Boardman Team helmet review£50.00

Classy economy helmet

BikeRadar score3/5

The Boardman Team’s EPS foam core has a tidy in-moulded shell that covers most of its outer surface, with only the front edge above the brow and a recessed section of the tail exposed. Our 54-59cm lid weighed 285g, excluding the clip-on visor, and there’s a 56-61.5cm size too.

Its compact swoopy design has a close fit and isn’t bulky. It has 22 vents, and a truncated rear that’s more backpack-friendly than pointy designs. There’s a large reflective patch on the rear, four colour options and the overall impression is of a helmet costing much more than 50 quid.

Boardman’s RC5 retention system has a plastic band fixed in two places with no height adjustment, and a padded occipital cradle with a rotary dial. The straps adjust with slide-through, non-lockable guides, a soft chin protector keeping the clasp away from sensitive skin. The cradle grips low down for security, and although the padding is quite minimal, we easily achieved a secure fit. Our round-headed tester experienced no undue pressure or hot spots.

Although there are lots of vents, none of these face forwards at a low level. This means you don’t feel so much airflow over your head in a normal riding position, but when you’re looking down there’s a big difference and a much more cooling effect. The two internal channels aren’t that effective, but still cool your head acceptably.

This article was originally published in Cycling Plus magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

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