Urge Endur-O-Matic helmet £79.99

Quirky mountain biking helmet

BikeRadar score 3/5

Combining pisspot inspired extended rear coverage with low weight and a stab at usable venting, the 302g Endur-O-Matic attempts to bridge the gap between trail and gravity.

Does it work? Surprisingly well, actually. The venting is minimal by cross-country standards (you get eight) but large, wicking pads mop up sweat and the overall effect isn’t as steamy as you might expect – except possibly on extended climbs.

The large visor isn’t adjustable but does a decent job of keeping rain and sun out of your eyes, though we can’t understand why Urge have added a large hole in the middle of it for 2012.

The flat rear is a good place to park goggles – useful for gravity enduros – and the straps are simple to adjust, although we’d prefer lockable junction buckles.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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