Cratoni Achillon review£100.00

You can do a lot with a helmet for £100 and Cratoni's Achillon is a minimalist, sliced and deeply sculpted head topper.The amount and depth of apertures certainly does wonderful things for the ventilation too,

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You can do a lot with a helmet for £100 and Cratoni's Achillon is a minimalist, sliced and deeply sculpted head topper. The amount and depth of apertures certainly does wonderful things for the ventilation too, dragging air across your head and out the back in exactly the way we're looking for in a top price helmet.

The vestigal, non-adjustable duck peak doesn't add much shelter or supercharged airflow, though. At least that meant we didn't miss it too much when it started to fall off (first just one side, then both) with irritating frequency, until we just left it off entirely. Apart from that, all the furniture is decent, with easy to adjust straps and a fat skull pad to cushion the 'dial a grip' fit cradle. Slivers of super thin pad also make sweat accumulation minimal, although you'll have to peel them off carefully when washing not to disturb the tiny Velcro pads they rely on. Two shell sizes ensure a decent close fit, although despite hardshell coverage being more patchy than the £80 Tremor, weight is average rather than low.

 

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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