Casco Viper MX review£130.00

Casco is relatively new to this country,but it's certainly got some innovative ideas. The Viper MX is its convertiblehalf head/full face freeride lid, using an extensively vented, organically mouldedupper shell for an impressively breezy fit.

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Casco is relatively new to this country, but it's certainly got some innovative ideas. The Viper MX is its convertible half head/full face freeride lid, using an extensively vented, organically moulded upper shell for an impressively breezy fi t that still vents well at slow speeds.

The big visor shields glare or rain well too, although two small side holes can cause irritating gaps in the protection. Impact protection is something Casco pride themselves on though, and as well as the very solid feeling 'click on' chinguard, the helmet also has a tubular aluminium 'roll bar running from front to rear. It certainly feels a lot more protective than the MET Parachute, despite being significantly lighter and much easier to whip the chin on and off.

So far so good, but it was the only helmet on test we had to really work to make fit, thanks to a very shallow cradle and mesh 'hammock' over your scalp. To get a good cradle fit below the occipital lobe (lump at back of skull) we had to actually pull the fixers out of the shell entirely. The amount of cloth also makes it a sweat hoarder, and the fixtures will loosen

 

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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