MET Lupo helmet review£100.00

A promising but flawed MTB lid

BikeRadar score3/5

The MET Lupo helmet's aggressively angular styling incorporates 21 vents, including a large forward intake that dominates the front of the helmet. These combine well to deliver plenty of ventilation, making this a cool lid even on the hottest days.

The high peak is adjustable – but the toothed fasteners make it impossible to do this on the fly, and it looks odd when raised.

Despite a claimed 62cm upper size limit our sample housed heads up to 63cm with room to spare – and without looking enormous. The cradle is set at a fixed height but can be tightened via a dial at the rear. It’s padded out with foam at the top and back and a gel strip at the front.

This makes for a really comfy fit, even without height adjustment. The gel pad feels great even on long rides and eliminates the clammy forehead feeling when putting your sweaty lid back on.

The straps are made from Kevlar, shaving some weight, and have a central channel for ventilation. The only disappointment is the flimsy adjusters – the cams secure in place with tiny clips that have a tendency to spring open, so the straps don’t stay in place for long.

At 320g (L) the Lupo is impressively light, and is available in five colours.

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

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