Specialized Dissident Comp full-face helmet review£150.00

Impressive cheaper version of downhill lid

BikeRadar score3/5

The cheaper Comp version of Specialized’s Dissident DH lid may not have all the bells and whistles of its carbon counterpart, but the essentials are still present and correct, it looks great and costs half as much. The same safety standards are met too, and like the carbon model, the Comp will accept the EJECT safety system.

Tipping the scales at 1,020g, the Dissident Comp is one of the lighter full-face lids out there – something you’ll certainly appreciate if you're wearing it for long enduro stages.

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Internal channels, four forward-facing vents across the top of the head (along with ports on the brow) and seven exhaust ports help a little with cooling. Things still get pretty sweaty on warmer days though.

The mesh vent at the front of the chin guard isn’t fixed as tightly in place as it should be and needs popping back into place on occasion too.

When it comes to the all-important fit, our medium sample felt relatively snug but very comfortable. It didn’t hug our heads quite as securely as the carbon Dissident though, leaving us cranking up the double D-ring closure to eliminate movement.

All the goggles we tried with the Dissident Comp fitted without issue and when we wore it with a Leatt neck brace, movement remained free and unrestricted.

This article was originally published in Mountain Biking UK magazine, available on Apple Newsstand and Zinio.

Rob Weaver

Technical Editor-in-Chief, UK
Rob started riding mountain bikes seriously in 1993 racing cross-country, though he quickly moved to downhill where he competed all over the world. He now spends most of his time riding trail bikes up and down hills. Occasionally he'll jump into an enduro race.
  • Age: 34
  • Height: 172cm / 5'8"
  • Weight: 68kg / 150lb
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Natural trails where the loam fills my shoes on each and every turn
  • Beer of Choice: Guinness

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