The Vela is sized for the theoretically smaller female skull and is a real bargain. The retention cradle extends inside and is anchored into the crown of the helmet rather than the sides, providing security without being too vice-like and helping to keep the air ﬂowing.
One-handed volume adjustments are easy to make with the Ergo-Dial ratchet, and the cradle is smooth with no sharp edges to snag long hair.
An unobtrusive and removable peak complements a sleek back end and a covered snaplock protects chins from clumsy pinches.
Camlock buckles keep straps in place and weight is not unreasonable for this price, though there’s a fair bit of exposed EPS at the back which is vulnerable to scrapes.