O'Neal Orbiter review£69.99

Good venting and great protection

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For such a well protected helmet, the O'Neal Orbiter does an amazing job at keeping your head cool. 

There are 20 vents on within the helmet's shell, but more importantly, the main ones are all decently sized, so they suck in plenty of fresh cool air, backed up by internal channels.

The retention system has a nice big turn-wheel, which is easy to use even when wearing gloves. The fixed points are reasonably far forward in the helmet, so the adjustment does a good job of securing the helmet in place on the head. 

As with a few other helmets that we've tried, the padded cradle felt unusual to start off with, but ended up feeling comfortable once we were used to it.

The visor is a little too prominent for our tastes though, and the magnetic strap closure attachment seems like a bit of a gimmick – it gets gritty easily, and as the usual clip does a perfectly good job anyway, why change it?

The orbiter's retention system is easy to use: the orbiter's retention system is easy to use
The orbiter's retention system is easy to use: the orbiter's retention system is easy to use

The O'Neal Orbiter's retention system was easy to use, even with gloves on

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for 4 years. From 24 hour races such as the infamous Strathpuffer to the Tran Nepal, Tom can occasionally be found racing whatever interesting races he can find.
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 182cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 81cm / 32in
  • Chest: 97cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK
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