I forgot it threw me off balance.
-Airy, only when the wind came in to your face head on. As soon as there was a side wind, I could feel the helmet being pushed to one side. Going down hill and having a look over your shoulder to see what was coming, was plain and simple dangerous. As I would start to wobble and lose control of my bicycle.
I strongly believe, one of the things that keeps you safe on a bicycle. Is the ability to look back and see what is going on there and get eye contact with other road users behind you. I really was scared every time I tried to do so while wearing it.
-Is big! I really was aware of the massive big thing on my head. At 6’4″ (194cm) you really do not need that extra height. I have heard others comparing wearing a big helmet to a mushroom. The only time I banged my head in the eight weeks we were away, was when I walked into the reception of a campsite we visited. Even with me ducking my head to avoid the door frame I still managed to get a good old knock. Which I’m very sure I wouldn’t have had if didn’t wear the helmet.
I’m still going to give this helmet a rather high score. Because it is a good quality and if you can get along with it e.g. it fits your head, this is a good helmet. I’m not going to drag it down because my views on the helmet laws.
Link : Specialized Propero Helmet
*) Do read these two websites before you decide to wear a helment – cyclehelmet. And remember I have not in this post told you not to wear one. Just that if you decided to do so, fit it correctly, I see too many people who just slaps it on their head. I strongly believe that it should be your own choice, not the laws.