Catlike Whisper Deluxe helmet£159.99

Highly vented premium road helmet

BikeRadar score3/5

This top-end lid is worn in the pro peloton and weighs in at a scant 260g for size medium. 

Despite the price, the MPS Fitting System, which does allow good horizontal and vertical fitting, is a basic ‘push together’ type rather than a dial, making on the fly adjustment tricky. 

We were also a bit disappointed by the sharp plastic strap clips under the ears, which needed a little bit of sanding down to avoid irritation. And the use of a comic-style font on the rear looks a little cheap on a premium product. 

Regardless of this, the helmet itself is light and comfy once fitted with a ‘forget it’s there’ quality that’s hard to beat. It’s also got exceptional ventilation, with 39 distinctive oval vents sucking in air even at climbing speeds to keep the head as cool as a helmet can. 

Catlike also claim the design of the vents means impact is absorbed and distributed more effectively in the event of a crash, while the low rear coverage is also a safety bonus.

This article was originally published in Triathlon Plus magazine, available on Zinio.

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