TSG Staten Carbon full-face helmet review£199.99

Light but sweaty downhill/freeride lid

BikeRadar score2.5/5

This lightweight full-face helmet scores well on sizing but unfortunately not on ventilation. With no channelling and only five small ports in the poly inner, it gets hot very quickly.

The carbon fibre shell keeps weight down to 914g for our medium sample, nearly 200g less than the standard £94.99 Staten helmet. It also comes in four sizes rather than the usual three so you should be able to find a good fit.

The big D-rings get a pull-tab for undoing with gloves plus a press stud to stop the ends flapping about. There’s a liner around the chin guard and the angle of the peak (US: visor) is adjustable.

The advertised ‘removable, washable liner’ only refers to the cheek pieces and small scalp pad. Don’t accidentally detach the whole polystyrene inner trying to get the rest of the liner off like we did.

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: 45
  • 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 than 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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