Mavic Helium gilet review£80.00

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Mavic use their Duralite SL fabric for this featherweight windstopper. The Helium is gossamer light yet still gave protection from the wind and rain.

An off-centre zip keeps the soft-lined neck snug, but if things heat up it needs two hands, or a deft touch, to undo. On the bike, the form-fitting cut and light fabric mean the Helium is comfortable for easy sessions, but even plentiful laser-cut perforations aren’t great for breathability.

Mavic say the Helium is designed to fit “the fittest cyclists” so it fits slimmer athletes, but those with broad shoulders and chest need to upsize. And the yellow ‘M’ logo’s a dead ringer for a certain UK budget supermarket – not good on an £80 gilet.

Guy Kesteven

Freelance Writer, UK
Guy started filling his brain with cycle stats and steaming up bike shop windows back in 1980. He worked the other side of those windows from '89 while getting a degree in “describing broken things covered in mud" (archaeology). Dug historical holes in the ground through the early '90s, then became a pro bike tester in '97. Guy has ridden thousands of bikes and even more components the world over since then and can remember them all in vivid, haunting detail. Can't remember where the car keys are, though.
  • Age: 44
  • Height: 180cm / 5' 11"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Waist: 76cm / 30in
  • Chest: 91cm / 36in
  • Discipline: Strict sadomasochist
  • Preferred Terrain: Technical off-piste singletrack and twisted back roads. Up, down, along — so long as it's faster tfhan the last time he did it he's happy.
  • Current Bikes: An ever changing herd of test machines from Tri bikes to fat bikes and everything in between.
  • Dream Bike: His Nicolai Helius AM custom tandem
  • Beer of Choice: Theakston's Old Peculier (not Peculiar)
  • Location: Yorkshire, UK

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