MET's new Strale helmet is one for the hotheads

High-end road lid promises ultra-efficient cooling

There's a new road helmet in town from MET, and it's using something called the Venturi effect to keep your head cool. That means the MET Strale features an air channeling system that pulls in cool air and pushes out hot air. Not unlike some politicians we could mention.

The Italian firm's new high-end lid isn't just about the cooling though, oh no — there's also the Safe-T Duo Fit retention system to keep it firmly on your head. This features micro adjustment to get the perfect fit around the circumference of the helmet, plus four vertical adjustments. It's the same system used on many of MET's other helmets, including the Rivale and Forte.

Hot air exits here
Hot air exits here

MET has previously used the Venturi effect on its Rivale HES aero road helmet to good effect, and our tester said that the venting and airflow were impressive, noting that the large port on the crown allows you to get even more cooling by dipping your head down for a quick blast of cooler air.

A rear LED can be fitted as an aftermarket option
A rear LED can be fitted as an aftermarket option

The MET Strale is also equipped with a rear reflective sticker and an LED light-compatible fitting system, which has steady and blinking modes. You'll need to buy MET's Duo LED light separately for €9 (international pricing TBC).

(Sunglasses not included)
(Sunglasses not included)

It comes in two sizes fitting heads from 52cm up to 62cm, and weighs 255g in a size medium. Possibly the best bit of all though is the price — €89 / £79 / AU$139 (US pricing TBC). That's less than other high-end road lids like the Kask Vertigo 2.0, which costs £135 / $249 and weighs 270g in a medium.

There are seven different colour choices for the MET Strale
There are seven different colour choices for the MET Strale

The MET Strale will be available from January 2017 in seven choices of colour, including black, yellow, blue and red. A BikeRadar review will be coming to you soon.

Jamie Beach

Deputy Editor, UK
Jamie's been addicted to bikes from the moment his stabilisers came off. Earliest cycling memory is the chipboard-ramp-on-bricks, but happiest one is bombing down a Mallorcan mountain pass that seemed it might never end. Always on the hunt for the perfect rain jacket, a keen collector of hats.
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