MET Fifth Element review£80.00

For lovers of airflow...

BikeRadar score4.5/5

Our favourite XC helmet for a couple of years, Met's Fifth Element is an airflow lover's dream lid.

Massive vents and deep internal channels are separated by deep spines, so from the front it looks like there's actually more helmet missing than there is left. This translates to masses of airflow over your noggin too, making this the coolest helmet around, even at relatively low climbing speeds.

The adjustable antennae attachment of the thin peak means you can block out more weather, headlight glare and sun than you'd expect, and it's securely anchored, too.

Overall fit is also good, with skinny removable pads that don't interrupt airflow and a robust, widely adjustable headlock at the back. The strap is easy to adjust too, and the hard shell protection on the outer skin keeps it good looking for years without spoiling the impressively low weight.

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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