Kali Protectives MAYA helmet review£90.00

Comfortable XC lid

BikeRadar score3/5

Kali’s Maya trail helmet offers a reasonable amount of coverage and some nice design touches. The back of the helmet sits fairly low offering a touch extra protection than a traditional XC lid if you come off the back of the bike, and there’s a bit of protection in front of the ears too, with the EPS foam and outer shell dropping a touch here.

The peak is fairly large, offering decent rain and sun protection, and it’s secured with a couple of big turn-wheels. The range of adjustment isn’t huge, and you can’t quite fit a goggle under the peak for that oh-so-cool enduro look on the climbs.

Ventilation is perhaps the Maya’s weakest point

The fit is relatively neutral, but in being so is very comfortable. Unlike some helmets that only seem to contact the head in a few places, the Maya’s 360g weight is distributed over the whole head.

The cradle can’t be adjusted in height, and has no padding, but I didn’t find this an issue — it’s well shaped, and while nice and adjustable, is a bit fiddly to do so, requiring two hands. The straps are relatively thick and stiff, but are placed well into the helmet, so never interfered with my ears.

Ventilation is perhaps the Maya’s weakest point. There are 12 vents, five at the front and seven exhaust ports at the back. The front vents are well shaped, but all 12 are, in my eyes, too small.

There are also no vents at the side of the head and the forward facing vents have a bug-mesh behind them, hindering air flow through the relatively shallow internal channels. Cutting the bug mesh out should increase airflow a touch, however.

A GoPro/light attachment for the peak is provided. It clips to the top of the visor securely but the forward position of the mount means that, while your light or camera is less likely to be hit by a low-hanging branch, the helmet can feel unbalanced. The extra weight didn’t shift the peak though, even on rough trails, when tightened properly.

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

Tom Marvin

Technical Editor, Tech Hub, UK
Tom's been riding for 15 years, and has always chopped and changed bikes as soon as his budget allowed. He's most at home in the big mountains, having spent nigh on 30 weeks riding the Alps, as well as having lived a stone's throw from the Scottish Highlands for four years. Tom also enjoys racing events like the Strathpuffer and the Trans Nepal.
  • Age: 29
  • Height: 182cm / 5'11"
  • Weight: 82kg / 180lb
  • Waist: 81cm / 32in
  • Chest: 97cm / 38in
  • Discipline: Mountain
  • Preferred Terrain: Steep and super tech or fast and flowy
  • Current Bikes: Canyon Spectral, Pivot Mach 429SL, Mondraker Vantage R +
  • Dream Bike: Transition Scout
  • Beer of Choice: Gin & tonic
  • Location: Bristol, UK

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