Bontrager Rally helmet review£79.99

Well-appointed and great value lid

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If you like a snug fit, you’ll love the way the new Bontrager Rally slides onto your skull for a closely secure but never cramped feel.

That enables you to run the Headmaster cradle relatively loose so as to avoid pressure points, and while there is a small amount of cradle height adjustment we never had to use it. The extended FlatLock Strap Dividers bridges on the flush fit straps will also appeal to anyone who gets bothered by flap and clatter on their ears or glasses.

The soft moulded peak is fully angle adjustable, from plenty of protection to 'flipped right up to sit your goggles underneath' and it stays where you put it too. Big front and top vents link into deep internal channels with slim padding for impressive air con at all speeds and it drops right down at the back for extra loop-out landing coverage.

The result is a lid that feels like a premium head case without the pumped up cost. If you’re unlucky enough to smash it within the first year of having it, Bontrager will sort you out with a free one. It also comes in various options – black, white, orange and grey/lime –  for easy bike/kit syncing.

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

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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